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NS Design CR-5M 5-String Electric Double Bass

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The NS Design CR-5M 5-String Electric Double Bass was designed by Ned Steinberger and made in the Czech Republic which has a long-held reputation for...Click To Read More About This Product

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The NS Design CR-5M 5-String Electric Double Bass was designed by Ned Steinberger and made in the Czech Republic which has a long-held reputation for the highest-quality upright basses. In its June 2000 issue, Bass Player magazine, citing The CR-5M's impeccable craftsmanship, stated, "This bass plays so well, in fact, that upright players may find it plays too easily." The 5 string bass features a solid rock maple neck and body with a flamed maple face. The neck has a traditional profile and is fitted with a Macassar ebony fingerboard. Electronics are state of the art. An active 18V hum-canceling preamp with volume, bass EQ, and treble EQ controls is wired to both a Polar bridge-mounted piezo and an EMG magnetic pickup. The electric upright bass guitar comes with a foldable chromeplated tripod stand, a padded NS Design Cordura bag for the bass, and an interior bag for the tripod stand.

  • Solid rock-maple neck and body
  • Flamed maple face
  • Traditional upright neck shape
  • Active 18V hum-canceling preamp
  • Volume control
  • Bass and treble EQ controls
  • Blend control
  • Polar bridge-mounted piezo
  • EMG magnetic pickup
  • Foldable chromeplated tripod stand
  • 20:1 ratio Schaller tuners
  • Ebony nut
  • Dual action, removable truss rod
  • Black phenolic bridge

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By Angry bass owner

from Undisclosed

This bass is one of the worst guitars I have ever played. There may be many features that can be helpful, but for this guitar, they are far from it. The guitar has already lost some of its finish, and I've had it for about 3 months.


It's Groovy

By BassMent-vYy_T

from Chicago, IL

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This review is as much about the outstanding return policy from Musicians Friend as it is about the instrument itself. I scored when one finally became available but when it arrived the neck had blond streaks and knots in what should have been a solid black fingerboard. It was also dry and the wood was not as 'flamed' as I hoped. The instrument played well and low note lovers, the electronics are a dream with a huge range of sounds at your disposal. (What a great way to break into the world of uprights.) I could not get over the appearance and initially arranged for an exchange, but after a long wait decided to send it back for a refund. Everyone at Musicians Friend was understanding, helpful, efficient and courteous. The rating for the instrument would have been perfect were it not for the shortcomings I had with that particular instrument that I think would make a great discounted or sale item. I eventually found one of these locally from a guy who just did not dig the low 'B' string. (That one has a three position toggle instead of a fader you find on the new ones that switches it from arco to pizzicato mode.) Bottom line -- this bass thumps. The tone on the one I found seemed better than the one I got from Musicians Friend and the wood was darker and had a deeper flame, but again -- the deficiencies with the one I ordered may be unique to that instrument. If you've wanted to go upright I strongly recommend the instrument. Check it thoroughly and be assured that if you are not satisfied, you're not stuck with it.


Great bass

By Groovin'-wh4on

from Pacific Northwest

This is a great bass. It has an incredible sound using the piezo transducers. Not only does it sound good but it is beautiful and always gets a lot of attention.The action of the instrument is great and although it takes a little more strength to play than an electric bass it is easier than most acoustic stand up basses I've played.This is a great bass and it is well designed and engineered.


Love it!

By sullivgr

from Bala Cynwyd, PA

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I love the playability of this bass. I did have to make an adjustment for the g-string and play with the tone a bit but with about 5 min time into it, I had the thing sounding very close to an autherntic upright - much closer than and how an amplified acoustic electric mimics an acoustic gtr. I absolutely love it. You reach the entire fingerboard with changing to the thumb position and the action is exceptional. I did have a custom fitted case made for it from Philly Case Company to protect it but I have had no problems with it at all.


Poor Man's String Bass

By Steinbergerhead

from Sunol, CA

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This bass provides an unbelievably versatile range of sound with sound quality better than most uprights for a fraction of the cost of a true wood string bass. Whether you are looking for a sustained growl in your walking bass lines, woody fretless singing in your solos, or a soft rich mellow tone for ballads this bass has it. The sustain and playability is amazing. Ned Steinberger strikes again. You can get anywhere on the fingerboard without shifting to the thumb positions. The versatility of the Magnetic and bridge pickups is great. You can sound completely accoustic upright or electric fretless and anywhere inbetween. It is a dream to play! Too easy! Outstanding for recording. I purchased this for easier gigging and my upright has been collecting dust since. Careful, though. The padding for the gig bag case for the heavy steel tri-pod stand is NOT sufficient. I have several dings on the back of the otherwise beautiful neck to prove it. Recommend wrapping tri-pod stand in towel/extra foam and then placing in the case for the stand (which then goes into gig bag with the instrument). Also recommend the end pin and kit to attach to the stand. The tri-pod stand feet can be awkward when performing and switching instruments. The bass slips around at tri-pod stand connection with playing pressure over time. You will appreciate the flexibility the end pin provides.

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