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NS Designs WAV 4 Electric Cello - Trans Red

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FOR THE CELLIST VENTURING INTO THE WORLD OF THE ELECTRIC, this instrument offers the combination of design, performance and affordability. Compact and light at 4.5 pounds, the WAV cello is a pleasure to travel with, but in terms of features and performance, this instrument is no lightweight. True to the NS tradition, the WAV captures the essence of an acoustic, yet opens up an exciting range of new possibilities.

With electronics that are fully based around the NS patented Polar Pickup System, the WAV provides amazingly natural cello tone, with freedom from feedback and wolf tones. Since 100% of the sound comes via the pickup, using looping and other electronic effects is easy and far more effective than with an amplified acoustic.

The body design allows effortless access to the full range of the fingerboard, and unparalleled freedom of movement on stage. The special asymmetrical fingerboard relief, a hallmark of all NS bowed electrics, provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the string heights can be modified via remarkably simple bridge height adjustment, and the fingerboard relief can be modified using the readily accessible two-way truss rod.

The WAV cello is available in 4 or 5 string models with a variety of colour options.


• Compact and Light Weight, the WAV cello is incredibly easy to travel with. WAV4 4.5 lbs; WAV5 4.7 lbs. Length: 37″. Width: 5.5″.

• Maple Neck and Body for rich tone, strength and visual grace.

• Expertly Graduated Fingerboard - Rosewood, asymmetrical relief for easy playability, even in the highest positions. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers.

• Battery-Free NS Polar Pickup System with volume and tone controls, and Pizzicato / Arco select switch, delivers beautiful, full-bodied tone.

• Adjustable truss rod and bridge.

• NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Cellos.

• Easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters in combination with string options results in the WAV cello being adaptable to a nearly limitless range of music styles.

• Fully adjustable cello tripod stand can be used seated or standing.

• Escutcheon pin on the neck corresponds to the location of the heel on an acoustic cello.

• The standard gig bag with handle and shoulder strap has a padded inner case for the instrument and a zipper pouch for the tripod stand. It also has a bow compartment and storage pocket with room for accessories. 99 cm (39") long; 18 cm (7") in diameter. Loaded weight is 5 kg (11 lbs.), including stand. Fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.


Length: 94.2 cm (37")
Width: 13.9 cm (5.5")
Thickness: 9.4 cm (3.7")
Weight 4 string: 2 kg (4.5 lbs.)
Weight 5 string: 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs.)

Scale Length: 69.5 cm (27.36")
Body/Neck: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face on all colours: Amberburst, Transparent Red, and Transparent Black.
Fingerboard: Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers.
Truss Rod: Two-way truss rod, accessible at neck.
Tuning Hardware: 12:1 ratio, fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.
Bridge Pickup: The NS Cello features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system which responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).
Electronics and Controls: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control and Tone control (treble roll off).


CELLO TRIPOD STAND: The WAV/NXT tripod stand is included, with black painted steel, fully adjustable height and instrument angle. Folds for easy storage and fits into the cello gig bag. Weight 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).

CELLO END PIN STAND: The optional Cello End Pin Stand has traditional knee and chest contact points for seated play. The height, knee rest position and instrument angle are adjustable. The knee rest folds so the stand fits in the gig bag. Weight is 1.36kg (3 lbs.)

CR TRIPOD STAND: Optional, fully adjustable steel tripod stand. Weight is 3.6kg (8 lbs.).

BOOMERANG STRAP SYSTEM: This optional support system has a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place close to the body. Attached with a guitar style strap to its two support arms, the system allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played. Weight is .45 kg (1 lbs.).

FRAME STRAP SYSTEM: This optional accessory is a lightweight frame structure that allows full mobility to perform in standing or upright position, holding the instrument out from the body similar to the reference in traditional positioning. It is the strap system recommended for bowing. The system is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder. Weight is 0.68kg (1.5 lbs.)
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