NS Design WAV Bass Guitar - Metallic Cobalt

4-string Electric Bass with Red Meranti Body, Rock Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, NS Polar Piezo Pickup, and EMG Active Pickup - Metallic Cobalt
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NS Design WAV Bass Guitar - Metallic Cobalt
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Designed by legend Ned Steinberger himself, the WAV4 Radius Bass from NS Design has the amazing playability, tone, and comfort that you've come to expect from a Steinberger bass but at an unbelievably affordable price. From its headless neck to the concave body to the at-your-fingertips patented tuning system, the WAV4 Radius delivers an intuitive, natural playing experience you'll be grateful for at the end of a four-set gig. And the bass players here at Sweetwater rave about the awesome, versatile tones you get from the NS Polar/EMG pickup combination. We've had a long-standing history with Ned and his instruments, and you will too after you play the WAV4 Radius bass!

NS Design WAV4 Radius Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • NS Diradial body delivers tone, balance, and playability
  • NS tuning system allows for quick string changing and balanced playability
  • NS/EMG pickup system delivers an extensive, rich spectrum of tones
NS Diradial body delivers tone, balance, and playability

With its maple body and flamed maple top, the WAV4 Radius produces a tone with an articulate bite and tremendous sustain. The instrument's shape is balanced to perfection with no downward dip of its neck. The resulting amount of free movement your fretting hand is permitted is exceptional. You'll find the WAV4 Radius remarkably stable and amazingly comfortable to play, due to its concave back radius and tightly radiused front.

NS tuning system allows for quick string changing and balanced playability

Instead of utilizing a traditional headstock with heavy conventional tuning machines, the WAV4 Radius utilizes a self-clamping, precision tuning system that is built into the instrument's body. This system, originally created for the NS violin, is quick, simple, and accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar strings. To string the WAV4 Radius, you simply cut the string to length, feed it through a slot, and tune it by winding a knob. Although the WAV4 Radius' ultra-light headstock may take some time to get used to, your hands will soon realize how much freedom they're enjoying when they no longer have to compensate for an unbalanced instrument.

NS/EMG pickup system delivers an extensive, rich spectrum of tones

In collaboration with EMG, NS Design developed the WAV4's integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. Featuring an 9-volt active preamp, the WAV4 provides you with an astounding amount of dynamic headroom. Additionally, the combination of piezo and magnetic pickups produces a rich and versatile spectrum of tones. Master volume and balance controls, along with separate tone controls for each pickup opportunities for tone tweaking.

NS Design WAV4 Radius Bass Guitar Features:
  • Maple bolt-on neck provides stability, definition, and sustain
  • NS Diradial body produces remarkable tone, balance, and playability
  • NS tuning system allows for enhanced balance and quick string changing
  • NS/EMG pickup system for tonal versatility
  • Master volume and balance controls and separate tone controls for each pickup for tonal control
  • Aluminum 1-piece bridge and saddle assembly allows action adjustment and tone tweaking
Elevate your sound with the NS Design WAV4 Radius bass guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape WAV
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Metallic Cobalt
Body Material Meranti
Neck Material Maple
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.6"
Bridge/Tailpiece Aluminum
Tuners NS Patented Tuning System
Number of Pickups 2
Middle Pickup EMG Radius
Bridge Pickup NS Polar
Strings D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Round Wound
Manufacturer Part Number NS WAV4-BG-MECO

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Nice and light, sound is tight!

I needed a lighter bass than my Sadowsky 5 strings for those 4 set gigs so I grabbed one of these. It's a beauty to look at, and plays very nice. It has a nice growl with the EMG and the piezo adds some thump as well. Overall the fit and finish is very good but the sound lacks a little low end for my tastes. I can make up for that with my amp, though. At some point I might have to splurge on the two pickup CR5 but for now this will do just fine.
Music background: 46 years pro, semi-pro
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