NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar Natural Satin, Fretted

5-string Electric Bass with Maple Body, Flame Maple Top, Ebony Fingerboard, 2 EMG Humbucking Pickups, and Piezo Bridge Pickup - Natural Satin
NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar Natural Satin, Fretted image 1
NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar Natural Satin, Fretted image 1
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NS Design CR5 Radius Bass Guitar Natural 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 Natural Satin
Body Material Maple with flame maple top
Body Finish Satin
Neck Material Maple with carbon fiber core, Bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Ebony, 15" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 35"
Nut Width 1.85"
Bridge/Tailpiece HIpshot bridge and piezo saddle
Tuners NS Desing 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-NAS

Customer Reviews

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Buy this bass!

I've waited to review this bass for a few months, testing it in large and small clubs. First, the bass arrived in perfect condition and IN TUNE after riding in a truck during the middle of winter. The staff at Sweetwater set it up perfectly and that perfection arrived at my door. The bass has several tonal textures that you must experience. For me, I've got that growl, low end and snappy pop that I've always pursued - superior to my MusicMan and Fender Jazz basses. The balance and playability are absolute perfection. The neck is far superior to my MusicMan 5. And, the bass is incredibly light - goodbye shoulder and back strain day after the gig. Its very easy to transport. The included case makes it easy to throw it over your shoulder and go - as opposed to dealing with a big gig bag or case. The bass rarely goes out of tune. But, when it does, the tuners bring it back quickly - intonation is spot on. The bass also enhances expressive playing and tones based on where you pluck and how you adjust the mix between the piezo and magnetic pickups. To my surprise, it handles the tough stuff too - when you're thumb beats the heck out of the string and neck - and it wants more. Highly recommended. Expensive, but its the only bass you will want and need. Get it from Sweetwater! Oh, fit, finish, wood quality and electronics are all top of the line.
Music background: Over 30 years as a semi-pro musician.

Wonderful instrument

I purchased this instrument after reading many reviews that reveled in the qualities of this bass.Sounds that I have been trying to attain for years suddenly became possible.I really feel that I'm playing an instrument that is a work of art while being innovative and functional.Live is too short not to have this bass!
See also: NS Design, NS Design 5-string Bass Guitars