The sound of this bass is great, it has a strong tone, deep bass,and nice mids. Mighty Mite Pick, before Bartolini Pick-up the neck is thin and fast
Body to small for tall players, hard to play sitting down cause of the short lower hook. The weight is to light, and body is to thin 1-1/2 inch thick, Man-Made wood or plastic body. Drink up battery juice fast chip when turn all the way up.
Plastic paint on body can crack if dropped, fret broad made of plastic.
The bass is great for a beginner, or studio work. Or back up Bass. Not for live show.
Too light to play live. To small body for tall players. love the neck, But not the fret broad. Make the bass sound light ended.
I acquired my Curbow from a friend that collects guitars. I traded him an acoustic guitar for it that I paid a couple of hundred for so I thought I got a good deal pricewise. I've seen them listed new for around US$450
I was blown away by this bass. The feel (and sound) is incredible - light and quick but with a great punchy tone that is easy to manipulate for any playing style, from heavy picking to fingerstyle to slap. It is very comfortable for those long gigs and gets alot of comments on how unique and cool it looks.
The bottom horn could be a little longer to facilitate playing while sitting, but this is such a minor concern that it is totally overshadowed by the positive factors of this bass.
This is one of the most solid basses I have ever played. I like the five bolt array that connects the neck to the body as well as the neck butting all the way up to the pickups. The ebanol neck is incredibly quick and has a great sound. In the year I have had the bass, I have averaged 3-4 playing nights a week and the only adjustments I have had to make are to the neck when I changed string guage.
The best bass on the market for the price and better than most for twice the price
i bought this bass from Mark's Music Center (forgot what state) via eBay. i kind of bought it on impulse for $380 (list price is $700)
first off; it has very low noise as in background hum. i caught a peak at the inside of
the electronics, and it is shielded well. it gives plenty of output, and the active 3
band EQ for its single bartolini mk-1 humbucker pickup makes it easy to control
the sound. i changed the strings after 3 months, and found it to sound much better.
the factory strings they put on the bass were too flat/dull sounding for my taste.
when slappin', the E-string gives a nice subtle(?) growl.
the neck is super thin for comfort-playing! when i recieved the bass, the action
was low and comfortable, and the intonation was right on, except for the E-string,
which was slightly flat)
I like the bridge, too. when stringing, i never have trouble fitting the string in.
on my ibanez gsr205, one has to lide the strings through little holes in the bridge,
and the B string was always hard fitting through the small hole. that problem couldnt
be possible even on the 5string version of the curbow.
probably the same complaint from everyone else on this bass; the lower horn is a
bit short, making it a little awkward to play sitting down. i understand the low cutaway
and upper frets blah blah, but the horn itself could stand to be extended an inch. still,
this all amounts to a minor inconvenience i soon became used to.
this bass gives a little too much output. enough where it clips(on the amp) like
crazy when the volume knobs at full, even w/ the EQ all set at 0db normal spot. plus the
slap switch mode is still loud compared to the EQ mode. (maybe this is how most
active basses are). the cort website has no real specs on their guitars, which would be
helpful since i recieved no instruction manual w/ it.
one more thing, i think they could have ended w/ 25 frets. the extra 2 on the E string
make it a little less friendly to slap, cuz it sounds better when u dont slap on the neck.
for the most part its good. 5 bolts hold on the neck nicely.
problem w/ the neck seam on the front though. the neck actually reaches to the pickup,
and part is painted to match the body. on mine, the paint wasnt matched too well.
theres a little glue popping out the side too, but nothing major.
all in all, a nice bass. w/ the right set of strings, it gives me the sound/tone i want.
wish i could do something to level out all the volume problems, though.