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NS Design CR4 Electric Bass Guitar

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NS-CR Bass GuitarMeticulously crafted in the Czech Republic, the Radius Bass Guitar embodies a breadth of experience, insight, and design brilliance ...Click To Read More About This Product

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NS-CR Bass Guitar
Meticulously crafted in the Czech Republic, the Radius Bass Guitar embodies a breadth of experience, insight, and design brilliance that only Ned Steinberger can bring. His approach to the Radius, as with every new instrument, was to re-explore each facet of the electric bass guitar, leading to innovations such as the Fusion neck, the Diradial body design, the NS tuning system, and the NS/EMG pickup system. However, what makes this instrument most remarkable is its seamless integration of feature, form and function. The sensuous lines of the Radius are balanced and refreshing, which is exactly how it feels to hold and to play it. Most of all, the Radius is, by design, among the most sonically dynamic, versatile and exciting basses available today. The CR4 Radius Bass Guitar is available in Amber Satin, Natural Satin, or Charcoal Satin finishes.

NS Fusion Neck: The Radius features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber core and adjustable truss rod. This combination has the natural feel of wood, but the core provides enhanced sustain and definition to each note. The fingerboard, which has a 15" radius, is 34" scale for the. Heavy conventional tuning machines are replaced by an aluminum headplate with ball-end string mounting slots. The tuning system is integrated into the body.

The Radius's maple body, with flamed maple top, has a concave back radius, which provides enhanced contact and stability against the torso. The front of the instrument is more tightly radiused, which, in combination with the general wedge shape of the body, shifts it into more comfortable orientation with the right hand. The distinctive horn provides a natural grip, and the configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets.

The instrument as a whole is perfectly balanced, no downward dip of the neck, giving the left hand unprecedented freedom. Combined, the shape, balance and lightweight of the Radius make this instrument exceptionally comfortable to play. NS Patented Tuning System (US Patent 6,528,710): Based on a design originally created for the NS violin, the Radius has a self-clamping, precision tuning machine, built into the body. This fast, simple system accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string. No tools are needed: simply rotate the knurled knob to change a string or tune the instrument.

NS/EMG Integral Pickup System: NS Design and EMG have collaborated to create this integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. It features an 18V onboard preamp, which provides extraordinary dynamic headroom. The active electronics are combined with the NS bridge-mounted Polar pickup system, the marriage of which puts an exceptionally broad, musically rich spectrum of tone at the player's fingertips.

Shape: C
Wood: Maple
Neck joint: 4-Bolt
Scale length: 34"
Truss rod: Yes
Finish: Gloss polyester

Active or passive: Active
Configuration: HH
Neck: Not applicable
Middle: Humbucker
Bridge: Humbucker
Brand: NS
Series or parallel: Series
Active preamp: 18V
Special electronics: Piezo preamp

Material: Rosewood
Radius: 15"
Fret size: Medium-jumbo
Number of frets: 27
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.6"
Neck width at 12 fret: 2.54"

Style: Double cutaway
Construction: Solidbody
Body wood: Maple
Top wood: Maple
Body finish: Satin
Orientation: Right-handed

Control layout: Master V, cut/boost T, cut/boost B
Pickup switch: 3-Way
Coil tap or split: Not appicable
Tone switching: Yes
Special switching: Yes

Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: NS proprietary
Tailpiece: Not applicable
Tuning machines: NS propietary
Color: Black

Number of strings: 4
Pickguard: No
Special features: Not applicable
Case: Sold separately
Accessories: Info not available
Country of origin: Czech Republic

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NS DesignCR4 Electric Bass Guitar

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The bass is phenominal

By Dark Presence

from Salem NH

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light Weight
  • Solid Electronics
  • Superior balance


    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about NS Design CR4 Electric Bass Guitar:

    So I was reluctant to spend this much on a bass. I have never spent more than 600 on bass. The bass comes set-up well, no need for a setup. The string height is simple to raise and lower more so than other basses because it uses the piezo pick-up -- so it's two screws. I love not having a head stock... my kid thinks it looks like the bass is an amputee, but I like the look and with my other basses I am constantly whacking the headstock on stuff...the real benefit is the balance it brings to the bass and it actually stays in tune longer because you are less likely to turn a key putting it away, or bumping it.

    Here's where the bass really shines--the electronics are so super sensitive you can get tones out of the bass I never new existed. Other basses I have owned -- when you turn a knob 180­ degrees you can barely tell what the knob does. This bass goes from really acoustic pingy highs to clean bassy lows. You can even hear your fingers sliding on the strings with the lightest touch (on the right setting). Seriously try taking this bass through it's electronic paces it it dynamic.
    There is small con here: when the batteries die it makes a horrible wub wub wub sound...I learned this the hard way not replacing the stock batteries and leaving it plugged in before the bad... I got through the show by switching the pick-ups (somehow) but always make sure the batteries are fresh or it's a nightmare.

    The action is good. The neck is just a tiny bit thicker than my Guild Pilot (I'm used to a really narrow neck) but it is thinner than say a Fender P-Bass neck.

    The radius feature of this bass is conforms to your body better than a regular flat back bass--that said I wish the top back of the body was beveled so when I rest my arm on it it wouldn't dig in.
    The balance is perfect the bass never sags to the head end

    I have the four string not sure how bassy the 5-string is.

    I wish the bass was a little less expensive--but I am glad I bought it.


    great guitar great tone great design

    By Camilo Ferns (India)

    from India

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer


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


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • School Bands

      Comments about NS Design CR4 Electric Bass Guitar:

      its a beautiful guitar great design and very light a
      comfortable on the body,my only complain
      is the battery compartment is very difficult to
      use and of poor quality.

      (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


      Labelled "Mint" but Damage to Finish and Battery Box

      By BassMint

      from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer


      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone


        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about NS Design CR4 Electric Bass Guitar:

        Good design and construction, excellent balance, great tone and playability.

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