FOR THE BASSIST ENTERING THE WORLD OF THE PURE ELECTRIC UPRIGHT the NS Design WAV Series offers a combination of design, performance and affordability exceeding any other instrument in its price point. True to the NS tradition, the WAV readily captures the essence of an acoustic double bass, yet opens up a wide range of new sonic possibilities.
The piezo-powered, passive electronics deliver an amazingly natural tone with unlimited overhead for extraordinary performance without the need or hassle of batteries whilst the NS patented Polar™ Pickup System offers the modern bassist unlimited expressive potential and a range of powerful dynamics.
The WAV upright bass is available in 4 or 5 string models with a choice of stunning color choices.
Construction & Design
The WAV Series proudly shares the same elegant, modern body design, ergonomics and performance support options of its NXT and CR companions and delivers the same rich, full tone and clarity you would expect from a Ned Steinberger Instrument.
The WAV Double Bass features a solid straight grain maple neck and body with a gorgeous flame maple face (with a choice of Amberburst, Transparent Red and Transparent Black stained finishes) or a striking Brilliant White solid maple face. The graduated rosewood fingerboard features asymmetric relief for easy playability in every position whilst the adjustable bridge and two-way truss rod allow the player to radically adjust the neck relief and string heights to suit the music and personal playing style.
NS Polar™ Bridge Pickup System
Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the NS Design Polar™ Pickup System. Two separate piezo transducers mounted in the bridge respond selectively to either vertical vibration - a convenient toggle switch gives you the choice to select a traditional arco mode for percussive attack and a dynamic bowed response, or the pizzicato mode for a smooth, uniquely even and sustained plucked sound.
NS Design/D'Addario™ Strings
Equipped with NS Contemporary Bass Strings by D'Addario™, the WAV Double Bass is compatible with most standard electric or traditional acoustic upright bass strings. In combination with the easy adjustment of its basic set-up parameters, this versatile instrument is adaptable to suit all styles of music.
Compact and lightweight, the WAV Double Bass is an excellent instrument for musicians on the move. It comes equipped with a self-supporting WAV/NXT tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle and a padded gig bag with a carry handle, adjustable shoulder strap and eparate pouch compartments for stand, bow and accessories. The gig bag with a loaded weight of approximately 11.2kg/25lbs (including stand) will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.
As all NS Double Basses share the same mounting system, a wide array of additional, interchangeable support systems make the WAV Double Bass adaptable to virtually any situation :
End Pin Stand - Offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 2.3kg (5lbs).
End Pin Conversion Kit - Converts NS Tripod Stand into a support for the End Pin Stand.
Boomerang Strap System - Provides full mobility and the freedom to play in virtually any position, with instant adjustment for bow and pizzicato technique, without stress and fatigue.
Frame Strap System - A light frame structure is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder. This holds the bass in the correct positions for both pizz and arco styles and offers full mobility and amazing comfort.
Flight Case - Aluminium edged plywood, 145cm (57") long; 25cm (10") wide; 25cm (10") high. Loaded weight is 22kg (48lbs), including stand.