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NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass  

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Overview

  • European maple neck and body
  • Flamed maple face
  • Traditional upright neck shape
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    $4,200.00
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  • Your Price:
    $3,37900

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Deluxe, Czech Republic-crafted version of the WAV 4.

The NS Design CR Series 4 String Electric Double Bass was made in the Czech Republic, where there is a long-held reputation for producing the highest-quality upright basses. In its June 2000 issue, Bass Player magazine, citing its impeccable craftsmanship, stated, "This bass plays so well, in fact, that upright players may find it plays too easily."

European maple neck and body with a flamed maple face. The neck has a traditional profile and is fitted with a Macassar ebony fingerboard. 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 CR Series Upright Bass comes with a foldable chrome-plated tripod stand, a padded Cordura bag for the bass, and an interior bag for the tripod stand.

Features

  • European 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

Plays easily, feels like an upright, the electronics give you any tone you want, and the price is way under the U.S. series models. Order today.

 
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NS DesignCR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

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This is not a double bass, it's NS designs own instrument that plays the part of bass. It can emulate the sounds of electric or acoustic bass and yet has its own unique...Read complete review

This is not a double bass, it's NS designs own instrument that plays the part of bass. It can emulate the sounds of electric or acoustic bass and yet has its own unique sound. Shaping the sound to your liking is easy via rotary controls in conjunction with a pickup select toggle switch.Playability is wonderful. Bass is not my primary instrument, though I enjoy playing it on an occasional gig. I enjoy playing and learning to play better on this wonderful instrument. The fretboard is ebony and looks and plays great. The fret dot markings are a big help for a non-traditionally player such as myself. The construction is solid and the standard support stand is one of the main reasons I choose this instrument over others.This is a great sounding, fun to play, quality instrument. I'm very pleased with it and recommend bass players who want something different give it a try.

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Sounds nothing like an upright bass.

My band purchased one of these for jazz and "variety" jobs. I was able to get an interesting fretless electric tone, but not upright. Arco was an abomination. Nice...Read complete review

My band purchased one of these for jazz and "variety" jobs. I was able to get an interesting fretless electric tone, but not upright. Arco was an abomination. Nice action, though, it plays well.

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5.0

Great alternative for an upright bass!

By cisco-czLX5

from Tucson

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    Extremely well made instrument with infinite possiblities. Looooove the feel of the smooth neck and ebony board. The pre-amp's controls offer plenty of tonal palettes.

    I bought this bass used in condition 1 (mint). It arrived with too much neck relief and the bridge was too high making playing not comfortable. I'm sure that's why the previous owner returned it because they didn't know how to properly set up a bass. I spent two days readjusting the neck relief to be flatter and lowering the bridge to where I thought it had the best tone and easiest playability. I even readjusted the magnetic pickup heights for a more consistent volume between strings. All this adjustment info is in the manual and if you're not comfortable making these adjustment then take the bass in to a good luthier for proper setup.

    I intend to use this bass for all types of music. I play Fender basses in my band and this is my first upright bass and this will definitely be going out on gigs soon.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great EUB

    By PKK

    from San Francisco

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    Very easy to play and transport compared to a standard upright bass. Many tonal possibilities with both magnetic and peizo pickups -- sounds great through an acoustic amp. Beautiful workmanship.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass

    By Atlantabassbabe

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    I have owned and played the NS Design CR Series 4 bass for almost a year, and use it for everything from americana roots, blues, and country and to southern rock. It's been a big hit with every band. The tone is amazingly fat, the action is very smooth and you can't beat the portability. My only complaint is that bowing is a bit tricky as the bridge is a bit flat in comparison to an accoustic upright. That said, I like this beautiful instument so much, I have since sold all of my other bass guitars. You can say good bye to back and neck pain!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    big boy

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    Unique sound like no other. More "wah" than any fretless, almost too much. Huge wide neck and very skinny strings. Not easy for players w/ small hands to get around on this bad boy. New stand is not as friendly as the early model. Very expressive sound. Go for it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The BEST bass EVER!!!!!

    By D.C. Wheeler

    from Price, Utah

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    The first day i got this bass I played it for about 5 hours straight, then played a gig with it later that night. To add to that, i had only played a upright one other time. It almost plays itself. It will fit any playing style, also. If you're looking for a electric upright, this is the one.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Bass

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    Well, I think there is not much to say, its designed by Ned Steinberger, he is the best - the sound, the playability, the design, all is flawless, so why does it have a low rating? Believe me, it deserves a 10!

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    2.0

    Sounds nothing like an upright bass.

    By Brendan-9FJ2b

    from Bamberg, Germany

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    My band purchased one of these for jazz and "variety" jobs. I was able to get an interesting fretless electric tone, but not upright. Arco was an abomination. Nice action, though, it plays well.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Um... How can you NOT love it?

    By BassStation2

    from Scottsdale, AZ

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    I play for the 108th Army Band in AZ, and I love this bass, it's so versatile and so much easier to cart around than a traditional double... what's not to love. It sounds great when put through the right equipment. I love it.

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    5.0

    Smooth

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    I have played electric/double bass for over 30years and this CR4M is the smoothest player out there. I have owned/gigged with the CR4M for over a year now and it feels/looks like the day I bought it. The capabilities of this bass is countless from being in the pocket with blues to playing tasty lead bass lines.

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    (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Horrible

    Comments about NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass:

    Its hard to play and it costs way too much for the quality of it. I don't recommend it.

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