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vJ4 Natural

NJ Model

The Nordy is available in four and five string versions known as the vJ4, vJ5, vP4, vP5, vM4, vM5, and finally the Nordy vS and vT guitars.

* These basses and guitars are entirely made here in our own shop in Redlands, California. Every step of the build process (except painting the bodies) is handled by a small dedicated team of very skilled craftsmen that put their best energy into each instrument. We love what we do and we believe that it shows in the finished product.

* We use Nordstrand pickups and preamps in all our instruments, which gives us an unprecedented level of control over how the basses sound.

* All Nordy instruments feature Hipshot USA bridges, tuners, and hardware.

* Every detail is executed with the highed level of attention and care possible to assure that you get the highest quality instrument available at any price.

* We feel our pricing represents an excellent value for small production boutique super high quality bass guitars made in the USA.


Click HERE for a Bassplayer Magazine review.  We received Editor's Choice awards for both reviewed basses. 

"For an excellent-sounding J-style bass with a few neat twists, look no further."

"A super-slick modern J style bass.  Slappers Delight."

Bass Gear Magazine gave a vJ5 4.2 out of 5 for "in hand" testing and 4.5 out of 5 for "on bench" testing.

"Jazz bass on Steroids!  Nice balance from top to bottom, and it can bring the growl when you want it."


vJ4 Head vJ4 Specifications:

The vJ4 comes with Nordstrand NJ4 single coil J style pickups as standard with two volumes and a tone (volume, blend, tone is an available option). Scale is 34" with 20 frets, radius is 9" to 14" compound, small vintage style fret wire, 1.5" bone nut, 19mm bridge spacing, and a fast satin finished neck with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard.


vJ4 Three Tone Sunburst

Above is a vJ4 in Three Tone Burst, Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, Tortoise pickguard, NJ4 single coil pickups with volume, volume, tone for controls.


vJ4 Candy Apple Red

Here is a vJ4 in Candy Apple Red with a matching headstock, White Pearloid Blocks and binding, NJ4SV split coil pickups and passive electronics.

Nordy HeadstockvJ5 Specifications:

The vJ5 is available in two configurations: Modern and Classic.



The Modern vJ5 comes with proprietary Nordstrand Big Single soapbar pickups as standard with two volumes and a tone (volume, blend, tone is an available option). Scale is 34.5" with 21 frets, radius is 12" to 20" compound, small vintage style fretwire, 1.81" bone nut, 19mm bridge spacing and a fast satin finish neck with an Indian Rosewood fingerboard.

If you are looking for a souped up J bass on steroids, this is it. The slightly longer scale, combined with our signature pickups and proprietary preamp give a sound that is bigger, bolder, and harder to hide in a mix. It's a J bass with attitude.

Big Banana

An Aged Olympic White vJ5 with Big Singles and the Nordstrand 2 Band Preamp.


vJ5 Maple

A rear routed vJ5 with a Figured Maple top, Birdseye Maple fingerboard with Abalone dots, Big Splits and the Nordstrand 3 Band Preamp.


The Classic vJ5 has the same options as the Modern, but it feartures a 20 fret 34" scale neck with a 9" to 14" radius and is available with a one piece maple neck with a skunk stripe.

If you want a vintage J bass built to exacting standards that delivers a strikingly authentic tone, this is the bass for you. The traditional scale length combined with carefully selected woods and exceptionally faithful pickups and electronics will make you swear you're playing a classic four string J bass that somehow had a B string added to it.

An alder rosewood Classic vJ5 in Daphne Blue with NJ5 single coils and passive controls.


An ash maple Classic vJ5 with Big Singles and our 2 band preamp in clear gloss with a closs neck.

Nordy Options:

* Typical wood configurations are ash body with maple fingerboard, and alder body with rosewood fingerboard. Maple necks are standard, and one piece maple necks are available.

* A wide variety of finishes are available from our painter, including options such as lacquer and vintage tint. Various pickguards can be had, including anodized gold aluminum.

* Pickup and preamp selection can be chosen from the wide variety of Nordstrand Pickups offerings, including our own 2-band and 3-band preamps.

Nordy vP


The Nordy vP line includes:

  • Hand selected tone woods, many options as the vJ basses.
  • One piece maple necks with wide P nut widths.
  • Nordstrand NP4 and NP5 pickups, bridge pickups also available.
  • Great authentic old school tone with modern build refinements.

Nordy vS


The Nordy vS guitar line features:

  1. Classic tone woods hand selected for resonance and light weight
  2. 7.5” to 12” compound radius fretboard – available in either rosewood or maple -- for uncompromising vintage feel and modern playability
  3. A satisfyingly large soft V neck offering enhanced tone and comfort
  4. Nordstrand’s acclaimed pickups – available in single coil and hum-cancelling configurations
  5. A two post classic bridge with bent steel saddles and steel block
  6. Available in modern poly or classic lacquer finishes
  7. Hipshot locking tuning machines


Nordy vM


Photo credit goes to Rodney Turner for this shot, he loves his vM5 so much that he sent us a wealth of great pictures!

The new Nordy vM4 and vM5 basses feature:

  • Hand selected tone woods and one piece maple necks.
  • Classic Music Man® tones with modern accoutrement and features.
  • 34" scale, 9" to 14" compound radius, 19mm string spacing.
  • 1.625" nut width vM4 - 1.81" nut width vM5.
  • MM4.2 and MM5.2 pickups and Nordstrand 2B-MM preamp.
  • Options include quad coil pickups and series/parallel switching.


Terms Of Sale

We are no longer taking deposits for new basses, please see the What's New page for further information. For stock and used instruments, we accept VISA/MC/Discover/AMEX, money orders, Paypal, and personal checks (must clear before shipping). Credit card and Paypal transactions are subject to my approval.

All instruments are lifetime warranted to the original owner. Determining applicability of warranty is solely at our discretion. Prices are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Instruments sold within California will have tax added to total price.


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