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Cort Curbow 5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thunderberg, Apr 25, 2006.

Rate the Curbow's Tone

Poll closed May 15, 2006.
  1. Poor

    4 vote(s)
  2. Fair

    12 vote(s)
  3. Good

    20 vote(s)
  4. Excellent

    1 vote(s)
  1. thunderberg


    Apr 24, 2006
    <b>I would appreciate any help from you bass afficionados!

    Thinking of buying an older Cort Curbow 5 with the mighty mite pickups see pic.

    How is the Tone? Has anyone compared them to the newer bartolini ones or maybe to a ibanez soundgear? I like a deep tone i.e. thunderbird or PBass through an ampeg BA 115.

    <img src="http://www.riffi.com/images/Curbow.jpg" width="250">

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  2. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Can't remember the details but I definatley prefered the Bart equipped version.
  3. The one I played at a local independent music store had a terrible action and sub standard tone. The store is usually pretty good at setting up basses, so much so that I always second guess how good a bass is when I see it there becauseI am not sure how good it will be after I have been banging on it for a month. If they cuoldnt get it to sit well, nobody could.
    Corts are generally junk, why are you looking at them?
  4. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I've heard these are especially prone to neck problems....
  5. ibz


    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    Cort's nicer Aritsan and Elrick design basses aren't what I'd consider junk IMO.

    That said, I'd get a cort Elrick design over a Cort curbow.

    There are also other nice basses in that simalar price range.
  6. thunderberg


    Apr 24, 2006
    Thanks for your comments - especially the critiques - I got the bass because it was an offer I couldn't refuse. I traded a toy guitar i never use. There was a real mean elsectronic buzz that would go away after turning the treble on the bass all the way down and the action sucked - I took it anyway.

    After cleaning it - I used auto polish to remove the stupid matte finish they put on guitars today and give it a nice shine.
    I removed the pickup. Put some spacing in to raise it up to the correct position. This seemed to fix the buzz - might have been the cord.
    The bridge needed to be drilled where the string stop is to accomodate the B string - I read about this on harmony central - easy fix, but be careful, if you overdrill, the string wont stop.

    New strings, a slight truss adjustment, string height adjustment and intonation and BLAMMO

    I would compare this to an Ibanez Ergodyne. This thing is at least as good as the $500 soundgear I played at Guitar Center and likely made on the same assembly line.
    The Mighty Mite sounds really good too. This is a great bass for cheap! great tone, action, feel - everything!(for this price range). It is solid as a brick and would make a great weapon. The 3 band eq and boost switch are great.

    Negs -
    - A bit awkward to play sitting down - tradeoff for the access to high frets (25+)
    - plastic body(probably better than cheap wood though, and tougher, too)
    - Could use a thumbrest - easy fix
    - spacing is a little close at bridge for me.
    - small body will take some getting used to - i am used to a thunderbird and jazz bass.
    - Only one pickup, but perfectly placed IMO.

    MY Verdict - Would recommend quality/tone wise but unique shape may not be for everyone. This is a real instrument(not a toy) for someone on a budget.
  7. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Congrats on the new bass. Don't put too much stock in the naysaers. Cort is not junk. I've played a number of Cort Curbows from all points of their development over the past decade. They have all been good playing, good sounding instruments.

    I have found the mightymite pickups/preamp to be not great, but definately adequate. A pickup change would not be a bad idea, but if you like the tone that's what matters.

    You will probably find that (except when sitting down) the curbow is the most comfortable instrument -in your collection- to play.

    It sounds like you did very will, but out of curiosity, what kind of guitar did you trade?
  8. far0n


    Apr 28, 2005
    Yorkshire, UK
    I used to have a Curbow 4 and thought it was great. Although the issues with the neck I can relate to. I found the neck quite unstable and had to high the action quite high 'cos I knew the strings would be pulled towards the fretboard during the course of a gig. Quite annoying after a while and I eventually got rid....

    Replaced it with a Cort Funkmachine, fab bass ! Lovely neck which is rock solid and a marvelous tone. The funk wah is good fun too ! Shame they don't appear to make a 5 string version.

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