NS Design EU6 Double Bass

List Price:  £5,055.00Worldwide Price : £4,162.50
UK Price :  £4,995.00 - Inc. 20% VAT


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The Flagship of NS Design's European Fleet

the EU Series Double Bass is made in the Czech Republic to the exact same specifications as the original US Series instruments. Its revolutionary design is molded with concentric laminations of graphite and rock maple that run the entire length of the instrument for maximum sonic & structural integrity. The back of the neck is curved inward to follow the arch of the graphite fingerboard, resulting in a slim, easy to play neck with full access to the upper register.

The Polar™ Pickup System, with its ability to respond to lateral and vertical vibration separately, or both at once, is uniquely suited to an instrument that is both bowed and plucked. A fabulous bowed response and drum-like pizzicato attack are characteristic of the lateral mode, while the sustained pizzicato response of the vertical mode creates a new dimension for the upright bass. Magnetic pickups by EMG add the ability to add a more contemporary "electric" option to the tonal pallet and with an active 2-band EQ and full control of pickup selection and blend, the sonic options are virtually unlimited.

The EU Series Double Bass - available in 5 and 6 string versions - is truly in a class of its own, offering the upright bassist unparalleled performance and tonal quality.

Maple/Graphite Laminate

The body and neck of the NS EU Series instruments employ a unique laminating process combining 27 alternate thin layers of maple (for the feel and warmth of wood), and graphite fibres (for brilliance, consistent sustain and stability) adhered in an epoxy matrix. The entire back of the instrument is curved forward to follow the curve of the front surface, forming a single continuous structure... The result: remarkable strength & tonal brilliance.

Concentric Neck, Body & Peghead

The back of the neck is curved inward to follow the arch of the fingerboard; this concave shape creates a broad recess for the thumb and keeps neck thickness under 25mm (1") allowing a fast feel for its entire length and ensuring structural integrity from neck to body.


The EU Series Double Bass features the unique, NS Designed, bridge-mounted Polar™ directional piezo pickup system, which can respond, selectively, to either lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound), vertical vibration (for sustained plucked sound), or a combination of both. Set in the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction of the bow; In the vertical mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. The bridge pickup can be selectively blended with the low-impedance EMG™ magnetic pickups, which incorporate individually adjustable coils and neodymium magnets.

Active EQ & Mixer

Controls include volume & blend controls for the magnetic and piezo pickups, as well as individual bass & treble EQ controls. The response of the Polar™ Pickup can also be blended between pizzicato (vertical vibration) and arco (lateral vibration) modes.


Adjustable Tripod Stand
Heavy duty steel construction; Full height and tilt adjustments allow the player to select the ideal position, seated or standing.

Padded Gig Gag
With stand compartment, bow compartment, accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap. Loaded weight is 11.2kg (25lbs) including stand. Fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

Optional Extras

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.

Construction 27 alternating layers of rock maple & graphite fibre laminated in an epoxy matrix
Finish Traditional amber stain with clear semi-gloss hand polished polymer coating
Fingerboard Graphite • 50mm (2") wide at nut • 93mm (3.7") max. width
Bridge Black phenolic • Radius : 79mm (3.1") • String spacing : 93mm (3.66")
Nut Black phenolic; radius 61mm (2.4"); string spacing 43mm (1.68")
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ directional piezo pick-up system
Magnetic Pickup Low impedance EMG™ magnetic pickups with individually adjustable coils and low-noise, hum-canceling pre-amp
Electronics 18 volt active circuit by HAZ Laboratories • Mono output
Controls Volume • Pickup Blend; Polar Pickup Balance (pizzicato/arco) • Treble Cut & Boost • Bass Cut & Boost
Truss Rod Dual Action, removable
Tuning Machines Schaller 20:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners • Black finish
Length 132cm (52")
Width 15cm (6")
Thickness 10cm (4")
Weight 4.8kg (10.5lbs)
Scale Length 106cm (41.73")
Strings NS Design/D'Addario stainless steel flatwound strings • 5 String model available with Low B or High C tuning
Stand Steel, fully adjustable, standing tripod design • Weight 3.2 kg (7lbs)
Gig Bag Padded bag w. stand, bow & accessory pockets, handle & adjustable shoulder strap • Loaded weight : Approx. 11.2kg (25lbs)

The NS Design Polar™ Pickup System

THE POLAR™ PICKUP SYSTEM allows the player to select the direction of response to control attack, sustain, and bow response characteristics. The result is an exciting new dimension in string instrument performance, featuring:

  • Powerful dynamics
  • Rich, full sound
  • High sensitivity to the bow
  • Sustained pizzicato
  • Extended versatility

As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarized in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarization.

The bow drives the string back and forth in the direction of the bow, while at the same time it suppresses the up and down vibration. You can see this effect with the naked eye by watching the wide excursion of the lowest strings when bowed. From the front, you can see a wide lateral pattern of string vibration, but looking from the side you can see almost no pattern at all. Instruments in the violin family have a tall bridge in combination with an asymmetrical support structure of bass bar and sound post that efficiently translate the sideways motion of the bowed string into sound.

The Polar pickup responds with a high degree of lateral sensitivity and vertical rejection that is tailored to mirror the polarity of the bowed string. The result is a remarkably dynamic, rich tone that responds effortlessly to the bow.

The Polar pickup takes this concept one step further, and is able to switch from lateral to vertical sensitivity, which is ideal for pizzicato. Unlike the violin, a flattop guitar or lute respond in the vertical direction, to minimize the plucked attack and store energy for longer sustain. With the touch of a finger, the polar pickup can switch from lateral to vertical mode. In the vertical mode the attack is controlled for a sustained, singing pizzicato response. The lateral mode has the opposite effect, and the plucked response is extraordinarily percussive, like a traditional bowed instrument, only more so. This dual capacity allows the player to control attack and decay, adding new expressive potential to the violin family of instruments.

All NS Design instruments are equipped with the dual-mode Polar Pickup System.

On EU and CR Series instruments, active bass and treble EQ controls combine with the Polar pickup options to provide tremendous tonal range. Additional magnetic pickups, switching and associated pre-amp circuitry vary from model to model.

CR Series

Sophisticated and versatile instruments, built to deliver outstanding performance.

NXTa Series

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WAV Series

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