CR Radius Bass Guitar Owners Manual

CR Radius Bass Guitar Owners Manual
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NS-CR4/5 Radius Bass
Owner’s Manual
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NS-CR4/5 Radius Bass Owner’s Manual
Overview (Front)
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Overview (Back)
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Re-Stringing and Tuning
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Setting Up the Bass
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Setting the intonation...................................................................................................................17
Setting the action.........................................................................................................................19
Adjusting the truss rod.................................................................................................................21
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Specifications
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Accessories
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Replacing the Batteries
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Piezo EQ
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high – mid – low
EMG pickups
bridge – both – neck
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Bass
cut – boost
Volume
Treble
cut – boost
Blend
Piezo – EMG
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Overview
Features
1 Aluminum headplate
2 Magnetic pickups (EMG)
3 Bridge
with ball-end string.mounting slots
unique design matched to the fretboard radius
with one piece aluminum saddle and integrated
Polar Piezo pickup system
with self-clamping precision tuning system
for both piezo and magnetic pickups
with center detent, blending between piezo and
magnetic pickups
with center detent
with center detent
3-position switch
3-position switch
4 Tuner housing
5 Volume pot
6 Blend pot
7 Active treble boost/cut pot
8 Active bass boost/cut pot
9 Pickup selector switch for magnetic pickups
10Piezo EQ switch
11Output jack
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Overview (Front)
Overview (Front)
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Overview (Back)
Overview
12Electronics compartment cover
13Battery compartment cover
can be opened separately for battery
­replacement
for battery compartment cover
Overview (Back)
14Thumb screw
15String aperture
Features
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Re-Stringing and Tuning
This bass accepts any standard single-ball end,
full-scale bass guitar strings. The way the strings
are clamped leaves them undamaged and without
the usual windings on the end. This lets you easily
take them out (e.g. for cleaning) and put them
back on the bass as often as desired.
1 Turn the tuning knob fully counter-clockwise
to loosen the string, u­ ntil the slotted tuning
arm is in the frontmost ­position (towards the
bridge).
The clamping mechanism opens up and you can
pull the string(s) out.
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To install strings:
2 Put the ball end of the new string into the slot
on the headplate.
Re-Stringing and Tuning
3 Pull the string towards the neck and guide it
over the nut.
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4 Guide the other end of the string through the
opening behind the slotted tuning arm.
If you have difficulties to guide the string into
the tuning mechanism, check if the tuning arm
is in the frontmost position (which at the same
time fully opens up the clamping mechanism).
6 Turn the tuning knob clockwise to close the
clamping mechanism, which now tightly
holds the string. This happens shortly after
the string holder has started moving back.
7 Continue rotating the tuning knob until the
string is tuned to pitch.
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Re-Stringing and Tuning
5 Push the string through the tuner housing
(and the bass body) as far as it will go, and
hold it with one finger in this position.
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After all strings are installed and tuned up to
pitch:
8 Turn the bass over.
9 Cut the strings within the recessed aperture
of the body, so that their ends don’t stick out.
Bass strings are hard and may have sharp or
pointy ends. Only use appropriate cutters to cut
the ends of the strings. Otherwise you might
injure yourself or damage the bass.
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Re-Stringing and Tuning
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String action
Intonation
Intonation
String action
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Setting Up the Bass
Your bass has left the factory with the set‑up
already done. Additionally, the neck is very
stiff due to the carbon fiber core and the
truss rod, which makes it highly insensitive to
environmental influences. Changing the set-up
is generally only necessary if a higher or lower
action is desired, or when using a different string
gauge which exerts different tension on the neck.
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Setting Up the Bass
If you are not familiar with setting up a bass, you
should ask a qualified bass and guitar technician
for help. Most set-up steps are easy, but if done
wrong there is potential damage to the instrument.
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If the intonation becomes flat when the strings
are played at the higher frets, the bridge should
be moved slightly closer to the neck.
The horizontal bridge position is locked by two
screws on each side (3/32" hex wrench, provided
with the bass). By loosening these screws you are
able to move the bridge on the respective side
back and forth to adjust intonation.
To move the bridge towards the neck:
1 Loosen the screw on the tuner side of the
bridge and push the bridge into the desired
position.
2 Turn in the previously loosened screw until it
slightly touches the bridge post.
3 Tighten the screw on the neck side of the bridge.
If the intonation becomes sharp when the
strings are played at the higher frets, the bridge
should be moved slightly closer to the tuners.
To move the bridge towards the tuners:
1 Loosen the screw on the neck side of the
bridge and push the bridge into the desired
position.
2 Turn in the previously loosened screw until it
slightly touches the bridge post.
Setting Up the Bass
Setting the intonation
3 Tighten the screw on the tuner side of the bridge.
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Setting the action
The bridge has two posts which can individually
be adjusted for each side. To set up the string
action:
1 Using a 3/32" hex wrench, slightly loosen
one of the screws locking the bridge on the
bridge post (see page 17).
2 Put a 5/32" hex wrench (provided with the
bass) into the bridge post.
• counter-clockwise to raise this side of the
bridge, or
• clockwise to lower this side of the bridge.
4 When the bridge height is correctly adjusted,
tighten the previously loosened screw again.
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Setting Up the Bass
3 Turn the hex wrench
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Adjusting the truss rod
Improper truss rod adjustment can permanently
damage the neck. If you are unsure why and
how to adjust neck relief, ask a qualified guitar
and bass technician for help.
• Turn the hex wrench counter-clockwise
to lower the tension of the truss rod
(the neck bows more due to the string
tension), or
• Turn the hex wrench clockwise to increase
the tension of the truss rod (the neck gets
straighter)
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Setting Up the Bass
For adjustment, use a 5 mm hex wrench
(provided with the bass).
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Replacing the Batteries
The active preamp/EQ in your bass is supplied by
two 9V batteries. To replace the batteries:
1 Open the thumb screw on the battery
­compartment cover.
3 Pull on the strip protruding behind the upper
battery. This will pull the batteries out of the
battery holder.
4 Remove the battery clips from the batteries.
5 Install the new batteries in reverse order,
and make sure the strip still sticks out when
finished.
Always replace both batteries at the same time.
Don’t mix used and new batteries. Dispose of
the batteries according to your local regulations
and in an environmentally responsible manner.
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Replacing the Batteries
2 Remove the cover.
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Specifications
Overall Length
Body Length
Neck scale
Neck radius
Weight
Bridge Spacing
Nut Width
12th Fret Width
Power supply
Magnetic pickups
Piezo pickup
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CR4
CR5
41.5"
20.8"
34"
15"
8.4 lbs / 3,8 kg
19 mm
1.60"
2.19"
2 x 9V
EMG
Polar™ pickup system
43"
20.8"
35"
15"
8.63 lbs / 3,9 kg
18 mm
1.85"
2.54"
2 x 9V
EMG
Polar™ pickup system
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Accessories
CR Radius Bass Guitar Padded Gig Bag
Tools
Standard Strings for CR Radius Bass *
7/64" Hex Tool for Pickup Height
3/32" Hex Tool for Bridge Intonation / Position
5/32" Hex Wrench for Bridge Height / Action
5 mm Hex Wrench for Truss Rod Adjustment
D’Addario EXL170 Nickel Round Wound Bass
Strings
Accessories
* The CR Radius Bass is designed to accept any long scale bass guitar strings.
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