With design brilliance from one of the most innovative and experienced guitar manufacturers, Ned Steinberger’s Radius Basses offer a classic with a re-exploration of every aspect of bass guitar creation. Offering innovations including the Fusion neck, Diradial body design, NS tuning system, and the NS/EMG pickup system the CR5 Radius Fretless Bass Guitar is well balanced and offers a sonically dynamic and versatile playing experience.
NS Design CR5 Fretless Bass Guitar Specifications
NS Fusion Neck:
- NS Diradial Body with Flamed Maple Top
- NS Fusion Neck with Fretless Ebony Fingerboard
- NS/EMG integrated Piezo and Magnetic Pickup System
The RADIUS features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber core and adjustable truss rod. This combination has the natural feel of wood, but the core provides enhanced sustain and definition to each note. The fingerboard is ebony, with a 35" scale and familiar 15" radius. Heavy conventional tuning machines are replaced by an aluminum headplate with ball-end string mounting slots, custom produced for NS Design by Hipshot. (The tuning system is integrated into the body.)
NS Diradial Body:
RADIUS's maple body, with flamed maple top, has a convex back radius, which provides enhanced contact and stability against the torso. The front of the instrument is more tightly radiused, which, in combination with the general wedge shape of the body, shifts it into more comfortable orientation with the right hand. The distinctive horn provides a natural grip, and the configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets.
NS/EMG Integral Pickup System:
NS Design and EMG have collaborated to create this integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. It features an 18V onboard preamp, which provides extraordinary dynamic headroom. The active electronics are combined with the NS bridge-mounted Polar pickup system, the marriage of which puts an exceptionally broad, musically rich spectrum of tone at the player's fingertips.
The controls on the RADIUS bass give the player full ability to shape and mix the magnetic and piezo output: Master Volume, active Treble cut/boost, active Bass cut/boost, 3-position magnetic pickup selector switch, and 3-position piezo EQ switch.