Cort Curbow5
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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 11 reviews )
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MGR/ctargia's review"Cort Curbow 5 String"

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Bought it second hand from a friend, used for a few years and sold it. It's a good bass I just have others that I prefer, just my personal feel, this could be your dream bass.

Very playable, 24 frets and and extra few frets and the lower strings, which adds more timbrel options for playing a few notes on the highest frets. Although I think I would prefer having three extra frets on the G string to add more tonal range to the bass. Tone is solid, and has a quite a few knobs to adjust that with that all work well. Most features are good but nothing fancy, but that is the price range. Spacing and action are okay, neck thickness is okay, etc. For the price range, its a good bass. Need to try one out for yourself.

The cut into the body that adds extra playability to the highest frets also creates a strange looking small hook, visual aesthetics or non-aesthetics depending on your tastes aside, it makes it very uncomfortable to hold it on your lap and play. If you only play standing up that wont be an issue, but if you want to sit down and play it can be uncomfortable unless you have a small thigh.

From what I have seen using it I never had any issues with it, but I only used it for a few years and do not know the long term durability of it.

A good bass, pick it up and play it at music store and see if the feel is right for you. If you like it go for it, you wont be disappointed.

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MGR/Carlos of Menace.06/10/2007

MGR/Carlos of Menace.'s review"Cort Curbow 5 String w/Bartolini"

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Been a professional musician for 8 years. I play 6-8 shows a month in a Metal/Hard Rock band. It's an active stage show where we are moving around quite a bit from the drum riser to the stage to the floor.

I "inherited" one of these in a trade and I loved the way it played. Then I blew out the electronics some how. I loved the feel so much, that I ordered a new one with the Bartolinis in it. I paid about 425 with a hardshell case. It was ordered from a store in Duluth MN thru E Bay. It is now my main bass rig, and I no longer bring a back up to the shows (knock on wood).

The bass is user friendly and versatile. It's easy to dial in your sound. The "slap" switch is a nice feature for a little boost. The composite body with a maple neck and ebonal finger board make this thing so light it is amazing! I can do a 4 hr gig without needing to see the Chiropractor on Monday. the playability is awesome and the action is super low when set up properly. Lighter gauge strings are a must with this style of guitar. All in all the most bang for teh buck I've seen

With a composit body and a maple neck, it doesn't warp like a regular guitar does. It takes a little tweaking to get the truss rod just right when the seasons change. But once I get it dialed in, IT IS ON!!!!

Indestructible body, and the finish will never get messed up because it's in the mold. I beat the bejesus out of this thing and it continues to perform.

MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK!!! Gives other guitars that are twice the cost a run for their money.

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MGR/Oz's review"Cort Curbow 5 String"

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Been playing bass for about 30 years. Currently play a 4-string Spellbinder bass (by Stanley Clarke and Tom Lieber), and a 10-string Chapman Stick.

Wanted an inexpensive 5-string to mess with, but wanted one that wasn't a complete washout. Research indicated that many experienced players liked this one, but occasionally it has production flaws. Unfortunately, mine is in the latter category.

Nice looking, not very heavy, small body. As you'll see, that's all I can find out about it at the moment...

Terribly bad construction in the neck. Arrived with a bowed neck (about 3/8 inch at the mid-point of the neck). In adjusting the tension rod, after about two cautious 1/4 turns, a loud SPANG! was heard, and rod apparently disconnected at the far end.

The bass was never even played. The neck was not well enough made so that it could even be properly straightened.

What was a good deal is now a horrible one, as it was used and no warranty. A new neck is going to be between $200 and $300, plus the cost of labor in replacement and setup. Not worth the money at any price.

As above. Finish is very nice, all lines clean. But apparently under the skin this one was sloppily constructed.

So quality = unplayable. As bad as it gets, since all the rest doesn't matter in this case.

Spend more money next time on a well-made instrument.

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MGR/Anonymous's review"Cort Curbow 5-String Bass, Lake Placid Blue"

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I went to Goodguys Music Store in Honolulu, Hawaii, just to browze, and then I saw Sleek looking bass hanging on the wall. I tried it and was kinda blown by the feel, it's design and it's weight. Months after, I finally puchased a brand new Curbow for $450.00. I could have gotten it much cheaper though Ebay, but I could'nt wait and it was there to be taken home.

It's 5-string, even though I was shopping for a six, It's all good. Great looking body, Lake Placid Blue. It's light weight comparing Carvin and Fender basses. The action to me is awesome for soloing or just keeping the groove. Slap switch (is cheating) however, It's great to have, some adjustments on your electronics and your are there. Importantly, it has a great tone that versital players would like. Curbow basses are indeed good basses for the beginners to advance players. Most of all, It's affordable.

I Love Bartolloni pickups. I just wish it came with Two of them instead with one.

Construction and design of the Cubrow is awesome. (won't get into woods) It's made for bass players or bass player who are actually guitar players or play through four set within the night. This body is solid, It once droped on stage and never seen one nick from top to bottom. In addition, the quality of the Curbow bass is the playbility and sound you can get out of it.

Curbow basses are quality bass and It's affordable. I recommend owning one.

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MGR/kingbrutis's review"Cort Curbow 5 String"

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I bought it off of e-bay for $200 case included. Awesome price

I like the fact that it is tiny. I am constantly moving on stage and it is the perfect size. It is vey smooth playing. I have pretty small hands, but the width of the neck is perfect. I like it better than any of my 4 strings. It is very hard to scratch and dent. Also, it is different looking than the typical standard bass. It has a little charcter.

It is heavier than I thought it would be.

Ii has had an ok life. I jump in the crowd alot andthe bass gets hit here or there. I have never had a chip on it. It is almost impossible to hurt the body.

It is a very nice bass. I play hardcore/metal with it. It has a nice low B so that comes in very handy. I think for some reason, the choice of strings is very important to the sound of this bass. It likes the DM Skullbusters. Just awesome.

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Bassmazigh's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A very good slap!"

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Made in Indonesia, with a handle made of ebony (radius 400mm) and a luthite body and a maple neck, this bass has 27 frets! In addition, it has a micro Bartolini MK-I, and only 4 knob (volume, bass, mid, high). More details here: #


The handle of a 5 string with the acute 27frettes facilities and access to the double octave ... but the weight distribution of neck / body is badly done. It is therefore difficult to play without sitting crossed legs. The sound is average and I've seen better but it's all a question of means. In this price range is correct.


I play with it in my metal band. Two 100W amps (knob volume 8), I cover them if I exceed 4 in active mode. The sound is banging at will. Slap tear. The handle is specially designed for that. After, which is the versatile, yet it is not ...


I use it for a month at a rate of 4 hours per day minimum. I have not tried it before buying it (not recommended under normal circumstances) but I immediately hooked on the idea of the 5-string for 27 frets. What I still prefer the ease of slap on it ...
The value for money could not be more correct.
With experience, I will not go that choice because I realized that we did not necessarily need 27frettes. However, when I bought it, I did not regretted (and I do not regret it at all !^^). I think I can still push it much further ...

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

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T have any say


This bass has an enjoyable touch trs, access to acute is really very easy. The shape is beautiful and trs trs weight is enjoyable.

The sound is really good round .. prsence a bit more treble on the ropes but it would have t sougaiteble largely correctable. I also possde Jazz Bass (sign. Marcus Miller) who has her on a most excellent but the Cort and far from being ridiculous !!!!! (Especially for the price ....)


It is versatile trs. I play on a Hartke 3 body without effect. it comes out perfectly. I had the opportunity to tap into other amp and the sound is Fidler (except amps way too low on which the SI had serious trouble out ... a normal /)

Possibility of having a round or otherwise crillard more ... The slap comes out well too .. Fawn any sound dpend normment musician too (do not forget) the fingers, the touch are the keys of his mistress)


It's been three and a half years 4 years that I have and I'm glad trs trs.
I like the design normment and sound ..; and weight ... The touch also ... RROooooo and then for the price, it is perfect!

with the same budget, I would do that choice without worry! (I try other basses and this is the one in this price range that could rpond the expectations ...)

Note the handle trs trs enjoyable .. rather thin and not too wide for a 5 string ...

Varg43's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

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Only the fact of not being able to choose the microphone that I use makes me sad.
For the rest, and as cit above: "Everything adj t say!"


For my part, I often play in octaves Agues (solos when I ask, among other things ...), and particulirement ACCS is easy.
However, I find that the lack of weight is when you really feel accde, because the body is too lightweight. The dsquilibre the handle requires taking a position at the lower vertical and twisting column vertbrale to be able to return to the grave without straightening the handle every time (which is relatively p Nible when doing long assignments RPTES.
The handle slips off easily, and suits me fine because I do not have long fingers trs.


The power of his grave is in the standard, especially with the booster, but this power slowed down, we play ds on R and G strings. So I had to disable Booseré and increase low frequencies from my amp (Peavy TNT 150) for a Son of the strings much more powerful and more serious homogne with codes.


It was a year or so I play with, and I must admit that I am generally satisfied, although some default that leaves me ENTSO (only sometimes! ..) My old 4 string!
I have another 5-string test would be more suited my game (Brutal and aggressive), and has far fewer default. Alone, more than $ 3,000, it will be in my budget that within a few DCNI!
When the report qualitprix, Cort has laid a bead technology an affordable price.
When I think twice, I did find some default ...

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

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Say anything more than the previous ones opinion, it is that it is quite unusual for an instrument with as much rglages DIFFERENT ...


The handle is quite gnial (fine and fast), the highs are accessible trs. The body gives it a weight luthite trslger, which although enjoyable during long sessions ... The trs rglages are effective, allowing her to find a type easily.


Personally, it's the bass I use most. I play a lot in slap so it suits me well trs. on the other hand, for more pieces Tripp and softer, I prfre the sound of my other low round (SGC Nanyo Bass Collection 320), which provides more heat than the Curbow.
I play with a Digitech BP200, Tte and Cabinet HA3500 Hartke 410XL home.
So great diversity of sounds, but better in that slap bass round (lack of heat).


3 years that I use and I am happy with my purchase trs. If you slap on the bottom tripper, I strongly recommend this bass and has a potato and a mind-blowing precision. That said, if you have the blues, I'm not sr it is for you.
Again, her body luthite (plastic alloy) gives an amazing grain which makes it almost indispensable in terms sending the steak!
For the price, still has an excellent bass Designed for the slap.

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

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Does everything said in the other review


The neck is fantastic, agus is at hand. the body is beautiful, but one default: it's hard to sit jou is not a bass loafers! trs tapping sound is whatever stuff that one has with


This should be a low normmnt style of music I play on a Ashdown 500 watt combo with a Zakk Wylde pedals well for a dirty (without pedals the amp is hard to follow the power of the bass to the death mtal is to say!) m I love the sound "natural" for Curbow, which is not really his usual, in my opinion ...


I love this bass, I've had a year or so prs, and I believe I have not ke jou more enjoyable on a low. it has a clean look, lgre enough compared to other models, the handle just amazing! in addition I was lucky I chop a single painting with signature SERIES order at Cort: about 1200 euros (avrifi ...)! I got it for 500 euro! I would do without hsiter the same if she made the purchase myself, followed by the prs ltd Vampyre Warwick home.