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NS Designs CR4M Bass

There have been numerous innovations on the double bass in the last 20 years, and NS Designs brings us the latest in electric uprights with the CR4M. With its futuristic name, and appearing like an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art, this model comes in two portable units in gig bags: one for the bass with fingerboard, strings, etc.; the other, a metal tripod stand that supports the instrument.

The bass is attractive, featuring orange-shaded wood, sleek black tuning pegs and a smooth fingerboard with dots marking note locations-a particular advantage for electric bassists venturing into upright playing. The CR4M comes with steel strings and a tone that comes far closer to the singing sustain of a fretless electric than it does an acoustic bass. The lack of shoulders on the instrument’s body makes upper register playing easy; this too is an advantage for electric players unfamiliar with thumb position, though string-bass players more accustomed to a bass body may find this awkward.

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