I’ll admit it – I’m a sucker for boutique top woods. That’s why I had to do a double take when I saw Nordstrand’s first NX5 Bolt-on bass guitar. Its spalted maple top and matching headstock have a gorgeous textural look with striking light and dark contrasts thanks to the spalting, which is naturally created in wood by fungi.
Equally eye-catching is the birdseye maple fingerboard and abalone block inlays, which is then complimented with matching pickup covers. The neck is a 3-piece maple laminate. In fact, the only wood that isn’t maple is the body, which is a striking piece of Ash.
Not surprisingly, Nordstrand stocks their basses with their own pickups. In this case, it’s a pair of FatStacks. The bridge and tuners are by Hipshot.
What do you say? What’s your favorite top wood? Tell us about it in the comments.
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Nordstrand NX5 Bolt-on Bass Specs:
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Scale: 34.5˝
- Body: Ash
- Top: Spalted Maple
- Neck: 3-Piece Maple
- Fingerboard: Birdsesye Maple
- Inlays: Abalone Block
- Finish: Satin Urethane
- Pickups: Nordstrand FatStacks
- Bridge: Hipshot
- Tuners: Hipshot