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....