Cort A4

Cort A4

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A4, 4-string bass guitar from Cort in the Artisan series.

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Cort A4 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Cort
  • Model: A4
  • Series: Artisan
  • Category: 4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/30/2012

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Cort A4 user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 12 reviews )
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MGR/Throbb.'s review"Cort Artisan A4"

Cort A4
I have been playing blues, punk and funk for 20 odd years. I retired from paid work 5 years ago after having a kid but still love to play.

I played it a dozen times in the music shop and basically fell in love. It felt and sounded better than the Fenders and Spectors in there that cost twice as much.It even out-performed the Cort Masterpiece which is the Rolls Royce of the Artisan series.

Great tones, flexibility, playability. Extremely quiet pups, stunning looks. Endless sustain, fast neck, excellent craftmanship. Low action with no fretbuzz, perfect intonation, very fast neck.

It is easy to get an array of bright, modern, punchy tones out of this bass, but more retro boofy tones are harder to achieve.After replacing the strings with Ultra-Lights, I had to adjust the truss rod, action and intonation, no big deal.

Brilliant! The guys at Cort have put a lot of care into the Artisan series, those Koreans can make superb bass guitars!

Well, I was looking at basses that cost a lot more than this, but I kept coming back to it because it feels SO good and sounds great and looks stunning.

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MGR/Richard Turner10/30/2004

MGR/Richard Turner's review"Cort Artisan A4"

Cort A4
I bought this bass from Regent Guitars, a UK online music retailer. I was looking to buy a Warwick bass but the manager at Regent suggested I try a Cort A4 locally before deciding, which I did. I paid £599 approx $1000 for it

The bass plays incredibly well. The build quality is excellent apart from some electronics problems. It has a wide range of active useable sounds, in sharp contrast to many active basses which have only one good sound. It is suitable for all styles of bass playing, including slapping.

The on/off push/pull active to passive swithching is incorporated in the volume control. This has failed twice within one year and is about to fail again. However, the new Corts being sold now have a separate switch for the active on/off switch, so don't be put off by this comment. I don't like how fiddly the bridge (a Fortress unit) is for setting intonation, but again a different bridge (EB12) is being used now.The new model is easily identifiable by having the switch, old stock just has 5 knobs.

Scale 34"
Thru-neck made of 5 piece African wenge/maple
Body is Figured maple
Nut is Brass now, but mine appears to be some kind of alloy
Fretboard is Rosewood
Pickup are 2 Bartolini MK-1's
Machine heads are now Hipshot Lic., mine are Schallers
Bridge is now an EB12(4), mine is a Fortress
Frets are large (2.7mm x 1.1mm. 24 frets with Abalone dot position inlays

1vol,1pickup blend,3to(treble/middle/bass)
EQ on-off switch ( models)

Preamp is Bartolini MK1 EQ
Construction is perfect, low action, no fret buzz, superb finish.

I love this Bass! I've been playing for 40 years now, and i've had all the famouis makes, Fender P and J basses, Rickenbacker, Jaydee, Gretch, Music Man, but this is superb. To give you an idea I have my Music Man on the rack as my back up bas now. I haven't played it at a gig since I got the Cort.The problems I outlined look as thought they've been addressed on the new model, so go buy one!

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boucaflou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good quality / price ratio"

Cort A4
Bass made in Korea,
neck-through, rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets
Mechanical aluminum matt,
2 Bartolini MK1 micro,
a passive mode, it plays on the volume and pickup balance,
an active mode, it plays on the same, but with severe, medium, and more acute,
possible adjustment of the height of the strings at the bridge, but also the distance between them,
no adjustment to the head


The handle is nice, not too thick, not too thin,
good grip,
the position of the knobs can be annoying, they could have put them closer to the bridge,
to a low in this category, it is a bit heavy


I play mostly thrash, black, rock metal, rock, hard rock ...

the sound is neutral,
no severe fatty
for the treble is a bit garish,
no personality / characteristic to the sound,

I have used it on my amp work, a peavey minx 110, RAS,

on my set: trace elliot ah-500-7 + 1048h, it does its job,
in fact,
we get a sound that quickly goes everywhere,


5 years of use, no worries, do not go out of tune,
what is right and wrong, the sound is neutral, but it happens everywhere
and for the price (750 €) is a good tool,
I tested pulling the strings hard, so larger,
and I had to grind a few notches in the head because they were too narrow,
since I came back to pulling ropes standard

what is disturbing is its weight,
but it gets worse

personally, it's a bass that makes the link between his first bass, and a low premium

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cort A4
A good low Coren, 24 frets, 2 Quipp of microphones and a Bartolini electronics. Channel crossing trs comfortable and full of adjustable (3-band eq, micro scale, volume and general switch).


Channel rather fine and enjoyable trs to touch the handle allows a crossing EXCELLENT Access in treble. Getting started is easy, the bass is balanced, you can get the sound you want. The only flaw: the end of journalists is a bit heavy ...


It was an exellent sustain, the bass is trs Polyval, you can do anything I think with ...
A small flaw: it was sometimes difficult to get rid of vibrations at the brass nut su ...


This is my new low last month.
I like his Polyval, comfort and it is beautiful, the small default is that sometimes noise (nut), but eventually find a way to get rid of.
The report quality price seems trs good, and I redeemed without hsiter.

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