NS Design Viola


NS Design viola

Freedom of expression is the guiding principal behind the NS Viola. Now the violist can shed the constraints of the acoustic instrument, and enjoy full, rich, powerful sound from a smaller sized viola that is very comfortable to play.

The 4-string NS Design viola has all the electronic and structural features of the NS Violin, but it is voiced lower, providing a full bass response not possible with an acoustic viola:


NS Design WAV Series 5 string viola

The NS WAV 5 string viola is the perfect electric viola for any player interested in exploring the world of amplified or electronic performance. Full, natural tone, outstanding comfort, and sophisticated design are combined in an instrument which is simply a pleasure to play.


Polar™ Pickup System: Great natural sound, with volume and tone controls.
Ebony Fingerboard: Shaped for effortless play.
Maple Neck and body: For rich tone and visual grace.
Precision tuners: Accurate, rock-stable tuners rarely need adjustment.
Light Weight: Highly carved interior for light comfort.
Ergonomic Shoulder Rest: Stable, comfortable support is fully adjustable.
Included: Fabric covered hard foam core Case.


Code Description RRP In Stock
NSD-VN-WAV5BLK NS WAV5 Violin/Viola 5 String Black $979.00 Enquire
NSD-VN-WAV5AMB NS WAV5 Violin/Viola 5 String Amber Burst $979.00 Yes
NSD-VN-WAV5TPR NS WAV5 Violin/Viola 5 String Transparent Red $979.00 Enquire

NS Desing CR Series viola (4 string)

The solid-body NS viola incorporates the familiar performance features of an acoustic instrument,
including a removable body segment to provide the left-hand reference position of a traditional
instrument. Traditional string spacing and scale length facilitate the transition from the acoustic
instrument to the world of the electric viola. Direct amplification and recording capabilities allow
the viola player to experience the vast range of electronic and amplified performance opportunities, yet
continue to savor the essence and timeless magic of the viola.


Length: 540 MM Width: 110 MM
Thickness: 65 MM
Weight: 0.72KGS
Scale Length: 330 MM


Construction: Straight grain quarter-sawn solid maple body and neck, with a flame maple face.


Finish: Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat.


Body Reference Bout: Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference.
Easily removable for unrestricted neck access.

Fingerboard: Hand-graduated ebony.


Bridge: Black-dyed maple, height adjustable via screws on back of body.


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.


Polar Pickups: 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).


Active Electronics: Dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two distinct tone
qualities: (1) the extended frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for full-blown
“electric” sound, and (2) active electronic shaping to replicate the frequency response of the traditional
viola, for a more “acoustic” sound. A three-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired
pickup and electronics options.


Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass and 3 – way switch for polar pickup. FORWARD – Vertical String
Vibration, CENTER – lateral String Vibration, BACK – Lateral String Vibration “acoustic” timbre for
arco. HEADPHONE JACK: 1/8” headphone jack for silent practice and self-monitoring.


Chin & Shoulder Rest: Ergonomically designed to support the instrument securely without the left
hand. The Custom Shoulder Rest can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The violin can
also attach to the optional Balanced Shoulder Rest,
Included: Fabric covered hard foam core case


Code Description RRP In Stock
NSD-CR4-AMB NS Designs CR series Viola 4 String Amber $3,299.00 Yes

The NS Design range starting at $979, including bow, case and rosin, is available in several colours.


Click HERE to order the WAV Series 5 String Viola or
Click HERE to order the CR Series 4 String Viola (a new window opens).

Please call Animato Strings on 1300 739 777
to check availability on other Violas in the range.