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Cort Introduces New 6-String Bass with Open-Pore Finish to Artisan Series

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — With the introduction of the B6 Plus AS electric bass guitar, Cort adds a new six-string, open-pore model to its Artisan Series. Featuring bolt-on construction and a warm open sound with excellent sonic dispersion, the B6 Plus AS is an instrument designed for discriminating musicians who seek high value through world-class materials and high-end components. Players will find that this extended-range bass offers modern upgrades while staying true to classic components and features in a design that represents the best of both worlds.

    Like other bass guitars in Cort’s Artisan Series, the B6 Plus AS is built with Bartolini MK-1 pickups for superb sound quality. The MK-1 delivers the trademark Bartolini sound with plenty of punchy and warm mids along with transparent and brilliant highs for excellent balance. These pickups are paired with the Markbass MB-1 EQ, which combines crystal clarity and natural warmth to exude a passive feel with smooth lows, full-bodied mids and bell-like highs. The natural and transparent boost avoids coloring the organic nature or resonance of the instrument’s woods.

    To properly balance the Markbass 3-Band EQ system, Cort’s designers chose a swamp ash body for its lively and resonant sound quality characterized by a scooped-mids sound with a bigger low-end and clear highs for balance. The Open Pore Natural finish enhances the resonance, lightens the weight and is even offered as a matching headstock.

    On the B6 Plus AS, Cort diversifies the neck construction by using 5-piece panga panga reinforced with walnut topped with a panga panga fingerboard. Tonally, panga panga is similar to the wenge used on Cort’s five-string model. It offers a tight and defined midrange that complements the bright and expansive tonal nature of the swamp ash body for an ideally balanced sound that rounds out the bass spectrum.

    The B6 Plus AS is further balanced by Hipshot Ultralite Tuners that offer 30% weight reduction over regular tuners and improved tuning accuracy. Black hardware offers a bold esthetic in combination with the double-cutaway and natural finish.

    From its premium materials to enhanced tone, Cort’s B6 Plus AS bass is built for serious players. However, the MSRP of $899.99 puts this model within reach for hobby musicians looking for a professional-quality upgrade. Learn more and get a closer look at www.cortguitars.com.

    Conkal, tlc1976, Mrmatt1972 and 7 others like this.
  2. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I think the “ Open pore” name is very unappealing !
  3. The word "pore" refers to little holes that occur naturally in woods like Ash. The darker lines are where the pores are. It is how the tree transports sap basically. Pore filling is a relatively laborious and therefore costly part of the finishing process that is necessary on porous wood if you want a smooth finish. They (and other companies too, I've noticed recently) leave it out and market it as a "feature" to save cost.

    But yeah, kind of a gross sounding name.
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  4. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Open pore — designed for end user to finish with oil etc? I like that.
  5. FingerDub

    FingerDub Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2016
    I don't think that's the idea...I think it is a marketing thing, like Carvin calling their wood only finishes, "raw tone". It's to give the idea that the sound more easily flows off the instrument because there is no poly or finish to get in the way, if you will.
    Standalone likes this.
  6. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I automatically think of dermatology when I hear this word..
    PsyDocHill likes this.
  7. Not really. They put a coat of lacquer on it, but didn't pore fill. It's not raw wood.
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  8. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    Thanks for clarification.
    Mrmatt1972 likes this.
  9. djasterix

    djasterix Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    Does anyone knows the string spacing on this series?
  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I’m amazed the whole “tonewood” spiel still works in advertising.

    One of these days one of these companies is going to get hauled into court and asked to substantiate their advertising claims for “open sound” etc. due to the woods they’re using. And it’ll be interesting to see what they present as “evidence” that’ll hold up under close examination.

    All that aside, it looks like a pretty nice bass. I’ve had good luck with Cort in the past.
    RBrownBass likes this.
  11. Mikeeltoro


    Apr 10, 2005
    Woodbridge, NJ
    The body Looks like an Ibanez SR

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