NS Design CR6 Radius Fretless

Worldwide Price : £2,829.17
UK Price :  £3,395.00 - Inc. 20% VAT

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"It's got a powerful, clear tone, beautiful harmonics,
effortless tapping. Very comfortable to hold and
to play. I'm very excited to explore the potential of
this new addition to the Radius family."
Brittany Frompovich • 2020

Meticulously crafted in the Czech Republic, the NS CR5 Radius 5 String Bass embodies the breadth of experience, insight and design brilliance which only Ned Steinberger can bring to the creation of a new classic. His approach to the Radius, as with every new instrument, was to re-explore each facet of a bass guitar, leading to innovations such as the Fusion neck, the Diradial body design, the NS tuning system and NS/EMG pickup system.

However, what makes this instrument most remarkable is its seamless integration of feature, form and function. The sensuous lines of the Radius are balanced and refreshing, which is exactly how it feels to hold and to play it.

Most of all, the Radius is, by design, amongst the most sonically dynamic, versatile and exciting basses available today.

NS Fusion Neck

The CR5 Radius Bass features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fibre core and adjustable truss rod. This combination has the natural feel of wood, but the core provides enhanced sustain and definition to each note. The fingerboard is ebony, with a 35" scale and familiar 15" radius.

Heavy conventional tuning machines are replaced by an aluminium head plate with ball-end string mounting slots, custom produced for NS Design by Hipshot with the tuning system integrated into the body.

NS Diradial™ Body

The Radius' maple body, with flamed maple top, has a convex back radius (from which the bass derives its name) which provides enhanced contact and stability against the torso and gives the instrument a slight angle towards the player, making the fretboard easy to see. The front of the instrument is more tightly radiused, which, in combination with the general wedge shape of the body, shifts it into more comfortable orientation with the right hand.

The distinctive horn provides a natural grip, and the configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets. The instrument as a whole is perfectly balanced, no downward dip of the neck, giving the left hand unprecedented freedom.

Combined, the shape, balance and light weight of the CR5 Radius, just 3.9kg (8.63 lbs), make this instrument exceptionally comfortable to play.

NS Patented Tuning System (US Patent 6,528,710)

Based on a design originally created for the NS Violin, the Radius has a self-clamping, precision tuning machine, built into the body. This fast, simple system accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string. No tools are needed: simply rotate the knurled knob to change a string or tune the instrument.

NS/EMG Integral Pickup System

NS Design and EMG have collaborated to create this integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. It features an 18 volt onboard preamp, which provides extraordinary dynamic headroom. The active electronics are combined with the NS bridge-mounted Polar™ pickup system, the marriage of which puts an exceptionally broad, musically rich spectrum of tone at the player's fingertips.


The controls on the Radius Bass give the player full ability to shape and mix the magnetic and piezo output: Master Volume, active Treble cut/boost, active Bass cut/boost, rotary magnetic/piezo pickup blend, 3-position magnetic pickup selector switch, and 3-position piezo EQ switch.

Bridge & Saddle

Custom crafted for NS Design by Hipshot, the aluminium one-piece bridge and saddle assembly provide full height and angle adjustment, allowing the player to precisely tailor the action and tweak the intonation.

NS Gig Bag

The WAV Radius bass guitar includes a padded gig bag with a handle, adjustable backpack straps and a large front zipper pocket with room for cables and gear. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.

Body Maple NS Diradial™ Body, with flamed maple top
Finish Choice of Amber, Natural or Charcoal Satin Finishes
Neck Bolt-on, one-piece maple NS Fusion neck with embedded carbon fibre core and adjustable truss-rod
Fingerboard Ebony, with cascading dot markers
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ bridge-mounted piezo pick-up system
Magnetic Pickups 2 x Low impedance EMG™ pick-ups
Electronics 18 volt NS/EMG on-board preamp circuit
Controls Master Volume • Treble Cut & Boost; Bass Cut & Boost • Rotary Magnetic/Piezo Pickup Blend; 3 Position Magnetic Pickup Selector Switch; 3 Position Piezo EQ Switch
Tuning System NS patented tuning self-clamping precision tuning mechanism (Compatible with any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar strings)
Overall Length 105.4cm (41.5")
Body Length 53.3cm (20.8")
Neck Scale 34"
Neck Radius 15"
Nut Width 52.3mm (2.06")
12th Fret Width 73.9mm (2.91")
Bridge Spacing 17mm
Weight 4.3kg (9.5lbs)
Extras Custom design NS padded gig-bag with handle, adjustable backpack straps and large front zipper pocket

NS Design Radius Bass Guitar

CR Series

The ultimate evolution in Ned Steinberger's unique approach to electric bass guitar design.

NXTa Series

Featuring innovative, custom built, high performance, battery-free active electronics.

WAV Series

An affordable take on Ned Steinberger's radical new electric bass guitar design.

Premier Guitar CR5 Radius Bass • Steve Cook • September 2013

"A blend of elegant form and practical purpose, with an array of dizzyingly meticulous details... Ridiculously well-made & engineered, it resembles a work of art."

Bass Gear Magazine NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Cia Gould • December 2013

"A really cool looking bass with great lines that mixes classic with more futuristic styling... A perfectly well balanced instrument that is meticulously put together." 

Guitar & Bass Magazine NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Gareth Morgan • April 2014

"NS took plenty of time putting the CR5 together and not a single millisecond has been wasted... it is a wonderful instrument that manages to look cooler than a headless bass has any right to."

Bass Musician Magazine NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Todd Urban • May 2014

"The Radius bass stands out as an instrument that not only offers innovation in terms of ergonomics, but also provides sonic advancements that take tone to a new level."

Harmony Central NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • John McVarish • May 2014

"Pure elegance... looked and sounded fantastic... low B rings true & long with excellent definition... tuning is super precise... can happily play all night in comfort and style."

Bass Player Magazine NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Ed Friedland • June 2014

"Once again, NS Design brings something new to the table with the ultra-cool Radius. The build quality is excellent, the design is forward-leaning yet traditionally rooted, and it’s a pleasure to play."

Guitar & Bass Magazine NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Gear Of The Year • December 2014

"Still head of the class" In G&B's annual round-up of the year's best new instruments, the game changing NS CR5 Radius Bass saw off some stiff competition to be crowned winner in the BASS OVER £1,000 category.

Music Players NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Scott Kahn & Joseph Dubbiosi • April 2015

"Nothing short of gorgeous... the Radius has outstanding playability with sumptuous comfort... an exceptional instrument with boutique build quality, pristine tone and modern appointments."

Bass Musician Magazine NS Design CR5 Radius Bass • Killian Duarte • April 2016

"With a sleek ergonomic design and innovative piezo/magnetic pickups, the Radius provides the comforts of a headless bass with a much needed upgrade in electronic flexibility."

Music Players NS Design WAV4 Radius Bass • Kel Pilshaw • September 2016

"With such great workmanship throughout, effortless playability, pioneering features, and a great sound, you would be hard pressed to find a comparable instrument at this price."

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