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2020 Nordstrand Acinonyx Short Scale Bass, Olympic White


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Up for sale, a Nordstrand Acinonyx in mint condition and in perfect working order. Inspired by Juan Alderete and reimagined by Carey Nordstrand, the Acinonyx (genus for Cheetah) is a modern reinterpretation of the Goya Panther bass. A short scale affair with push-button pickup selection and tone controls, the Acinonyx features premium Hipshot hardware and a pair of custom designed Nordstrand pickups, with a traditional tonewood complement comprising an alder body, maple neck, and thick slab rosewood fretboard.

Strung with LaBella flatwound 45-105 strings on the 30.7" scale (780mm), the Acinonyx has both thump and articulate treble burp and cut, with a certain tic-tac quality and clear note attack. The player can also go “all in” by selecting all of the buttons at once, which puts the pickups in series mode, resulting in a loud, thick, and punchy tone. The bass is featherweight at 6lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and spot-on intonation.

The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .915" at the 12th. The compound radius rosewood fretboard has flawless slender fretwire, and the bass plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive truss rod, easily accessed by the adjustment wheel at the neck heel. The nut measures a slender 1.4" in width, and the headstock features Hipshot tuning machines that turn smoothly.

The electronics all function as intended, with two dedicated push-button banks of four buttons each, one for pickup selection and one for tone. A Master Volume control complete with chicken head knob rounds out the electronics. The Hipshot top-loader bridge has threaded saddles, and the chrome plating on the pickup covers is positively gleaming. The deep reddish brown tortoise pickguard accents the Olympic White gloss finish, and there is barely a scratch on the body. The satin finish on the neck profile is equally pristine.

A gigbag is included.