NS Design CR4 Cello

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The solid-body NS Cello, designed by Ned Steinberger, is now available in the acclaimed CR Series. This remarkable instrument, available with 4, 5 or 6 strings, is able to produce the delicate and precise tones of its acoustic parent, as well as create exciting new sounds through the tone shaping geometry of its innovative NS Polar™ piezo pickup system.

Solid Maple Body & Neck

The NS Cello is crafted from European maple, with a flame maple face. This solid-body design develops a rich, multi-dimensional tone free from the constraints inherent in an acoustic instrument. The traditional cello scale length and neck shape have a familiar feel, while the small body allows full access to the upper register. Solid construction provides structural stability, to resist changes in temperature and humidity.

NS Polar Pickup

The NS Cello features the NS Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system. The Polar pickups can sense either vertical or lateral string vibration. Set in the vertical mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. In the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction of the bow, with more attack when plucked. Attack and decay can be effectively controlled with the Polar pickup system.

Ebony Fingerboard

The solid ebony fingerboard is graduated for each string for ideal playing action. Cascading dot markers provide an attractive and precise reference for fingering/intonation.

Active EMG Electronics

The dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two very distinct tone qualities. The first mode delivers the full frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for a rich, full-blown "electric" sound. The second is balanced to produce the frequency response of the traditional cello, for a more "acoustic" sound. A 3-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options. Additional controls include volume and individual bass EQ & treble EQ controls.

In addition, the NS Cello features an internal headphone amp circuit with mini-jack output, allowing for silent practice or self-monitoring.


The use of standard cello strings and scale length establishes a familiar starting point for the cellists journey to the electric world. From there, anything goes. The energetic response of the NS Cello can be tamed to deliver a traditional cello tone, or set loose to explore new territory.

Interchangeable Support Systems

The NS Cello, as with all of Ned Steinberger's concert instrument designs, features a common mount that allows the use of a range of interchangeable support systems, to suit any playing style, in any performance environment.

  • Tripod Stand - Supplied as standard equipment, the CR Tripod Stand provides stable support, with full height and tilt adjustment. The stand folds down to fit in the gig bag.

  • End Pin Stand - An optional End Pin Stand offers the cellist a more traditional position, similar to that of an acoustic instrument. Using the additional NS End Pin Stand Conversion Kit, the End Pin Stand can be attached to the Tripod Stand to hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use.

  • Cello End Pin Stand - Provides the traditional cello points of contact and position, and is the best choice for cellists who have an animated style of playing while seated, or who play the instrument at a more horizontal angle.

  • Frame Strap System - A light frame structure is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder, holding the cello in the correct position for both pizzicato and arco styles, whilst allowing full mobility with amazing comfort.


The NS Cello is supplied with a sturdy, padded tubular gig bag, measuring only 100cm (40") long and 18cm (7") in diameter, and weighing 4.6kg (10lbs) with the instrument and tripod stand. A storage area inside the gig bag has room for accessories.

An optional aluminium edged flight case is also available, measuring 136cm x 28cm x 27cm (53.5" x 11" x 10.5"); weight 18kg (40lb), fully loaded with instrument & tripod stand.

Get The RIGHT Amplifier for your NS Instrument

Designed by British audio electronics guru Phil Jones, the CUB AG-100 is a sophisticated acoustic instrument amplifier with a wide frequency response, exceptional hi-fidelty sound, transparent tonal reproduction and diminutive frame - the perfect partner to the NS Design range of violins, violas and cellos.

"for acoustic endeavours and small rooms, or a monitor for lower volume gigs, you're unlikely to find anything that sounds better at any price or size"  Guitar World • June 2007


 NS Design CR Series CR4 4-String Cello

 Construction  Solid, straight grain rock maple body, neck & peghead; Flame maple face
 Finish  Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat
 Fingerboard  Ebony, with note reference dots
 Bridge Pickup  NS Polar™ directional piezo pick-up system
 Electronics  18 volt active circuit by EMG; Mono output
 Controls  Switch for Polar Pickup Balance (between pizzicato / pure preamp arco - electric tone / arco modes);
 Volume Control;  Treble EQ / Bass EQ
 Headphone Amp  Internal headphone amp circuit with 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone mini-jack for silent practice/self monitoring
 Truss Rod  Accessible at nut
 Tuning Machines  18:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners; black finish
 Length  94cm (37")
 Width  14cm (5.5")
 Thickness  9.5cm (3.75")
 Weight  2.5kg (5.5lbs)
 Scale Length  69.5cm (27.36")
 String Spacing  @ Bridge: 4.8cm (1.9") / @ Nut: 2.4cm (0.94")
 Strings  NS Design/D'Addario Cello Strings - Medium tension, stranded steel core (NS510)
 Stand  Braced steel, fully adjustable, standing tripod design; Weight 3.2 kg (7lbs)
 Gig Bag  Padded tubular gig bag, measuring 100cm (40") long x 18cm (7") in diameter, Loaded weight approx 4.6kg (10lbs)
 with instrument and stand

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