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The NXT Omni Bass, with the familiar 34 inch bass guitar scale, is designed for the bass guitarist interested in adding the character and expressiveness of an acoustic upright bass (or the NS Electric Upright) to his performance palette. These well-priced instruments are produced in the Czech Republic with the same meticulous care as the renowned CR Omni Bass.
Tone and Performance - The self-powered NS Polar Pickup System, with its pizz/arco selector switch, captures the essence of plucked or bowed playing with stunning richness, control and clarity. The NXT Omni Bass is capable of exceptional acoustic performance when that’s your intent, but because the signal coming from the Polar pickup is so complete, everything is available for pedals, mixers and other electronics to modify, so you can take your sound down any path you choose.
The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. 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 Electric Omni Bass Strings and standard bass guitar strings fit the Omni Bass, adding unlimited set up options for musicians who want to explore and create their own unique sound.
The Omni Bass responds to the bow with a natural and expressive voice, combining powerful bass resonance with brilliant harmonics. The strings are easily driven with a bow, making it possible for bassists with little bowing experience to add this important dimension to their music.
The TransRadius Fingerboard - The 34-inch scale length of the Omni Bass mirrors a standard electric bass, so when tuned in fourths the fingering positions and spacing are identical to the bass guitar. The fingerboard also features the TransRadius profile. For a left-hand feel which is familiar to the experienced bass guitarist, the radius at the nut is ten inches. At the end of the fingerboard near the bridge, however, the radius is just 2.5 inches, large enough to maintain good string-to-string articulation with the bow, yet still comfortable for pizzicato (plucked/picked) style. The asymmetrical fingerboard relief facilitates an even 'growl' from the higher strings and a clear, powerful lower register.
Support Systems - The Boomerang Strap System is standard with the NXT Omni Bass. Two articulated arms and a pivoting hub allow full mobility on stage or in studio. The comfortable Boomerang strap fits over the shoulder just like a guitar, but the adjustable arms allow the instrument to be placed in virtually any position in relation to the hands and body. The Boomerang Strap System allows full mobility for either bowing or plucking. The Omni Bass can also be played on an NS Tripod Stand.
Strings - 4-string E,A,D,G; 5-string B,E,A,D,G or E,A,D,G,C. The Omni Bass can also be tuned in fifths, for fingerings that are more natural for the cellist seeking enhanced bass range: C,G,D,A (low to high in 5ths) for 4-string, or C,G,D,A,E for 5-string.
Body/Neck - Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Black) or flame maple face (Sunburst) on body.
Fingerboard - Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers & side dots.
Truss Rod - Single Action, accessible at nut.
Tuning Hardware - 12:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.
Polar Pickup - The Polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to lateral string vibration, for bowing and for the percussive plucked response of a traditional acoustic instrument, or to vertical string vibration, for remarkable even and sustained plucked sound more like a guitar. A switch allows the player to choose the desired response.
Electronics & Controls - Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control and Tone control (treble roll off).
Supplied with NXT Gig Bag and Boomerang Strap. Optional Flight Case available, aluminum edged plywood measuring 145 x 25 x 25 (57 x 10 x 10 inches) with loaded weight of approximately 18 kilograms (40 pounds) including stand.