This was an insurance replacement for my first bass that was stolen. I spent about three months looking at bases until the money came through. I started around the AU$700 - AU$800 mark but could find nothing that sounded remotely like what I wanted. They were either too dull or too lively.
I played this guitar once and fell in love with it. It not only sounds fantastic it looks fantastic. With a maple body with a natural finish it looks stunning.
If I had my time over I would buy exactly the same guitar. Quite frankly I am in love and my love afair has not yet started to wane. If that makes me a biassed judge then so be it.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1400.00 AU (new)
Where Obtained: John Reynolds Music
The Cort name has in the past been associated with budget guitars. However in the past ten years Cort have produced some exciting new guitars that can hold their own with all but the best on the market. The Artisan series of basses starts with the C series at the low end and ends with the A series of which my A5 is a member. It has a maple/african wenge through neck, Bartilini MK1 pickups and active eq, maple body and fortress bridge. The ironmongery is beautifully finished and solid providing excellent coupling to the body. Although Cort make guitars in the US the guitars for the Australian market are made in Korea.
The controls are volume, pickup balance, and three band eq.
The neck takes a little getting used to and I find it a chalenge to play. The strings are a little closer than on a four string. However it is a joy to play both jazz walking lines and blues improv.
It is a heavy guitar. This is prone to give me a sore shoulder after extensive playing. But I am getting on and not as fit as I was thirty years ago!
I mainly use the Hartke HA7000 amp with a 4x8 quad or single 12" box depending on the venue. The 3 band eq together with the pickup balance provides for an amazing range of sounds. It is ideal for jazz, which is my prefered style. But slap and rock also sound brilliant. The versatility of the sound is extrodinary.
I only once have had probelems with interference. That was in a home where we were practicing where the inverter for the lights was producing hash.
The through neck and solid hardware gives this guitar a rich sound and excellent resonange and sustain.
This is a solid unit. I have only had it for about twelve months so I cannot comment on long term reliability. However after twelve months of light use it is as it left the show room. Not the slightest concern over the construction.