Cort Short Scale on the way!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jucas, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    So, I had a cort Action Jr ordered for me as a gift today and it should be here by early next week!

    I think it had been sitting in a music store I stopped in for a while... there was about 19 price drop tags on it so I assume that it was too weird an item to sell in northern alberta and the store was sick of looking at it. Better for me! less than 200 CAD shipped with a gigbag, so for the price it played pretty good in the store. A setup and maybe a pickup if the mighty mite soapbar doesn't do it for me and it should be a pretty solid shortscale!

    There'll be pics and some thoughts when I get it and set it up properly since there's pretty much no info on this thing here. But, the best part is now I actually have a bass for the summer instead of sitting here in the north with nothing make music on.
  2. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    Well, probly not much interest, but the Short Cort is here!

    ...and I'm pretty impressed for the money. I've got it half set up (don't have the right allan key's to set the string height), and its actually playing really well. The thing is tonnes of fun. My first short scale, and the low tension, easy reaches are a great time. I'm having a blast playing this little thing, and I don't even have an amp to plug it into yet!

    And, aside from the fairly easy playing after a passable setup, the wiring is actually really neat, and its shielded! Opening it up to that was a pleasant suprise... I figure that even if the pickup isn't great when I can actually plug it in, for $300 (including a pickup change) it's be a great deal.

    Here's the pictures so it exists!



    and, I can't get a good photo of it, but the neck has a cool freckly look to it...

  3. IngerAlb


    May 11, 2007
    Interesting looking Cort, man ;) There's a Cort club here on the forums, you might try to post the pics there too, your bass will get the attention it deserves ;)
  4. fesem


    Nov 11, 2004
    Blacksburg, VA
    I am a recent convert to short scale. After a long night of walking those blues and honkytonk lines my hand was hurting so tried a short scale and now I'm probably going to sell two of my three 34's. Please let us know how it sounds when you've plugged it in. I bought a reissue fender mustang and it sounds pretty good, and plays great. I'm pretty sure I'm going to put a darkstar pickup in it and see where that takes me. Good luck with Cort.
  5. Cool looking, must be fun to play.
    Is that a mahogany body?
  6. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Always wondered how these one's sounded.
  7. whyseye


    Mar 3, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    My first bass was a Cort Action Jr - well made, played nice and easy....sold it to finance a DeArmond Jetstar....
  8. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    Nice! I've been eyeing up some mustangs in stores here and there for a while, and thought darkstarring one would be really cool. The thought even crossed my mind here, but I think the route in there is too long and its probly too cheap to upgrade that much, so i'm leaning toward a dual coil of some kind.

    The body is agathis with a "walnut" stain. I kind of like how plain and simple it looks.

    ... and there'll definately be an update in a few weeks when I get back to my amp and can finally hear the thing.
  9. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Ok, where's our update? :)

    I'm very interested in this bass.
  10. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    Ummm... the update's going to be a while. I had a family member with some health problems, and had to fly home instead of getting a ride with my stuff at the end of the summer. Couldn't fit everything into carry on and the bass had to be left behind.

    I'm going to try to get it into a suitcase at Canadian thanksgiving if I can make it up there to visit them.

    Sorry... I'm as eager to try it out as you are to hear about it.
  11. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Sorry to hear about the family member health problems.
    Hope things get better.
  12. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I'll post some comments in a few days.
    I have one on the way to me:
  13. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    Nice! Hope you enjoy it... let us iknow how it sounds when it shows up.
  14. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    In advance of getting this in hand, there are things worth mentioning about this bass:

    - The bridge is a higher quality, higher mass bridge than typically found on low end basses.

    - The tuners Look like they will have a high probability of not needing replacement. But, we'll see. :)

    - Biggest notable: graphite nut. Very rare for low end stuff.

    - Finish on back of neck - looks like a nice, smooth, satin finish.

    I'm looking forward to getting this in hand - and seeing how I will compare it to my SX LTD short scale.
  15. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Since I pledged to offer some review comments, I thought it would be fun to offer some 10 minute comments :) and then follow that up after I log serious hours with this bass.

    Here are my 10 minute comments:

    - Tuners are shockingly high quality and smooth feeling. No Way they would ever need replacement.

    - Pictures don't do this walnut stain body justice. This
    bass is - beautiful.

    - Neck feels like buttuh - with a nice satin finish, and a flat profile.

    - Not a drop of noise.

    - Pickup can yield some low end that can move some air.

    - String to string evenness sounds good.

    - Out of the box action was surprisingly low - awesome, buttuh-low - without any buzz up and down the board.

    - Strings sucked much less than on other low end basses, but I'm a flats freak, and I'll be putting them on as soon as they arrive.

    - Only negative so far - the fretboard needs a drink of water. :)
    It's very dry - seriously dry. I'm not a big fan of oil - sorry, oil freaks. [Oil causes fret lift - you'll eventually learn this. :) ] I'm likely to leave it alone for a while and then eventually soak some wipe on poly into the board, as I have done several times in the past on other low end, dry boards.

    This bass is off to a ridiculously good start for the money.

    Rock and roll.
  16. SBassman


    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    My few hour comments:

    - Can't wait for my flats to arrive. Gotta get these crappy strings off the bass. :)

    - The tone you get while plucking Between the end of the fretboard and the pickup - is Killer. Great, great, great blues / jazz tone.

    - Pluck over the pickup and you get completely different tone, with some bite.

    - Knobs/pots are silky smooth.

    Sweet bass.
  17. jucas


    Dec 14, 2003
    Awesome! Glad it's lived up to your expectations. I can't wait to try mine out plugged.