NS Design NS WAV EUB Reviews
I've played bass professionally for 44 years. I currently play in a praise band in a local church and also do studio work. I favor rock but have played just about every style, even -- shame -- disco. Favorite players include Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Tony Levin, Chris Squire, Joe Osborn, Bob Glaub and Sting.
ND Design WAV 4 Electric Upright Bass (EUB); Amberburst finish. Ned Steinberger (NS) made his mark in the 1980s with headless, graphite guitars and basses that featured a proprietary micro tuning system that still is one of the best ever and has been licensed to other manufacturers. The Chinese-made NS Design WAV was the first high-quality EUB by a major designer to come in with a street price under $1,000. It features a solid beech body and neck along with an ebony fingerboard (current models use rosewood), ebony nut, maple bridge and a piezo pickup system. Strings supplied are proprietary Steinberger EUB light gauge flats, but standard upright bass strings can be loaded by using a keyhole anchoring system on the back of the bass and wrapping the strings around the front of the body to the standard bass-guitar size tuning gears. Be aware that NS strings sell for around $60 a set. UB strings can easily cost over $125. Scale length is 42', same as an upright.
The bass comes with a tripod stand and gigbag; optional endpin or strap systems can be purchased separately. Passive electronics with one tone, one volume, and a toggle switch that changes the piezo response from arco (bowed) to pizz (plucking).
The NS WAV is a good first 'upright' if you are looking for quality workmanship but don't have $3,000 to spend and don't insist that your instrument replicate the sound of an acoustic instrument exactly. If you're merely looking for something to experiment with, there are a few lower-priced EUBs that will fit the bill better.Laklander rated this unit on 2009-11-30.
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