NS Design WAV5 Radius Bass

Worldwide Price : £854.17
UK Price:  £1,025.00 Inc. 20% VAT
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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 light weight and balance. Extraordinarily secure and comfortable, the WAV Bass 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.

Available in 4 and 5 string variants, the Radius has an expansive, practical tone palette, performance-ready for any stage or recording suite. A tight, rock-solid low end underpins the exceptional clarity and harmonic integrity carried throughout its range with a state-of-the-art NS/EMG pickup combo offering 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 Players • September 2016

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 self-clamping precision tuning system (US Patent 6,528,710) is integrated into the body of the Radius Bass. Any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string can be used. No tools are needed: 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 magnetic custom EMG RADIUS pickup and the NS bridge-mounted Polar™ pickup. The EMG pickup has a radiused top and magnetic structure to optimize the tone and harmonics from every string. The NS Polar pickup is a unique 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 Meranti NS Diradial™ Body
Finish Choice of Metallic Crimson, Metallic White, Metallic Cobalt or Matte Black
Neck Bolt-on, one-piece maple NS Radius neck with adjustable, heavy-duty aluminium double action truss-rod
Fingerboard 24 Fret Rosewood, with Dot Makers
Bridge Pickup NS Polar™ bridge-mounted piezo pick-up system
Magnetic Pickup EMG™ Radius pick-up
Electronics 9 volt NS/EMG on-board preamp circuit
Controls Master Volume / Pickup Balance / Individual Pickup Tone Controls
Tuning System NS patented tuning self-clamping precision tuning mechanism built into the body (Compatible with any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar strings)
Overall Length — WAV4 104.8cm (41.25")
OVERALL LENGTH — WAV5 107.3cm (42.25")
Body Length 52.83cm (20.8")
Neck Scale — WAV4 34"
NECK SCALE — WAV5 35"
Neck Radius 15"
NECK WIDTH @ Nut — WAV4 40.6mm (1.60")
NECK WIDTH @ Nut — WAV5 47mm (1.85")
NECK WIDTH @ 12th Fret — WAV4 55.6mm (2.19")
NECK WIDTH @ 12TH FRET — WAV5 64.5mm (2.54")
BRISGE SPACING — WAV4 19mm
Bridge Spacing — WAV5 18mm
WEIGHT — WAV4 3.63kg (8.0lb)
Weight — WAV5 3.72kg (8.2lb)
Strings D'Addario™ EXL170 Nickel Round Wound
GIG BAG INCLUDED Custom design NS padded gig-bag with handle, adjustable backpack straps and large front zipper pocket

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."
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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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