Lovingly nicknamed the "Cat Bass” in the 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.
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 proprietary (of course - it’s what we do) single coil chrome cover pickups
All basses are inspected and set up in our Redlands, CA shop
History: 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.
These have finish blems, usually some neck pocket cracks. Does not effect playability, sound, stability, quality, etc...
Special Single Issue Custom Basses
Meet Lucky - She has a subtle sparkle with a big personality. This “Cat” is one of the most vibrant green with matching headstock. She has been declawed. (Fretless to you bass nerds.) With GHS Bright Flats, it sounds like a dream. This cat is one-of-a-kind and has been adopted.
Check out the Herding Cats playlist on our YouTube channel, where Carey chats with some incredible players about the Acinonyx Bass and much more.
GHS SHORT SCALE BRITE FLAT™ When you are looking for “Motown with an Attitude,” GHS Brite Flats™ fill the void. Made with nickel-iron alloy in the same manner as standard roundwound strings, the final cover is precisely ground after the string is completed, leaving a smooth finish. The end result is a string that feels like a flatwound, but has the bite and definition of a roundwound.
GHS SHORT SCALE PRECISION FLATS™ GHS Precision Flats™ Bass Strings deliver traditional deep percussive tone due to a unique cross-winding process. They are made with a highly magnetic stainless steel flat wrap for greater volume, longer durability and a smooth satin finish.
GHS SHORT SCALE BASS BOOMERS® GHS Bass Boomers® are one of the most popular bass strings in the world. Utilizing a nickel-plated steel wrap wire (with a special combination of stainless steel and nickel-plate on the low E and B strings) over a hex core, Bass Boomers® have a distinctive low-mid punch that sits well in any musical genre. This IS your power string.
DUNLOP NICKEL ROUND WOUND CUSTOM LENGTH BASS STRINGS 4-String Set These nickel wound bass strings provide a warm, solid fundamental with rich harmonics and a punchy midrange.
DUNLOP NICKEL FLAT WOUND CUSTOM LENGTH BASS STRINGS These flatwound bass strings provide a clear, solid fundamental and superior tonal versatility—rolling off your bass’ tone knob takes you from a modern and articulate punch to the deep, mellow thump flats are famous for.
Artists using the Acinonyx Bass:Chris Chaney, Ed Friedland, Tim Lefevere, Bob Glaub, Gary Wicks, Travis Carlton, Jonathan Herrera, Dan Lutz, Bobby Brennan, Oskar Cartaya, Juan Alderete, Jerry Watts, Jr. Abe Laborial, Steve Jenkins, Joe Karnes