Colour: Transparent RedColour: AmberburstColour: Transparent Black 

NS Design WAV4 Cello

UK Price:  £1,065.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £887.50

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Affordable Excellence

For the traditional cellist venturing in to the electric world, this instrument offers a combination of design, performance and affordability exceeding any other instrument in its class. Compact and surprisingly light, the WAV Cello is a pleasure to travel with — but in terms of features and performance, this instrument is no lightweight. True to the NS tradition, the WAV captures the essence of an acoustic instrument, whilst opening up an exciting range of new possibilities.

With electronics based around the NS patented Polar™ Pickup System, the WAV provides an amazingly natural cello tone, with freedom from feedback and wolf tones. Since 100% of the sound comes via the pickup, using looping and other electronic effects is easy and far more effective than with an amplified acoustic.

The body design allows effortless access to the full range of the fingerboard and offers unparalleled freedom of movement on stage. The special asymmetrical fingerboard relief, a hallmark of all NS bowed electrics, provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the string heights can be modified via a simple bridge height adjustment process, and the fingerboard relief can be modified using the readily accessible two-way truss rod.

The WAV cello is available in 4 or 5 string models with a variety of colour options.

NS Polar Bridge Pickup System

Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the NS Design Polar™ Pickup System...  Two separate mounted transducers beneath the bridge offer unlimited expressive potential and powerful dynamics. With each pickup specialized for a specific task, a convenient 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, sustained tone.


The solid, straight grain maple body and neck, together with the hand graduated ebony fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the fingerboard relief can be adjusted via the truss rod in the neck, and the string height is readily adjustable at the bridge.

An escutcheon pin on the neck, corresponding to the location of the heel on an acoustic cello, is standard; a more conventional wooden neck heel is also available for installation.


Designed in partnership with Ned Steinberger, D'Addario NS electric Cello strings are designed to enhance the expressive range of tone for even the most discerning player. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NXTa Series Cello is adaptable to a nearly limitless range of music styles.


4 String — C-G-D-A / 5 String — F-C-G-D-A (C-G-D-A-E available by request) / 6 string (CR Series Only) — F-C-G-D-A-E


WAV/NXT Cello Tripod Stand
Lightweight black painted tubular steel construction. Fully adjustable for a wide range of playing styles, this cello specific variant is shorter than the equivalent WAV/NXT Double Bass stand to better facilitate seated performance. Folds for easy storage and fits into the supplied gig bag (weight is 2.7kg/6lb).

A ylon gig bag, with carry handle and shoulder strap, has a padded inner case for the instrument and a zipper pouch for the tripod stand as well as a bow compartment and storage pocket with room for charger and accessories.

Dimensions: 99cm (39") long x 18cm (7") in diameter. Loaded weight is 5kg (11lb) including stand. The compact gig bag fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.

Optional Extras

Traditional Cello End Pin Stand
Provides the traditional cello points of contact and position and is the best choice for cellists who have an animated style of playing while seated, or who play the instrument at a more horizontal angle.

CR End Pin Stand
Offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel.

CR Tripod Stand
Provides ultra-stable hesupport for both the NS Cello and Double Bass with full height and tilt adjustments allowing the player to select the ideal position, seated or standing, vertical or horizontal. Folds for storage and fits in the NS gig bag.

End Pin Conversion Kit
Attaches the NS CR End Pin Stand to the CR Series Tripod Stand to hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use. 

Frame Strap System
Allows the cellist to stand up with full mobility for a new experience of freedom and expression.

Cello Thumbstop
Provides accurate intonation in higher positions by simulating the heel of the neck on an acoustic bass/cello and is a great aid for fast playing. It is crafted from solid maple, lacquered with an amber satin finish, and includes a 3M™ adhesive pad for ease in attaching to the desired position on the neck of the instrument.

Custom Flight Case
Aluminum edged plywood measuring 136cm x 28cm x 27cm (53.5" x 11" x 10.5") with loaded weight of approximately 18kg (40lb) including tripod stand.

Construction Solid, straight grain maple body and neck
Finish Flame maple face with a choice of high gloss Amberburst, Transparent Black or Transparent Red finishes
Fingerboard Hand-graduated Conform™, intonation referenced with cascading dot markers
BRIDGE Maple, height adjustable
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ directional piezo pickup system
Electronics Passive circuit with high impedance output
Controls 2-way toggle switch for Polar Pickup System (selects pizzicato/arco modes) / Rotary volume control / Rotary tone control (treble roll off)
Truss Rod Dual action, accessible at nut for precise fingerboard relief adjustment
Tuning Machines 12:1 ratio, heavy duty, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish
Length 94.2cm (37")
Width 14cm (5.5")
Depth 9.5cm (3.75")
SCALE LENGTH 69.5cm (27.36")
Weight - WAV4 2kg (4.5lb)
Weight - WAV5 2.1kg (4.7lb)
Strings NS Design/D'Addario NS510 medium tension, stranded steel core strings
Stand INCLUDED NXT Cello Tripod Stand, black painted steel, adjustable, folds for storage & fits into supplied gig bag / Weight: 2.7kg (6lb)
Gig Bag INCLUDED Nylon padded NXT gig bag, with handle, shoulder strap, bow holder and accessories pouch / Length: 99cm (39") / Approx. loaded weight: 5kg (11lb) inc. stand
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12 November 2023  | 

Iím delighted with this instrument. It has a great tone, is great to play, and looks good. Iíd recommend getting the spike adaptor kit if you want to sit down to play at all. For the price itís unbelievable quality.

Excellent service from the Bass Centre.