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Note: These strings are specially designed to fit the basses manufactured by NS Design (NXT, CR, EU and WAV4 models). They are too short to fit a regular upright bass, and may not have the right dimensions to fit other electric upright basses. Contact us if you would like to verify dimensions of these strings vs. your bass before ordering for a different EUB.
Have you been looking for a new string option for your NS Design NXT or CR-model bass, but didn't want to use full-size strings (by wrapping them around the bottom of the bass and up to the keyhole slots?) GHS has created a new option for you!
The folks at GHS Strings consulted with Gollihur Music (and sent us prototypes for testing) as they engineered and executed this new option for the NS Design Upright Basses. The goal was to come up with a "modern hybrid" - almost a "Spirocore" for the NS bass; a string that could be bowed well, but would have a big, powerful pizz tone.
The result is... well, I'll let GHS describe it to you: "a string with a deep and focused fundamental tone, suitable for those needing both contemporary and traditional sounds."
Nickel-Iron Alloy is wound over a round core wire and then micro-ground for a smooth, upright bass feel, and a surface that is quite bowable. The strings have a pleasantly "beefy" physical profile, but wind easily onto the stock tuners on the NXT. Tension is "middle of the road" - not light, but not too heavy either. Overall, it's just a new sonic color to add to the palette of options for the bass. I find that it nicely cozies up between the two "NS Electric" (by D'Addario) options - not a truly "Traditional" sounding string, but rather one that provides nice definition and some edge without being too "zingy."
4-string and 5-string (Low B) sets are available.
These strings are SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED for use with NS Design Electric Upright Basses. They are TOO SHORT to fit a full-bodied upright bass, and are not appropriate for NS Omni Basses or short-scale (1/4 or 1/2 size) acoustic upright basses.
Please only purchase these strings for use with an NS Design WAV, NXTa, NXT, CR, or EU electric upright bass.
The NS Electric strings are made by D'Addario and designed specifically to fit the NS Design Basses (CR4M, CR5M, NXT and WAV4). The "Traditional" set differs from the "Contemporary" set (which is provided on the bass from the factory) in that it is actually a shortened set of Helicore upright strings; they provide a more "traditional" upright tone, since they have the increased depth and damping that is used on orchestral-style strings. This set gives the solid-body EUB a more "authentic" sort of tonal vibe, with darker tone, less detail, and shorter sustain -- and greatly improves arco play. Extended Strings Available:
The NS Electric strings are made by D'Addario and designed specifically to fit the NS Design Basses (CR4M, CR5M, NXT and WAV4). The "Contemporary" set supports Ned Steinberger's goal to make the basses a true "crossover" instrument, with more of the bright, detailed tone that can provide that singing "mwah" tone. They also have a lighter feel, making them comfortable to play for those transitioning from electric bass guitar. These are provided as the OEM strings on the basses when bought new. Extended Strings Available: