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NS Design NXT5 5 String Upright Electric Double Bass with Bag

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Product Description

The NS Design NXT5 5 String Double Bass opens up a new horizon for the serious bassist looking to play a great instrument on a limited budget. These instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series, exemplify flawless workmanship at an incredible value.

NS Design NXT5 Electric Double Bass Features

  • Crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series
  • Passive electronics deliver unlimited overhead for ultimate sound without cumbersome batteries
  • Solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated ebony fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone
  • Adjustable bridge and truss rod allow for low, fast action
  • Includes a self-supporting tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle
Polar Pickup System
Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the Polar Pickup System. A convenient switch allows selection of the traditional arco mode for percussive attack and dynamic bowed response, or pizzicato mode for a smooth, sustained tone. Equipped with single volume and tone controls, the passive electronics deliver unlimited overhead for ultimate sound without cumbersome batteries.

Construction
The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated ebony fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief facilitates an even 'growl' from the higher strings and a clear, powerful lower register. The adjustable bridge and truss rod allow for low, fast action, or for higher string settings that encourage the traditional acoustic player to 'dig in' with gusto.

NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NXT Series Bass is adaptable to many different styles of music.

The NXT5 double bass brings world-class design and craftsmanship to a surprisingly affordable price range. With a visual appearance as striking as its sound, the roadworthy NXT5 is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.

Product Specifications
NS Design NXT5 5 String Electric Double Bass Specifications
  • Body/Neck: Solid Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Pickup: Polar Pickup System
  • Controls:
    • Knob 1: Volume
    • Knob 2: Tone clockwise for full treble, counter-clockwise to cut treble
    • Switch:
      • Up for Arco Mode (for optimal bowed and percussive plucked sound)
      • Down for Pizzicato Mode (for optimal plucked, sustained sound)


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  207-563-7705 Warranty: 
Tung from St. Louis, MO, tung@tung.com
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I really dig it!
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I really enjoy playing this bass. It's a good value. I love it!
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I think it's a very good quality product. The money is in the bass. The gig bag is ok, but probably will not last long.
Features
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
This is not a product heavy on features, but to me, the best feature is the ability to put it on the included tripod stand, or get the optional endpin stand, or the optional strap attachment.. so there are a number of ways to play! Also, I believe the bridge height is adjustable from the back, but I've not futzed with it; and there is a truss rod if you need to tweak the neck.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
It just feels good! Hey, it's a portable upright bass! If you get the optional strap attachment, you can play this thing while walking around like Tony Levin. If you shave your head and grow your 'stache, you can look like him as well! :-P
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Lots of "mwah", good double bass sound, there's a treble roll-off, volume, and pickup character switch (pizz/arco) which give you some decent options. Piezo pickup at the bridge.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish is fantastic. My only complaint is that there are some tiny rough spots on the back of the neck, but I would imagine you could smooth it out if you really wanted to.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
Haven't tried others, but this one is good and high quality. I've read that the tuners are not the best, but you can replace those. Also, the included bag is nothing special; I would recommend a more substantial bag or case if you want to take it out often.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Action is very good as setup. There is a good amoutn of "mwah" here and there, but I didn't notice much of that on the B string. The strings are decent, but you can replace them with strings designed for the NS Design basses, or standard double bass strings, if you wish.
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