NS Design CR5M-DB Zebra Wood Bass


Electric 5-string double bass

  • With additional EMG magnet pickup system
  • Maple body
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Scale: 106 cm
  • Height-adjustable bridge
  • Polar bridge pickup system
  • Active 18 V preamp
  • With "arco" and "pizzicato" mode
  • Design: Zebra wood
  • Includes tripod and bag
size 3/4
fretboard ebony
electronics active
adjustable bridge Yes
bag included Yes
case included No
bow included No
Incl. stand Yes
spike included No
available since July 2017
Item number 405841
sales unit 1 piece(s)
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Powerful and rich
mr_pc 29.01.2020
The sound is phenomenal, particularly the low pizzicato. The stock strings it comes with are not really meant for arco playing, but it's easy enough to put whatever string you like on.

There are some design choices I would tweak: a faster way to switch between arco and pizz pick-up settings would be nice (the in-between setting is a fine compromise, but it's not the same).

The lack of body, ribs, and neck heel means there are no physical reference points on the instrument. As an upright bassist, that makes intonation in the middle register a bit dangerous. They do make a thumb stop attachment, but that has it's own problems.

Finally, this thing seems to eat batteries. If you leave the cable plugged in overnight, a new pair of 9v's will be necessary. I used to think that was a myth, but it's absolutely true. This bass is active-only, so dead batteries = no sound.

Despite these few drawbacks, this is still the best EUB on the market today. The sound quality is powerful and rich, and at the end of the day that's what it's all about.