NS Design... For The Perfect Performance
NS Design's CR Series Violin, available in both 4 and 5 string models, with a choice of standard or fretted fingerboards, has established itself firmly as the pre-eminent electric violin on the market. Capable of producing everything from a beautiful, traditional acoustic tone to a full-tilt electric sound, this radically innovative instrument works in virtually any musical context.
The CR Violin has a remarkable tonal range due to its bridge mounted NS Polar™ pickup system, which is able to selectively capture the string vibration favoured for both bow and pizzicato technique with stunning brilliance and sensitivity. The violinist who prefers the elegant tone of a fine acoustic will be thrilled with the natural response whilst, for those who wish to explore new sonic territory, the sky really is the limit.
The solid-body NS Violin incorporates the familiar performance features of an acoustic instrument, including a removable body segment to provide the left-hand reference position of a traditional instrument. Traditional string spacing and scale length facilitate the transition from the acoustic instrument to the world of the electric violin. Direct amplification and recording capabilities allow the violinist to experience the vast range of electronic and amplified performance opportunities, yet continue to savor the essence and timeless magic of the violin. Other appointments include an ebony fingerboard and precision 40:1 fine tuners with automatic string clamping, mounted on the body behind the bridge. The included ergonomic foam pad shoulder rest is fully adjustable (up, down, and tilt) for total performance comfort.
Solid Maple Body & Neck
Crafted in the Czech Republic, The NS Violin is constructed of solid maple, with an sumptuous flame maple face. This lightweight solid-body design transfers the full spectrum of sound to the pickup without feedback, and is very stable even with changes in temperature and humidity. The ergonomic shoulder and chin rest provide comfortable, stable support, and a maple bout on the treble side provides standard violin reference and is readily removed for unrestricted neck access.. The solid ebony fingerboard is hand graduated for consistent string articulation.
Polar™ Pickup System
The Polar pickups can sense either vertical or lateral string vibration. Set in the vertical mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. In the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction of the bow, with more attack when plucked. Attack and decay can be effectively controlled with the Polar pickup system.
The dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two very distinct tone qualities. The first mode delivers the full frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for a rich, full-blown "electric violin" sound. The second is balanced to produce the frequency response of the traditional violin, for a more "acoustic" sound. A three-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options. Additional controls include volume and individual bass & treble EQ.
All controls are located within easy reach of the right hand so adjustments can be made with the instrument in playing position.
- Volume Control
- Individual Treble & Bass EQ Controls
- 3-way Switch for Polar Pickup
- Up - vertical string vibration (for sustained pizzicato)
- Centre - lateral string vibration, arco full frequency for electric bowed sounds
- Down - lateral string vibration, arco "acoustic" timbre
Precision Tuning Hardware
With the NS Design patented tuning system, remarkably precise and stable tuning is accomplished entirely behind the bridge, in the manner similar to the fine tuners of an acoustic instrument. With the elimination of the traditional scroll and pegs, weight is shifted in towards the body of the player for optimum comfort. Any standard violin string will fit the NS Violin, although specially formulated NS Electric strings from D'Addario are recommended.
Custom Shoulder Rest
This instrument is one of the lightest performance electrics on the market, and comes equipped with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest whose malleable padded aluminum base can bend and mold to the surface to the chest and shoulder and is designed to be physically formed by the player to fit the body perfectly for maximum playing comfort. The Custom Shoulder Rest features a foam-padded malleable aluminum base, which the player can bend and mold to the surface to the chest and shoulder. A wide range of height and angle adjustments can be made while the instrument is in playing position. The ergonomically contoured ebony chinrest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest for control, comfort and security.
For even greater player versatility, the NXTa also accepts NS Design's revolutionary optional Balanced Shoulder Rest, which replaces both the supplied chin and shoulder rests and effectively "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.
Hardshell Case Included
Customized for the NS Violin, this durable Cordura® covered hardshell case features a handle and shoulder strap plus separate compartments for shoulder rest and accessories, a bow compartment and an exterior zipper pouch (loaded weight : approx. 3.2kg / 7lb).
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