Second Hand Bass Guitar Stock :: NS Design EUB 4 Amberburst bass :: For sale, UK, On offer, Warwick


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NS Design EUB NXT 4 Amberburst

£1099 + £12 UK shipping

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  2. A secondhand  instrument in super condition with a few minor marks in the finish, plus gig bag and tripod stand.

The NS Series Double Bass opens up a new horizon for the serious bassist looking to play a great instrument on a limited budget. 

Pizzicato and arco techniques have almost unlimited expressive potential, thanks to the Polar™ Pickup System. A convenient switch allows selection of the traditional arco mode for percussive attack and dynamic bowed response, or pizzicato mode for a smooth, sustained tone. Equipped with single volume and tone controls, the passive electronics deliver unlimited overhead for the ultimate sound without cumbersome batteries.

The solid maple body and neck, together with the graduated ebony fingerboard, deliver a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief facilitates an even 'growl' from the higher strings and a clear, powerful lower register.  The adjustable bridge and truss rod allow for low, fast action, or for higher string settings that encourage the traditional acoustic player to 'dig in' with gusto.

NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NS Bass is adaptable to many different styles of music.

A wide array of interchangeable support systems make the NS Double Bass adaptable to virtually any situation. Standard equipment includes a self-supporting tripod stand with full adjustments for height and angle.  A more traditional end pin stand is available, as well as shoulder strap options that allow for full mobility.

Length: 132 cm (52")

Weight: 4.8 kg (10.5 lbs.)

Scale Length: 106 cm (41.73")


Solid beech wood neck and body, flamed maple face veneer.


Rosewood 43.1 mm (1.7") wide at the nut 89.0 mm (3.5") maximum width.


Rock maple (dyed black) radius 7.9 cm (3.1") String spacing 80 mm (3.14").


Macassar Ebony radius 7.9 cm (3.1") String spacing 31 mm (1.22").

Polar Pickup System:

The directional piezo pickup system 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).

Flight Case: (Optional) Aluminium-edged plywood.

Truss Rod:

Powerful rod design provides positive relief adjustment, accessible at nut.

Tuning Machines:

Fully encased worm gear tuners (black finish).

Finish: Gloss Polymer.


Light tension flatwound steel strings are standard. Accommodates all NS length strings and most long scale acoustic double bass strings.

Tripod Stand: (Standard)

Black steel, fully adjustable, standing tripod design. Weight 3.2 kg (7 lbs).

End Pin Stand: (Optional)

Offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 2.3 kg (5 lbs).

Shoulder Strap System: (Optional)

Guitar style shoulder strap for full mobility.

Gig Bag: (Standard)

Padded gig bag with integrated bow pocket, handle and backpack style strap. External pockets for stands and accessories.

Polar Pickup System

As a player, you may not think about the direction your strings are vibrating, or even be aware that string vibrations on a musical instrument are polarised in relation to the fingerboard and the motion of the plectrum and bow. Yet direction is one of the most significant factors influencing the tone and response of a stringed instrument. In fact, instruments from the violin family are different from the lute or guitar in large part due to the effects of string polarisation.

The bow drives the string back and forth in the direction of the bow, while at the same time it suppresses the up and down vibration. You can see this effect with the naked eye by watching the wide excursion of the lowest strings when bowed. From the front, you can see a wide lateral pattern of string vibration, but looking from the side you can see almost no pattern at all. Instruments in the violin family have a tall bridge in combination with an asymmetrical support structure of bass bar and sound post that efficiently translate the sideways motion of the bowed string into sound.

The Polar pickup responds with a high degree of lateral sensitivity and vertical rejection that is tailored to mirror the polarity of the bowed string. The result is a remarkably dynamic, rich tone that responds effortlessly to the bow.

The Polar pickup takes this concept one step further, and is able to switch from lateral to vertical sensitivity, which is ideal for pizzicato. Unlike the violin, a flattop guitar or lute respond in the vertical direction, to minimise the plucked attack and store energy for longer sustain. With the touch of a finger, the polar pickup can switch from lateral to vertical mode. In the vertical mode the attack is controlled for a sustained, singing pizzicato response. The lateral mode has the opposite effect, and the plucked response is extraordinarily percussive, like a traditional bowed instrument, only more so. This dual capacity allows the player to control attack and decay, adding new expressive potential to the violin family of instruments.

Customer reviews:

Submitted on the 26th November 2012 by Chris who purchased a NS NXT bass

Hi Mark,

 Sorry for the delay! Hope you are well. Just e-mailing you to thank-you for getting the NS NXT bass out to me! It is probably the best Instrument I have ever brought for less than £1000. When it comes out of the box its a little disappointing for someone looking to nail the upright bass tone. However, after changing the strings for the traditional set and raising the bridge the difference is huge. The other unforeseen benefit is it looks so great my partner does not mind seeing it around the house, she thinks it looks like an expensive ornament. So I am not always being told to put the bass away!

Many Thanks


Submitted on the 11th November 2011 by John who purchased an NXT 5 bass and an EBS combo

Hi Mark

Just a quick note of thanks for your help in choosing the NXT5 upright and EBS amp on Monday. I'm very pleased I went for the five string. It all sounds great including/especially when through a PA.

I will at some point soon I will want to choose a footswitch/pedal to be able to select either the NXT or my BG (active with piezo pick up). The signals are of course very different. Can you suggest any budget options?



Submitted on the 24th April 2010 by Paul who purchased the NS Design, NXT 5 string EUB


Just wanted to say thanks for the great service in getting me the NXT 5 string.  The bass arrived as promised on Thursday in A1 condition.  Having had a chance to play it over the last week, it really is a great instrument.  Very well finished and a great natural tone.  The amplified bowed and pizzicato sounds are excellent.  I'm still getting familiar with the instrument and having been playing double bass for over 25 years its amazing how reliant you are on the physical features of the double bass for intonation and navigation around the fingerboard.  With no heel of the neck or body to guide you it does mean a lot more concentration.  Thumb position is a lot easier though without the body and with the added benefit of the intonation markers - some might think this is cheating!

Anyway, thanks once again and I'll have no hesitation in recommending your business to other bass playing colleagues.

Paul Vaughan


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