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NS Design CR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass  

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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, Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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NS DesignCR Series 4-String Electric Double Bass
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

great sound and playability

I played one of these while I was shopping for an electric upright and the tone and feel was top notch. The bass definitely felt better to play than anything else I tried and...Read complete review

I played one of these while I was shopping for an electric upright and the tone and feel was top notch. The bass definitely felt better to play than anything else I tried and the unique pickup system was great. Everything on the bass was wonderful, however I found that the ns designs wav 4 was a better fit for me. I like passive basses and the wav 4's simple control layout appealed to me. The Cr (this bass) had a little better sound and feel but not the several thousand dollar price difference between this and the wav 4. This is a great work of art but the average gigging bassist will find themselves perfectly happy with it's lower priced cousin, the wav 4.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable for the money

By Phillippe Paradis

from Sunol, CA

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

I have been playing my CR5 bass for over 6 years now. It is an amazing instrument. With the combination of Piezo bridge and EMG magnetic pickups I am able to obtain just about any tonal quality I want. The rich growl and sustain rivals $30K+ real stand-ups I have played on. The buttery feel and long sustain make this ax an absolute dream to play. Being able to stay behind the neck for fingering all the way up the finger board is pretty amazing, too. I no longer use my real standup - particularly for gigs. The craftsmanship is outstanding. Word of caution - the interior bag for the tripod stand is NOT substantial enough to provide protection for the instrument. I have a couple of nice sized gouges in the neck to prove it. Wrap the tri-pod stand in pipe insulation, Large bubble wrap, foam, a towel or just about anything before putting it into the interior bag (the interior bag floats freely with the bass itself inside of the gig bag).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great sound and playability

    By Alex Bippus

    from Lodi, CA

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

    I played one of these while I was shopping for an electric upright and the tone and feel was top notch. The bass definitely felt better to play than anything else I tried and the unique pickup system was great. Everything on the bass was wonderful, however I found that the ns designs wav 4 was a better fit for me. I like passive basses and the wav 4's simple control layout appealed to me. The Cr (this bass) had a little better sound and feel but not the several thousand dollar price difference between this and the wav 4. This is a great work of art but the average gigging bassist will find themselves perfectly happy with it's lower priced cousin, the wav 4.

    (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.

    (4 of 4 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!

    (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.

    (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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Bass

    By Juan Carlos Rochefort

    from Mexico

    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!

     
    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.

    (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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