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New bass alert (pics inside!)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassmonkeee, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Well, my day at work was nicer than normal since my new Cort Curbow Retro showed up after lunch. Pretty good considering Curbow sent it out yesterday!

    Here's a shot of it next to my Jazz for size comparison. I'll get some better pictures tomorrow. I ran out of time tonight setting it up, and playing--ran out of good light!

    When I got it home, I immediately yanked the strings that shipped with the bass, and put some old TI Powerbass strings to tide me over until a new set arrives from Dude.

    This bass surpasses my wildest dreams for the price. Agathis body with one of the nicest black finishes I've seen in quite a while--looks better than any black Fender I've seen (and, the matching headstock is a nice touch).

    When I tweaked the truss rod, I flipped the truss rod cover over so the "Cort" wasn't showing. Not that I care about it saying "Cort," I just don't like the script they used to write it, and think the bass looks classier with the blank side facing out.

    The neck is still settling in, but I can already tell that I'll be able to get the action as low as I want without any fret problems. This bass is very well put together with no wiggle room in the neck pocket. The neck is attached with 5(!) recessed bolts--it's not going anywhere.

    The electronics are two active J style pickups with a V/V/T control set up. I am pretty sure the tone know is cut/boost (it has a center detent, too). I'm surpirsed by how good the electronics sound. I've not seen active pickups with a V/V/T setup in a bass this cheap before. Granted, I haven't really looked, either.

    The bass is able to get that J Bass solo bridge pickup sound that you all know and love, and the tone knob can add enough bite to the sound to send it completely over the top. Personally, I prefer the neck pickup to the bridge pickup, and this thing sounds big, and blossom-y when played at the edge of the fretboard with a pick. Harmonics ring out like crazy--and, these strings were on a different bass for about 6 months. The body is very alive, resonant, and light. I think I will need to add some foam under the neck pickup to get it at the height that I want it, but it is certainly very useable, as is.

    The satin finish on the back of the maple neck is super smooth, and the glossy matching headstock is very classy. The rosewood is really nice looking, and prety thick, too.

    I can't decide if I'm going to leave the white pickguard on there, or not, though. I've got it in my head to get a custom made for it at some point simply because I can't leave well enough alone. It looks good right now, but I can't help thinking I might like it more with a mint green, black pearl, or gold anodized pickguard on there.

    I recorded a couple of example clips, and I'll try and get them posted in the next couple of days.

    The fact that this bass is available for under $300 is simply ridiculous.
  2. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    hooyah...i think i'll get me one, then :D next week maybe?
  3. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
  4. Basho

    Basho Guest

    How about a custom blue pearl pickguard?

    Mmmmmmmmmmm, blue pearl.
  5. dragonbass

    dragonbass Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2003
    ........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder..........................................................
    Congrats on the new bass. It must weigh nothing compared to the Jazz.
  6. All I needed to hear! thanks for helping me pick out my next bass!

  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Nut width, my god man, what is the nut width!?
  8. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine

    I think a B/W/B pickguard would look absolutely KILLER on that bass. I say that because the body and head are black, and the fretboard is dark, so a black pg would look fantastic, and the white outline would match well with the fretboard dots. My $0.02
    Bass V likes this.
  9. 1 9/16 according to an email I got back from Cort.
  10. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Yep. Feels like a small bodied Jazz for the most part. I've got my radius gauges, so I'll figure out what that is on the neck tomorrow.

    If you've played the other Cort Curbow bass, you've played this neck profile.

    I can't wait to get this bass on a gig. This Friday I'm taking the Cort (hopefully, with brand new Powerbass strings) and my US 5 String Curbow with the prototype stainless steel strings from G2 Intelligence. I can't wait. I might even bring my EBow to annoy the guitar player, and make the drummer giggle. :bassist:

    I'm sure Dave Siff will stop by with his impressions of the bass soon, too.

    Killdar- I thought about a black pickguard, but if I go black it'll either be pearl, or anodized metal. Black plastic isn't much more exciting than white plastic. :D
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Huh. 1.5625 at the nut then. Damn, that's a little on the narrow side for my big hands. I'd have to play a Cort Curbow to see if I could handle playing one of those Retros.

    Because, those'd make a lean, mean, BEAD machine.
  12. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    Jeez, I haven't gotten a new bass in almost 3 years. I'm due dammit! And you. You all the time with your new basses. All I can say is you better bring it to the next get together! :D

    Very cool Jason. I'm looking forward to hearing it. :D
  13. Dave Siff

    Dave Siff Supporting Member

    I stopped by Jason's place last night and played the Cort Retro. Everything he said is right on. The thing literally played itself. I was able to really get around on it with minimal effort. And Jason was still in the process of setting it up. For the amount I dig in, I can't imagine it playing any better than it did. It sounded great, nailed several very useable tones. And it weighs about a pound and a half.
    I don't really need one so I probably won't get one, but it sure is tempting, especially at that price.
  14. thanks for pointing out another one of those hidden treasures most! Considering most of us at talkbass have been spoiled by the quality of a bass at least over $1000 dollars, at least I notice that I don't really look at low end AS MUCH as I used to. Definitely put some samples up if you can!
  15. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    I heard the Retro at Jason's gig last night; it looks good and sounds great. It does NOT sound like a $300 bass.
  16. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    jason also knows how to play ;)
  17. lneal


    Apr 12, 2002
    Lee County, Alabama
    That's a fact!
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    A scary fact. I mean, did you hear/see him mangle that 8 stringer of his? And wasn't it the 8 he did the duet with Gard (on the NS EUB)?
  19. neptoon

    neptoon Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Melbourne, FL
    no, but i've seen him play his fretless prototype curbow 4 briefly. yeah, that dude has chops...oh, hey jason! didn't see ya standin' there :D
  20. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    He also puts away the bacon. Between him and Dave Siff, I think the pig might well be an endagered species...