NS Design - The Complete Orchestra is Here

Founded in 1990 by famed instrument designer Ned Steinberger, the genius behind the legendary Steinberger headless guitar design and the TransTrem™ System, NS Design has the visionary luthier and designer apply his revolutionary techniques to the development of a full range of electric concert instruments - Double Bass, Cello, Violin, Viola and the unique, hybrid Omni Bass. As Ned himself explains...

"Bowed electric instruments have been made since the mid-thirties. Unfortunately, most of these instruments are victims of the misplaced idea that an electric instrument should sound exactly like its acoustic predecessor. I want to take it a step further...

I want to see what these instruments can do when they are set free"

All over the world, NS instruments have been set free by a growing number of renowned musicians and envelope-pushing artists including Bakithi Kumalo, Tony Levin, Les Claypool, Doug Wimbish & Laurie Anderson and in the UK, by Acoustic Centre customers Dave Bronze, Neil Fairclough, Trevor Barry, Paul Turner, Geoff Gascoyne, John Thompson, Adrian Stout and Patrick Wreford.

Dave Bronze
Eric Clapton • A. Fairweather-Low

Geoff Gascoyne
Jamie Cullen • Van Morrison

Trevor Barry
UK Session Legend

Paul Turner
Jamiroquai • Annie Lennox

Adrian Stout
The Tiger Lillies

John Thompson
Mica Paris • Soul II Soul

Michelle Faehrmann
Four On The Floor String Quartet

Pat Wreford
Electric Swing Circus

Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells
Machine Gun • Doom Dogs • Solo

Grace Chatto
Clean Bandit

Neil Fairclough
Queen + Adam Lambert

Chris Wyse
The Cult • Owl • Mick Jagger

Marc Langis
Celine Dion

Jason Yang
Solo Artist

James "Hutch" Hutchinson
Bonnie Raitt • Neville Brothers

Bakithi Kumalo
Paul Simon • Tedeschi-Trucks

De Rock
Post Mortem • Temple Veil
Juan Nelson
Ben Harper's Innocent Criminals

Tony Levin
King Crimson • Peter Gabriel
Les Claypool
Primus • Oysterhead
Doug Wimbish
Living Colour • Tackhead
Laurie Anderson
Solo Artist

Rob Wasserman (1952 - 2016)
Solo • RatDog • David Grisman

Annie Clements
Sugarland • Holly Williams

Today at NS Design, Ned's passion and dedication to innovation continue unabated with new developments in construction techniques, tuning systems, pickup technologies, on-board electronics and support structures providing NS instruments with unprecedented versatility in every conceivable performance environment.


At The Acoustic Centre, you will find comprehensive stocks of the complete
NS design range of instruments and accessories - all at the best prices in Europe!


NS Design Double Bass

NS Design Omni Bass

NS Design Electric Cello

NS Design Electric Violin & Viola

NS Design Interchangeable Support Systems

NS Design Electric Strings

NS Design Gig Bags & Cases