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Acinonyx-SurfGreen

Nordstrand Acinonyx Short Scale Cat Bass

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Waveform Bullet IconAWESOME OLD SCHOOL VIBE

Wrench Bullet IconPROFESSIONALLY SETUP IN THE NORDSTRAND SHOP

Data Science Bullet IconEXTREMEMLY FUN SHORT SCALE

Original Bullet IconBASED OFF THE GOYA PANTHER

Customer Reviews

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Matthew Stachler
My upgrade

After a couple of months with my “Cat Bass” Nordstrand Acinonyx, I can say I am very happy with the purchase. It is so easy to play with the thin neck, light weight of the body, and high-quality hardware. The tone can easily be changed on the fly with the switches on the front of the body. A mute switch, the different frequency drop switches, and the easily accessible switches of the two pickups are not what you’ll find on other basses. For a short scale, I also have access far up the neck.

The bass came with the action low but, not too low. It was shipped quickly and packaged well. I may consider changing the strings to flats and getting a case for it in the near future.

Overall, I give it a thumbs up and recommend a short-scale bass player or a guitarist who wants an easy-to-play bass built with quality, to give this a go. My bandmates are happy I made the switch.

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DESCRIPTION

Lovingly nicknamed the "Cat Bass” in the Nordstrand 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.

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.

If you live in New England, USA, consider saving shipping costs by picking up the bass at our shop in Wells, ME. *By appointment only.


TECH & SPECS

  • All basses are inspected and set up in Nordstrand's Redlands, CA shop
  • 780mm scale (about 30.7”)
  • 17mm spacing at bridge
  • 1.4” wide nut
  • Alder body with Indian Rosewood fingerboard
  • Parchment or Tortoise pickguard
  • 2 propriety 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: Lake Placid Blue, Olympic White, Surf Green, Black, and Dakota Red
  • Compound radius for excellent playability
  • D’Addario Nickel Round Strings
  • Proprietary custom US Hipshot bridge
  • Proprietary custom licensed Hipshot oval tuning machines

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
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Matthew Stachler
My upgrade

After a couple of months with my “Cat Bass” Nordstrand Acinonyx, I can say I am very happy with the purchase. It is so easy to play with the thin neck, light weight of the body, and high-quality hardware. The tone can easily be changed on the fly with the switches on the front of the body. A mute switch, the different frequency drop switches, and the easily accessible switches of the two pickups are not what you’ll find on other basses. For a short scale, I also have access far up the neck.

The bass came with the action low but, not too low. It was shipped quickly and packaged well. I may consider changing the strings to flats and getting a case for it in the near future.

Overall, I give it a thumbs up and recommend a short-scale bass player or a guitarist who wants an easy-to-play bass built with quality, to give this a go. My bandmates are happy I made the switch.

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