Don Schiff tapping on the NS/Stick
multi-mode instrument.

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  • Now you can tap, strum, pick, pluck, even play open strings, on one instrument.

    Our 8-string stereo multi-mode instrument is a collaboration between Emmett Chapman (creator of the Stick) and Ned Steinberger (creator of the NS Double Bass, Bass Cello and many other instruments). Designed for optimized two-handed tapping, and conventional guitar and bass techniques, this instrument incorporates a number of ideas from both The Stick (Rails®, tapping frets) and the Steinberger bass (knee rest and headless design), as well as some completely new ideas, like a patented retractable damper, and unique side-saddle bridge and nut height adjustment screws.

    The neck is laminated bamboo or wenge, with our distinctive Stick rear bevel. The body is a choice of beautiful hardwoods with a "soft finish" so the player can really feel the wood. Choose from natural wood colors or several penetrating dyes and stains, at no extra charge (click images below for larger color samples).

    FEATURES
  • Laminated bamboo or wenge neck with dual action truss rod, our trademark rear beveled edges*
      and 1/8" Rails® precision tapping frets.
  • Retractable damper for playing strings open or damped
  • Switchable stereo/mono ouptput for two groups of four strings or one group of eight
  • Two pairs of active EMG "Front Tele" pickups, each with 3-position selectors and independent bass and treble controls
  • One piece hardwood body, balanced for any angle of play, with knee rest.
        NEW: high-gloss lacquer finishes with colorful penetrating dyes on ash and maple bodies

    *Rear neck configuration with flat beveled and flat rear surfaces, trademark #2,138,101, issued Feb 24, 1998.


    Ash NS/Stick™, 8-string 34" scale guitar/bass
    dyed green sunburst, with high-gloss lacquer finish
    with recessed grain pattern.
    4 Active EMG pickups, wenge neck
    with white pearl dot inlays and Rails® tapping frets.


    Ash NS/Stick™, 8-string 34" scale guitar/bass
    dyed golden orange sunburst, with high-gloss lacquer finish
    with recessed grain pattern.
    4 Active EMG pickups, wenge neck
    with white pearl dot inlays and Rails® tapping frets.


    Ash NS/Stick™, 8-string 34" scale guitar/bass
    dyed turquoise, with high-gloss lacquer finish
    with recessed grain pattern.
    4 Active EMG pickups, wenge neck
    with turquoise dot inlays and Rails® tapping frets.


    Walnut NS/Stick™, with natural finish
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups, Dark bamboo neck
    with turquoise inlays and Rails® tapping frets


    Walnut NS/Stick™, dyed black with matte top coat
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups, dark bamboo neck
    with black pearl inlays and Rails® tapping frets


    Maple NS/Stick™, dyed red with high gloss clear coat
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups, and MIDI, wenge neck
    with white pearl inlays and Rails® tapping frets.


    Walnut NS/Stick™, natural finish
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups
    Dark bamboo neck with Rails® tapping frets


    Ash NS/Stick™
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups
    Dark bamboo neck with Rails® tapping frets

    Ash NS/Stick™, dyed "wine red"
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups. Wenge neck w/ Rails® tapping frets






    Ash NS/Stick™, dyed golden
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups
    Dark bamboo neck with Rails® tapping frets


    Walnut NS/Stick™, stained black
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups
    Dark bamboo neck with Rails® tapping frets


    Ash NS/Stick™, dyed blue
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups. Dark brown dyed
    bamboo neck w/ Rails® tapping frets


    Maple NS/Stick™, dyed solid black w/clearcoat
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups,
    Dark bamboo neck with Rails® tapping frets


    Maple NS/Stick™
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups
    Dark bamboo neck with Rails® tapping frets


    Maple NS/Stick™, dyed red w/ gloss clearcoat
    8-string 34" scale multi-mode guitar/bass
    4 Active EMG pickups. Wenge neck
    w/ Rails® tapping frets

         


    Don Schiff and Gary Jibilian play the NS/Stick:
    SPECIFICATIONS for 8-String NS/Stick™, all tunings:
    Dimensions: 40" (101.6cm) x 10 1/2" wide body (26.67cm) x 7/8" neck (2.2cm)
    Scale length 34" (86.4cm)
    String spacing at bridge: 4 melody strings .450" (11.43mm),
    4 bass strings .590" (14.98mm),
    Group spacing .590" (14.98mm)
    String spacing at nut: .310" (7.87mm)
    Neck width 3 5/8" (9.2cm) at 24th fret and 2 1/2" (6.35cm) at nut
    Weight 8.0 lbs (3.63kg)


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