With electronics fully based around the NS patented Polar™ Pickup System, the WAV upright bass is available in 4 or 5 string models with several color choices to please the eye as well. The WAV proudly shares the same elegant, modern body design, ergonomics and performance support options of its companions in the NS line.
The WAV’s Polar pickup system includes a convenient toggle switch between Arco and Pizzicato mode. Use the Arco mode for a traditional acoustic response for either bowing and a percussive plucked sound, or switch to the Pizzicato mode for uniquely even and sustained plucked sound, opening up new dimensions to the sound pallet. The piezo-powered passive electronics deliver an amazingly natural tone with unlimited overhead for extraordinary performance without the need or hassle of batteries.
The solid maple body and neck with a graduated rosewood fingerboard, delivers the rich, full tone you expect from every NS Instrument. The WAV Series brings the same clarity and fullness with every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief and an adjustable bridge and two-way truss rod allow the player to tweak the neck relief and string heights to suit the music and personal playing style.
Compact and lightweight, the WAV Double Bass is an excellent instrument for musicians on the move. It comes equipped with a stand, and padded gig bag that carries the instrument with a handle and strap and includes separate pouch compartments for storing the stand, bow and accessories. The loaded gig bag will fit in the overhead compartment of most commercial aircraft. An optional hard-shell flight case is available for the WAV Double Bass.
NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Double Basses, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound and feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the WAV Series Bass is adaptable to virtually any style of music.
LENGTH: 132 cm (52″)
WIDTH: 15 cm (6″)
THICKNESS: 10 cm (4″)
WEIGHT: 4-String 8lbs 12.8oz (4.0 kg); 5-String 9lbs (4.1 kg)
SCALE LENGTH: 106 cm (41.73″)
STRINGS: 4 or 5 (Low B). Compatible with most standard ¾ size double bass strings.
BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face on the Amberburst, Transparent Red, and Transparent Black models; Brilliant White model has solid maple.
FINGERBOARD: Asymmetric relief for easy playability in every position. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers. Rosewood or Coform™.
TRUSS ROD: Two-way truss rod, accessible at neck.
TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.
BRIDGE PICKUP: The Polar piezo pickup system responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).
ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Passive circuit with high impedance output, no batteries required. Volume control, tone control (treble roll off) and a switch to select between Arco and Pizzicato mode.
PERFORMANCE SUPPORT SYSTEMS
DOUBLE BASS TRIPOD STAND: WAV/NXT tripod stand is standard, black painted steel, fully adjustable height and instrument angle. Folds for easy storage and fits into the WAV gig bag. Weight 2.7 kg (6 lbs.).
GIG BAG: A padded gig bag is included as a standard accessory. It has a stand compartment, bow compartment, accessory pocket, handle and adjustable shoulder strap. Loaded weight is 11.2 kg (25 lbs.) including stand, and it fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.