NS Design CR4 Fretless Omni Bass -Amber

4-string Upright Fretless Electric Bass with Maple Body, Maple Neck, Compound Radius Ebony Fingerboard, Passive Electronics, and Gig Bag - Amber
NS Design CR4 Fretless Omni Bass -Amber image 1
NS Design CR4 Fretless Omni Bass -Amber image 1
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NS Design CR4 Fretless Omni Bass -Amber
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A Fretless Upright Bass for Electric Bass Players

Looking for a budget-conscious fretless instrument that delivers killer upright bass sounds and still fit in the back seat of your car? NS Design's CR4 Omni Bass is the instrument you've been looking for. With the familiarity of a 34" scale length, fretless fingerboard, and a compound radius, the CR4 Omni Bass will feel natural to electric bass players. This electric upright bass is meticulously created in the Czech Republic with the finest materials. Add killer upright tones, plucked or bowed, to your sound with the NS Design CR4 Omni Bass.

NS Design CR4 Omni Bass at a Glance:
  • Innovative design and meticulous construction
  • Custom-designed electronics deliver the sounds you need
  • The latest Steinberger masterpiece
Innovative design and meticulous construction

At Sweetwater, we know that gigging musicians are looking for maximum flexibility out of their gear. The fretless CR4 Omni Bass is tuned just like an electric bass and even has the same finger spacing. The innovative TransRadius fingerboard profile features a compound radius. It begins with a 10" radius at the nut and graduates to a 2.5" radius at the bridge for good string-to-string articulation with the bow that is still comfortable for plucked and picked playing styles. Crafted in the Czech Republic, the NS Design CR4 Omni Bass has a solid maple body and neck with an ebony fingerboard.

Custom-designed electronics deliver the sounds you need

The NS Design CR4 Omni Bass sports a self-powered, custom Polar Pickup System. A pizz/arco switch optimizes the pickup's response for plucked or bowed playing, it gives you the control, clarity, and richness you want from a bass, no matter your playing style. Custom EMG magnetic pickups deliver classic electric sounds to the CR4. The 18V preamp offers tons of headroom and powerful EQ and mix tools to sculpt your perfect sound. You get all the output you need and a full range of tone that works with any system.

The latest Steinberger masterpiece

Ned Steinberger breathed new vision and life into stringed instruments when he introduced the L2 bass at Summer NAMM in 1979. Innovatively designed without headstocks, the L2s astonished the music world and prototypes were quickly sold to such esteemed players as John Entwistle of The Who, Tony Levin of King Crimson, and Andy West of The Dregs. Since then, Steinberger basses and guitars have continued to impress musicians - and engineers! - the world over. Their cutting-edge Headless Tuning systems make way for stability never thought possible, while their Radius body shape, Fusion necks, and EMG humbucking pickup systems allow for an extensive range of tonal possibilities.

NS Design CR4 Omni Bass Features:
  • Authentic bowed and pizzicato upright sounds in a portable package
  • Meticulously crafted and built in the Czech Republic
  • 34" scale length and TransRadius fretboard shape give this bass an electric-like feel
  • Solid maple body and neck, ebony fretboard
  • Polar Pickup System with pizz/arco selector switch for authentic upright sound
  • Custom-designed low-impedance EMG pickups deliver classic electric sounds
  • Sculpt the sounds you need with powerful active electronics
  • Strap system makes the CR4 bass easy to hold and play
  • Optional tripod stand and end pin stand available
  • Deluxe gig bag included
Get big upright sounds in an ultra-portable package with the NS Design CR4 Omni Bass!

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Tech Specs

Color Amber
Body Material Maple
Top Material Maple
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Ebony, Compound radius 10" - 2.5"
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets Fretless
Scale Length 34"
Electronics Passive Electronics
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number CR4OB-4A

Customer Reviews

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a special instrument

Disclaimer: I am biased towards NS Design instruments and have been playing a CR4 EUB for over a decade. My other basses are a Warwick Thumb NT and Corvette $$(for reference). I gig regularly. A bass guitar scaled EUB-like instrument isn't for everyone. The radius of the fingerboard will feel unfamiliar to bass guitar players and the scale will feel odd to upright players. So who is it for? Everyone that wants to wander into new territory. It's also great for upright players of smaller stature that play a 1/2 size bass. This instrument will have you thinking differently. Old lines will feel new and you will discover passages just from the physical differences from other instruments. The strap system is innovative and really comfortable. You can play this bass in any position including the standard bass guitar position but you won't want to for long. Playing in the upright position is a door to another universe for the bass guitarist. The radius and neck profile becomes a benefit and feels very comfortable. I have gigged this instrument out a few times already and really enjoy it. More manageable than the full size CR4 and a wider and more authentic range of tones than other fretless electrics. The preamp, emg's and David Gage pickups are very flexible and pleasing to the ear. Outboard EQ's and Preamp's will not be necessary. Even though these are not cheap, the price is well worth it. The quality, play-ability and tone are fantastic and the instrument is in a class by itself.
See also: Fretless, NS Design, NS Design 4-string Bass Guitars, NS Design Fretless Basses