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NS Design NXT 4 String Electric Double Bass - Sunburst


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  • Solid Maple Body and neck with figured maple top
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Passive Polar pickup system
  • Comes with Deluxe Gig Bag and Heavy Duty Tripod
  • Adjustable Bridge and Truss Rod
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 56.5 x 9.5 x 9.8 inches ; 20 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 21.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B003EV6EG6
  • Item model number: NXT4 Double Bass-Sunburst
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,135 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 1, 2010

Product Description

NS Design NXT4 Double Bass, Sunburst
NS Design NXT4 Double Bass, Sunburst
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NS Design NXT4 Double Bass - Sunburst

The NXT bass brings world-class design and craftsmanship to a surprisingly affordable price range. With a visual appearance as striking as its sound, the roadworthy NXT is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career. This instrument is produced in the Czech Republic by the same craftsmen who build NS Design's renowned CR Series. Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the Polar Pickup System. A convenient switch allows selection of the traditional arco mode for percussive attack and dynamic bowed response, or pizzicato mode for a smooth, sustained tone. The self-powered electronics deliver extraordinary dynamic range and overhead without the need for batteries. The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated fingerboard, deliver 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.


NXT Bass Specifications
  • INCLUDES: Tripod Stand and Gig Bag
  • LENGTH: 132 cm (52")
  • WIDTH: 15 cm (6")
  • THICKNESS: 10 cm (4")
  • WEIGHT: 4.8 kg (10.5 lbs.)
  • SCALE LENGTH: 106 cm (41.73")
  • BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple, with flame maple face on body.
  • FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers.
  • 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).
NXT4 Sunburst Double Bass side view
NXT4 Sunburst Double Bass side view
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Tailoring the NXT to Your Style and Preferences

NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. The NXT pickup system is designed to deliver the nuance of your choices with full fidelity.

In addition, the combination of string selection and the easy adjustment of relief and bridge height make the NXT Series Bass adaptable to any music and playing style.

NXT4 Sunburst Double Bass with Stand
NXT4 Sunburst Double Bass with Stand
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Support Systems

A wide array of interchangeable support systems make the NXT Double Bass adaptable to virtually any situation. Standard equipment includes a self-supporting tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle. A more traditional end pin stand is available, as well as shoulder strap options that allow for full mobility. The End Pin Stand conversion kit attaches to the tripod stand to hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use.

Shoulder Strap Systems (optional): The Boomerang strap allows the instrument to be placed into virtually any position for plucking and bowing. The Frame strap holds the instrument out from the body, providing a more traditional bowing position. Both styles use a single guitar-style shoulder strap for full mobility.

Customer Reviews

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Well made and nice to look at.
Joshua Sutton
Our band plays traditional bluegrass; we want to sound like a traditional bluegrass band, so it was a big deal for them to pick the NS bass over the King.
Lyn B
Last but not least, the sound works great for me: playing manouche jazz, I was looking for a warm, full bodied tone that has a nice sustain.
Martin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lyn B on September 28, 2013
To answer my own question: Yes! I had been thinking of getting one of these a try, and after a trip to IBMA and the accompanying trade show in 2012, I came home and ordered one. I couldn't be more pleased with this instrument. Three areas of discussion I want to share as you consider purchase of one of these.

The plusses: If you travel to pick, your going to love it in lieu of your traditional upright bass. Much easier to tote. The instrument sounds and plays consistently all the way across the fret board. Not many URB's can do this, but these can. The instrument stays in tune. That may not be that big of a deal, I am so used to constantly tuning my traditional URB, I check this one, and it's a waste of time; almost freaky how it stays in tune. Since the bass is powered by electricity, you have complete, utter control of the quality and quantity of sound. More on quality of sound later.

Considerations: There's a couple of things you'll need to do to the bass that will help it. First, change the strings. I didn't care at all for the stings that came with it. They made the bass sound like an electric bass, which it is in one sense, but it's supposed to sound like an URB. I swapped out to some Helicore's and that did the trick tonally. Don't be afraid to put your favorite bass strings on this bass. Second, I changed out the tuners. Nothings super wrong with the tuners that came on the bass, but I upgraded to a better quality, fine adjusting set of tuners. The case that came with the bass is a good one, you'll like it. The stand is excellent too. As a bluegrass bass player, I can spend hours standing playing in jams.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin on December 4, 2011
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After looking for a transportable double bass for a while, I stumbled over the NS Design NXT4. The product caught my attention as it has a sleek and 'woody' design with no unnecessary pantings or gimmicks on it. It also made sense to me that it rests on a tripod that is attached on the upper rear end of the body, to let the body pick up the string vibrations in full. Other electronic double basses transmit some of the tone into the floor since they stand on a pole directly. The NXT has an excellent finish and is rugged enough to be toted around in the bag that comes with it. Last but not least, the sound works great for me: playing manouche jazz, I was looking for a warm, full bodied tone that has a nice sustain. The few knobs allow me to add a little more 'knack' if needed. Playability is also great and it feels a lot softer and nicer to play on as with my cheap full body double bass. In summary, a clear step change albeit the looks (or the lack of a body) will make people wonder a bit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peter K. on January 20, 2014
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If you play upright bass in any group in which guitar players play through amps, you need this instrument. No more staggering into clubs with your arms wrapped around your instrument. No more SUV requirement to haul your instrument. No more feed back on stage. AND, you will actually be heard by the audience and yourself!

With the right amp (suggestion: Genz-Benz shuttle) with an inboard pre-amp or an outboard pre-amp you can sound as close to an acoustic upright as is possible. Your bottom end will be fat. Your sustain will last and last. And, you can thump away at your heart's content. Caveat: the pre-amp is a must and NS electric traditional mediums (or other acoustic flat wound strings) are also a must, otherwise just get a fretless bass guitar. I also raised the bridge to closer duplicate the action on a traditional upright.

This instrument is well made. The stand is sturdy. It is affordable. You can bow this puppy. And, you'll get audience interaction after your set with them asking you ".. what the hell is that thing?" I play: Americana; blues and jazz. -- Pete
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kc_shutterbug on May 8, 2014
TL:DR - If you can live with the quirks of playing an electric upright, you're hard-pressed to go wrong with the NXT4. I highly recommend it.

My thoughts and observations:

The strings that come with this are smaller in diameter than what you would put on an actual upright bass; as a result, the action is lighter and faster than any upright bass I've played (note that I've only been playing for ~2 years, and my experience and skill are both questionable).

With that in mind, if your intention is to learn to play the upright bass, do be aware that the experience on an electric upright bass (EUB) will be close but not exactly the same, and I find that I exert noticeably more effort on the upright than I do this instrument.

And that said, according to the documentation, you can put standard strings on the NXT- and doing so may well change the experience (possibly extensively). Strings are expensive, however, so I haven't tried it (yet). If you've done this, I'd like to hear from you in the comments.

When I play this through my Roland Bass Cube, it sounds like some kind of an electric bass / upright bass hybrid; the sound doesn't fall cleanly into either camp. This isn't a bad thing unless you're looking for a specific sound; I like it, and it sounds great at church.

When I play this through my Hartke A100, it sounds *exactly* like my upright bass when it (the upright bass) is played through the same amp.

Using a bow on the NXT can be a challenge. If you leave it in the tripod, you have to move your body around the instrument to hit all the strings. If you pop for the end-pin kit, the waist bracket makes it difficult to twist the NXT4 as you would an actual upright - again making it difficult to hit all the stings.
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