NS Designs WAV 4-String Electric Upright Bass - Transparent Red

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WAV4C-BASS-TRD

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For the bassist entering the world of the pure electric upright, this instrument offers the combination of design, performance and affordability exceeding any other instrument in its class. True to the NS tradition, the WAV readily captures the essence of an acoustic, yet opens up a wide range of new possibilities.

The solid maple body and neck with a graduated fingerboard, delivers the rich, full tone you expect from every NS Instrument. The WAV Series brings the same clarity and fullness with every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief and an adjustable bridge and two-way truss rod allow the player to tweak the neck relief and string heights to suit the music and personal playing style.

The WAV's Polar pickup system includes a convenient toggle switch between Arco and Pizzicato mode. Use the Arco mode for a traditional acoustic response for either bowing and a percussive plucked sound, or switch to the Pizzicato mode for uniquely even and sustained plucked sound, opening up new dimensions to the sound pallet. The piezo-powered passive electronics deliver an amazingly natural tone with unlimited overhead for extraordinary performance without the need or hassle of batteries.

Compact and lightweight, the WAV Double Bass is an excellent instrument for musicians on the move. It comes equipped with a stand, and padded gig bag that carries the instrument with a handle and strap and includes separate pouch compartments for storing the stand, bow and accessories. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft.

Features
• Solid Maple Body and neck
• Graduated fingerboard
• NS Polar piezo pickup system
• Passive-no battery required

Specifications
Dimensions: 132cm x 15cm x 10cm (52" x 6" x 4")
Weight: 4kg (8.82 lb)
Scale Length: 106cm (41.73")
Body/Neck Material: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face
Fingerboard: Rosewood, hand-graduated, asymmetric relief
Truss Rod: Two-way truss rod, accessible at neck
Tuning Hardware: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish
Electronics and Controls: Passive Polar Piezo pickup with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control, tone control (treble roll off) and a switch to select between Arco and Pizzicato mode.

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Closest StoreKamloops, British Columbia
For a context, I'm not an upright bass player. I play cello & bass guitar. So, I cannot possibly compare this instrument to an acoustic double bass in this review.
Also, I run it through POD HD500x acoustic bass presets, which includes amp & cab simulation which give me a very decent sound both with bow & fingers. Thus, I have no idea how it sounds DI or with minimal processing.
Construction: This thing is solid. Really. Yes, it's smaller than a real acoustic bass, but it's still guaranteed to check every door frame you ever plan to walk through. It will survive and won't even go out of tune. The only weakness is the tripod stand -basically, it's a modified mic stand. I find that I sometimes need to step on one of the legs to pin it in one place. The stand also inconveniently spins. However, that has nothing to do with the bass -just get a better stand.
Portability: It fits easily in any car. A little heavy to walk for a long distance, but really... do you prefer to lug around a full sized acoustic bass? This bass is great for a gigging musician.
Sound: Get a good multi effect unit, IR processor, or whatever piece of modern tech wizardry that makes a broom with a laundry rope sound good and this is a silly rubric to review. It sounds amazing through my setup, no matter what I throw at it -fuzz/dist/chorus/delays etc. Dry sound with a good amp and eq is great too. Has a bit of a buzz and hum once you add gain, but noise gate solves the problem.
The arco/pizzicato switch is a bit unnecessary. Yes, I play mostly with the bow, but I never use that switch even with pizzicato playing. Maybe in a rockabilly application it's cool, otherwise it's just harsh, thin, and nasal.
Overall -if you feel comfortable playing fretless and would like to learn to use a bow, or maybe you're a jazz player that is sick & tired of lugging an instrument that is bigger than you -this is definitely an ear & budget friendly way to go.
Posted by John on Dec 25, 2020
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