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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by atrapp, Aug 17, 2020.
I sure hope so, because I just got mine! (#5829)
Awaiting that email
Well, this happened:
Details can be found here: NBD - Nordstrand Acinonyx
If you'll excuse me, I have some playing to do...
Chop chop slacker!
Yes I am a proud "cat" owner. (and ugly too)
A man who knows Mickey Rat is okay in my book!
I think we're all Bozos on this bus.
Are you a Bozo or a Bolo on the bus. There were 2 buses on that tour.
Cat thru a Mesa with Tie Dye Mandala backdrop? Epic!
My mother was a Bozoette in high school
I'm obsessing about when I'll get my order (#6330), and thus I'm watching this thread for shipping/receiving dates and order numbers, and putting them into a rough little spreadsheet. Given the slight variation of order number:shipping (due to Sonia's excellent explanation), and bearing in mind that only a small fraction of customers posting dates/ordernumbers, it looks as if that shipping statement is for other types of orders that do not require bass setups. I'm not going to post my calculations on when I think mine will get here (I don't want to put pressure on Nordstrand, and my calcs are at best a rough, non-verifiable guess). My guess is that anyone ordering a Cat bass should get used to practicing patience. Still much better than the custom hollowbody my son-in-law has been waiting on for over a year.
From Adrian yesterday:
Mo is just now on the January basses, so still a few weeks to go for February orders. He's pretty buried in them, but trucking along, as the saying goes!
I certainly don't know Mo or his workflow, but with the reputation I've heard about for him, he's probably doing something like this list:
Check/adjust neck relief (truss rod)
Check/adjust bridge and saddles
Check/adjust string radius and action
Check/adjust pickup heights
Check/adjust tuning machine heads
Check nut and lube slots
Polish frets (check for wear, rough ends, etc., ensure level frets)
Condition fretboard (uncoated fretboards)
Install new bass strings
Intonation digitally calibrated
Clean and polish bass
This kind of stuff for a new bass, and all the QC checks, can easily take over an hour per instrument. Those of us that have experienced "while-u-wait" setups from a local luthier might not be getting all of those services, as different luthiers include different things in a "standard" setup.
So basses are not going to be flying through the shop. I'm also assuming Mo has some other duties that get mingled in as appropriate. I am really hoping every one of those steps is followed (and more if necessary), and I'm more than happy to wait for a highly competent luthier who really knows the model to take the necessary time to get it done right.
I'm a December order and haven't heard anything. So...
Mo knows... I have a project for him, but I'm going to wait until all you cats and kittens get yours.
As I mentioned a while back, Maurilio works on and makes very high end basses. He tends to care about his work, be it a multi thousand dollar or cheaper bass. Sure, he's a knuckle head, but he cares about his work. (lol) From what I've seen, these basses come out ready to play. Although, things can sometimes change in shipping.
Knucklehead...yes. Master craftsman... also yes! #truex2
You guys are amazing! Thanks for your patience. Mo may act a fool, but he takes all of this very seriously! We are all over here trying to manage not only the basses, but all of the other work as well. Thanks so much for keeping us busy!!!
@SoniaMara How many of these were on this run? I heard 300...
My catbass arrived last week, and I enjoy it more every day! Such a fun bass to play, and that tone...
The only thing I don't understand, is how to use the Nordymute. When I put it on, it completely mutes the strings, there is absolutely no tone. I played around with it, shifting it back and forth, tilting it, putting it higher (until if fell off) but I don't manage to create the desired affect. I have roundwounds on it but I don't assume that has anyting to do with it. Am I doing something wrong? What am I missing here?
To me it mutes the cat a little more than a standard scale as I have them for other basses. I think it's due to the shorter scale length. However I put mine right up against the bridge and try to angle it slightly by pushing the G string side into the bridge. I feel you have to use them a little bit to kind of break them in so the slits widen a slightly over time.
Another observation I have with it is to turn your volume up slightly and back off the bass and it'll sound fuller too. When you listen back to a recording of it you'll hear it sounds fantastic, better than live.
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