Cort B5 FL
Cort B5 FL

B5 FL, Electric Fretless Bass from Cort in the Artisan series.

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zingzing 11/14/2007

Cort B5 FL : zingzing's user review


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5 string fretless bass Korean manufacturing (it repels you? You are wrong ....).
Bartolini MK1 pickups and active electronics associated
Blocks with fixed rope bridge jumpers bearings.
Volume - Balance Pickups - Hi - Mid - Low.
Sleeve, round and relatively late.


The neck is very playable (heard it is known to play the fretless, otherwise you have to train ...)
Treble, no problem, and feel of the bass is very good it is drawn with lines fairly common low modern comfort and balance (standing / sitting).
In practice it is an instrument natural and instinctive, a real instrument in fact, which is not won in this price range.
This justifies that price by several biases the manufacturer for more affordable without typing in (or very little) in the sound quality and play, the savings are made on the varnish: the bass is very "rough" it gives a sensual side that goes very well with the fretless (you can feel the wood grain on the neck and body) after this point it's really a matter of feeling in the trial of the instrument .... I love me, you can also hate, but if your budget for a new 5-fretless is 500 Euros must think, I have preferred to buy the sound of the varnish and my beautiful since proven ... ...


Then it starts a fretless to suit from the time it dominates, I read in the previous opinion we could not make slap with .... Why?? is wrong, just slap on fretless is not the same as a conventional low, it is much more discreet is not a slap in the oeuil (or ear), but rather serves articulation music
a kind of "Bong-PoP" very round, which embellishes the Rhythmic course of a song.

The game is very interesting pick also .... Nothing to do with a frenetic rock bass, then it is rather low in the register of sixties / seventies kind of ViolinBass Hofner McCartney (Beatles) or Robbie Sheakspeere (wailers) with treble and midrange muffled much bounce in the genre as there the bass line as pieces of Gainsbourg Initials BB for example, probably Rickenbaker Ampeg has a lamp of the time ..... magic .... This is the kind of horizon to pick the game in some fretless you around with the modern equipment, if necessary to find the real (that is not the same price!).

For the classic game to the finger is there, with a wide and rich textures of attacks and was in the hands of a reactive instrument that responds to the game with its own effects and the ability to make it say what the 'we want is a sound that does not accept simple bass line there is a dimension and more malleable.

A restriction on the mini microphones and electronics that are good but I think poorly chosen, then there is a slight conflict between states, but fretless bass and microphones that they are a very modern design with a sensitivity very bright and a lot of response in the high end makes me sometimes feel that the preamp and the pickups are not good on the bass. Electronics with a low share of medium larger rounder and a simple filter for the treble would have been more appropriate. It is perhaps not at this price ....


I've had a little over two years, and what interests me most is the sound very wide which allows for entire tracks that we do not s'apperçoive it has played the fretless and release of glissandos groovissimes etc. .... In practice and especially with the precision we have a very wide range of possibilities.

In short it is a bass not look, but the price associated with its manufacturing quality, playability, the sound clear and full of detail and finish make it a quality / price ratio rarely see one.