Colour: Brilliant WhiteColour: Trans BlackColour: Trans RedColour: Amberburst

NS Design WAV4 Double Bass

UK Price:  £1,220.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £1,016.67

  (1 Review)


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 European built 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 while 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 unique Polar™ Pickup System which combines two separate piezo transducers mounted in the bridge that respond selectively to either lateral or vertical vibration. A convenient toggle switch gives players 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 NS610 Contemporary Bass Strings by D'Addario™, the WAV Double Bass is also 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.

INCLUDED Accessories

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 adjustment for height and angle and a padded gig bag with a carry handle, adjustable shoulder strap and separate pouch compartments for stand, bow and accessories. The gig bag, with an approximate loaded weight of 11.2kg/25lbs (including stand), will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.

Optional Extras

As all NS Double Basses share the same mounting system, a wide array of additional, interchangeable support systems make the NXTa Double Bass adaptable to virtually any situation :

End Pin Stand
Offers full freedom of movement, with height, tilt and right bout angle fully adjustable for a more conventional feel. Weight 2.3kg (5lbs).

End Pin Conversion Kit
Converts the CR 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 lightweight frame structure supported by a single guitar-style strap extending over the left shoulder that holds the bass in the correct positions for both pizz and arco styles with maximum mobility and amazing comfort.

Custom Flight Case
Aluminium edged plywood, 145cm (57") long x 25cm (10") wide x 25cm (10") high. Loaded weight is 22kg (48lbs), including stand.

Construction Solid, straight grain maple
Finish Brilliant White with maple face or Amberburst, Transparent Red or Transparent Black with flame maple face
Fingerboard Hand-graduated Coform™, intonation referenced with cascading dot markers / Width at nut: 43.1mm (1.7") / Maximum width: 89mm (3.5")
Bridge Rock maple (dyed black) / Radius: 79mm (3.1") / String spacing: 80mm (3.14")
Nut Ebony / Radius: 79mm (3.1") / String spacing: 30mm (1.19")
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ directional piezo pick-up system
Electronics Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required / 2-way toggle switch for Polar Pickup System (selects pizzicato or arco mode) / Rotary volume control / Tone control (treble roll off)
Truss Rod Two-way truss rod, accessible at nut
Tuning Machines 12:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish
Length 132cm (52")
Width 15cm (6")
Thickness 10cm (4")
Weight 4.1kg (9lb)
Scale Length 106cm (41.73")
Strings NS Contemporary Bass Strings by D'Addario™ / Also compatible with most standard 3/4 size double bass strings
Stand INCLUDED NXT/WAV Tripod Stand, black painted steel, adjustable, folds for storage & fits into supplied gig bag / Approximate weight: 2.7kg (6lb)
Gig Bag INCLUDED Nylon padded gig bag, with stand compartment, bow compartment, charger and accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap / Loaded weight: 11.2kg (25lb) including stand
Country of ORIGIN India
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Great bass
01 October 2021  | 

I bought the WAV4 as a new string to my bass guitar playing. I also bought it after recently buying the WAV4 violin (the instrument I learnt for 11 years as a kid) and being suitably impressed by itís design, playability and sound. After getting to grips with the larger string length and spacing, I find the WAV4 solidly built. Iím only plucking and so have had the pickup in pizz. mode only, which gives a rich, full tone with a significant sustain. It has a low action that suits me, but I think may need to be modified if you wish to play slap (which can be easily done by raising the bridge). The position markers are particularly useful for a beginner to the instrument.
As for the Bass Centre, well they delivered as they said with no fuss.