Vintage Cort Bass? Know Anything About Them?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RyanJD, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    So GC had this on the used section of their website:

    vcort_zps95b86bbc.jpg

    I called on the condition. The sales rep said that it had some blemishes in the paint, but the electronics work and it plays great.
    So I went ahead and bought it.

    After looking around for a long time, these were the only two things I found that were related/similar to it:

    http://www.bass-guitar-museum.com/bass-5930-Vintage-Cort-Bass-Guitar

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/cort-club-306646/index38.html#post8780883

    But both of those are P basses and I still didn't learn much about these basses, other than they're likely from the mid-80's. Possibly MIJ?

    I'm assuming aftermarket tuners on this one due to the first link I posted claiming to have originals on that bass. And I guess the covers are too.
    The picture almost looks like 32" scale? Maybe not...

    I believe I'm not breaking any rules by asking what it's worth, if anyone has any idea...
    Actually, if anyone knows anything, I would appreciate the info.
    I didn't just buy a piece of crap, did I? I'm a huge sucker for the matching headstock paint, not to mention that blocked maple neck. :p
     
  2. I don't have any experience with the J version, but the P basses are excellent! The necks on them are fantastic. If the J's are anything like the P's, you got a good bass.
     
  3. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    Thanks for the post. I appreciate it.
    Is there a serial number on yours?
    Do you know the year or country of origin?
     
  4. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
  5. I would guess that the bass is a emid-80's instrument. It has the same tuners that my '86 slammer bass had.

    Cort's never seem to fetch much when being sold, but I find them to be great players and modding platforms. I own 4 Cort instruments right now.
     
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  6. GM60466

    GM60466

    May 20, 2006
    Chi-Town
    They are good $200 to $250 instruments
     
  7. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Nov 9, 2001
    California
    No Bogus Endorsements
    "Cort" = Cor-Tec, based in Incheon, South Korea. Since Samick got out of Korean production, Cor-Tek makes ~95% of Korean export guitars and basses, irrespective of notional "brand."

    They also produce instruments in Indonesia.

    As far as I know, none of their stuff has ever been produced in Japan. If anyone has hard information to the contrary, please share it.

    Realistically? $100-$175, and it wouldn't be a quick sell.

    Still trying to wrap my head around the concept of this being a "vintage" instrument. :rolleyes:
     
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  8. This is not the same bass but very close. Also a Cortez. I picked it up from another TB member last week. Other than the headstock shape and your's saying Cort the style is very similar. Mine is probably early to mid 70's. Is the truss rod cover metal or plastic on the white one?

    IMG_4907_zpsa899f25d.jpg
     
  9. The serial numbers and make locations were put on stickers on the back of the headstock. My serial is WO201085. I assume the 85 at the end gives you the year. The location sticker is completely worn except the letter R lol. Hope this helps a little.
     
  10. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    Hey, that's why there's a question mark in the thread title!

    Here's a long article about some guy and the Cortez brand:

    What is a Cortez guitar

    Anyways, thanks for all the posts guys.
    I haven't gotten the bass yet. Will update when I do.

    Edit: Does any one else think this might be a short scale, judging from the picture?
     
  11. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Nov 9, 2001
    California
    No Bogus Endorsements
    That's a very misleading article. And for the record, I don't believe this Cort bass has anything to do with "Cortez" instruments.
     
  12. Why do you think the article is misleading?
    There is not much info available on Cortez but most of what I have read says Cortez became Cort.
     
  13. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    Yeah that article did seem a little odd to me.
    I'm not sure one way or another. But I think the author at least seems to know what he's talking about.
    Also, the Cort logo on this bass shares the same style logo as Cortez, just minus the 'ez'. I think that indicates some kind of connection unless it was just some kind of blatant, shameless (not to mention lazy) ripoff of Cortez.
     
  14. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    Well the logo similarities referring to this Cortez at least...
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  15. Bongolation

    Bongolation

    Nov 9, 2001
    California
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Hello? It's a loose copy of the Fender Precision logo from the early '70s.
     
  16. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa

    Hello? I'm not referring to that part.
    Read closely.
     
  17. RSBBass

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    As previously stated, Cort is a Korean company, Cor-Tec. Cortez was a distributor. Cort may have made some instruments for Cortez, I don't know. But your bass was almost undoubtedly made in Korea. Now that is not bad. Some Korean instruments, particularly from the late 80's were well made.
     
  18. It's supposed to be a blatant copy of the Fender logo. That was the idea. The whole bass is a Fender copy and they wanted the logo to look Fender-ish as well. Why do you think Fender finally started suing all those Japanese copy makers? They were getting very close to making it look like a real Fender from a distance. Tokai was probably the worst offender. I had a Tokai strat copy and they used the same font as Fender and the T in Tokai looked almost like the Fender F.
     
  19. TheFenderBender

    TheFenderBender Guest

    Jun 27, 2012
    Couldn't it possibly just be one of the P's necks on a different body?
     
  20. RyanJD

    RyanJD

    Apr 19, 2011
    Iowa
    You guys are missing my point.
    I'm talking about the Cort vs. Cortez part of the logo on the headstocks. They're exactly the same, aside from the 'ez'.
    How does that not indicate a relationship?

    Good question. I have no idea. The nut width does almost seem P-ish.
    The bass shipped today. I'm expecting it by the middle of next week.
    I'll post detailed pictures then, if anyone is interested.