Cort GB64JJ 4-String Bass - Natural

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Product Overview

This is a new GB series bass for J-Bass enthusiasts with visual and spec enhancements. Newly added active electronics enables bassists to explore wider range of sound spectrum, while keeping the aesthetics as traditional as possible. The highly sought-after roasted maple neck and fretboard, which has been market tested and proven by B4/B5 ASRM models, provides enhanced stability as well as a more vintage type of look and a big bolder tone.

Roasted Maple Neck & Fingerboard

By treating the Maple in an oxygen-free oven at a high temperature, the wood stabilizes and develops a golden-brownish look for enhanced stability as well as a more vintage type of look and a big bolder tone.

Swamp Ash Body

Swamp Ash is one of the most popular and widely-used woods for solid-body electric guitars and basses. It is light weight but has a surprisingly strong, tight and punchy sound with the emphasis on the high-midrange. This character makes Swamp Ash a beloved tonewood of discriminating bassists who want a strong fundamental tone that will cut through and be heard clearly in the mix. The natural beauty of Swamp Ash with its distinctive grain patterns makes it ideal for transparent and natural finishes.

Voiced Tone VTB-ST Pickups

The new Voiced Tone J-style single-coil pickups perfectly complement the big robust acoustic sound of the bass with modern clarity, transparency and vintage warmth. Painstakingly developed by Cort’s engineers by drawing on decades of pickup winding experience, the Voiced Tone pickups feature the highest-grade components and winding techniques to allow the natural character of the guitar to be faithfully delivered to the amp.

1 Volume (Push/Pull), 1 Blend & 2 Band EQ

Newly added active electronics enables bassists to explore wider range of sound spectrum, and can be either engaged or disengaged with a push/pull volume knob.

Ergonomic Neck Joint

Designed and implemented to facilitate easy access to the upper register of the fingerboard, the new Ergonomic Neck Joint increases playing comfort while reducing tendon stress and awkward wrist and finger positions. Now you can solo away and reach the highest notes with confidence as well as greatly improved playability.

Vintage Bridge

The time-tested vintage bridge does what it is supposed to do without any frills or hassles while providing the classic tone that J-style basses are known for.

BODY: Swamp Ash or Sassafras*
NECK: Roasted Canadian Hard Maple
FRETBOARD: Roasted Maple
Radius: 9.45" (240㎜)
SCALE: 34"(864㎜)
TUNERS: Open Gear Tuners
BRIDGE: Vintage
ELECTRONICS: 1 Volume, 1 Blend, 2 Band EQ w/ Active-Passive Push-Pull
STRINGS: D'Addario® YB-XL165

*As our world’s environment goes through an unprecedented period of rapid change, it was inevitable that our industry would also be affected and that we need to adapt to do what is the best for the environment at large as well as finding solutions to provide the best musical instruments possible. One impact felt by our industry is the extreme scarcity of a beloved and venerable tone wood: Swamp Ash. It is now a matter of when, not if, this wood will no longer be available for use on the production of electric guitars.

Fortunately, there are alternatives that are both environmentally friendly as well as being viable tone woods with attractive visual and tonal characteristics. Of the alternatives available, Sassafras has become a favorite amongst guitar manufacturers and for a good reason. Aesthetically, it looks very similar to Swamp Ash with familiar grain patterns. Tonally, it isn’t exactly like Swamp Ash but has its own very positive attributes that make it an ideal substitute as an electric guitar body wood.

With this industry shift in mind, Cort are now using Sassafras on four of their popular models: the G290 FAT, X700 Duality, KX508MS and the GB64JJ. So, the million-dollar question is: how does Sassafras sound compared to Swamp Ash? We can confidently say that it sounds great but slightly different. Overall, Sassafras sounds bigger with more low-midrange girth while maintaining the general tightness and punch that Swamp Ash is renowned for. Swamp Ash favors the high-midrange and is still a little tighter in the lows. Sonically, Sassafras can be described as being somewhere in between Alder and Swamp Ash but still leaning towards the character of the latter.


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