NS Design announces WAV4 RADIUS Bass Guitar

NSDesign-Wav4 RadiusNS Design announces WAV4 RADIUS Bass Guitar

Ned Steinberger’s newest instrument offers a host of practical features

By Jon Liebman
June 9, 2015

Ned Steinberger’s acclaimed NS Design company, lauded for its wildly popular catalog of electric bowed string instruments and accessories, has announced the newest addition to its celebrated lineup: The WAV4 RADIUS Bass Guitar.

Developed with Steinberger’s trademark “headless” configuration, the WAV4 RADIUS also sports its own list of bells and whistles, including the NS Polar/EMG pickup system, Diradial body, self-clamping tuning system and advanced truss rod design.

The WAV4 features active electronics, including a 9-volt onboard pre-amp and EQ.  The two-pickup system includes a Custom EMG magnetic pickup and an NS-Design bridge-mounted Polar pickup, offering an expansive range of tone and sound variations.  The deep cutaway body provides ready access to even the highest frets.  Weighing in at a paltry 8 pounds, the bass is easy on the shoulders too.

The WAV4 is set for release in June, with a price tag of $1,199.

wav_radius_crimsonNS Design WAV4 RADIUS Bass Guitar specifications:
●      Overall length – 41.5”
●      Body length – 20.8”
●      Frets – 24
●      Neck scale – 34”
●      Neck radius – 15”
●      Weight – 8.0 lbs.
●      Bridge spacing – 19 mm
●      Nut width – 1.60”
●      12th fret width – 2.19”
●      Power supply – 9V
●      Available colors – Matte Black, Metallic Crimson, Metallic Cobalt
●      Standard strings: D’Addario EXL170 Nickel Round Wound

For more information, visit NS Design’s website.


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1 Comment

  • Not sure about that 1-piece bridge. I can see all sorts of intonation problems cropping up without individually adjustable saddles. Sure, it can work with an acoustic guitar, but a precision instrument like an electric bass may not be as straightforward, especially if you vary string gauges on string changes. I could be wrong… What do you luthiers think?


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