Ned sent this bass to me back in the Summer to try out for a week, and I didn't want to send it on to the other players...I did, of course, but it was hard to say goodbye. Now it's back ,and it's MINE! This is THE NS Design NXTa prototype radius 5 string bass guitar #1. The very first, and I'm thrilled to have it back. The bass can run in passive or active mode, and the active switch has a warm, and almost Neve preamp type quality to my ear. The active pickups are powered by a super capacitor that you charge with a wall adapter into the 1/4 input jack.One sixty second charge will give you around 16-17 hours of playing time. The bass feels great(as all NS Design basses do, IMO), and I love the finish. I'm glad she's home...I've missed her! Thanks Ned!