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

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      on the NS/Stick


  • 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, ($300 extra charge for penetrating dyes).

    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, w/ high-gloss
    lacquer finish w/ 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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