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The Newest from Ned Steinberger

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by silvertone, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    I don't own this or any Steinberger basses.
    I just stumbled on it while browsing Ebay.
    I have no affiliations whatsoever.
    Looks pretty sweet:

    NS Design CR-5 Radius Bass-Designed by Ned Steinberger
    First Release-New Model!!
    Available in Fretted or Fretless 5-String - 3 Colors!!


    NS Fusion Neck: The RADIUS features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber 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 aluminum headplate with ball-end string mounting slots, custom produced for NS Design by Hipshot. (The tuning system is integrated into the body.)

    NS Diradial™ Body: The RADIUS's maple body, with flamed maple top, has a convex back radius, which provides enhanced contact 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, 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 RADIUS, at just 8.3 lbs, make this instrument exceptionally comfortable to play.

    NS Patented Tuning System: Based on a design originally created for the NS violin, the RADIUS has self-clamping, precision tuning machines, 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.

    Controls: The controls on the RADIUS bass give the player full ability to shape and mix the magnetic and piezo outputs: 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 aluminum one-piece bridge and saddle assembly provide full height and angle adjustment, allowing the player to precisely tailor the action and adjust the intonation.

    Dimensions: Overall length - 43". Body length - 21". Weight - 8.3 lbs. Bridge spacing - 18mm. Nut width - 1.85". 12th Fret width - 2.54".
  2. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    Seem close to a Kubicki Factor with more innovations.
  3. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    Maybe- Maybe not
  4. WretchedExcess


    Jul 29, 2013
    What's up with the bridge? No individual adjustment of each string?!?
  5. Up the dose

    Up the dose

    Mar 10, 2013
    I like it, but I wish the neck was all carbon fiber. I had an XM 4 string in the 90's and loved it. Great bass.
  6. Ned's been doing the headless thing a LOOONG time, and he designed the Spector NS/Warwick Streamer. There are bound to be similarities.

    Personally, The upper horn's too straight and I don't like that the bridge is set saddle.
  7. Up the dose

    Up the dose

    Mar 10, 2013
    It's an interesting bridge saddle for sure. There was a lot of comments on this in a previous forum about this bass. Ned knows his craft. I don't think he would put something on one of his basses that was not a capable well thought out design.
  8. But, with all the abstract tunings capable on a bass & in use by people wanting modern looks/sound, why would you want to limit the capabilities of the bass?
  9. bluestarbass


    Jul 31, 2007
    Reminds me of a Warwick katana. Little spendy for me, but pretty cool.

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