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Gearhead: The Latest & Greatest

JazzTimes previews a variety of new musical instruments and equipment

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Waves Bass Slapper - previewed in GearHead column of new musical instruments and equipment
Waves Bass Slapper
NS Design NXTa Radius Bass
NS Design NXTa Radius Bass

NS Design NXTa Radius Bass
These new instruments from game-changer Ned Steinberger’s NS Design are all about comfort and playability, and feature a wildly ergonomic “Diradial” body with a radiused front and concave back, plus Steinberger’s signature headstock-less design that puts the ax in perfect balance (not to mention the tuning stability). The Dual Mode Output Electronics include pickups designed by NS in collaboration with EMG, with a push-pull tone knob that allows the instrument to go between passive and battery-free active modes (through an included AC adapter, 60 seconds of charge equals 16 hours of play). Two models are available: the four-string NXT4a and the five-string NXT5a.


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