The NS/Stick™ is an 8-string stereo fretboard
tapping instrument and the product of a collaboration between Emmett
Chapman (creator of the Stick®) and Ned
Steinberger (creator of the Steinberger Bass and many other
instruments). This instrument incorporates a number of ideas
from both The Stick® (the tapping fretboard) and the Steinberger
Bass (the knee bar, headless design), as well as some completely new
ideas as a guitarbass that can be tapped and
plucked. The NS/Stick™
Stick Enterprises, Inc.
Message from Emmett, October 5, 2006:
"For the past two years we've been working to improve the NS/Stick
design, materials and manufacturing processes, and now this model is
again ready, this time featuring a new graphite neck from Moses, Inc.,
three different hardwood choices for the body, and a variety of color
stains with a penetrating "soft finish", allowing the player to feel
the wood itself.
All the unique original features remain unchanged, including the
selectable 3-position quad EMG active pickups with tone controls,
switchable stereo/mono outputs, patented retractable damper, caliper
style fine-tuners at the tailpiece, and Ned Steinberger's amazing
"side-saddle" bridge and nut.
We realize this has been a long process, and we thank those of you who
have expressed an interest in this tapping/plucking bass guitar for
your patience. I'm hoping you'll agree that the wait was worth it. We
think this improved NS/Stick provides the best blend of form and
function - a true multi-mode instrument that is as aesthetically
balanced as it is clean sounding and easy to play.
We're now delivering back-orders and are ready to take new orders.
Greg has just finished an elaborate new NS/Stick page, now up on our
SE Website. You can find lots of striking new photos, descriptive
details and links about our newly refined NS/Stick at:
Hope you enjoy the browse, Emmett."