New Gear Review: NS Design CR4 RADIUS Bass

Ned Steinberger’s CR4 RADIUS bass guitar features the Fusion neck, the Diradial body shape with a rounded front and a rear contour for enhanced contact, the patented NS tuning system and NS/EMG pickup system.

The Fusion is a bolt-on neck made of one piece of maple with a continuous carbon fiber core and adjustable truss rod. The neck has the feel of wood, but its dense core provides enhanced sustain and note definition. The fingerboard is ebony over a neck with a 15-inch radius and a 34-inch scale.

The headstock features an aluminum head plate with ball-end string mounting slots and a self-clamping, precision tuning system built into the body. The NS Design/EMG is a dual system with both a piezoelectric and magnetic pickups and an 18-volt powered pre-amp. The controls include: Master Volume, Treble cut/boost, Bass cut/boost, rotary magnetic/piezo pickup blend knob, 3-position magnetic pickup selector switch and 3-position piezo EQ switch.

For the musician, the 8.4-pound RADIUS is a perfectly balanced instrument with no downward dipping of the neck. The NS Designs CR4 sells for $2,695 MAP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com