CORT ARTISAN A6 ANDC4H £719,£339
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b e e n s o m e t im e s in c e w e 'v e h a d
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a lo w e r m id m a r k e t s ix - s t r in g
A r t is a n A 6 a t £ 7 1 9 , a n d a C 4 H
t h a t c o m e s in a t a m e a s ly £ 3 3 9 .
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s u r p r is e d b y h o w lit t le b a s s g u ita r s
r e a lly v a r y a t th e s e p ric e s , b u t
w e r e n o t a r r o g a n t e n o u g h to
a s s u m e t h a t w e k n o w e v e r y t h in g .
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e y e b r o w o r tw o , s h a ll w e ?
L e t ’s k ic k o f f w i t h t h e A 6 . A t
f ir s t s ig h t i t ’s ju s t o n e m o r e in a
lo n g lin e o f la rg e , c o ffe e - ta b le -
s ty le c h u n k s o f e x p e n s iv e w o o d
t h a t w e ’v e s e e n s o o f t e n r o u n d
th e s e p a r t s o v e r t h e y e a r s . B u t
s e ttle i t in t o y o u r la p a n d t h e
f u n b e g in s , k ic k in g o f f w i t h th e
in s t a n t r e a lis a tio n t h a t t h e b o d y
c h a m f e r in g m a k e s i t a lm o s t
im p o s s ib ly c o m fo r ta b le to p la y .
T h e r o u n d e d f r o n t m e a n s t h a t th e
c o n t r o ls s tic k o u t a t a m u s in g ly
w a c k y a n g le s - ju s t p a r t o f t h e
A 6 ’s c h a r m . A c lo s e r lo o k r e v e a ls a
s e rie s o f g o r g e o u s w o o d s m a k in g
u p t h e n e c k a n d b o d y , t h e f o r m e r
c o m p o s e d o f a fiv e - p ie c e w e n g e
a n d m a p le c o m b o , a n d t h e la t t e r o f
b e a u t if u lly fig u r e d m a p le o n to p o f
a m a h o g a n y b o d y .
T h e b r id g e , a m a s s iv e H ip s h o t
u n it w i t h t h a t s u s ta in
f r ie n d ly
t h r o u g h - b o d y s t r in g in g o p tio n , is
b u ilt lik e a ta n k . T h e c o n tr o ls e a c h
c o m e w i t h a c e n t r e d e te n te (a t la s t.
1 3 y e a r s o f lo b b y in g b y u s m u s t
b e t a k in g e ffe c t!) a n d - t h e f ir s t
t im e w e ’v e s e e n t h is - w i t h th r e e
r u b b e r r in g s s q u e e z e d a r o u n d it
s o y o u r s w e a ty fin g e r s d o n 't s lip
o ff. G e n iu s . I t a ll fe e ls s lic k , s m o o th
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
CORT ARTISAN A6
PRICE I £719
MADE IN I Indonesia
BODY I Figured maple top, mahogany body
NECK I Five-piece maple and wenge,
34" scale
NECK JOINT I Thru-neck
NUT WIDTH 154mm
FINGERBOARD I Rosewood
FRETS 124
PICKUPS I Bartolini MK1-6/Fand MK1-6/R
CONTROLS
I
Volume, pickup blend, 3-band
EQ, EQ on/off
HARDWARE I Hipshot
PLUS I Superbly playable instrument, useful
tone range
MINUS I Some players may find body
over-contoured
OVERALL I For £700, you'll struggle to find
a better six-string
BGMRATING
BUIIO
QUALI1Y
SOUND
QUALITY
VALUE
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