NS Design WAV4c 4-String Electric Cello - Amberburst

Sale price $ 1,309.00 Regular price $ 1,870.00

4-string model in traditional cello tuning (CGDA), Amberburst finish. Includes adjustable NXT tripod stand and padded carrying case. Free shipping within the continental US!

For the cellist venturing into the world of the electric, this instrument offers the combination of design, performance and affordability exceeding any other instrument in its class. Compact and light (4.7 pounds!), the WAV cello is a pleasure to travel with, but in terms of features and performance, this instrument is no lightweight. True to the NS tradition, the WAV captures the essence of an acoustic, yet opens up an exciting range of new possibilities.

With electronics fully based around the NS patented Polar™ Pickup System, the WAV provides amazingly natural cello tone, with freedom from feedback and wolf tones. Since 100% of the sound comes via the pickup, using looping and other electronic effects is easy and far more effective than with an amplified acoustic.

The body design allows effortless access to the full range of the fingerboard, and unparalleled freedom of movement on stage. The special asymmetrical fingerboard relief, a hallmark of all NS bowed electrics, provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the string heights can be modified via remarkably simple bridge height adjustment, and the fingerboard relief can be modified using the readily accessible two-way truss rod.

The WAV cello is available in 4 or 5 string models with a variety of color options. 


NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS Cellos, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the WAV cello is adaptable to a nearly limitless range of music styles.

A fully adjustable cello tripod stand can be used seated or standing. The optional Cello End Pin Stand (available by special order) provides the seated cellist familiar points of thigh contact and position. The optional Boomerang™ Strap System and The Frame Strap System allow the cellist to stand up with full mobility for a new experience of freedom and expression.

The WAV electric cello brings unprecedented affordability to the player interested in world-class design, craftsmanship and performance. With a visual appearance a striking as its sound, the roadworthy WAV is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.


LENGTH: 94.2 cm (37")

WIDTH: 13.9 cm (5.5")

THICKNESS: 9.4 cm (3.7")


4 string: 2 kg (4.5 lbs.)

SCALE LENGTH: 69.5 cm (27.36")

BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple neck and body. Flame maple face.

FINGERBOARD: Coform™, Asymmetrical fingerboard relief. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers. 

TRUSS ROD: Two-way truss rod, accessible at neck.

TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.

4 string tuning: C G D A

STRINGS: NS Electric Cello Strings supplied; the NS is designed to fit and is compatible with most standard strings.

BRIDGE PICKUP: The NS Cello features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system which 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. Rotary for Volume, Tone (Treble roll off), 2-way toggle switch for Polar Pickup System.

Our online manager Kristen Jones selected NS Design instruments as one of her Staff Picks!

"It's no exaggeration to say this instrument changed my life! Its compact size allows me to tour in a small vehicle with my band. I play a CR series 4-string which is a step up from the WAV series, but in this price range, the tone and playability can't be beat. With no effects, this instrument has a very realistic cello tone - but you can also use it with effects/processors, of course. And I make frequent use of the pizzicato tone setting, which amplifies the bass frequencies and really sounds like an upright bass (I get gigs as a bass player on it!). The tripod stand is adjustable to various heights. The cello is a breeze to tune, is easy to play in the high register (position dots!!), cooperates in hot & cold weather, and just LOOKS cool - it gets a lot of attention at performances. Highly recommended to any cellist who's looking to play amplified and/or needs an instrument that's easy to travel with. Try it with the Fishman Loudbox Mini or Mini Charge for a great-sounding combination. In a live performance setting, I do recommend playing through a preamp or DI to boost your signal on the WAV instruments.