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HeadlessUSA is one of the very first NS Design dealers to offer the new NS CR5 RADIUS bass for sale. Meticulously crafted in the Czech Republic, the CR5 RADIUS Bass Guitar embodies a breadth of experience, insight, and design brilliance which only Ned Steinberger can bring to the creation of a new classic. His approach to the RADIUS, as with every new instrument, was to reexplore each facet of a bass guitar, leading to a host of innovations.

However, what makes this instrument most remarkable is its seamless integration of feature, form and function. The sensuous lines of the RADIUS are balanced and refreshing, which is exactly how it feels to hold and to play it. Most of all, the RADIUS is, by design, the most sonically dynamic, versatile and exciting bass available today.

Fretted or fretless, 4-string (CR4) or 5-string (CR5), the CR Radius Bass Guitar is available in Amber Satin, Natural Satin, or Charcoal Satin finishes.

Please take a look at the NS CR5 catalog for more information.
Overall Length41.5"42.25"
Body Length20.8"20.8"
Neck scale34"35"
Neck radius15"15"
Bridge Spacing19mm18mm
Nut Width1.60"1.85"
12th Fret Width2.19"2.54"
Amber Satin finish
Charcoal Satin finish
Natural Satin finish



MAP $2,849



MAP $2,949

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Above Pepe Hernandez gives the Radius a test drive. Pepe has played in the biggest venues in the U.S., Latin America, China, and Japan, including Madison Square Garden, The Universal Amphitheater, The Greek Theater, Lincoln center, Radio City Music Hall, The John Hancock Center, Estadio Asteca, and Auditorio Nacional, to name a few. He collaborates and shares stages with the greats of the jazz world and beyond. As a record producer and session musician, he has helped create over 400 records.


Diradial™ Body
The RADIUS’s maple body, with flamed maple top, has a convex back radius, which provides enhanced contact and stability against the torso. The distinctive horn provides a natural grip, and the configuration of the body cutaway provides easy access to the highest frets. No downward dip of the neck, and the RADIUS is just 8.3 pounds, making this instrument exceptionally
comfortable to play.
Fusion™ Neck
The RADIUS features a bolt-on one-piece maple neck with an embedded continuous carbon fiber core and adjustable truss rod. This combination has the natural feel of wood, but the core provides enhanced sustain and definition to each note. The fingerboard is ebony, with a 35” scale and familiar 15” radius. Heavy conventional tuning machines are replaced by an aluminum headplate with ball-end string mounting slots, custom produced for NS Design by Hipshot. (The tuning system is integrated into the body.)
Patented Tuning System 
Based on a design originally created for the NS violin, the RADIUS has a self-clamping, precision tuning machine, built into the body. This fast, simple system accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string. No tools are needed: simply rotate the knurled knob to change a string or tune the instrument.
(US Patent 6,528,710)
NS/EMG Integral Pickup System
NS Design and EMG have collaborated to create this integrated piezo and magnetic pickup system. It features an 18V onboard preamp, which provides extraordinary dynamic headroom. The active electronics are combined with the NS bridge-mounted Polar™ pickup system, the marriage of which puts an exceptionally broad, musically rich spectrum of tone at the player’s fingertips.
Bridge, Saddle, Headpiece
Anodized aluminum saddle, adjustable height bridge, and headplate custom crafted for NS Design by Hipshot.
Controls and Adjustments
Master volume, Active Treble Cut/Boost, Active Bass Cut/Boost; 3-way magnetic pickup toggle switch; magnetic/piezo pickup blend.