NS Design CR4 4-String Electric Viola Amber
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NS Design CR44-String Electric Viola has a remarkable tonal range thanks to its innovative Polar pickup system, which can selectively capture the string vibration favored for both bow and pizzicato technique with stunning brilliance and sensitivity. The violist who prefers the elegant tone of a fine acoustic won't be disappointed, and for those who wish to explore new sonic territory, the sky is the limit.
The solid-body CR4 Viola incorporates the familiar performance features of an acoustic instrument, including a removable body segment to provide the left-hand reference position of a traditional instrument. Traditional string spacing and scale length facilitate the transition from the acoustic instrument to the world of electronic music. Direct amplification and recording capabilities allow the violist to experience something totally new, yet savor something very special the timeless magic of the viola.
The NS Viola is crafted of solid maple, with an elegant flame maple face. This lightweight solid-body design transfers the full spectrum of sound to the pickup without feedback, and is very stable even with changes in temperature and humidity. The ergonomic shoulder and chin rest provide comfortable, stable support, and a removable treble side bout is included for left hand position reference. The solid ebony fingerboard is hand graduated for consistent string articulation.
This awesome viola comes complete with a well-made fabric covered hard foam core case made specifically to fit the CR4. The padded, form fitting interior cradles and protects the viola. It holds 2 bows, shoulder rest, output cable, and extra gear, with lock and key.
The NS Design CR4 4-String Electric Viola With Amber Finish features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system. The Polar pickups can sense either vertical or lateral string vibration. Set in the vertical mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. In the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction of the bow, with more attack when plucked. Attack and decay can be effectively controlled with the Polar pickup system.
The dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two very distinct tone qualities. The first mode delivers the full frequency response of low impedance electronics, for a rich, full-blown "electric" sound. The second is balanced to produce the frequency response of the traditional viola, for a more "acoustic" sound. A 3-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options. Additional controls include volume and individual bass EQ & treble EQ controls.
Remarkably precise and stable tuning is accomplished entirely behind the bridge, in the manner similar to the fine tuners of an acoustic instrument. Standard viola strings are clamped securely as the string is tuned. No headstock scroll or tuners are required, so the balance point of the instrument is back toward the shoulder for optimum playing comfort.
Traditional Amber (Light Maple) Stain - Polymer Top Coat - Length: 518 mm (20.4") - Width: 116.8 mm (4.6") - Thickness: 51 mm (2") - Weight: 775 grams - Scale Length: 366 mm (14.4") - String Spacing: Bridge 18 mm (0.7") Nut 38 mm (1.5") - Straight Grain Quarter-Sawn Solid European Maple Body And Neck - Flame Maple Face - Removable Black-Dyed Maple Bout Provides Standard Viola Reference - Hand-Graduated Ebony Fingerboard - Height Adjustable Black-Dyed Maple Bridge - NS Electric Strings
Case: Fabric Covered Hard Foam Core - 81cm (32") Long - 21cm (8.5") Wide - 14 cm (5.5") High - 2.7 kg (6 lb) Loaded Weight - Padded - Form Fitting Interior - Holds 2 Bows - Shoulder Rest Space - Room For Extra Gear - Lock And Key
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