NS Design WAV4 4 String Violin

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Designed and built to deliver great sound, excellent playability and long, dependable service, the NS WAV Series Violin provides an excellent affordable option both for serious professionals or student players.

At the heart of every NS electric violin is the Polar™ Pickup System. Sensor and bridge geometry are integrated to translate every nuance to the amplifier and speaker system. The big, bold, and brilliant tone looks to the future, yet the sonic ingredients of the acoustic violin are present and can be tamed to become traditional in character. The Polar pickup has the unique ability to analyze the direction of string vibration to enhance the bowed response and to facilitate bow technique. The unusually powerful piezo crystals do not require on-board power, for maintenance-free performance without the hassle of batteries.

The reserve power of a well set up electric violin makes the instrument easier to play than a conventional acoustic. The NS WAV Violin's rock maple bridge is easily adjustable for the playing style and action height you prefer; high and powerful like a traditional violin, low and fast like an electric guitar, or anywhere in between. The ebony fingerboard is graduated for each string to optimize the tone and playability of every note. The neck is smooth and fast, with traditional thumb reference points for the scroll and heel. The removable bout provides accurate position reference for players accustomed to using the traditional body shape for reference.

Accurate, stable tuners are the key to in-tune performance. The patented self-clamping tuning mechanism automatically grips the string ever more tightly as tension is applied, and the micrometer tuning is smooth and precise. This set-it and forget-it tuning is light-years ahead of the friction tuners found on traditional instruments.

Light weight and good balance are the essential comfort factors for any electric violin. The fully carved interior of the NS WAV Violin keeps the weight to the minimum, and the body mounted tuners bring the center of gravity back over the shoulder where it belongs. The shoulder rest is contoured and padded to provide stable support, and is fully adjustable accommodate differences in playing styles and body types.

The NS Design WAV violin comes complete with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest and a Cordura® covered NS custom case with handle and shoulder strap. The hardshell case Includes separate compartments for shoulder rest and accessories, a bow compartment and exterior zipper pouch (Loaded weight : approx. 3.2kg/7lbs).

The NS Design WAV Series Violin Features

  • NS Design Polar™ Directional Piezo Pickup System Great natural sound, with passive volume and tone controls
  • Ebony fingerboard, shaped for effortless play
  • Solid Maple Neck & Body for rich tone and visual grace
  • NS Design patented tuning system. 40:1 fine tuners are mounted on the body behind the bridge for precise, stable tuning. Automatic string clamping allows for quick, easy string changes.
  • Light weight, highly carved interior for light comfort
  • NS Custom Shoulder Rest - Ergonomically designed, stable, comfortable and fully adjustable
  • Padded Hardshell Case

  << NS Design WAV Violin User Manual

 NS Design WAV Series Violin

 Construction  Solid, straight grain maple body & neck
 Finish  Maple face with Black finish or flame maple face with a choice of Translucent Red or Sunburst finishes
 Body Reference Bout  Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference; Removable for unrestricted neck access
 Fingerboard  Hand graduated ebony; Asymmetric relief, Shaped for effortless play.
 Bridge  Black-dyed maple; Height adjustable via screws on back of body
 Pickup  NS Polar™ bridge mounted, self-powered, directional piezo pickup system
 Electronics  Passive circuit with high impedance output (no batteries required) • Volume control and Tone control (treble roll off)
 Tuning Machines  Precision 40:1 fine tuners mounted behind the bridge • Automatic string clamping for quick, easy string changing
 Length  54cm (21.25")
 Width  11cm (4.3")
 Thickness  6.5cm (2.56")
 Weight  WAV4 : 670g (1.47lb) • WAV5 : 695g (1.53lb)
 Scale Length  33cm (13")
 String Spacing  @ Bridge: 33.5 mm (1.32") / @ Nut: 16.2 mm (0.64”)
 Strings  NS Design/D'Addario Medium tension, stranded steel core (NS310); Compatible with standard violin strings
 Accessories  Ebony chin rest + NS Custom Shoulder Rest with ergonomic foam pad support, fully adjustable for height and angle
 Case  Cordura covered, form fitting hard foam core; 81cm x 21cm x 14cm (32" x 8.5" x 5.5"); Loaded Weight: 3.2kg (7lb)

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.

NS Design artist-in-residence, Edward Howe demonstrates the WAV Violin


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28 January 2016  | 

Electric violins are a new area for me. After some research I felt an NS would be best due to its size, design, easy stringing, tuning stability & overall build/sound quality.

Barry at TAC was extremely helpful in answering my questions.

I can say that I am very pleased indeed with the violin. Although a 'passive' instrument, it plugs straight into the microphone socket on my keyboard & the amplified sound is great, as is the tone control. I am able to obtain tones which range from traditional classic to folk.

The only downside is the shoulder rest... getting it into a comfortable position is fairly straightforward. However, whatever I do, the rest persists in moving when I'm playing.

Anyone at TAC got any ideas about how to put this right? If it wasn't for that, I would have given this a 5 star review as the violin itself certainly deserves it.

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Regarding Richard's question about the WAV Custom Shoulder Rest, here is a direct response from NS Design...

"We greatly appreciate this review! Regarding the shoulder rest issue submitted by the player, I have the following information and, if it is sufficiently clear, will be supplementing our instructions with it to benefit other players who may have a similar experience.

If the two clamps associated with the shoulder rest assembly are not properly adjusted, slippage of the support arm or shoulder rest base can be expected. When a user is experiencing difficulty, the first thing to check is whether the two members of the clamp touch each other at one end or the other. If they do, loosen the clamp and adjust the set screw (the one at the end opposite the thumb screw) so that, when tightened, the two halves are parallel.

Once that has been checked or adjusted, another easy step is to apply a coating of powdered rosin to the support rod where it contacts the clamp. Then tighten the thumb screw firmly.

NS WAV Violin Custom Shoulder Rest Assembly

This photo shows the proper orientation of the two clamp members - the arrow points to the set screw used to adjust the position. This screw can be turned by hand, but it can also be adjusted using a hex key. Always loosen the thumb screw before adjusting the set screw."

Gary Byers
Managing Director • NS Design

Thank You...
18 January 2016  | 

Many thanks to Barry for his useful, interesting & friendly advice. Much appreciated by a fellow music lover!

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