2010s NS Design NXTa-4 Fretted Electric Violin

Okay, so I was preparing to not like this instrument much. Its design premise is pretty antithetical to my tastes. However, once I got the shoulder-rest on it and plugged it in, I was shocked. This is a very well-designed instrument, it plays effortlessly, the frets make it a lot easier for a fiddle-hack like myself to get clear notes up the neck, and it's very ergonomic to play. The pickup system sounds great and quite natural, too, though I didn't have a great acoustic amp to play it through -- you're hearing it on my little bass amp set to a bright and flat response in the video. The bow I'm playing on is also only "ok."

This instrument is perhaps 4 or 5 years old and is in the Czech-made "NS Design" Steinberger line. It's as-new save for only the most minor (impossible to photograph) wear along the body edges. At most I would describe it as "very lightly shopworn." These sell for about $1500-1700 new depending on model options.

Aside from a very minor setup and light dusting, the instrument didn't need anything else to play bang-on.

Setup notes: action is a perfect 1/16" at the 12th fret, the neck is straight, and it's currently strung with what seem to be Super Sensitive steel-core strings. I'm sure a set of something fancier would give it an even slicker feel and sound.

Scale length: 12 7/8"
Nut width: 15/16"
String spacing at nut: 3/4"
String spacing at bridge: 1 5/16"
Overall length: 18 1/2"
Overall width: 4 3/8"
Overall depth: 1 1/2" to ~2"
Neck shape: medium C-shape

Condition notes: this fiddle is all-original and very clean save the most minor of usewear. It looks "shopworn" at most.

It comes with: its original flight case.

The headless design is nice in that a tuner clips easily to the headstock and you don't have to worry about knocking pegs out on mic stands and whatnot.

The tailpiece/tuner combination works nicely. The bridge can be moved around a bit for better compensation to suit whatever strings are on it.