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NS Design NXT4 Upright Electric Double Bass (with Gig Bag), Black Satin

Meet the portable, affordable double bass! Plucked or bowed, Ned Steinberger's electric upright provides players with rich tone that's easy to amplify. (5) Read 3 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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NS Design NXT 4 Bass Black Satin

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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Ebony fretboard Delivers strong high-midrange and crisp treble
Polar piezo pickup system Arco mode for attack, pizzicato mode for sustain
Maple body and neck Crisp, articulate tone with long sustain
Asymmetrical fretboard relief More natural feel up and down the entire fretboard

Product Description

The NS Design NXT4 Double Bass opens up a horizon for the serious bassist looking to play a great instrument on a limited budget. These instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series, exemplify flawless workmanship at an incredible value.

Our Guitar/Bass expert Martin lays down a funky beat on the NS Design NXT4 Double Bass:


Features

- Crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series
- Passive electronics deliver unlimited overhead for ultimate sound without cumbersome batteries
- Solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated ebony fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone
- Adjustable bridge and truss rod allow for low, fast action
- Includes a self-supporting tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle

Polar Pickup System

Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the Polar Pickup System. A convenient switch allows selection of the 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 deliver unlimited overhead for ultimate sound without cumbersome batteries.

Construction

The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated ebony fingerboard, deliver 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.

NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound and feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NXT Series Bass is adaptable to many different styles of music.

The NXT4 double bass brings world-class design and craftsmanship to a surprisingly affordable price range. With a visual appearance as striking as its sound, the roadworthy NXT4 is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of NS Design products.
- Body/Neck: Solid Maple
- Fingerboard: Ebony
- Pickup: Polar Pickup System

Controls:
- Knob 1: Volume
- Knob 2: Tone clockwise for full treble, counter-clockwise to cut treble
- Switch:
Up for Arco Mode (for optimal bowed and percussive plucked sound)
Down for Pizzicato Mode (for optimal plucked, sustained sound)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black Satin
Shipping Weight: 24 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 57 x 10 x 10 in
Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 57 x 10 x 10 in
zZounds Expert Review
The upright bass has a completely unique sound sought after for many genres of music. The thing about the upright bass is, it's huge, and hard to amplify. The NS Design NXT4 relieves these problems. I find it really feels and sounds like an acoustic upright, but doesn't have the hangups that inhibit live playing. The Piezo switch is perfect for when I need to quickly switch to a bow for a passage in a tune. Without that feature, my bow would either sound way off, or I would have to run and switch all my settings, which isn't always possible mid-performance. I think the NS Design NXT4 is a perfect solution for playing jazz, rock, salsa, classical and more live. It makes getting that upright sound way easier. You can focus on playing instead of hauling gear and stopping feedback!

- Martin, Bass Specialist, zZounds Guitar Expert Team

Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Good Stand-in Instrument for the Price."
Sound: It sounds great. I've been using it with a Fishman preamp and a Gaellian-Krueger and it responds great and provides a wide variety of sounds. It's marketed as a stand-in for an acoustic instrument, and I think it fits the Bill. Feature: The instrument came with a gig bag and a tripod. The gig bag looks of shoddy construction and feels like it might tear any time now. The tripod is poorly constructed as well. In fact, they don't even sell the same tripod separately, only a more expensive and probably better one. But free is free, so I guess they'll do for now. Ease of Use: Really simple to play and adjust as needed. Problems in setting up tripod, which took a while at first. Quality: The instrument itself looks pretty sturdy and is aesthetically pleasing as well. Value: To get the same kind of sound on an acoustic it would cost many times as much. This is a good stand-in and a great value. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to contact the company about the product. The Wow Factor: It's not exactly the coolest, but I'm not complaining. Overall: Definitely would buy again.
Style of Music: rock, jazz
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "NS Design NXT 4 Upright"
Sound: I currently play in a Bluegrass ban and love the NS. I was using a Fender P bass and an Ibanez AEB but neither could really provide a traditional Bluegrass sound or feel. THE NS has the sustain and decay that is very close to a true DB. Feature: The fit and finish and quality of construction are very nice. The ebony fretboard is excellent. I have seen some reviews deriding the tripod but mine was sturdy and easy to use. My only compaint is that the tripod cannot be lowered enough to use in a seated position. For playing that is fine but after working all day it would be nice to sit down. I think I will either get a stool. I have also seen posts where players have fasioned a bracket to allow the NXT triopd to be used seated. Ease of Use: The learning curve is much easier than a full DB. I have raised the bridge to get a deeper sound, which was very easy. The NXT 4 comes with NS Contemporary strings, which I found to be a bit thin, especially the D and G. I switched to NS Traditional strings and have been much happier. Value: Certainly is better quality than an UB in this price range. Manufacturer Support: None needed. The Wow Factor: Every time I bring it out I get a ton of compliments. Very cool. Overall: Overall this is a very well made and easy to play instrument. Would recommend it to electric players who want to add an upright as the learning curve is much easier than a true DB. Also the storage and transportation issues are much easier than a full DB at a lower price point. I bought this from zZounds about four months ago and was able to incorporate it into our Bluegrass act pretty easily.
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