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NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass   

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World-class design and craftsmanship in an surprisingly affordable price range.

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

The NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass has a ¾ sized solid maple body and neck, and a graduated ebony fingerboard for 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.

The on-board Polar Pickup System is an exciting new dimension in string instrument performance that offers powerful dynamics and rich full sound. Two separate mounted transducers beneath the adjustable bridge offer unlimited expressive potential. Each pickup is specialized for a specific task. A convenient switch gives you the choice to select a 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 provide plenty of overhead for the ultimate sound without cumbersome batteries.

The NXT 4-string Double Basses can be strung with electric or traditional acoustic strings, allowing the player to select from a wide range of set-up options, each with a unique sound and feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, this versatile bass is adaptable to many different styles of music. Includes a self-supporting tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle, and a padded gig bag that holds the stand and also has a pocket for a bow.

FEATURES
  • 4-string acoustic-electric bass
  • 3/4 size
  • 41.73" (106 cm) scale length
  • Solid maple body and neck
  • Amberburst or black satin finishes
  • 52" (132cm) body length
  • Ebony fingerboard with asymmetrical relief
  • Offset dot fingerboard inlays
  • Fingerboard width: 1.7" (43.1mm) wide at nut; 89.0mm (3.5") maximum width
  • Ebony nut
  • Polar Pickup System
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Rock maple bridge (dyed black); radius 3.1" (7.9cm); string spacing 3.14" (80 mm)
  • Black hardware
  • Fully encased worm gear tuners
  • Designed to accommodate full-scale acoustic bass strings
  • Made in Czech Republic
  • Padded gig bag t holds stand and has a bow pocket
  • Includes a fully adjustmentable tripod stand
  • Optional endpin stand and shoulder strap system (sold separately)
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NS DesignNXT 4-String Electric Double Bass
 
4.7

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  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

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  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
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5.0

Can't go wrong with this bass!

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from richmond, VA

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        Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

        this is a conversation starter! Great instrument. Well made, endless tone possibilities. Suggest using a 15" cabinet with this bass...standard 4-10'a not ideal.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Awesome instrument, with caveats

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        from New York

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Garbage Tuners
        • Poor Gig Bag

        Best Uses

          Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

          I've had my NXT4 for a few months and time to reflect - so far I'm really liking the thing, but with some caveats.

          If you're eyeing this up, be prepared to spend a whole lot more than the price you see here to get fully up and running. Here's why:

          - The stock strings have more of a bass guitar feel and tone to them. Presumably, if you're getting an upright bass, you're probably doing so to get an upright sound out of it. You'll likely want to change strings to real db strings to get closer to the sound and feel of the real thing, and they are expensive.

          - Speaking of strings, the stock tuners are absolutely awful. They're the size and duty you'd expect to find on a cheap budget bass guitar, not on an instrument of this caliber. If you do opt for real db strings, you will want to upgrade your tuners. It's misleading they suggest you can just use regular old upright strings, seeing as the tension stripped out my low E tuner in a few weeks time. (And that was after a monumental struggle getting the string installed in the first place due to the very small diameter catches inside the tuning pegs that very clearly weren't designed for this job.) I upgraded to some aftermarket Hipshot Ultralites, another expense. They are noticeably better, not only handling the heavier gauge db strings with ease, but are way way more stable in holding your tuning than the stock ones, so it was worth doing regardless. You won't have issues if you stick to the stock strings or the other string options NS offers, but you probably will if you want to use regular db strings. Better tuners should've been standard on this!

          - Not a fan of the tripod, at all! Build quality seems OK (I guess the CR model is much nicer?) but I just couldn't get comfortable playing the thing when it's on the tripod. Not only does the tripod wobble when you get into it, but it's just harder to move around the neck sometimes with it in a fixed position, versus holding it up yourself where the instrument can move with you. I had to get the optional endpin stand right away which made it infinitely more comfortable to play, but that was yet another thing to buy (which also seems kind of overpriced for a couple pieces of metal pipe.) It would be nice if you could choose tripod or endpin so you don't have to essentially buy both like I did! The only thing the tripod is useful for now is to maybe put the thing on display when I'm not using it.

          - You will need a preamp. It's a high impedance piezo in a passive system. It sounded "OK" into an amp without a preamp, so I got by for a little while, but it really came alive and the bottom end benefitted significantly by adding a pre. That's actually not a fault here, I kind of like being able to choose my own pre rather than be stuck with something on board anyway. But it is something to keep in mind as you budget for this buy - that's another expense if you don't have one.

          - The gig bag isn't great. I'm already collecting a couple small dents and dings despite handling the thing with kid gloves. It has a pouch to hold your tripod/endpin stand, but it's not a good design, because now you have a heavy metal object in a pouch that can bang into your bass with no significant padding separating the two. I don't own a bow but I'd never dream of sticking it in the bow pouch either, for the same reason, it's going to get crushed in there. Be nice if it was a better design and offered better placement or more protection between the different pouches. It's not like you have a lot of alternative options for off the shelf cases to hold something this unique shape and size and the only things I've found so far, are you guessed it - also really expensive.

          - I had issues after a couple weeks with the pickup, where it cut out on me at random, and then eventually the arco setting just stopped working entirely. It was a relatively easy fix (remove strings, and re-seat the bridge on the pickup and it was OK). Funny, when I did that, it sounded significantly better than it did originally prior to having the problems. It was still so new to me, I hadn't even realized the tone was kind of "muffled" - I thought it was the way it sounded and/or my beginner's technique. It's been fine since, so I don't think there's anything wrong with it, I'm thinking it just wasn't actually set up right from the factory.

          All that said, I still really do love the thing, and it was worth the extra trouble and expense to get all set up and used to working with it. I was prepared for the extra expense of all the accessories having done some research, and it's still less than a quality acoustic upright, and quite a bit more portable - those were important factors for me.

          Now that I'm settled in and comfortable, it sounds great, feels great to play, and has a certain novelty aspect to it that will make you the center of attention wherever you take it. The dot inlays are a big help to me (coming from a bass guitar background) - they're very subtle so others won't necessarily know you might be relying a little on "training wheels" if you're new to both the fretless and upright world like I was. It's not going to get you authentic acoustic upright bass tone, but it will get you something similar, yet totally unique unto itself. Most of all, it's a load of fun to play.

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          4.0

          Fun & fully functional

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          from SD

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Limited Tone Shaping

          Best Uses

          • Ensemble Groups
          • Travel

          Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

          I tried out a friends NXT and found that I was under it's spell and bought one a week ago. Has a good upright feels and sound. The factory string height was way too low for me to dig in, so I raised it for a more aggressive approach. Sustains forever; need to work on my finger/palm muting. Requires much less space on stage and in the car. I'll be using a Fishman pre/DI to get a better acoustic upright sound.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Sounding Bass

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          from saskatchewan, canada

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          Pros

          • Ease Of Transport
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

            Decided to try an EUB, so rented one for a gig. Thought I might use it for one or two numbers at most. However, after the first song, haven't used anything else since. I have had a vintage '66 P-bass and currently have a USA made Sterling by Ernie Ball. Have to say that this bass blows them all away. I use two tens and a fifteen and wow.
            The bass stays in tune as well or better than anything out there.
            Very cool looking and certainly a conversation piece. If you would like to try an upright, you can't go wrong with the NS NXT.

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Dream come true

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            from Ann Arbor Michigan

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

              I played upright for four years in my youth and have always wanted to play again. I have played bass guitar for decades in the interum. I tried an Eminence EUB and found I just could not develop enough stamina in my left hand per the standard string height of an upright. I use a Fishman Platnum between the bass and the amp. I have not changed strings. What I get is an upright-esk sound that I simply love. Very responsive to fingering techniques. Huge difference between rolling vs plucking strings and a massive range inbetween. Amazingly easy to play with the low string height. Played for three hours the first time I sat down with it. Simply a joy. My primary band is a 70's entertainment band with a fusion and blues twist. This instrument makes many of our piices "pop"! It adds a flavor that just can not be achieved with a guitar. The markings are dead on and I am finding that my upright chops are comming back fast. The resonance is extream. Be ready to bone up on your muting techniques. With that said, some amazing sounds can be achieved by working that resonance so I am pleased to have it. I could draw more comparisons to both upright and guitar, but the reality is that it is an instrument onto itself. It holds a strong and relivent place in my arsonal second to none. The final perk is that it is a crowd pleaser. Opens up a lot of conversation while "working" the audiance during breaks. If you like solitary time during breaks, find a back door out.

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              You can get transportable upright tone

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              from Fargo, ND

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                    Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

                    This bass has served me more than well in my professional outings. There are a few things you need to know if looking to purchase one though. You'll most likely want to consider a quality string replacement with Spirocores. Secondly, even if forgoing the former, you will absolutely need a preamp to run this bass through. You simply cannot get a good upright tone without one. For me, I use a Tech 21 Deluxe, which allows me three presets on both the NXT and my 5 string. I could have bought a $3k+ upright and had to deal with carting it around. Instead, I ended up with better live tone, ease of transport, and a perfect solution to my own gigging situation. If you're looking to play this thing live, get yourself a preamp and don't hesitate, it's undoubtedly worth it.

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                    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Killer Bass, Great Investment

                    By 

                    from New York City

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Strings
                    • Tripod

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Style
                    • Jamming
                    • Large Venues
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

                    Minus the strings that came with the bass, and the tripod it came with, everything about this bass is great. I already foresaw the tripod being a problem so i highly encourage buying the endpin attachment.
                    Not only does is sound very close to an upright, but the action and neck feel and almost indistinguishable. I mainly play jazz and latin jazz, and this bass has lent itself sound wise and feel wise perfectly to these mediums. Not to mention, even the most veteran jazz musicians, including my teacher lonnie plaxico who made his living with his cutom electric upright, love this bass.

                    Great investment

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                    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A great sounding EUB

                    By 

                    from Ohio

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast neck
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Quality For Price
                    • Good Tone
                    • Great Sounding Bass
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Flimsey Gig Bag

                    Best Uses

                    • Big Band
                    • Jamming
                    • Jazz Groups
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

                    I have a dozen or so basses and one solid wood acoustic stand up. I was looking for a EUB for my big band, jazz and worship work. Although I have only had the bass for a couple of weeks I am impressed with the quality, sound and portability. I played it with a big band this week and it performed very well. Loud and no feedback! The bowing sounds squeeky and scratchy but should improve with practice and maybe different strings.

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                    (28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    NS WAV 4

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                    from New England

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                    Comments about NS Design NXT 4-String Electric Double Bass:

                    The only con to thus EUB versus an acoustic upright bass is landmarks. For example, when I had an acoustic upright, I knew if my left thumb was up around where the neck joined the body, I could probably play in position IV and be reasonably close to the D on the G string. The NS Wave lacks that land mark, so playing higher on the neck is a bit more difficult, however, the markers are extremely accurate, so for folks just starting EUB is should be a non-issue. For folks that have played acoustic upright, it's just a little adjustment until you get a feel for the instrument. I suppose I could put a piece of tape on the neck...
                    I've had my NS WAV 4 for about three years. Each time I play her I'm amazed at how much like an upright she sounds. Just after I got her I bought a cheap French bow and tried to relive my glory days playing classical music - I had absolutely NO luck getting a good tone. Pizzicato was always awesome, mind you. Jump to present - I spent some denaro on a good bow and it made a world of difference. This EUB sings!! I can't wait until tomrrow when I get to play her with an orchestra at a rehearsal.
                    FIt and finish are incredible. Pickup works well and captures the awesome MWAH sound of acoustic upright basses.
                    Considering that a decent upright would cost at least twice what these go for, I consider it a solid investment and would recommend it to anyone wanting to make the jump from electric to upright.

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