8-string multi-mode instrument, designed by Ned Steinberger and Emmett Chapman

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 bolt-on 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, or an optional high gloss clear coat. Choose from natural wood colors or several penetrating dyes and stains. Additional charges for the dyes and clear coat apply.

Active EMG pickups
Four active EMG pickups, 2 for each set of 4 strings, can be routed in stereo or mono, and have active bass treble and volume controls. Read more about the NS/Stick's active pickups and electronics.

Your basic order should include the instrument, a flight case or soft case and a stereo cable (included).

Body Options for the NS/Stick. see more

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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