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NS Design CR5 Bass Cello   

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This purebred electric bowed instrument is handcrafted from traditional maple and ebony for powerful tone and articulate response. It features an erg...Click To Read More About This Product

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This purebred electric bowed instrument is handcrafted from traditional maple and ebony for powerful tone and articulate response. It features an ergonomically arched fingerboard and bridge; 34" scale; dot markers; the NS Polar pickup system; EMG magnetic pickups; versatile support system; and active balance, volume, bass, and treble controls.

When bowed the CR5 is energized with a wonderfully expressive sound, combining a powerful bass resonance with brilliant harmonics. Its bold pizzicato voice ranges from the percussive punch of the acoustic upright to the smooth sustain of the fretless electric bass.

Arched fingerboard

The Bass Cello has a highly arched fingerboard and bridge, similar to a cello, to optimize bow articulation. The high arch on the fingerboard fits the human hand, and combines with the round neck profile for a comfortable and natural feel.

34" scale

The 34" scale length of the Bass Cello is the same as the standard bass guitar and can be tuned in fourths as a bass (EADGC), making it immediately familiar to bass guitarists. The Bass Cello can also be tuned in fifths, for fingerings that are natural for the cellist.

Dot markers

Dots for each semi-tone cascade across the fingerboard in a pattern that provides a clear visual fingering reference. The logical dot pattern is of critical value to the novice player, and an invaluable tool for the seasoned pro.

Polar pickup system

The multiple sensor NS Polar bridge pickup system has 2 operation modes: arco and pizzicato to optimize response according to playing style.

EMG magnetic pickups

EMG low-impedance magnetic pickups have smooth response with lots of sweet midrange for essential electric bass sounds.

Active controls

2 balance controls allow unlimited mixing options for the magnetic and the dual mode Polar pickup systems. Onboard preamplification provides master volume, bass, and treble controls.

NS Bass Cello strings

Based on traditional cello strings NS Bass Cello strings are light and responsive, with singing highs and a deep low register. In addition these ultra-smooth low-tension strings are effortless to play and minimize finger noise. They have a smooth pizzicato growl that can sound very much like an acoustic, yet deliver plenty of sustain and drive when you need it. Custom made by D'Addario they are also designed for bowing and respond much quicker to the bow than traditional bass strings, so expressive bow technique is easier to develop and maintain. THe CR5 can also accommodate traditional bass guitar strings.

Interchangeable support systems

The Boomerang strap system provides stable support at virtually any angle with full mobility for all bow and pizzicato styles of play. The tripod stand is comfortable for play standing or seated on a stool. The End Pin Stand is adjustable so that the instrument remains balanced without support from the left hand.

Handcrafted maple and ebony

Each instrument is hand-made in the Czech Republic with aged maple and ebony to the highest standard by craftsmen steeped in the tradition of instrument making.

  • Handcrafted in Czech Republic
  • Maple body
  • Ebony fingerboard and bridge
  • Ergonomically arched fingerboard and bridge
  • 34" scale
  • Dot markers
  • NS Polar pickup system
  • EMG magnetic pickups
  • Boomerang strap system
  • Active balance, volume, bass, and treble controls

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I've had the CR5 for a while now, and I must say I am very pleased with it. The craftsmanship is excellent and it is one of the best sounding basses I've ever owned. There is a very nice, warm growl from the lower strings that gives it a unique texture that I have never heard from any other bass. One of the great things about it is the pickup directional sensitivity knob. Turned to full arco position, the sound changes completely. The sustain of plucked notes drops significantly and the sound resembles that of an acoustic upright. The bowed sound is also very good and responsive. Turned to full pizzicato, you get good punch, very pronounced "MmmWah", and more sustain than I've ever had on a fretless. I've owned several fretless basses over the years and the NS Design basses top them all. I also own the CR4 double bass (which sounds virtually identical to the CR5), but I would have bought this bass first had I known about it. The bass cello is much easier to play thanks to its shorter scale length and slimmer neck. The biggest problem that I have with the CR4 is the wide string spacing. It's the same as a 3/4 scale acoustic upright and I feel rather sluggish playing pizzicato. This is not the case with the CR5. Although it is a five string, the spacing at the nut from the E string to the C string is close to that of a four string bass guitar. The flatwound strings that came on both of my NS Design basses are fantastic plucked or bowed and I consider them to be the best strings I've ever played. As for the boomerang strap, I didn't think I would even use it when I ordered this bass, but it has become my favorite way of playing the CR5. You really can adjust the bass's position anyway you like and it will stay right there. It's also a good bit lighter than a bass guitar, so standing for an entire three hour gig is easier. Overall, the CR5 is a beautiful and capable instrument and I would recommend it to any bassist.

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