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NS Design Electric String Instruments
NS Design electric violins, violas, cellos and basses are designed by Ned Steinberger. Ned explains, “Bowed electric instruments have been made since the mid-thirties. Unfortunately, most of these instruments are the victims of the misplaced idea that an electric instrument should sound exactly like its acoustic predecessor. I want to take it a step further, I want to see what these instruments can do when they are set free.” NS instruments are currently being “set free” by artists such as Laurie Anderson, Les Claypool, David Darling, Tony Levin, Rob Wasserman, and many others - including HMT's own online/social media manager Kristen Jones, who plays an NS electric cello!
We stock a small selection of their affordable WAV and NXTa series instruments. Other instruments you might not see here (including their higher-end CR series) can be special-ordered - please inquire. There are options for 4, 5 and 6 strings, different finishes, and fretted violins/cellos. More info and complete options on the NS Design website.