Cort Curbow,for trad/supportive tones or primarily a bright/poppy bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by quadrogong, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    they always looked really cool,like it'd be a quick,modern bass..u see these really wild colors on the bay..though I never see 'em in bass shops.They're on guitar center's site,but not in the 14th st shop..

    I always got the feeling that these were more for slappers,
    ..bright stuff,etc..

    will I find it hard to get thicker tones with these? or do they work well for real strong low end stuff?
    anyone have any experience with 'em?
  2. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

    I have a Cort Curbow 6 string, and IMO these have a nice Hi-Fi sound...very clear, deep, and bright..(to me it IS a thick tone)...they have the "slap" switch which changes the sound, and scoops out the mids. The closest thing (in my bass collection) I could compare the sound to would be my Spector Euro-5...but there again, the Cort has the Bartolini pickup which sounds alot different from EMGs. Its not, however, anything like a traditional sound (say a Fender or Music Man) It is a very sweet bass, and Im having a blast playing it...its my first 6 string bass.
    Look 'em up on YouTube...there are several samples there
  3. MoD_Scotty


    Jul 22, 2007
    Thrapston, UK
    I've been interested in them for a while, but when I finally picked one up at a GC I wasn't that impressed. It seemed TOO light...not because of the luthite body though (I've played an Ibanez EDB for years). I regret not plugging it in though. I was just immediately turned off by how the bass felt in my hands.
  4. playibanez


    Apr 3, 2006
    guy i used to take lessons from had a 5 string and a 6 string curbow. he loves them. they sound pretty good to me, i havent heard it in a while.

    from what i remember his 5 was a pretty heavy bass. i never really got to dig in on it but he had it set up really nice and i remember it playing really nice.

    it does have a hi fi sound but i dont think it would have any trouble with some clear deep tones
  5. crack-boom


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Zealand
    I play one probably once every 2 weeks or so when I can get my hands on my mates. I absolutely love the lows that come out of it, and the volume is real even over all the strings which is nice (probably cause I cant set up my P Bass how I want). But the onboard eq is real nice too. I love the sound, however I prefer more traditional styling such as Fenders, MusicMans, Laklands, Etc...

    My first gig, was pretty nervous cause I didnt practice on this at all. But the gig went all good.


    Apr 4, 2008
    Mill Valley, CA
    My Curbow 6 doesn't sound anything near as bright to me as my Peavey Grind bass does. It's got a thicker, woolier tone to it than I usually like; not bright at all in my opinion. Get some "mellow" strings and that'll accentuate this I think.
  7. dinghy


    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    It looks really tiny on crack-boom. Or maybe you're just a giant?
  8. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    The cort curbow is a small bass.

    I've since sold mine, but it never came across as a bright bass. I'd not call it wooly, maybe warm would be the word. I never used the slap switch, and i don't slap, so perhaps there's some innate brightness to be explored there, but i dont think so. My Zon is a lot lot brighter.
  9. Visirale


    Mar 23, 2003
    I think you can get some good sounds out of them. A cort 6 was my main bass for a few years after the gsr200 (ha).

    I did some recordings when I was in 10th grade with it, haha. Don't laugh too hard, but it will let you hear a more traditional sound with it. I experimented a lot with flat wounds vs. rounds on the curbow and honestly can't remember the differences... couldn't tell you any of the settings on this recording but it sounds "traditional" to me.

    No comments allowed about anything! It was a joke project for physics in 10th grade and we threw it together in like 3 hours, haha. Lots of inside jokes and what not... but you can heare the cort in there...

    Haha, my friend on guitar in that is at Harvard now... And you gotta love the picture with us and steven hawking on drums ;).
  10. crack-boom


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Zealand
    ;) Haha, nah 183cm (6ft) 75kg (180ish lbs?)

    But yeah it is a tiny bass, wanted to use my P but our music director at church had to borrow it for church on the sunday morning, forgot to bring it back, oh well...

    Lol basically if youre any bigger than me, you'll look silly... I felt silly with something so small haha
  11. IngerAlb


    May 11, 2007
    So how do you think a Curbow 5er might perform in a ...let's say...heavy metal band? Would it blend well in the mix? Will it be capable of delivering enough low end? Especially considering I'm playing with a pick?
  12. crack-boom


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Zealand
    In the gig that I was playing at (pic above), I was playing as if I had a pic (I dropped it on my way up to the stage :(, got bruising under my fingernail lol) and I found it got pleanty of lows, actually I thought it had too much lows for my liking lol