RITTER CORA
CHRISTMAS IS COMING. ASK SANTA NICELY AND PERHAPS HE MIGHT
BRING YOU ONE OF THESE, SAYS MIKE BROOKS
Bass Gear
www.bassgear.co.uk
W
ith each Ritter b a ss
c o m e s an e lem e n t
of su rp rise : w h a t
b u d g e t-b u stin g
fea tu res has G erm an
luthier J e n s Ritter
a sse m b le d th is tim e? T h is
p articu lar cre d it card -m eltin g
b e a u ty is a private o rder and
co m in g in at around £ 6 ,5 0 0 , you
can be ce rtain it w ill be im bued
w ith R itter's u n iq ue s e n s e of
e xtra va g a n ce and o p u le n ce .
BUILD QUALITY
The o n e -p ie ce flam ed m aple
body is ju st su m p tu o u s, fin ish ed
in w h a t is d e scrib e d a s 'La te
Lo u n ge ' co lo urin g (su n rise- or
su n se t-in sp ire d , perhaps?) and
m aking u se of the thick g lo ss
co at to sh o w off the figuring to
the m axim u m . It d o e sn 't sto p
there, though: the m atching
fin ish has been applied to the
h e a d sto ck facin g and neck. The
th ree-p iece lam inated m aple
n e ck is se cu re ly attached u sin g
a five-bo lt sy ste m that is super-
firm , and the n eck po cket is as
tigh tly fitted a s you co uld hope
for. Th e bu lb o u s top horn, deep
cu ta w a ys, e xte n siv e co n to u rs
and rounded ch am ferin g h igh ligh t
that co m fo rt is a top priority w ith
this d e sign : the exten ded top
horn im p ro ves the balance and
a q u ick te st sh o w s it has the
playability of a Sta n le y C larke
A le m b ic w ith o u t the w e ig h t
distribution p ro b lem s for w hich
that particular b a ss is notorious.
Th e b lack ebo ny fingerboard
c o m e s fitted w ith w h ite pearl
blo ck m arkers and sid e m arkers,
and the standard of fret fin ish in g
is im p e ccab le , w h ile the pointed
h e a d sto ck d e sig n w ith its
lim ited d im e n sio n s im pro ves
the overall balance. The 19m m strin g sp a cin g , 3 3 .3 " sca le length,
p le asan tly rounded n e ck profile and overall d im e n sio n s invite the
player to dig in. D on't be sca re d to do so: d e sp ite the price tag, this
if
you
can
afford
a
bass
like
this
,
a
relacquer
-
should
you
ever
NEED ONE - WOULD BE MONEY WELL
SPENT TO
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT’
is a w o n d e rfu lly solid b a ss that
sh o u ld be enjoyed. Th e gold
h ard w are and d a rk w o o d en
picku p c o ve rs ju st add to the
v isu a l e xtravaga n za on offer,
w h ile the layout and sp a c in g of
the co n tro ls and p icku p s m ake
th is feel in cre d ib ly co m fo rta b le
and e ffo rtle ss to play.
Eq u ip p ed w ith Ritter-d esigned
circu itry and picku p s, the 18
volt, three-band E Q has plenty of
room to acco m m o d a te a broad
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