NS Design CR4 Cello Amber

Electric 4-string Cello with with Maple Body and Neck, Graded Ebony Fingerboard, Active Electronics, Piezo System, and Gig Bag - Amber
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$3,079.00
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NS Design CR4 Cello Amber
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A Superb Electric Cello

Looking for an innovative instrument that delivers gorgeous cello sounds and fits in the back seat of your roadster? NS Design's CR4 Cello is the instrument you've been looking for. With its ebony fingerboard and traditional cello scale length, the CR Cello will feel natural to acoustic cellists, while the cutting-edge active electronics serve up full, rich tone, with power, detail, and intensity. Plucked or bowed, the NS Design CR Cello will add a sophisticated edge to your music.

NS Design CR 4-string Cello 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 CR Cello is tuned just like a traditional cello, and even has the same strings and scale length. The ebony fingerboard with graded fingerboard relief provides extraordinary playability from the lowest to the highest positions. The NS Design CR Cello features a solidbody crafted of European maple, with a flame maple face.

Custom-designed electronics deliver the sounds you need

The NS Design CR Cello sports a bridge-mounted piezo pickup system. The Polar pickups sense both vertical and lateral string vibration. In Vertical mode, your plucked notes are amazingly even, with great sustain. In Lateral mode, the pickup has increased sensitivity in the direction of the bow, with pronounced attack when plucked. The Polar pickup system gives you total control over your attack and decay. The dual mode preamp lets you choose between two distinct tonal qualities. One mode produces the full-frequency response of modern low impedance electronics (a decidedly "electric" sound). The other mode is balanced to deliver a traditional acoustic cello sound. A 3-way toggle lets you select your preferred pickup and electronics options. You also get volume and individual bass and treble EQ controls.

The latest Steinberger masterpiece

Ned Steinberger breathed new vision and life into stringed instruments when he introduced the L2 cello 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 CR 4-string Cello Features:
  • Authentic bowed and pizzicato upright sounds in a portable package
  • Solid maple body and neck, ebony fingerboard
  • Polar Pickup System with pizz/arco selector switch for authentic cello sound
  • Active electronics and bridge piezo system gives you a broad tonal spectrum
  • Strap system lets you play standing and experience full mobility
  • Optional tripod stand and end pin stand available
  • Deluxe gig bag included
Nuance your music with the NS Design CR Cello!

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Tech Specs

Color Amber
Body Material Maple
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Ebony
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets Fretless
Electronics Active Electronics, Piezo System
Case Included Gig Bag
Manufacturer Part Number CRC4-A

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