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Featured Cort Introduces Artisan A5 Beyond with Bold Vision for Modern Bass Concept

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Cort Guitars introduces the Artisan A5 Beyond bass guitar as the realization of a bold vision for innovative, modern bass concepts. The advancement of an already modern instrument like the electric bass is not just about the electronics—it’s also about materials and design execution. The Artisan A5 Beyond is designed with the modern specs from Cort’s best-selling A5 Plus SCMS model, including the single-cutaway body and multi-scale, ranging from 35.5 inches on the bass strings to a shorter 34 inches on the treble strings. Cort has taken the tonewood selection a step beyond with the newly added Bubinga top, providing excellent articulation and deep sustain. At all angles, and with each detail, the Artisan A5 Beyond is a state-of-the-art bass for the most discriminating musician.

    When it comes to the punch and sustain of a bass guitar, nothing beats neck-thru-body construction, especially when paired with the comfort and unfettered high-fret access of the single-cutaway body shape. The strings vibrate across the A5 Beyond’s body and neck in a coherent, linear manner, maximizing the tightness of the low-end with rich mids and singing highs. These tones are defined by the classic, solid-sounding ash body and the bubinga top, which boasts a lush, reddish color and deep sustain with warm even notes and bright midrange tone. The tonewood combination strikes the ideal balance between traditional and modern, both in looks and in sound.

    Strength balanced by beauty is another key theme of the A5 Beyond that carries over to the five piece maple and panga panga neck. The brightness of the maple is ideally balanced with the warm midrange of panga panga for excellent tonal definition. Panga panga offers the characteristics of wenge and produces a tight, coherent sound that mates extremely well with the instrument’s multi-laminate neck. Players will enjoy grooving along the 24-fret multi-scale, which produces more tension for the low strings and subsequently tighter, more focused lower register sounds.

    Each string on the A5 Beyond has space to shine thanks to Cort’s use of innovative hardware. The dedicated hardtail bridge unit greatly improves string separation and reduces crosstalk for enhanced articulation and definition. Meanwhile, the Hipshot® Ultralite machine heads (classic 20:1 tuning ratio) are made of cast zinc with aluminum string posts and mounting nuts, resulting in 30 percent weight reduction over other regular tuners and improving balance and tuning accuracy.

    The Bartolini® MK-1 pickup and preamp have long been the go-to electronics duo for Cort’s Artisan Series, and Cort carries on the tradition with the Artisan A5 Beyond. The MK-1 delivers plenty of punchy and warm mids along with transparent and brilliant highs for a superbly balanced sound. The MK-1 preamp provides a powerful yet transparent boost along with a trademark crisp high-end. The natural liveliness of the bass transfers through a flexible 3-band equalizer. The preamp also provides a switchable active/passive mode for a robust, modern active sound or an organic, traditional passive sound.

    Whether they’re recording in a studio or playing a large concert hall, modern bass players enjoy having the freedom and flexibility to achieve their preferred sound. They’ll have plenty of options with the Artisan A5 Beyond’s upscale appointments and well-articulated tones that can take bass guitar playing to new heights.

    Learn more and get a closer look at www.cortguitars.com. MSRP $1,699.99

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  2. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    Fort Arnold
    I'm normally a fan of Cort basses. I read through that entire 2 pages of the worst droning on marketing drivel ever used in bass advertising. All for a $1700.00 bass that still comes without genuine Bartolinis. Wow. I get pushing the envelope but I don't see this selling well at all.
    miljoneir, Randy Ward, DrChud and 2 others like this.
  3. Eh, maybe it’s just me but I don’t think I’m gonna see the fanned fret thing become the norm. Seems like more of a fad that will hang around for 5 years and disappear like sand blasted bodies did.
    teh-slb and SgtHulka like this.
  4. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    "modern" and Bartolini MK1s don't belong in the same sentence
  5. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Cort: Love your stuff. Have four B4FLs, that’s how much. Won’t buy a fanned fret instrument. Why don’t you make an A-series fretless?
  6. Bartrinsic

    Bartrinsic Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2018
    San Diego
    $1200 seems to be the market price. For anyone who may be interested in this bass, you may be able to find new/mint <1k after a while (as with the original a5). Even at say $1099, it could be a great value if the tones suit you. I'll probably pass because I don't find the single cut design to add much to a neck-thru 5-string, since the 5-string neck width and neck-thru design already make for a super-stable neck--I'd rather have a double cut version for ease of use and plainer looks. Also, I'd want to change the pickups which somewhat defeats the value proposition. But I wouldn't knock anyone who jumps on a great bass value like this. . .
  7. Les BeeBee

    Les BeeBee

    Oct 29, 2020
    I posted a message about this bass earlier in the year, many months before its official release:
    *NEW* Cort A5 Beyond (fan-fretted)

    I actually like it. I like the sound. I really like the access the single cut allows to the upper frets, which the vast majority of bases on the market don't do. And the multiscale fan frets help tonality.

    Cort gives pretty good value for money. This is a specialist instrument, and I don't think there's anything that comes close to it in price for what it does.

    I'd like to buy one ... someday.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2021
  8. Les BeeBee

    Les BeeBee

    Oct 29, 2020
    Why won't you buy a fan fretted bass? There are lots of cool ones around from different manufacturers.

    But Cort actually has non fan-fretted single cut basses similar to this.
  9. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2019
    Fort Arnold
    Ibanez and LTD have have multi scale basses at this price point and lower and that are not single cuts. Those singlecuts must be really popular in Europe where Cort sells more me thinks.
    Bartrinsic likes this.
  10. Les BeeBee

    Les BeeBee

    Oct 29, 2020
    Nate Navarro uses the Cort A5 Beyond:
  11. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    Sorry, but Cort (along with Dean) seem to have such a stigma around here (in SE Pennsylvania) that no self-respecting musician will use them. They’re found in flea markets for several hundred bucks or less (usually much less). If you do see one in the wild, it’s in the hands of some broke high school kid who sells it back to the shop they got it from for $100 as soon as they can afford a real instrument.
  12. Les BeeBee

    Les BeeBee

    Oct 29, 2020
    Hello Mr Mustang Man. I know you enjoy playing your Fender Mustang Bass. That's good to hear.

    But owning any brand of bass does not bring shame, and I don't believe the idea should be spread that any particular brand of bass degrades a person's self-respect (ie brings shame on that person.)

    Plus, it's just false. Yeah, Cort has made a lot of budget and value-for-money basses. But if you watch the video reviews you'll find they hold very well against the competition at that price.

    But Cort has also been moving into the midrange and high-end bass market. Check the reviews for the Cort Ultra Ash (played by Mohini Day) or the Jeff Berlin bass. These are some of the best bass players in the world. Do you really believe they should feel shame?

    I'm not criticizing Fender, it makes beautiful basses. But I also like the look of more modern designs, and both Cort and Ibanez are making some very innovative designs lately. And they are not turning up at flea markets. They are sort-after basses.
    Captain Chaos and generalduncan like this.
  13. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    Patiently waiting on the (single cut) A6.
    What's taking so long?
  14. MustangMan78


    Mar 20, 2021
    Sorry, I wasn’t trying to be a Fender snob or turn it into an argument of their merits versus a Fender (I know there’s people that don’t like Fender). I was merely just stating my observations in my little corner the world. I could take you down to the local Q-Mart on any given weekend and show you what I’m talking about. I was merely curious to see if it was a widespread opinion, or just local to me. Us country folk can sometimes be an odd bunch!
  15. Cort is very underrated. They definitely focus more on budget instruments, but it does not mean that the quality of their instruments is poor. Actually in the last years they have been producing very nice instruments. What some might not know is that Cort factories are responsible for producing basses for a bunch of brands. They definitely have the know-how.

    Regarding the Artisan A5 Beyond, it's the 5-string I've been waiting for. It has a lot of things that I value: good woods, great visuals, short string spacing, comfy and fast neck, soapbar pickups for more modern sound together with 3-band-eq preamp. Last but not least you don't need to break the bank. I would say it is probably the best "budget" multi-scale bass.

    It is very common to see musicians to buy gear based on looks and brand. One needs to spend more time to read the specs and to find what characteristics one likes best.
  16. Aloe


    Apr 10, 2016
    today I played a previous multi-scale single cut bass from Cort. and really eager to try the new one with bubinga top. hope this isn’t a purely cosmetical change and the top will affect the sound as well.
    Bartrinsic likes this.
  17. Timmah

    Timmah Supporting Member

    May 19, 2011
    No lefties in the lineup?
  18. Meaculpa


    May 18, 2019
    Sure..like Darkglass modern pedals based on "vintage" distortions... I dont know anymore what's modern or old..fanned frets is a modern thing? I guess
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