Cort Guitars adds fanned-fret design to Artisan Bass collection

Cort Guitars has introduced a new fanned-fret design to its line-up of Artisan electric bass guitars.

The new five-string A5 Plus SCFF model follows offering a new take on premium wood tones and a new-to-series multiscale fanned-fret design. The combination of these features, along with premium electronics and hardware, offers players a sleek bass guitar with impressive depth and range.

The A5 Plus SCFF’s fanned frets form the foundation of this 34” to 35.5” multiscale instrument. This design modification and a corresponding single-string hardtail bridge improve tension and enhance the tonal response of each string.

The A5 Plus SCFF also incorporates the series neck-thru-body construction that allows strings to vibrate across the neck and body in a coherent, linear manner, maximising tightness of the low-end with rich mids and singing highs.

The lightweight-yet-solid Swamp Ash body with spalted Maple top provides a strong, fundamental low-end resonance and a clear high-end. This complements the high-midrange and treble of the 5-piece Maple and Panga Panga neck.

The exotic Panga Panga is also used on the 24-fret fingerboard, and strong Walnut is used for binding. Cort allows these materials to shine both sonically and aesthetically with OPN (open-pore natural) and OPTG (open-pore trans grey) finishes.

Platinum hardware adds a rock-steady flair while Hipshot Ultralite Tuners result in 30% weight reduction over regular tuners and improved balance and tuning accuracy. Like other Cort Artisan basses, the A5 Plus SCFF is equipped with Bartolini electronics.


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