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4-string bass guitar from Cort belonging to the Artisan series.

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  • boucaflouboucaflou

    Good quality / price ratio

    Cort A4Published on 08/08/12 at 06:08
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    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

    UTILIZATION

    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

    SOUNDS

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

    t…
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    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

    UTILIZATION

    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

    SOUNDS

    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,

    OVERALL OPINION

    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
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  • MGR/Throbb.MGR/Throbb.

    Cort Artisan A4

    Cort A4Published on 11/10/07 at 15:00
    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 ha…
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    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.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Richard TurnerMGR/Richard Turner

    Cort Artisan A4

    Cort A4Published on 10/30/04 at 15:00
    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…
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    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

    Electronics
    1vol,1pickup blend,3to(treble/middle/bass)
    EQ on-off switch (N.B.new 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!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • Anonymous

    Cort A4Published on 09/24/05 at 07:57
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    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).

    UTILIZATION

    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 ...

    SOUNDS

    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 ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is my new low l…
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    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).

    UTILIZATION

    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 ...

    SOUNDS

    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 ...

    OVERALL OPINION

    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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  • joelatoufjoelatouf

    Cort A4Published on 05/09/06 at 08:11
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    Low made in Korea I believe ... active

    I think 24 cargo, 2 Bartolini MK1 microphone with a switch ALM

    a EQ 3 bands, volume and balance between the two microphones

    DRIVER round!

    The handle is really really good for me, I think that the handle of the A4 is one of the best round of the market. Possible exception was for the key.
    GND is a handle end exotic wood that I have not forgotten, there are two stem of a different wood in the center of the handle and it's not my bad times.

    UTILIZATION

    I was thinking that the sleeves are the best corts sleeves that are

    Ergonomics, great! its a very versatile last, but not suitable for trick nag too.

    The bass is heavy enough …
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    Low made in Korea I believe ... active

    I think 24 cargo, 2 Bartolini MK1 microphone with a switch ALM

    a EQ 3 bands, volume and balance between the two microphones

    DRIVER round!

    The handle is really really good for me, I think that the handle of the A4 is one of the best round of the market. Possible exception was for the key.
    GND is a handle end exotic wood that I have not forgotten, there are two stem of a different wood in the center of the handle and it's not my bad times.

    UTILIZATION

    I was thinking that the sleeves are the best corts sleeves that are

    Ergonomics, great! its a very versatile last, but not suitable for trick nag too.

    The bass is heavy enough ...

    Otherwise, get a good sound easily ... asset which is good, it's really nice ... but also the active-passive switch is really the genius of this bass, it really enriched the palette of sound that may have, but if the liability is an occasional use.

    SOUNDS

    Sounds ... quite varied ... but becomes a little too punk-rock typed

    I play an Ampeg 100W

    OVERALL OPINION

    Aaa while there I'll be able to spit a little of my venom.

    I do not use, I did it changed twice to finally take a Jazzbass fender, because there was a problem of the handle. Basically, the shaft vibrated inside! (Especially on the ropes and mi)

    so there ... it breaks all! for Paris, I returned almost all of the bass he had in stock A4 and included this defect!

    In short, always to be careful what you buy at a low even for a very good finish.

    That's all that I put that 6 ... perhaps not enough personality finally
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  • lacounelacoune

    Cort A4Published on 05/24/06 at 00:38
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    THIS IS a bass made in Korea.
    Has 24 frets, has 2 Bartolini Mk1 pickups, the mechanics are Hipshot.
    5 knobs and a switch (beware !!!). beginners

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very nice it slides alone, access to acute (for those who put their fingers) is done without too much difficulty.
    The bass is heavy (ouch!!), I play mostly sitting and I save my poor back and my frail shoulders. The bass is beautiful and exudes quality, I have little experience but after my RBX 374, it is not the same story (or the same price you tell me!) With respect to the after becoming acquainted with his half dozen knob not p, we find the sound is correct, and here it runs very precise, very effectiv…
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    THIS IS a bass made in Korea.
    Has 24 frets, has 2 Bartolini Mk1 pickups, the mechanics are Hipshot.
    5 knobs and a switch (beware !!!). beginners

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very nice it slides alone, access to acute (for those who put their fingers) is done without too much difficulty.
    The bass is heavy (ouch!!), I play mostly sitting and I save my poor back and my frail shoulders. The bass is beautiful and exudes quality, I have little experience but after my RBX 374, it is not the same story (or the same price you tell me!) With respect to the after becoming acquainted with his half dozen knob not p, we find the sound is correct, and here it runs very precise, very effective and nothing to say.

    SOUNDS

    I play the red hot, the SOAD, Police, some Jazz ... In short everything passes, this bass is versatile for breakfast Jedi of four strings that I am. Yet used on a small Roland Cube 30 it makes me appreciate the qualities of this mieu combo cube.

    OVERALL OPINION

    In my possession for three months I constantly admire (oil finish something or other ...) I can not help but take it in my hands and play.
    In the amount of price range (675 euro new), I do not regret it at all certainly can not blame him a lack of character, but for those who like me is looking for a low well equipped with a finish that could blush more than one So do not hesitate.
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  • wilfriedhermanwilfriedherman

    Cort A4Published on 10/13/07 at 14:45
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    That says it all, the switch active / passive is a good addition

    UTILIZATION

    Rgonomie gnrale good, I can not find it heavy!

    I reversed instead of the volume of ballance because I stumbled into the db is lost balance does not move when I type in (and then it is less severe) in the portion I board could see the quality of welds

    SOUNDS

    The liabilities are trs good, well-targeted active corrections

    OVERALL OPINION

    Just a precision (not low, it is a Cort :-)
    vibrations that are really unbearable not just the stem or the handle or the nut but mcaniques. a vibration between the plastic and the rest of the MCA. one solution must wrap the floss between the two p…
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    That says it all, the switch active / passive is a good addition

    UTILIZATION

    Rgonomie gnrale good, I can not find it heavy!

    I reversed instead of the volume of ballance because I stumbled into the db is lost balance does not move when I type in (and then it is less severe) in the portion I board could see the quality of welds

    SOUNDS

    The liabilities are trs good, well-targeted active corrections

    OVERALL OPINION

    Just a precision (not low, it is a Cort :-)
    vibrations that are really unbearable not just the stem or the handle or the nut but mcaniques. a vibration between the plastic and the rest of the MCA. one solution must wrap the floss between the two parties and indeed the jam. it is invisible and no longer vibrates.
    otherwise it's a good bass, I wanted to buy a low neck-dan a famous brand "Japan" and to double the price I have not tried the AIM Cort because I thought she was pretty and the song Averre is as good as the plumage. I found one opportunities to 350 with a nice cover. (5 times less than the SR CHRE. Everything is good and above its liabilities is wonderful. CORT do not despise, it makes good guitars APRS have worked for others they were able to take the best!
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  • ruby rhodruby rhod

    Cort A4Published on 02/05/08 at 11:26
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    It's a Korean made bass, 24 frets, Bartolini MK1 pickups, active legalization.
    for the bridge is the kind of perfect pav to take the ropes

    there is a rglage volume, legalization three bands, potentiomtre to know more or less what one wants to micro in action.

    with respect to the handle, it's a driver ...

    I put ten because it's done everything right for me

    UTILIZATION

    Start with the best ... The handle .. then .. it's nothing that makes it the highlight of the low end ... it is super fast ... .. wish dish, the notes spin cleanly.
    Access in acute is perfect as the handle given conducteur.Demander more on this point would be pointless (and would prtentieux) unless you a…
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    It's a Korean made bass, 24 frets, Bartolini MK1 pickups, active legalization.
    for the bridge is the kind of perfect pav to take the ropes

    there is a rglage volume, legalization three bands, potentiomtre to know more or less what one wants to micro in action.

    with respect to the handle, it's a driver ...

    I put ten because it's done everything right for me

    UTILIZATION

    Start with the best ... The handle .. then .. it's nothing that makes it the highlight of the low end ... it is super fast ... .. wish dish, the notes spin cleanly.
    Access in acute is perfect as the handle given conducteur.Demander more on this point would be pointless (and would prtentieux) unless you are a clone of Victor Wooten.
    it glides perfectly, the frets are perfectly nothing n'accroche limes, the finish is good trs.
    form suits me perfectly, a rounded shape, shapes that stick to the body ... no problem for the positioning of microphones slap has tudis t and they do nothing gnen.
    the only problem of this low, the thing that bothers me is its weight ..

    Question sounds .. there's turning the knobs to feel that the sound changes, finally APRS dpends all tastes ...
    whether its a slap in the funk, a sound for rock pchu a smooth and round for walking

    SOUNDS

    This bass fits perfectly with my style of music you want to slap the grave ... it sounds good with bass, treble slammin without startle every time you pull on the G string. a sound that was fishing for the game to the finger (yeah it would spoil all the mdiator)

    I play an Ampeg SVT 2 pro and an enclosure svt 410 HLF.
    at least with this bass is not confined to a unique musical style.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have three years and it is always the same sound j'iame well. I play only passive and finally with the exprience Touchet) gives her a much better

    report quality price is frankly trs good.
    in the words of a site ...

    Difficult to find one this low default which, if it sported a logo, would certainly be a misfortune. Remains whether you buy a good coffee or a registered
    all is said in there;)
    I think after three annnes is the same. I am now heading a musicman sterling but I would keep this bass in deuxime shovel ... because it ensures
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  • Fb02Fb02

    Cort A4Published on 02/12/09 at 02:25
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    - Made in Korea

    - 24 cases, two Bartolini MK1-4 pickups, Bartolini 3 band preamp with on / off, solid brushed aluminum easel of very good quality that has nothing to envy BADASS. Brass nut.

    - The handle is fine and nice, that's what some call a handle "highway" but be careful it's not as thin as some Fender JazzBass (especially Geddy Lee who handle the more "highway" I never tried) and also some Vigier, but in the two cases is a different price range 50% of the JB and the price was Vigier 3 Cort A4! The access is very easy to acute. It is a neck through which tended to move but finally stabilized after a few adjustments.

    UTILIZATION

    Question is perfect ergonomics and falls …
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    - Made in Korea

    - 24 cases, two Bartolini MK1-4 pickups, Bartolini 3 band preamp with on / off, solid brushed aluminum easel of very good quality that has nothing to envy BADASS. Brass nut.

    - The handle is fine and nice, that's what some call a handle "highway" but be careful it's not as thin as some Fender JazzBass (especially Geddy Lee who handle the more "highway" I never tried) and also some Vigier, but in the two cases is a different price range 50% of the JB and the price was Vigier 3 Cort A4! The access is very easy to acute. It is a neck through which tended to move but finally stabilized after a few adjustments.

    UTILIZATION

    Question is perfect ergonomics and falls immediately in the right way! The weight is correct. She is super balanced. For audio, you must become familiar with the preamp, there are many buttons that are not appropriately placed, we try a little or is the knobs for bass, treble and midrange and even on the volume and balance. I put 9 because of the disparity of knobs.

    SOUNDS

    Its versatility and look him permetent absolutely all styles and sounds on any amp, c a very good bass.
    I'm going to cry the purists but fiddling aves the preamp is obtained or is approached very seriously all types of sounds MusicMan, Warwick, GIBSON, All trademarks standarts .... RICKENBACKER and even looking a bit (try before going to laugh).
    I read that there were problems of vibration on the handle, mine does not.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I played a lot on it for almost a year and I did not find fault except the satin varnish but it is a matter of taste, over this type of varnish makes the instrument susceptible and scores quickly and does not forgive any sudden even slightly, it does not scratch but leaves a mark that cut!

    I have other low quality and I put it third on the podium behind my SCAMPI (maker of custom-made) and my JAZZ BASS.

    Yes I do it again this choice but I could not ... because it is more like that! The new model is identical to a retail weight: the body was now completely maple mahogany table in maple, it changes the sound and weight.

    Last point: if it was not marked CORT it could easily pass for a bass luthier as the finish is extraordinary and quality materials with Deco Wenger MAPLE, rosewood fingerboard. It is expensive for a "made in Korea" (between 750 and 800 euros) but with experience, it is well worth some models that are worth between 2 and 3000 euros.

    With L'Artisan A4, we find that all of Artisan in CORT are not the same quality, this one is the high end.
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  • madmax669madmax669

    Cort A4Published on 11/27/08 at 13:47
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    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    This is a low manufactured in Korea.
    24 frets
    2 Bartolini MK1 pickups
    Mechanical Hipshot.
    5 knobs: volume bass treble mic low med high mic
    + A switch active / passive

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is nice, thin, and shape of the end of the handle is very ergonomic.
    access to acute is easy.
    The bass is not itchy nose and is well balanced, still expect a good strap, it stays low anyway.

    The electronics are really nice, and you turn the sound changes radically, listed assets are recovered from if you want good bass and equalizer is more effective.
    you can have a multitude of different sounds and that's good for versatility

    SOUNDS

    I play mostly rock, but you ca…
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    This is a low manufactured in Korea.
    24 frets
    2 Bartolini MK1 pickups
    Mechanical Hipshot.
    5 knobs: volume bass treble mic low med high mic
    + A switch active / passive

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is nice, thin, and shape of the end of the handle is very ergonomic.
    access to acute is easy.
    The bass is not itchy nose and is well balanced, still expect a good strap, it stays low anyway.

    The electronics are really nice, and you turn the sound changes radically, listed assets are recovered from if you want good bass and equalizer is more effective.
    you can have a multitude of different sounds and that's good for versatility

    SOUNDS

    I play mostly rock, but you can tickle the metal, playing funk / jazz is outright fendard and can even nod to reggae!
    I play on a stack composed of a Ashdown MAG 300H Ashdown MAG 410T + coupled to the Ashdown MAG C210T-300. with a multi Zoom B2.1u.
    we get the sound you want is bluffing! I would say there is something wrong but this is hard to blame him for anything.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for three months I buy to go upmarket, as I owned a Yamaha RBX 375.
    I tried my fender, and other models as well, I crack in look as the ownership but also the sound so versatile

    value for the lowest price!

    this choice I will ever close your eyes!
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