I rarely see value in these "which one should I buy" threads, but I've been swaying back and forth for a while without a conclusion, so I'm forced to put one up of my own.
I currently use a Cort GB75 OPN
and a KSD Proto-J 605
The Cort has a great sound and marvellous ergonomics, but the dead spot at and around the 7th fret of the G-string is too severe for me to bear. The KSD has a nicer sound acoustically, and the replaced handmade pickups are nice, but the ergonomics make the bass too cumbersome for me to play. Not sure wether it's the neck-heaviness, 35" scale, or the narrow bridge pickup lacking in hand support that bother me the most.
Lakland Skyline 44-01 rw and 44-02 maple are now "Crafted in Indonesia", and they just didn't have the body resonance I long for. Skyline 55-60 was pretty good, but I didn't feel a significant difference over my KSD. G&L didn't have the sound nor the ergonomics.
Sandberg California TM5 were very good, but since they also have a slight dead spot, I'm not sure I can justify the cost (1300-1700€ vs 700€ Cort).
Since the Cort has superb ergonomics and I want a rosewood fretboard, I'm now looking at the GB95 and GB75P (Limited edition). Cort no longer has a distributor in Finland, so I have to order blind. Notable differences are: Cort GB95:
- Spalted maple top
- Seymour Duncan pickups
- Adjustable string spacing (I use 18,5mm instead of 18mm on the GB75) Cort GB75P Limited Edition:
- Dao top
- Mighty Mite pickups (I suppose)
- Fishman Powerbridge piezo bridge
The tops seem to be only a thin veneer, so I'm not sure they contribute to the sound that much.
- Has anyone of you yet tried the GB75P? How was it? Notable dead spots?
- Anyone compared the basic GB75 and the GB95?
- Comments on the Fishman Powerbridge? Is the piezo sound usable on a cover gig playing evergreens and mimicking a really old bass sound, perhaps even an upright?
Duncans over Mighty Mites might be a done deal for some, but since the Mighty Mites in my GB75 sound just fine, the piezo might be a bigger selling point for me.
Thanks for anyone who can contribute!