Purchased from: West Music
Overall Impression — 10
I love this bass. If I needed a four-string down the road, I would buy the A4, and the same goes for a six-string. I wish it had a 35" neck, a bone nut, and easier access to the truss rod, but the good definitely outweighs the not-so good (because "bad" wouldn't be the right word). I would definitely recommend this bass to anybody, but definitely try it out before you buy it. You may or may not be satisfied with how close the strings are to each other. "The choice of professionals" is a very accurate slogan of Cort regarding this model.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will definitely outlive me. Just holding it you get the impression that this is a very strong and sturdy piece of work. It's very heavy, so a cushy strap is a must for this bass. The strap buttons are somewhat small and the strap falls off the horn quite a bit, but this is easily fixed with strap-loks, duct tape, whatever your preference is. This bass is great for playing live, not only because it sounds great it's fun to show off as well.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The neck seems short, but it is in fact a 34" neck with full access to all 24 frets. I immediately noticed how close together the strings are, which definitely makes it easier to play chords and solo. Bending strings is a problem on this guitar. The strings are hard to bend, and theh strings are so closs together you can't bend them very far without running into another. Otherwise the action is very low and fast, and is a thrill to play. The finish really makes this bass stand out. It reveals the beauty of the wood and shines brilliantly. Cort used to do three finishes (Natural, Honey Burts, Trans Royal Blue), but now they only produce models in the Natural finish. Regardless, I have never seen a prettier finish than on Cort's Artisan series (except for maybe Alembic basses, but you get what you pay for). I love the platinum hardware too.
Features — 10
I fell in love with this bass the moment I saw it on the shelf. This axe is one of the most beautiful musical instruments I have ever seen, with its neck-through construction and natural finish that shows every grain of the maple body and maple/african wenge neck. It has two Bartolini MK1 soapbar-styled pickups and an MK1 EQ with a active/passive push/pull switch. It has five knobs: Master Volume, Pickup Balance, Lo Frequency, Mid Frequency, and Hi Frequency. The original comes with a Fortress bridge, but mine came with a Fishman Piezo bridge. The 9-Volt battery compartment on the back is easy to access, no tools are necessary. The five strings fit very snugly onto the four-string-sized neck. The neck itself is a 34" scale, and the action is very fast and every one of the 24 frets are easily accessable. The fretboard is made from a dark rosewood. The Hipshot tuners are non-locking and the nut is metal rather than bone. A screw-off panel on the back allows easy access to the EQ and electronics. The cord jack lies on the side rather than the front. The truss rod configuration is my only real gripe about this guitar. It's at the bass of the headstock under an unscrewable panel, but before all this the strings must be removed.