NS Design NXT4a Double Bass

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NS Design Composite Bass BowNS Design Composite Bass Bow
NS Design CR End Pin StandNS Design CR End Pin Stand
NS Design CR Tripod StandNS Design CR Tripod Stand
NS Design End Pin Conversion KitNS Design End Pin Conversion Kit
NS Design Custom Flight CaseNS Design Custom Flight Case
Elites Danny Thompson Double Bass StringsElites Danny Thompson Double Bass Strings

The NXTa Double Bass opens up a new horizon for the serious bassist looking to play a great instrument on a limited budget

Available in 4 and 5 string configurations, these instruments are produced in the Czech Republic by the same craftsmen who build NS Design's renowned EU and CR Series instruments and exemplify world-class design and flawless craftsmanship at a more affordable price point. With a visual appearance as striking as its sound, the roadworthy NXTa design is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.

Sporting a full double bass scale length, the NXTa Double Bass features a solid maple body and neck with a graduated ebony fingerboard for 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 Polar Bridge Pickup System

Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the NS Design Polar™ Pickup System...  Two separate mounted transducers beneath the bridge offer unlimited expressive potential and powerful dynamics. With each pickup specialized for a specific task, a convenient switch gives you the choice to select a traditional arco mode for percussive attack and a dynamic bowed response, or the pizzicato mode for a smooth, sustained tone.

Dual Mode Output

New NS Design dual mode signal output electronics take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXTa to another level.

Active Mode
Using the supplied charger, the NXTa connects into any AC outlet for 60 seconds, powering the capacitor powered active circuit for up to 16 hours of performance time. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.

Passive Mode
The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.

Eco-Friendly Operation
NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.

NS Design/D'Addario™ Strings

Equipped with NS Contemporary Bass Strings by D'Addario™, the NXTa is compatible with most standard electric or traditional acoustic upright bass strings. In combination with the easy adjustment of its basic set-up parameters, this versatile instrument is adaptable to many different styles of music.

Accessories

Includes a self-supporting tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle plus a nylon padded gig bag with stand compartment, bow compartment, charger and accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap. With a loaded weight of 11.2kg (25lbs) including stand, the NXTa Double Bass fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

Optional Extras

As all NS Double Basses share the same mounting system, a wide array of additional, interchangeable support systems make the NXTa Double Bass adaptable to virtually any situation :

End Pin Stand
Offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 2.3kg (5lbs).

End Pin Conversion Kit
Converts Tripod Stand into a support for the End Pin Stand.

Boomerang Strap System
Provides full mobility and the freedom to play in virtually any position, with instant adjustment for bow and pizzicato technique, without stress and fatigue.

Frame Strap System
A lightweight frame structure supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder that holds the bass in the correct positions for both pizz and arco styles and provides maximum mobility with amazing comfort.

Flight Case
Aluminium edged plywood, 145cm (57") long; 25cm (10") wide; 25cm (10") high. Loaded weight is 22kg (48lbs), including stand.

Construction Solid, straight grain maple
Finish Black Satin with maple face or Sunburst with flame maple face.
Fingerboard Hand-graduated ebony. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers; width at nut: 43.1mm (1.7"); 89mm (3.5") maximum width
Bridge Rock maple (dyed black); radius 79mm (3.1"); string spacing 80mm (3.14")
Nut Ebony; radius 79mm (3.1"); string spacing 30mm (1.19")
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ directional piezo pick-up system
Electronics Toggle switch for Polar Pickup Balance (between pizzicato/arco modes) • Rotary volume control with push-pull selection between ACTIVE and SELF-POWERED output mode • Tone control (treble roll off)
Truss Rod Single Action, accessible at nut
Tuning Machines 12:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish
Length 132cm (52")
Width 15cm (6")
Thickness 10cm (4")
Weight 4.8kg (10.5lbs)
Scale Length 106cm (41.73")
Strings NS Contemporary Bass Strings by D'Addario™ • Also compatible with most standard upright bass strings
Stand NXT Tripod Stand • Black painted steel, adjustable, folds for easy storage and fits into supplied gig bag • Weight : 3kg (7lbs)
Gig Bag Nylon padded gig bag, with stand compartment, bow compartment, charger and accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap • Loaded weight : 11.2kg (25lbs) including stand

The NS Design Polar™ Pickup System

THE POLAR™ PICKUP SYSTEM allows the player to select the direction of response to control attack, sustain, and bow response characteristics. The result is an exciting new dimension in string instrument performance, featuring:

  • Powerful dynamics
  • Rich, full sound
  • High sensitivity to the bow
  • Sustained pizzicato
  • Extended versatility

As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarized in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarization.

The bow drives the string back and forth in the direction of the bow, while at the same time it suppresses the up and down vibration. You can see this effect with the naked eye by watching the wide excursion of the lowest strings when bowed. From the front, you can see a wide lateral pattern of string vibration, but looking from the side you can see almost no pattern at all. Instruments in the violin family have a tall bridge in combination with an asymmetrical support structure of bass bar and sound post that efficiently translate the sideways motion of the bowed string into sound.

The Polar pickup responds with a high degree of lateral sensitivity and vertical rejection that is tailored to mirror the polarity of the bowed string. The result is a remarkably dynamic, rich tone that responds effortlessly to the bow.

The Polar pickup takes this concept one step further, and is able to switch from lateral to vertical sensitivity, which is ideal for pizzicato. Unlike the violin, a flattop guitar or lute respond in the vertical direction, to minimize the plucked attack and store energy for longer sustain. With the touch of a finger, the polar pickup can switch from lateral to vertical mode. In the vertical mode the attack is controlled for a sustained, singing pizzicato response. The lateral mode has the opposite effect, and the plucked response is extraordinarily percussive, like a traditional bowed instrument, only more so. This dual capacity allows the player to control attack and decay, adding new expressive potential to the violin family of instruments.


All NS Design instruments are equipped with the dual-mode Polar Pickup System.

On EU and CR Series instruments, active bass and treble EQ controls combine with the Polar pickup options to provide tremendous tonal range. Additional magnetic pickups, switching and associated pre-amp circuitry vary from model to model.

 

CR Series

Sophisticated and versatile instruments, built to deliver outstanding performance.

NXTa Series

Featuring innovative, custom built, high performance, battery-free active electronics.

WAV Series

Affordable passive instruments featuring NS Design's Polar™ Pickup System.

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