Colour: Metallic CrimsonColour: Metallic WhiteColour: Matte Black 

NS Design WAV5 Radius Bass

UK Price:  £1,025.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £854.17

+ Lined Fretless Fingerboard

Discover a new way to play with this affordable iteration of Ned Steinberger's revolutionary Radius design

The WAV Radius Bass is all about the experience, every time you pick it up. It's in the feel of the instrument before you plug it in, and it's embodied in the tone, performance and the limitless possibilities when the house lights go down. 

Among the major advantages of the headless Radius concept are its weight and balance. Extraordinarily secure and comfortable, the WAV Radius features a unique body design which contours to your torso, allowing your hands to fall naturally into a perfect playing position and eliminating neck dive.

The WAV Radius has an expansive, practical tone palette, performance-ready for any stage or recording suite with a tight, rock-solid low end underpinning the exceptional clarity and harmonic integrity carried throughout its range. The WAV Radius' state-of-the-art NS/EMG pickup combo offers unparalleled definition, sustain and versatility with plenty of dynamic headroom.

"First & foremost, we know you want a bass that plays 'like butta', sounds like a gift from the tone gods, with good looks to match... You’ll find all that and more in the WAV Radius" — Kel Pilshaw, Music Player

The intonation is spot-on, through to the 24th fret and when you need it, quick, precision tuning is at your right-hand fingertips, readily adjustable even while you're playing.

Finally, an intuitive, straightforward control setup lets you find your voice (no matter what you play), or shift gears with freedom to explore the broad sonic territory provided by the WAV Radius Bass.

NS Radius Neck

The headless, one-piece, bolt-on maple neck has 24 frets, a 34" scale and a familiar 15" radius. A volute provides thumb reference at the nut. String slots in the aluminum headplate eliminate the need for a headstock with heavy tuning machines. Conveniently accessed from the top of the neck, the heavy-duty aluminium double-action reinforcing truss rod, with its patented differential thread drive, gives both rigidity and precise relief control.

NS Diradial™ Body

The concave back profile provides a sense of comfort and stability against the torso. The front of the instrument is more tightly radiused, which, in combination with the general wedge shape of the body, creates a more comfortable orientation to the right hand. The configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets.

NS Patented Tuning System

Fast and simple, this brilliant, self-clamping precision tuning system (US Patent 6,528,710) is integrated into the body of the Radius Bass and accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string. No tools are required — simply rotate the knurled knob to change a string or tune the instrument.

NS Polar™/ EMG™ High Impedance Dual Pickup System

Active electronics, including the 9 volt on-board preamp and EQ, integrate a custom EMG pickup and the proprietary NS Polar pickup. The EMG pickup has a radiused top and a magnetic structure designed to optimize the tone and harmonics from every string. The Polar pickup is a unique bridge-mounted piezo design, combining a tight and powerful low end with exceptional clarity. The WAV offers master volume and balance controls, along with separate tone controls for each pickup.

NS Bridge & Saddle

The aluminium one-piece bridge and saddle assembly provide a broad range of height and angle adjustment, allowing the player to precisely tailor the action and adjust 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 Solid, straight grain maple NS Diradial™ body
Finish Choice of high gloss Metallic Crimson, Metallic White, Metallic Cobalt or Matte Black
Neck Headless, bolt-on, one-piece maple NS Radius neck with volute thumb reference at nut
Truss rod Heavy-duty aluminum, double action rod for precise fingerboard relief adjustment
Fingerboard 24 fret ebony with traditional dot markers
MODEL OPTIONS 4 string / 5 string with fretted fingerboards
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ bridge-mounted piezo pickup system
Magnetic Pickup EMG™ Radius custom pickup
Electronics 9 volt NS/EMG active on-board preamp
Controls Master volume / Pickup balance / Individual pickup tone controls
Tuning System NS patented self-clamping precision tuning mechanism built into the body
Overall Length WAV4 105.4cm (41.5") — WAV5 107.3cm (42.25")
Body Length 52.83cm (20.8")
Neck Scale WAV4 34" — WAV5 35"
Neck Radius 15"
NECK WIDTH AT Nut WAV4 40.6mm (1.60") — WAV5 47mm (1.85")
NECK WIDTH AT 12th Fret WAV4 55.6mm (2.19") — WAV5 64.5mm (2.54")
BRIdGE SPACING WAV4 19mm — WAV5 18mm
WEIGHT WAV4 3.63kg (8.0lb) — WAV5 3.72g (8.2lb)
Strings D'Addario™ EXL170 nickel round wound regular light gauge .045 .065 .080 .100
GIG BAG INCLUDED Custom design NS padded gig-bag with handle, adjustable backpack straps and large front zipper pocket
Country of Origin Indonesia

Premier Guitar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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