The NXTa Active Series, 5 string fretted violin, embody physical elegance, tremendous ease of play, and amazing tone. Crafted to perfected standards in the Czech Republic, they set the standard for performance and versatility in all settings.
An easy to play, ergonomic design is a critical attribute for any electric violin. With their familiar left hand landmarks, including the removable reference bout, NXT series instruments are remarkably easy to play. With weights starting at just 585 grams, they set the tone as some of the lightest electrics in the world.
Using set screws, the rock-maple bridge can be easily adjusted to the desired action height-high and powerful, low and fast, or anywhere in between. A contoured ebony chin rest comes standard. The Custom Shoulder Rest is highly adjustable, and whose base can be readily formed to fit the chest and shoulder comfortably.
The NXTa also accepts NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest, which secures it effortlessly in the optimal playing position. The patented tuning system built into the bottom of the body allows quick, easy and precise adjustment, with exceptional pitch stability.
At the core of the NXTa is the Polar Pickup System, whose piezo components convert string vibration directly to signal output. This creates a balanced, tonally rich output, presenting a wide range of expressive opportunities. Arco and Pizzicato have significantly different vibration characteristics, and the Polar Pickup faithfully captures both.
Dual Mode Output
The new dual mode signal output electronics of the NXTa takes the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.
Using the supplied charger, plug the NXTa into any AC outlet for 60 seconds to power the capacitor-powered active circuit for up to 16 hours of performance time. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.
The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. (This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.)
Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.
- Length: 540 mm (21.25")
- Width: 110 mm (4 5/16")
- Thickness: 65 mm (2 9/16")
- Weight: 585g
- Scale length: 330 mm (13")
- Body/neck: solid, straight grain maple, with flame maple face on body.
- Body reference bout: black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference
- Fingerboard: hand-graduated, asymmetric relief. fretted
- Bridge: black-dyed maple, height adjustable via screws on back of body.
- Strings: NS electric strings standard, compatible with standard violin strings.
- Precision tuning hardware: 40:1 fine tuners are mounted on the body behind the bridge for precise, stable tuning. Automatic string clamping allows for quick, easy string changes.
- Pickup: the polar directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either lateral string vibration (for dynamic bowing) or vertical string vibration (for remarkably even and sustained plucked/pizzicato sound, like a mandolin). A switch allows the player to choose the desired response.
- Electronics & controls: rotary volume control, with push-pull selection between active and passive output mode; tone control (treble roll off); arco/pizzicato toggle switch.
***Only a limited number of NS Design instruments are available each year and we do not stock all colors and models. Please call or email for availability. NS Design products may also ship directly from Ned Steinberger's (NS Design) workshop.***
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