ZZ Top legend Billy Gibbons is the star of the show this month with two in-depth interviews with Stuart Bull and Michael Casswell, and a special ‘Billy Gibbons Masterclass’ lesson from Danny Gill. Other interviews include Steve Lukather who talks to Gi about his eagerly awaited new solo album ‘Transistion’ and Jerry Donahue sits down with Lee Hodgson to discuss his string-bending technique and his extensive career.
THE BASSMENT_GUITAR REVIEW
Cort is one of the most interesting Korean guitar and bass brands. Not prepared to be
mere copyists, Cort clearly takes a pride in developing new ideas and is increasingly seen
on professional stages as a result. We gave the NAMM 2012 award-winning Cort Curbow
bass to Dan Veall for a full Bassment workout.
Last issue we had a really nice couple of
reissue basses in the form of the Danelectro
Longhorn and Aria SB1000RIB - two brand
new versions of older classics. This time
around, not a reissue but a superb update of
a range of basses originally brought to you
by legendary bass builder Greg Curbow, in
collaboration with Cort Instruments. Cort,
who are well known for manufacturing
quality instruments at an accessible price,
return with an updated instrument design
featuring new electronics. They describe the
instruments as having a ‘great new feel and
sound’. I’m inclined to agree!
The model reviewed here is the very tasty
Cort Curbow 52 that won the ‘best of show’
bass award at NAMM 2012.
The instrument features a downsized body
that feels snug in comparison to say a
Precision bass. It’s incredibly light in weight
and sits on the knee comfortably. In my
hands the five string neck feels very slim
and fast. I’m a big fan of the ‘closer’ string
spacings of my own custom basses and say,
the likes of Ibanez 5 & 6 string basses, so for
me this bass feels very familiar straight away.
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On the subject of string spacing, don’t let
anyone tell you that a close spacing is more
difficult to play (for example slap style) it
just takes a bit of adjustment to your playing
The neck is a three-piece laminate of
Canadian hard maple, featuring a 15 3/4”
rosewood fretboard dressed with 24 very tidy
frets. These are large types, but on this neck
feel just right.
Moving on swiftly to the body – as I said
earlier, it’s a smaller body than the ‘usual’
Precision type designs and I like this. I think
that if you are a young player or someone
who is lucky enough to have a small figure,
then this instrument will be a perfect fit
for you. It won’t however hide a beer belly!
(Mine for example!) Again, the highly
sculpted body is maple, described as ‘soft
maple’ in the specification. The sculpting
goes as far as the control knobs too. The
three band EQ, Pan control and volume
knob are all set deeper into the body, which I
think is a really modern and nice touch.