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New Cort 6-string bass goes open pore

Cort has a new Artisan series six string bass, sporting a handsome open pore finish. The new B6 Plus AS electric bass guitar features bolt-on construction and offers what Cort describes as ‘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 uses Bartolini MK-1 pickups 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 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’.

The B6 Plus AS, marks a change from Cort’s previous neck constructions by featuring a 5-piece panga panga neck 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 maker says.

The B6 Plus AS also features Hipshot Ultralite Tuners that offer 30% weight reduction over regular tuners and improved tuning accuracy. The bass also comes with black hardware.

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