NS Design NXT5a-DB-SB Double Bass

Electric Upright Bass

  • 5-String
  • Dual Mode Active Output
  • With polar pickup system
  • Selector for ARCO and pizzicato mode
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Maple neck and body
  • Rich Lite composite fingerboard
  • Height adjustable bridge
  • Adjustable truss rod
  • Colour: Satin Sunburst
  • Incl. gigbag and tripod stand

Further Information

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
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Very good experimental instrument.
21.12.2016
As a double bass player, I,ve tried to find an instrument, which could coexist with upright and create new sound possibilities. I've chosen 5-string version and put high C instead low B. All solo parts, improvisations (arco and pizzicato) in high register sound fantastic - much better than I expected. Bass is well-made, solid, tuneful and playable. I could recommend it for everyone, who likes all "hybrid" options. One can easy operate along whole fingerboard (soft and silky smooth) and construct complex chords with harmonics and open strings (great, looong sustain). But - definitely - this smart and nice instrument can't replace upright bass. No solid punch, deep response and specific, acoustic tension. It was not made for it, but - somehow - few of bassist try to use it as a "second" upright. Not my way.
Apples and oranges :-)
I replaced original strings with Flexocores and high c Thomastik, and it works well.
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NS Design NXT5 Bass AB
Barry R., 11.11.2014
i have been dreaming about getting this bass for years and now i finally have it. and i gotta say that it is even better than i remember when i played one some years back. i had looked at and tried some other electric upright basses but this is the best for me. the feel and tone are perfect for what i want it for.

as for play-ability i am surprised how easy it has been to begin to get to grips with it seeing as i am new to upright bass. i guess being used to fretless bass and various string counts the move to an eub is a little easier.

the build quality is excellent, the stand supplied is quick to set up and easy to use. the case is neat with compartments for the bass, the stand, the bow and a pocket for rosin, cables or what ever you need. and all this is easy carried with the shoulder strap.

it came very securely packaged and apart from a very slight tune and popping it on the stand i was ready to go.

and as ever the service from thomann was great.

so if you are thinking about buying one of these NS Design basses go for it you wont be disappointed.
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Quel pied !
MauriceC, 31.01.2015
Ah... P'tain, j'avais peur moi qui n'ai joué que de la basse électrique... Mais, à 61 ans passés, je ne voulais pas mourir idiot, alors, allez, tant pis, on va essayer ! Ben, je suis surpris et tous mes amis qui m'ont vu en jouer, le sont avec. Fabrication nettement revue et corrigée par rapport aux tous premiers modèles avec vis et écrous nylstop en lieu et place de rivets pop sur le pied support, réglage accessible pour une action sympathique sans se casser les doigts, de bonnes cordes, un son pas piqué des vers bien qu'une correction avec préampli et compression apporte un gros plus car nous sommes en présence de piezo comme capteur ! D'autre part, je recommande à tous la version 5 cordes comme j'ai commandé pour éviter les affres de se retrouver sur le côté d'une corde de Mi alors qu'on joue depuis des années sur 5 ou 6 cordes avec face à nous une corde de Si ! ca évite de se tromper d'un étage et d'une quarte mdr... Une petite semaine pour s'habituer et hop, le tour est joué. Allez, faites vous plaisir, vous serez surpris ce que le background de bassiste peut vous apporter sur une contrebasse électrique, même si ce n'est pas le même instrument. Pour terminer, Thomann comme à son habitude : Rien à dire, c'est parfait !
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Excellentes Instrument (wenn man einen EUB haben möchte)
Thomas448, 17.05.2017
Vorab gesagt: "Ich bin kein Kontrabassist, sondern spiele seit ca. 42 Jahren E-Bässe", aber es war immer mein Traum einen Kontrabass zu besitzen.
Ich mag den Klang und die aufrechte Spielweise, jedoch nicht die Nachteile:

- Platzbedarf (zu Hause, Übungsraum, Bühne... etc.)
- schwierige Tonabnahme
- Transport- und Klimaempfindlichkeit
- Lautstärke beim Üben (eben Akustik)

aus diesen Gründen fiel meine Wahl zuerst auf einen EUB eines günstigeren Herstellers (zum Probieren).
Der Spaßfaktor war gewaltig und es gab erste positive Rückmeldungen bei gelegentlichen Einsätzen während verschiedener Auftritte - allerdings brachte das eher spartanische Instrument auch Nachteile im Handling mit sich, weshalb ich mich dazu entschlossen habe einen höherwertigen EUB zu kaufen.
Meine Wahl fiel zuerst auf einen NS Design Wave Bass, der allerdings auf Grund von Verarbeitungsmängeln zurückgegeben wurde (wird in Indien gefertigt).
Da dieser Bass vorübergehend nicht lieferbar war, habe ich mir glücklicherweise den NS Design NXT5a bestellt und bin nun sehr glücklich! Dieser Bass lässt sich super bespielen, hat einen ausgezeichneten Klang (wenn man, wie ich, EUB's mag) und sieht klasse aus.
Einziges Manko für mich (persönlicher Geschmack) sind die Daddario NS Design Electric Contempory Saiten, mit denen bestückt der Bass werkseitig ausgeliefert wird, denn mit ihnen wirkt der Bass mehr fretlesslike als uprightangelehnt und die Saiten fühlen sich etwas "weich" an.
Dem kann leicht Abhilfe geschaffen werden mit den Daddario NS Design Electric Traditional Saiten, die dem Kontrabasston erheblich näher kommen ohne die Vorteile des EUB-Basses zu schmälern und insgesamt etwas straffer wirken.
Mit diesen Saiten bestückt ist der Bass nun mein Trauminstrument mit genügend Kontrabassfeeling, einer fantastischen Bespielbarkeit und dank der Genauigkeit seiner Markierungen, die selbst Quereinsteigern wie mir eine saubere Intonation ermöglichen, ein echter Schatz.
Das Bogenspiel übe ich - einfach weil's geht und die Umwelt nicht so belastet - erst einmal mit Kopfhörern :)
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