NS Design CR5F 5 String Violin - Fretted

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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.

Active Electronics

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.

Support Systems

The CR Violin comes equipped with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest which can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The violin can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position.

Flight Case Included

All CR Series Violins are shipped with a fabric covered flight case, featuring a form-fitting, hard foam core that also holds 2 bows, shoulder rest, output cable, and extra gear, with lock and key. Dimensions: 81cm (32") long, 21cm (8.5") wide, 14 cm (5.5") high, approx. 2.7kg (6lb) loaded weight.

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"for acoustic endeavours and small rooms, or a monitor for lower volume gigs, you're unlikely to find anything that sounds better at any price or size"  Guitar World • June 2007


NS Design CR Series CR5F 5-String Violin (Fretted Model)

 Construction  Straight grain, quarter-sawn, solid European maple body & neck, with flame maple face
 Finish  Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat
 Body Reference Bout  Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference; Easily removable for unrestricted neck access
 Fingerboard  Hand graduated ebony
 Bridge  Black-dyed maple; Height adjustable via screws on back of body
 Pickup  NS Polar™ bridge mounted, directional piezo pickup system
 Electronics  9v active circuit by EMG; Mono output; Internal headphone amp circuit with 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-jack output for silent practice/self monitoring
 Controls  Volume / Treble EQ / Bass EQ / 3-Way Switch for Polar Pickup Control (Pizzicato - Arco/Electric - Arco/Acoustic)
 Tuning Machines  Precision 40:1 fine tuners mounted behind the bridge; Automatic string clamping for quick, easy string changing; Patented tuning mechanism
 Length  54cm (21.25")
 Width  11cm (4.3")
 Thickness  6.5cm (2.56")
 Weight  720g (25.5oz)
 Scale Length  33cm (13")
 String Spacing   @ Bridge: 44mm (1.75") / @ Nut: 21mm (0.83")
 Strings  NS Design/D'Addario Medium tension, stranded steel core (NS310 5 String) as standard; Compatible with standard violin strings
 Accessories  Chin rest; NS Custom Shoulder Rest - Ergonomic foam pad support is fully adjustable (up and down and tilt)
 Case  Fabric covered, form fitting hard foam core; 81cm (32") long, 21cm (8.5") wide, 14 cm (5.5") high, 2.7 kg (6 lb) loaded weight

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