Nordstrand Introduces a New Short Scale 4-String Bass – The Acinonyx
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Lovingly nicknamed the “Cat Bass” in the workshop, The Acinonyx is an insanely cool, somewhat weird, and deceptively menacing instrument. This bass has all of the playability and phat tone you would expect from a short scale, plus the added fun of the tone control switches. Tone choices are available with a push of a button. Go “All In” by punching all of the buttons at once, which puts the pickups in series mode resulting in a a loud, thick, and punchy tone. The 1 over 3 headstock may seem unusual, but it provides straight string pull while honoring the original aesthetic of the Goya Panther.
- 780mm scale (about 30.7”)
- 17mm spacing at bridge
- 1.4” wide nut
- Alder body with Indian Rosewood fingerboard
- Parchment and Tortoise pick guard options
- 2 propriety (of course – it’s what we do) single coil chrome cover pickups
- 4 push button pickup selector switches (including “all in” series mode)
- 4 tone selections including flat, traditional tone roll off, heavy tone roll of, and mid notch
- Very light weight – averaging 6.5 pounds
- 2 way spoke wheel truss rod
- Classic color options Dakota Red, Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White, Surf Green, 3 Tone Burst, Black, Red Burst
- Compound radius for excellent playability
- Proprietary custom US Hipshot bridge
- Proprietary custom licensed Hipshot oval tuning machines
- All basses are inspected and set up in our Redlands, CA shop
Introductory priced at $799
*A Limited number of Nordy Mutes will be included with the first orders
History: Inspired by Juan Alderete, reimagined by Carey Nordstrand, the Acinonyx (genus for Cheetah) is a well thought out, modern reinterpretation of the Goya Panther. Carey sorted out the design flaws of the Goya with the problem solving prowess for which he is known. String pull, switch assignments sorted out, Carey developed this bass with ease of tone selection and overall playability in mind, but the ultimate goal is for the bass to be as fun to play as driving a race car.
To read more about the development of this bass, read In the Workshop: The Birth of Acinonyx on our blog.