Nordstrand Acinonyx Bass

Nordstrand Acinonyx Bass was inspired by Juan Alderete (The Mars Volta, Marilyn Manson), then reimagined by Carey Nordstrand.

Acinonyx (genus for Cheetah) is a well thought out, modern reinterpretation of the Goya Panther. A slightly “out there” Italian made bass from the 1960. The Goya was a cool idea, but had a few (to be kind) design flaws, Carey sorted these out with the problem solving prowess for which he is known for. 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.


NZD $2,169.00 excl GST

Nordstrand Acinonyx Bass

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Nordstrand Acinonyx Bass available with Free Delivery throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Nicknamed the “Nordstrand Cat Bass” is a retro, slightly odd, deceptively menacing and freaking cool instrument.

With all of the playability and phat tone you would expect from a short scale, plus the added fun of the tone control switches. With 2 x 4 push button controls, and sixteen tone choices to choose from from. The Cat Bass has some serious tonal range that can be used in many situations.

Proprietary single coil pickups, no surprise, made in-house by Nordstand Audio. Giving you a wide range of tone options. in fact, 16 tone shaping options in total.

At the top of the pick guard you will find two sets of  four button controls. Giving you two levels of tone drop off options, a mid-sweep. Or 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.

Custom Hipshot tuners with a 1 over 3 headstock may seem unusual, but it provides straight string pull while honoring the original aesthetic of the Goya Panther. Hipshot also provide the custom bridge, all in a dull metal finish matching the tuners.

Nordstrand Acinonyx Bass Specifications:

  • 30.7 Inch scale bass.
  • Proprietary single coil pickups.
  • Alder body.
  • Maple neck, Indian Rosewood fretboard.
  • Nordstrand custom single coil pickups (of course).
  • 17mm String spacing.
  • 38mm Measurement at the bone.
  • Custom Hipshot tuners and bridge.

Cat Bass Quality Control

Every Nordstrand Cat Bass is checked over and QC’d by Nordstrand’s Swiss bass tech Maurilio “Mo” Mina. Once inspected these are the sent to Tone Merchants where we give a final once over to ensure nothing happened in the shipping. Then onto you on a trek and trace shipment.

Additional Pickguards

You can purchase additional pickguards to pimp your Cat Bass to have your own look. Choose from Tortoise Shell, Parchment, Black or Pearl. These can be purchased in the checkout as an additional option. We cannot sell these separately after your initial purchase.

Cat Bass Gig Bag

Take your Nordstrand Acinonyx Cat Bass out with you in style with the custom Gig bag. With Acinonyx (Cheetah) print graphics and logo & awesome Cheetah print lining throughout the interior. This gig bag is functional and turns heads, so wait until your see people’s reactions to when your unleash your Cat Bass from within!

  • GFLEX 20mm Interior Padding for Impact Resistance
  • Spare Guitar Pick Storage on the Patent Pending Pick-Clip Zipper Pull
  • Cheetah print graphics and logo on the front
  • Cheetah print lining interior
  • Carry in Comfort with Padded Backpack Style Straps and Contour Back Padding
  • Reinforced Carry Handle
  • Store Sheet Music, Strings, Mute and Accessories in Exterior Mesh Pocket
  • Internal Headstock and Bridge Reinforcement to Prevent Wear
  • Additional Internal Pads to Protect Bottom of Guitar

Gig Bags can be purchased in the checkout as an additional option. We cannot sell these separately after your initial purchase.


  • 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 colour 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

All basses are inspected and set up in our Redlands, CA shop


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