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artisan A5 & BTB505 QM

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    those are really great sounding mid priced 5 strings basses.


    > Quilted Maple top/Walnut/Basswood body
    > BTB5 neck
    > Medium frets
    > MR-2 (Pat. Pend.) bridge
    > DFR-N5 neck pu
    > DFR-B5 bridge pu
    > Vari-Mid 3B 3-band EQ
    > Cosmo White hardware
    > Elixir® equipped


    Maple+ African wenge thru-neck
    Figured maple body
    Bartolini MK1 pickups & MK1 EQ
    Active/Passive push-pull switch
    Fortress bridge

    they have good quality and good sound for the money without doubt.

    have you ever tried one?
    can you please post comments?
  2. Quzumm


    Sep 25, 2000
    Trondheim, Norway
    Cort Artisan A5:

    +Narrow string spacing (15mm?), wich I like
    +Clear low end
    +Quite tight B-string, but i've played better ones
    +Balances very well

    -No active/passive switch, altough the spec say so
    -You'll have to remove the strings if you want to adjust the bridge, wich make intonating a little hard
    -I've played basses with lower action and less fretbuzz, but that is perhaps something that a pro setup could fix
    -I have problems getting a really soft tone, but I don't need that very often in the music I play.

    I bougth the A5 used in december, and so far i'm very happy with it. I've played a BTB in a store, and as i remember the BTB had less sustain and not so tigth B-string as the A5. But the strings on the BTB seemed to be quite old. The BTB has a wider string spacing.
  3. Demonfish22


    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    I've got a B4FL and the active/passive switch is on the volume pot - try pulling it out, see what happens. IMO the B4 is a really great bass, aspecially when you consider the price. I haven't tried the A- series, but they're meant to be even better - they at least cost more. No idea about the BTB though.
  4. Quzumm


    Sep 25, 2000
    Trondheim, Norway
    Hmmmm... There are no push/pull knobs on my bass... Is your bass equiped with Bartolini preamp and pickups or with the old Migthymite preamp?