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** NS Design NXT 4 EUB: Black Satin

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This bass is a brand new, first-quality, unblemished, A-stock bass in its original factory box. The original passive design of the NXT is being updated to the new NXTa "active" series, which is structurally identical to this bass, but includes a new flash-rechargable active buffer circuit.

This bass has a standard passive control set with the Jackpot volume control, and if you're using an acoustic amp or a buffering external preamp (like a Fishman, LR Baggs, Schatten, Radial Engineering, etc.) then the NXTa's preamp is purely academic for you. So save a couple hundy and get this bass instead!
NXT Bass NXT Bass As you may already know, the NS Design Electric String Instruments have a long and noble history. The EU series came first, and they were initially made in the US and were quite expensive. The CR series were introduced as a more affordable version made in the Czech Republic. They got to be so good at it that they make the EU series in the Czech facility now, too! Finally, the WAV4 were introduced at a remarkably low price, good quality instruments made first in China, (the 2016 reissue is made in Indonesia) to Ned Steinberger's strict quality standards. The NXT is the "middle ground" - the reduced feature set of the WAV4, with the better fit and finish of the higher-grade models.

The NXT Bass is very much the same as the WAV4, but with some notable differences — and beyond the specifications below, it is a far more refined instrument than the WAV4...

Model NXT WAV4
Made in Czech Republic China
Body Wood Maple Beech
Fingerboard Wood Ebony or Richlite* Black Rosewood
Finishes Available Amberburst, Black Satin Amberburst, Cherryburst, Piano Black
Includes Lightweight Tripod Stand, Padded Gig Bag with Separate Compartment for Stand Lightweight Tripod Stand, Padded Gig Bag with Separate Compartment for Stand


Like the WAV4, the NXT is a full (3/4 size) scale four string instrument featuring NS Design's proprietary PolarTM piezo pickup system. The NXT Bass is available in either a transparent Amberburst or Black Satin finish. Each bass includes a collapsible tripod stand and a padded gig bag; it holds the bass, the stand, and also has a pocket for a bow.

The instruments have two differently-mounted transducers beneath the adjustable bridge for sound. There is a switch to toggle between them for bowing (arco) and plucking (pizzicato), because the strings vibrate differently under the bow than when plucked; each pickup in the "Polar Pickup" system is specialized for each task. To keep the price down, the system is passive, with just a single volume and tone control (Unlike the CR and EU basses, which have an active preamp built-in). I recommend you consider a suitable outboard preamp or be conscious of the fact that, like any instrument with a passive piezo-based pickup, some EQ work will be a good idea to shape the tone to your preference.

NXT BassThis is a true electric upright bass, not a fretless bass guitar that you play vertically. The fingerboard is curved, so it can be bowed. While there is a truss rod, there is relief in the fingerboard for typical upright bass style play; if you want very close action for fretless bass guitar style "mwah" up and down the board, additional fingerboard work may be desired.

LEFT HANDED VERSIONS of the NXT bass are available at the prices shown. We try to keep stock on left-handed basses, but they may be subject to extended timeframes for acquisition.

NXT BassThe stock strings are a light gauge steel that serve as a reasonably decent hybrid sort of sound, but the instrument responds well to - and can handle - most standard 3/4 size upright bass strings. I and others report good success with strings such as the Pirastro Obligatos (see related items, below), which are a popular, heavier gauge upright bass string that delivers a more traditional sound, with less sustain and more body than the stock strings. Keep in mind, however, that the tuning machines are similar to bass guitar tuners, so very heavy gauge strings (like the Eurosonics) typically cannot be accommodated. However, since the pickups are piezo-based, which sense vibration, most any 3/4 size upright bass string can be a candidate - strings can be made of any material, as they do not have to have magnetic content. NS Design specifically designed the rear control cover with keyhole slots, which allow you to route the longer strings around the bottom of the bass and anchor them there.

The Endpin Stand, Strap System, ATA Rated flight case, and Tripod Stand for the CR/EU models (see below) are compatible with the NXT as well. We also have a lighter-weight hard case available which works well with this bass. However, the CR/EU Stand Conversion Kit, which enables the docking of the Endpin Stand to the CR/EU Tripod Stand, will not work with the WAV stand. See those optional accessories below.

A page with NXT comments from Bob, such as what to expect and how to get the best results from it, is included with each bass.

SPECIFICATIONS:
  • LENGTH: 132 cm (52")
  • WEIGHT: exact weight not specified yet
  • SCALE LENGTH: 106 cm (41.73")
  • STRINGS: 4
  • CONSTRUCTION: Solid maple
  • COLORS: Transparent Amberburst Satin or Black Satin.
  • FINGERBOARD: Ebony or Richlite*;
    • 4 string: 43.1mm (1.7") wide at nut; 89.0mm (3.5") max. width
    • 5 string: 47.6mm (1.875") wide at nut; 101.6mm (4.0") max. width
  • BRIDGE: Rock maple (dyed black); radius 7.9cm (3.1") string spacing 80 mm (3.14")
  • NUT: Ebony; radius 7.9cm (3.1"); string spacing 31mm (1.22")
  • POLAR™ PICKUP SYSTEM: The directional piezo pick-up system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound)
  • ELECTRONICS: passive volume and tone control
  • TRUSS ROD: Powerful rod design provides positive relief adjustment, accessible at nut. See text above outlining range, it cannot completely flatten the board.
  • TUNING MACHINES: Fully encased worm gear tuners; black finish
  • STRINGS: Light tension flatwound steel strings are standard. Accommodates all NS length strings and most long scale acoustic double bass strings.
  • TRIPOD STAND: (standard) Black steel, fully adjustable, standing tripod design. Weight 3.2 kg (7 lbs.) Note: All basses come with the newest version stand with the redesigned head.
  • END PIN STAND: (optional) Offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 2.3 kg (5 lbs)
  • SHOULDER STRAP SYSTEM: (optional) guitar style shoulder strap for full mobility
  • GIG BAG: (standard) Padded gig bag with integrated bow pocket, handle and backpack style strap. External pockets for stands and accessories


Comments from Mark, reproduced from our November 2009 newsletter:

The brand new NXT Electric Upright Bass from NS Design is really something! While on the surface it may seem that it's just a WAV4 bass with a higher price tag, a closer look reveals some key differences.

For one, the finishes are gorgeous; they're not glossy like the WAV, they're a matte finish, which is more like the high-end CR models. The black has a matte - rather than glossy - finish, it's super sharp. And the AmberBurst is nothing like the WAV's faux-flame; it's real wood with grain showing, and a traditional burst application (also with a very classy matte finish.)

What also strikes me is the acoustic resonance of the instrument - the construction is "tight" and the physical vibration throughout the entire instrument is quite apparent. This may also be wood choice; for the body and fingerboard, the NXT features maple and ebony/Richlite*, rather than the WAV4's poplar and black rosewood, respectively.

Plugged into the shop amp, an Acoustic Image Contra, it sounds quite good; it still needs some tone-shaping to get a more "real" URB sound, but it speaks well, even with the stock strings. Electronically, it looks like they're using better pots and switches on the NXT, too. I haven't opened up the cavity yet, but the switch is obviously different (bigger paddle, feels more substantial) and the knobs are different. The design, accessories, and stand are all essentially the same, so it's still compatible with the various stand and strap options, as well as the cool molded plastic case I found for the WAV4.

I still love my WAV4, but this new NXT bass is really slick, and I think the extra refinement is worth the difference in price. NS Design continues to impress. -- Mark


NXT Bass
*What is Richlite?

NS Design is committed to the need and responsibility to do what we can to protect our environment. Certain materials which have for centuries been part of the tradition of instrument making, are under increasing environmental and regulatory pressure. Among these is ebony. NS Design has been on a quest to find an alternative to ebony, one which meets high standards for performance, appearance and durability.

Beginning in November, 2014, they will begin equipping NXT series instruments with fingerboards made from Richlite™, a natural fiber composite that was originally developed for aerospace and industrial applications. They have found that Richlite's structural, visual, tactile and sonic characteristics rival those of ebony, and that this material is very "friendly" to traditional tools and techniques used by luthiers in the maintenance and care of ebony fingerboards.

Please note that during the transition period, an NXT instrument you receive may have either an ebony or Richlite fingerboard. Also note that all model numbers and prices remain the same, regardless of fingerboard material.


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I've been asked many times about battery-powered bass amps, for those who need to play campground gigs, outdoor festivals, and the like. There are very few options -- but for reinforcement purposes, this one might just be the ticket... (1x10 combo, 50w)

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Fishman Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost
Fishman Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost

Great new features and cosmetics in this replacement for the B-II and Pro-EQ II preamplifiers - switchable instrument mode changes the EQ points, new boost and phase... a real pocket powerhouse!

From $299.95

Fishman Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier
Fishman Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier

This new replacement to the long running Pro-EQ Platinum models combines the functionality and adds TONS more useful features, including a notch filter, phase control, built-in tuner, and more!

From $149.95

Gold Tone Micro Bass - 23 and 25 inch scale Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar
Gold Tone Micro Bass - 23 and 25 inch scale Acoustic/Electric Bass Guitar

Slightly larger than other "uke" based instruments, this is my new favorite "mini-bass." The longer (23" or 25") scale of the Gold Tone Micro Bass is much easier to play -- especially with my "sausage fingers" -- and the larger, round-back design provides a bit more acoustic sound than the smaller instruments. Includes a really nice deluxe padded gig bag!

From $393.50

Line 6 Digital Wireless System (2.4GHz)
Line 6 Digital Wireless System (2.4GHz)

For years I've directed people to other retailers to get Line6 wireless systems; now, get one directly from us - one that's been tested to work with upright bass pickups!

$199.95

Ray Brown – Legendary Jazz Bassist - Transcription Book
Ray Brown – Legendary Jazz Bassist - Transcription Book

This item is made in USA!Fantastic transcriptions of some of Ray Brown's best-loved arrangements...

$18.49

Gollihur Music Beanie Hat (aka Skullcap)
Gollihur Music Beanie Hat (aka Skullcap)

Baseball caps not your style? You might like our new "BASS NATION" knit beanie hat, a popular new addition to our cool bass wearables. Get a little swagger with your schwag...

$14.95

Acoustic Image FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)
Acoustic Image FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)

The new FLEX Preamp offers incredibly flexible inputs and outputs, 2-channels (microphone OR instrument level) with new 4-band EQ and more great features than I can describe here - check out the full description!
• 2.5 lbs.

$629.00

Acoustic Image FLEX Modular Amplification System (Series 4+)
Acoustic Image FLEX Modular Amplification System (Series 4+)

This item is made in USA!The new Flex system is a set of modular components, with a detachable preamp and powered speaker, providing ultimate setup flexibilty with the trademark AI sound...
• 300x300x50w (triamped) • Cabinet is 17Hx15W (round) • less than 35 lbs.

From $629.00