NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar - Charcoal Satin, Fretted

5-string Electric Bass with Maple Body, Flame Maple Top, Ebony Fingerboard, 2 EMG Humbucking Pickups, and Piezo Bridge Pickup - Charcoal Satin
NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar - Charcoal Satin, Fretted image 1
NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar - Charcoal Satin, Fretted image 1
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NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar - Charcoal Satin, Fretted
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The Future of Bass Is Here

If you're looking for a modern bass with unique features, then the 5-string NS Design CR5 Radius solidbody electric bass is for you. From the convex-backed maple body to the one-piece maple neck with a carbon fiber core, the CR5 is pushing the boundaries of bass design. Add to that a pair of EMG humbucking pickups, a bridge piezo system, an 18V preamp, and a powerful set of active electronics that ties them all together for amazing tonal flexibility, and you have a bass to be reckoned with. See what the future of bass looks like with the NS Design CR5 Radius bass guitar.

NS Design CR5 Radius 5-string Solidbody Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Innovative body and neck design redefine the modern bass
  • Integral Pickup System delivers big bass tones
  • The Latest Steinberger Masterpiece
Innovative body and neck design redefine the modern bass

We love innovation at Sweetwater, and the NS CR5 Radius bass is pushing the boundaries of bass guitar design. Never one to rest on his past creations, Ned Steinberger has pushed the realm of instrument design with his latest bass creation. The CR5's Diradial body shape sports a maple body with a flame maple top. Its convex shape is extremely comfortable and balanced. The Fusion neck is a one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber core that enhances and the sustain and note definition of the bass.

Integral Pickup System delivers big bass tones

The CR5 Radius houses an integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system that was designed by NS Design and EMG. A pair of EMG humbucker provide any electric tone you can dream of and the NS bridge-mounted Polar piezo pickup system offers great acoustic sounds. When these pickups are blended together you get a massive tonal palette to create rich, full-sounding bass tones. A powerful, built-in 18V preamp gives you tons of dynamic headroom for any style of music you may be playing. The CR5's active electronics let you concoct any tone your imagination can come up with. When you're looking for a one-stop, workhorse bass guitar, then you should definitely consider the NS Design CR5 Radius bass! Call your Sweetwater Sales engineer to learn more about this amazing bass.

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 CR5 Radius 5-string Solidbody Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • Meticulously crafted and built in the Czech Republic
  • Innovative Diradial body design has a comfortable convex back and great balance
  • Bolt-on Fusion maple neck has an embedded carbon fiber core
  • Ebony fretboard with 15" radius
  • Pickup system designed by NS Design and EMG
  • Dual EMG humbucking pickups and a piezo bridge pickup deliver big bass tons
  • 18V preamp and active electronics let you sculpt the tones you need
  • NS Patented Tuning System is ultra-stable and easy to use
  • Deluxe gig bag included
See what the future of bass looks like with the NS Design CR5 Radius 5-string bass guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Diradial
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Charcoal Satin
Body Material Maple with flame maple top
Body Finish Satin
Neck Material Maple with carbon fiber core, Bolt-on
Nut Width 1.85"
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 15" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 35"
Bridge/Tailpiece HIpshot bridge and piezo saddle
Tuners NS Design by Hipshot, built into the body
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup EMG humbucker
Bridge Pickup EMG humbucker
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x treble, 1 x bass, 1 by pickup blend, 3-way pickup switch, 3-way piezo EQ switch
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number NS CR5-BG-CHS

Customer Reviews

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Donna 2 Review

NS Design Radius Fretted Bass Review:I was in Florida a couple years ago and just happened to visit Bass Central. They just happened to have the new NS Design CR5 Fretless bass there. I just happened to play and buy one. Although the Fretless is a brilliant instrument, it just won't do for all applications. Might have something to do with my intonation too...enter the NS Design fretted CR5 that I've had a little over a month now. First, Bret at Sweetwater.com got me a great deal, then got me the bass in a couple of days. I can't say enough about the amazing customer service at Sweetwater.On to the bass:Right out of the box, the CR-5 was perfectly set up and the intonation was right on. All surfaces were beautifully finished. The fret job was perfect and all joints were tight. The combination of the piezo pick up in the bridge and the 2 EMG magnetic pickups is brilliant - for rock and funk, use the EMGs and for jazzier stuff roll on the piezo pickup and you get a passible upright thump. Since the CR5 arrived I've played her with a funk/horn band, a smaller quiet jazz dance quartet and two rock bands, both for rehearsals and gigs. A couple things were consistent for each playing situation: all my band mates complimented me on the cool looks and the wonderful tone (played through a Mark Bass Jeff Berlin and a LMII with a MB410) and my CR5 was comfortable to play (balance, set up and weight) all night long. Also, playing in a 10 piece horn band, the headless configuration has kept me from whacking the tenor sax player (who is also the band leader) in the pecan. But I digress - i've only had this bass for a short period of time, but I couldn't be more pleased with the innovative job that Mr. Steinberger and his staff have done with this wonderful instrument. I have given my Modulus Q5 a break and it just might be a long one....
Music background: Currently bassist at Manchuka

Amazing piece of engineering

So far I am loving my CR5 Radius. I've been playing more traditional style basses (pbasses, stingrays) for the last 20 or so years. This is my first boutique style bass and this is also my first modern-voiced bass. First off the fit and finish are superb. The ebony fingerboard is very dark and uniform. The fretwork is excellent. The bass also came expertly set up with medium-low action and no buzz. And despite the single tailpiece/saddle, the intonation across all 5 strings is nearly perfect. I am really liking the satin charcoal finish, although it's not what I would call durable as far as repelling scratches- but then, this isn't really a bass that I would bash around.The ergonomics are really incredible. Every part of this bass seems to have been crafted with user-interface in mind. The radiused body, and pickups make it really easy to reach all the strings. The bass absorbs the 35" scale very well. I never feel like I'm having to reach for frets. The headless design and placement of the upper horn make neck dive 100% non-existent. This bass has a wide range of usable sounds. The eq is very musical, and a little goes a long way. If you boost or cut the bass or treble- you will hear a very noticeable difference in tone. Also the 18 volt preamp is LOUD. This bass easily has twice the perceived volume output of my stingray or my very hot p-bass. That being said, the sound is very tight and never sounds boomy to my ears. The piezo pickup is surprisingly useful and the toggle switch keeps it from getting zingy. I love the sound of it, but so far, in a band setting, i've ended up using the magnetic pickups. The B string on this bass sounds incredible. even with the stock d'addarios, it's deep and loud and full. not a bit muddy or floppy. I've been using the low D and C so much, I find that i have to remind myself to return to the A string every once in a while- lol. I haven't had to change strings yet, but the process seems very easy. The bass stays in tune very well. I do wish there was some kind of cover over the back where the strings extend through the body. Maybe one held on with a magnet, so that changing a string could be done without a screwdriver (you'd still need a set of dikes to trim the string end though). This is an extremely minor gripe and should in no way keep this bass out of consideration.All in all I love this bass. The gig bag is well made and protects the bass well (an extra pocket or two might have been nice though). The headless design has not given me a moment's problem- especially because there is a nice bump out at the end of the neck to give the feel of a headstock. In fact the only thing I had to change about my routine is that at home, I have guitar hangers on the wall instead of guitar stands and this obviously won't hang in the traditional way. Buy with confidence, you won't be disappointed. Way to go Sweetwater!
Music background: 25 years pro experience at many levels.

Not worth it. Save your money!!!

This didn't have what I needed for cutting through high end. I played two gigs with it and anything above an A off the 12th was not heard. The 18v system kept clipping the amp and board no matter what level I played at. It's definitely not worth the money. My Music Man knock off for 750 bucks blew it away. I had to use it at both gigs when the NS didn't cut it
See also: NS Design, NS Design 5-string Bass Guitars