This purebred electric bowed instrument is handcrafted from traditional maple and ebony for powerful tone and articulate response. It features an ergonomically arched fingerboard and bridge; 34" scale; dot markers; the NS Polar pickup system; EMG magnetic pickups; versatile support system; and active balance, volume, bass, and treble controls.
When bowed the CR5 is energized with a wonderfully expressive sound, combining a powerful bass resonance with brilliant harmonics. Its bold pizzicato voice ranges from the percussive punch of the acoustic upright to the smooth sustain of the fretless electric bass.
The Bass Cello has a highly arched fingerboard and bridge, similar to a cello, to optimize bow articulation. The high arch on the fingerboard fits the human hand, and combines with the round neck profile for a comfortable and natural feel.
The 34" scale length of the Bass Cello is the same as the standard bass guitar and can be tuned in fourths as a bass (EADGC), making it immediately familiar to bass guitarists. The Bass Cello can also be tuned in fifths, for fingerings that are natural for the cellist.
Dots for each semi-tone cascade across the fingerboard in a pattern that provides a clear visual fingering reference. The logical dot pattern is of critical value to the novice player, and an invaluable tool for the seasoned pro.
Polar pickup system
The multiple sensor NS Polar bridge pickup system has 2 operation modes: arco and pizzicato to optimize response according to playing style.
EMG magnetic pickups
EMG low-impedance magnetic pickups have smooth response with lots of sweet midrange for essential electric bass sounds.
2 balance controls allow unlimited mixing options for the magnetic and the dual mode Polar pickup systems. Onboard preamplification provides master volume, bass, and treble controls.
NS Bass Cello strings
Based on traditional cello strings NS Bass Cello strings are light and responsive, with singing highs and a deep low register. In addition these ultra-smooth low-tension strings are effortless to play and minimize finger noise. They have a smooth pizzicato growl that can sound very much like an acoustic, yet deliver plenty of sustain and drive when you need it. Custom made by D'Addario they are also designed for bowing and respond much quicker to the bow than traditional bass strings, so expressive bow technique is easier to develop and maintain. THe CR5 can also accommodate traditional bass guitar strings.
Interchangeable support systems
The Boomerang strap system provides stable support at virtually any angle with full mobility for all bow and pizzicato styles of play. The tripod stand is comfortable for play standing or seated on a stool. The End Pin Stand is adjustable so that the instrument remains balanced without support from the left hand.
Handcrafted maple and ebony
Each instrument is hand-made in the Czech Republic with aged maple and ebony to the highest standard by craftsmen steeped in the tradition of instrument making.
NS Design CR5 Bass Cello Features:
- Handcrafted in Czech Republic
- Maple body
- Ebony fingerboard and bridge
- Ergonomically arched fingerboard and bridge
- 34" scale
- Dot markers
- NS Polar pickup system
- EMG magnetic pickups
- Boomerang strap system
- Active balance, volume, bass, and treble controls
NS Design CR5 Bass Cello Includes:
- padded gig bag, Boomerang strap system, Glasser bow