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 seen 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 — that provides modern players with the ultimate freedom of expression. 

"Bowed electric instruments have been made since the mid-thirties. Unfortunately, most of these instruments are the 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!" — Ned Steinberger

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, and Laurie Anderson as well as by Acoustic Centre customers John Paul Jones, Dave Bronze, Trevor Barry, Paul Turner, Geoff Gascoyne, John Thompson, Adrian Stout, Patrick Wreford, Calum Ingram, Corey Wallace, and George Price.

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

DISCOVER THE COMPLETE NS DESIGN RANGE AT THE Acoustic CENTRE

With exclusive representation and decades of dedicated brand knowledge, the Acoustic Centre offers superlative customer service and comprehensive stocks at the best prices in Europe, with FREE SHIPPING to the United Kingdom and selected EU mainland destinations on all instruments.

NS Design Double Bass

Pushing the boundaries of the modern electric upright, NS Double Basses combine revolutionary design with superb construction, unparalleled performance and unlimited tonal response.

NS Design Omni Bass

With a familiar 34" bass guitar scale, the NS Omni Bass is the perfect crossover between electric and upright bass. Available with 4 or 5 strings, it offers incredible tonal flexibility and playability.

NS Design Electric Cello

A ground-breaking instrument, available with 4, 5 or 6 strings, the energetic response of the NS Cello can be tamed to deliver a delicate and precise traditional cello tone, or set loose to create exciting new sounds.

NS Design Electric Violin

Available in 4 and 5 string versions, with traditional and fretted models available, NS Violins provide the elegance of a fine acoustic instrument as well as the freedom to explore bold, uncharted sonic territory.

NS Design Electric Viola

With a remarkable tonal range thanks to the unique Polar™ pickup system, the NS Viola delivers a full, rich, and powerful sound, capturing both bow and pizzicato techniques with stunning brilliance and sensitivity.

NS Design Support Systems

NS Design has cleverly designed their instruments with several options for playing with a range of interchangeable support systems that allow players total flexibility, mobility and freedom of expression.

NS Design Gig Bags & Cases

Protect your NS Double Bass, Omni Bass, Cello, Violin or Viola with the lightweight mobility, convenience, and safety of an NS padded gig bag or the industrial strength security of a fully fitted custom flight case.

NS Design Electric Strings

In partnership with D'Addario, NS Design presents a range of strings for all electric bowed instruments, focused on providing fullness of tone, balance, and the highest standard of precision and performance.

 

INTERNATIONAL NS DESIGN ARTISTS

Dave Bronze
Eric Clapton / Andy Fairweather-Low
Grace Chatto
Clean Bandit
Adrian Stout
The Tiger Lillies
Calum Ingram
Sandi Thom / Solo
Keira Kenworthy
Rising UK Bass Session Star
Bakithi Kumalo
Paul Simon / Tedeschi Trucks
George Price
Emily Faye / Sessions
Danica Pinner
Ben Harper / HAIM
Chris Wyse
The Cult / Mick Jagger
Ezinma Ramsay
Beyoncé / Stevie Wonder
Rob Wasserman (1952 - 2016)
Lou Reed / Elvis Costello
Patrick Wreford
Electric Swing Circus
Brittany Frompovich
Solo Artist / Educator
Ben McKee
Imagine Dragons
Abi Loutoo
Abi.L.ity • Joni Fatora
John Regan
Peter Frampton / Ace Frehley
Juan Nelson (1958 - 2021)
Ben Harper
AxxiA
Solo Artist
Doug Wimbish
Tackhead / Living Colour
Laurie Anderson
Solo Artist
Michelle Faehrmann
Four On The Floor String Quartet
Les Claypool
Primus
Lucine Fyelon
Foo Fighters / Solo
Daryl Runswick
Composer / Performer