The 4-string completes the NS Design family
of electric concert stringed instruments. With a remarkable tonal range due to its
innovative Polar™ pickup system, the NS Viola is able to selectively capture the string vibration favored for both
bow and pizzicato technique with stunning brilliance and sensitivity. Now the violist can
shed the constraints of the acoustic instrument, and enjoy full, rich, powerful sound from an
instrument that is very comfortable to play.
The NS Viola is crafted of solid maple, with an elegant
flame maple face. This lightweight solid-body design transfers
the full spectrum of sound to the pickup without feedback, and is very
stable even with changes in temperature and humidity. The ergonomic
shoulder and chin rest provide comfortable, stable support, and a removable
treble side bout is included for left hand position reference.
The solid ebony fingerboard is hand graduated for consistent string
The CR Viola comes equipped with the Custom Shoulder Rest which can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The viola can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position.
The NS Viola features the bridge-mounted piezo pickup system. The pickups can sense
either vertical or lateral string vibration. Set in the vertical
mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. In the
lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction
of the bow, with more attack when plucked. Attack and decay can be effectively
controlled with the pickup system.
The dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two very distinct
tone qualities. The first mode delivers the full
frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for a rich,
full-blown "electric" sound. The second is balanced
to produce the frequency response of the traditional viola,
for a more "acoustic" sound. A threeway toggle switch allows the player to select the
desired pickup and electronics options.
Additional controls include volume and individual bass EQ & treble
Remarkably precise and stable tuning is accomplished
entirely behind the bridge, in the manner similar to the fine tuners
of an acoustic instrument. Standard viola strings are clamped securely as the string is tuned.
No headstock scroll or tuners are required, so the balance point of
the instrument is back toward the shoulder for optimum playing comfort.