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Cort B5 (early model)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jakelly, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. jakelly

    jakelly Supporting Member

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    Picked this up yesterday, MIK Cort B5, and I haven't even given it a proper tryout since it has a lousy (for me) setup with ultra-low strings. Probably won't play in tune either judging by how the saddles are set. It's not my usual style of bass. I usually go for more traditional designs and non-active pups and of course, I haven't played a fiver in years (I love a 4-string with a Hipshot bass Xtender for a quick drop D when I want it).


    I assume this is an early B5 since it was made in '02 and doesn't have the Hipshot Lic. hardware, and the body has a solid gunmetal gray metallic finish. Bartolini Mk I pickups and a Fishman preamp? The controls look to be Volume, Blend, and the usual 3 knob eq.

    The bridge looks like it would be a bear to set up. Are these basses well thought of generally? Also, is the neck African Wenge? Thanks

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  2. jakelly

    jakelly Supporting Member

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    That's a nice bass. I have a newer Open Pore B4, and it's a compact, nicely-balanced instrument and a steal for what I paid for it. The neck on mine is a 5-ply wenge/rosewood.
    The Bart pickups and pre-amp aren't everyone's cup of tea but I like the Mk1 pickups and the pre-amp is an easy upgrade - mine has a Bart NTMB which really woke things up and gave me a lot more places to go tonally.
  4. jakelly

    jakelly Supporting Member

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    Thank you for the reply.

    Hey, I discovered that the master volume is a push-pull and wonder what it actually does? The volume drops a lot and perhaps sounds a bit thinner with the knob pulled out. Pushed in, it goes back to more powerful tone and louder.

    Could it be active/passive? Humbucker/single coil?
  5. jeppu

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    I think the push-pull on your volume knob means on-off preamp just like on-off switch on newer artisan series. ;)
  6. jakelly

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    OK, that's good. So preamp off makes it into a passive bass in that mode? Thanks
  7. jeppu

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    Yep...
    If you turn off the preamp, you are playing in passive mode.

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