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NS Design WAV5 Violin

UK Price:  £705.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £587.50



Designed and built to deliver great sound, excellent playability and long, dependable service, the WAV Series Violin, available with 4 or 5 strings, provides an excellent affordable option for serious professionals or students and is the perfect introduction for any player interested in exploring the world of amplified or electronic performance.

At the heart of every NS electric violin is the unique Polar™ Pickup System which integrates sensor and bridge geometry to translate every nuance to the amplifier and speaker system. The unusually powerful piezo crystals do not require on-board power, for maintenance-free performance without the hassle of batteries.

The NS WAV Violin's rock maple bridge is easily adjustable for the playing style and action height you prefer — high and powerful like a traditional violin, low and fast like an electric guitar, or anywhere in between. The ebony fingerboard is graduated for each string to optimize the tone and playability of every note. The neck is smooth and fast, with traditional thumb reference points for the scroll and heel and a removable bout provides accurate position reference for players accustomed to using the traditional body shape for reference.

The fully carved interior of the WAV Violin keeps weight to the minimum, with body mounted tuners bringing the center of gravity back over the shoulder where it belongs for exceptional comfort and balance. The shoulder rest is contoured and padded to provide stable support, and is fully adjustable accommodate differences in playing styles and body types.


Accurate, stable tuners are the key to in-tune performance. The patented self-clamping tuning mechanism automatically grips the string ever more tightly as tension is applied, and the 40:1 micrometer fine tuning is smooth and precise. This "set-it and forget-it" tuning is light-years ahead of the friction tuners found on traditional instruments.

NS Polar™ Pickup System

Advanced NS Polar™ piezo technology, based around a self-powered, bridge-mounted electro-mechanical transducer, eliminates the need for heavy on-board batteries and circuitry. Although technically a passive pickup, it has a higher output than many active systems, providing unsurpassed dynamic range, clarity, and sheer power.

The directional pickup responds selectively to either lateral string vibration (for dynamic bowing), or vertical vibration (for remarkably even and sustained plucked/pizzicato sound, like a mandolin). A switch allows the player to choose the desired response. The resulting sound retains the essential timbres of a fine acoustic violin, but can be easily and endlessly modified — via on-board controls or post-processing — to suit any sonic palette.


Developed in partnership with Ned Steinberger and manufactured in the USA specifically for NS electric instruments, these strings are designed to enhance the expressive range of tone for even the most discerning players. Groundbreaking stranded steel core core technology pioneered by D'Addario provides optimum playability and produces a clear, warm tone with fast, flexible, and sensitive bow response.

Custom Shoulder Rest

All NS Violins come equipped as standard with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest which features a malleable, foam-padded aluminum base which 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. In conjunction with the ergonomically contoured ebony chinrest, a wide range of height and angle adjustments can be made while the instrument is in playing position.

For enhanced versatility, NS Violin models also accept the Adjustable Chin Rest which offers a wider range of positions for individual fit, style and comfort, providing entirely new levels of ergonomic support, or the revolutionary NS Balanced Shoulder Rest which replaces both chin and shoulder rests and effectively "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.


All NS Violins and Violas are supplied complete with a Cordura® covered, form-fitting custom hardshell case with handle and shoulder strap, separate compartments for shoulder rest and accessories, a bow compartment, and an exterior zipper pouch (Loaded weight: approx. 3.2kg / 7lb).

A custom flight case is also available to special order.

Construction Solid, straight grain maple body and neck
Finish Maple face with solid, high-gloss Black finish, or flame maple face with a choice of Amberburst or Transparent Red finish
Body Reference Bout Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference, removable for unrestricted neck access
Fingerboard Hand graduated ebony with asymmetric relief, shaped for effortless play
Bridge Black-dyed maple, height adjustable
Pickup NS Polar™ bridge mounted, self-powered, directional piezo pickup system
Electronics Passive circuit with high impedance output
CONTROLS Rotary volume control / Rotary tone control (treble roll off)
Tuning Machines Precision 40:1 fine tuners mounted behind the bridge with automatic string clamping for quick, easy string changing
Length 54cm (21.25")
Width 11cm (4.3")
DEPTH 6.5cm (2.56")
SCALE LENGTH 33m (13")
String Spacing AT NUT 16.2mm (0.64”)
Weight - WAV4 670g (1.47lb)
WEIGHT - WAV5 695g (1.53lb)
Strings NS Design/D'Addario NS310 Medium tension, stranded steel core / Compatible with any solid and stranded core violin strings
Accessories INCLUDED Contoured ebony chin rest and fully adjustable NS Custom Shoulder Rest
Case INCLUDED Cordura covered, form fitting hard case with bow holder, handle, strap and accessory compartment / Dimensions: 81cm x 21cm x 14cm (32" x 8.5" x 5.5") / Loaded Weight: 3.2kg (7lb)

NS Design artist-in-residence, Edward Howe with the WAV Violin

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