Nordstrand Audio Acinonyx Bass Available For Preorder

Nordstrand Audio Acinonyx Basses

After revealing a prototype at last year’s NAMM Show, Nordstrand Audio has announced a production version of the Acinonyx short-scale bass. Nicknamed the “Cat Bass,” the bass takes its aesthetics from the classic Goya Panther with some interesting additions.

“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,” the company writes. “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 loud, thick, and punchy tone.”

Nordstrand will build the basses with Hipshot licensed oval tuners, a proprietary custom US Hipshot bridge, and their own single-coil chrome cover pickups. It will have a weight of just 6.5 pounds.

Get a detailed overview from Andy Irvine:

The Nordstrand Acinyonyx bass will be made in Indonesia with a final setup and check by Nordstrand in California. It’s available for preorder now with an introductory price of $799.

Nordstrand Audio Acinyonyx Bass Features:

Scale:780mm (about 30.7″)
String Spacing:17mm spacing at bridge
Nut Width:1.4″ wide nut
Pickups:2 Nordstrand single-coil chrome cover pickups
Controls: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
Truss Rod:2 way spoke wheel truss rod
Color options:Dakota Red, Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White, Surf Green, 3 Tone Burst, Black, Red Burst
Fingerboard Radius:Compound radius for excellent playability
Bridge:Proprietary custom US Hipshot bridge
Tuners:Proprietary custom licensed Hipshot oval tuning machines
Weight:Averaging 6.5 pounds
Other:All basses are inspected and set up in our Redlands, CA shop

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