СОВТАИИШб AND C4H £719, £339
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a n d w e ll p u t to g e th e r , w i t h e a s ily
a c c e s s ib le c h a m b e r s o n t h e b o d y
b a c k a n d n o fin g e r - s i ic in g f r e t
e n d s to w o r r y a b o u t.
T h e C 4 H fe e ls lik e a t o y a f t e r
it s b ig g e r s ib lin g g o e s b a c k o n
t h e s ta n d . L e s s c h a m fe r e d , b u t
s t ill lig h t a n d e a s y to lif t , t h e
b o d y c o m e s w i t h a s lic k (a n d
p r e s u m a b ly s y n th e tic ) m o t h e r -
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b u t a t t r a c t iv e to u c h . A f t e r th e
s u p e r ta s ty H ip s h o t b r id g e a n d
m a c h in e h e a d s d e p lo y e d o n t h e
A 6 . t h e g e n e r ic C o r t h a r d w a r e o n
t h is b a s s fe e ls a lit t le c u t p ric e , b u t
- a n d t h is w o n t b e t h e f ir s t t im e
t h is p h r a s e is u s e d in t h is r e v ie w -
w h a t d o y o u e x p e c t f o r £ 3 0 0 ? A t
le a s t t h e s a m e r u b b e r - e n h a n c e d
p o ts c o m e w i t h t h is b a s s , a n d
w e r e lo o k in g f o r w a r d to g e tt in g
in t o th o s e t w o a c tiv e h u m b u c k e r s .
I a lm o s t fo r g o t I w a s p la y in g a
s ix - s t r in g , s o e ffo r tle s s is t h e
A 6 ’s n e c k a n d t h e n e a r p e r fe c t
s t r in g s p a c in g o v e r t h e 5 4 m m
n u t w id t h . T h e b o d y s h a p e a n d
d im e n s io n s h a v e c le a r ly b e e n
d e s ig n e d to m a k e it e r g o n o m ic a lly
e a s y to g e t a r o u n d th o s e lo w В
a n d h ig h C s tr in g s . E it h e r t h a t o r
t h e A 6 c o in c id e n t a lly h a p p e n s to
f i t a r o u n d m y b o d y c o m fo r ta b ly :
m a y b e ta lle r , s h o r te r , f a t t e r o r
t h i n n e r b a s s p la y e r s w o n ’t f in d it
s o e a s y . W h o k n o w s ? In a n y ca se ,
I ’m h a p p y , w h i r r i n g u p a n d d o w n
t h e n e c k lik e a m a n p o s s e s s e d . O h ,
a n d y o u ’ll h a v e n o tic e d t h a t in a
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
CORT C4H
PRICE I £339
MADE IN I Indonesia
BODY I Mahogany
NECKIWenge. 34" scale
NECK JOINT I Bolt-on
NUT WIDTH 140mm
FINGERBOARD I Rosewood
FRETS 124
PICKUPS
1
2 x Cort humbuckers
CONTROLS I Push/pull volume, pickup
blend, two-band EQ, mid booster switch
HARDWARE I Cort
PLUS I Excellent pickups and neck at
this price
MINUS I Everything else is humdrum
OVERALL I Pretty good for £300-odd, but
consider other options too
BUIID
QUAIIIY
SOUND
QUALITY
VALUE
lo t o f th e s e r e v ie w s w e b u r b le o n
a b o u t h o w a c c e s s ib le t h e u p p e r
n o te s a re . b u t in t h is c a s e , t h a t
to p C o n t h e 2 4 t h f r e t o f t h e f ir s t
s t r in g r e a lly d o e s le n d its e lf to
e a s y p la y in g . T h a t d o e s n ’t h a p p e n
e v e r y d a y .
E x p e r im e n t w i t h t h e to n e
r a n g e a n d y o u ’ll r e a lly s ta r t
h a v in g f u n . T h e a c tiv e tr e b le a n d
b a s s b o o s ts a r e a s f a r r e a c h in g a s
y o u 'd e x p e c t, g iv e n th e m id d le - o f-
th e - r o a d p r ic e ta g . w i t h s la p p in g
m a d e e s p e c ia lly v e r s a tile . R o ll o f f
t h e m id s ( b u t n o t a ll t h e w a y : th is
b a s s n e e d s s o m e m id
r a n g e to
a v o id fe e lin g s u c k e d - o u t a n d d r y )
a n d y o u ’ll f in d a t in n y , b re e z y ,
w a s p - in - a - b o x to n e . R e la tiv e ly
t h u n d e r o u s b a s s is a ls o a v a ila b le ,
a n d in fa c t o u r te s t A m p e g c o m b o
s ta r te d c lip p in g a b it a t f u l l lo w
e n d , s o tr e a t w i t h c a re . T r u ly
g la s s - s h a tte r in g tr e b le is t h e r e i f
y o u p u s h f o r it. b u t w h e r e t h e A 6
is h a p p ie s t is d e f in it e ly w i t h i n a
m id - r a n g e s p e c tr u m w h e r e a t o n
o f d if f e r e n t r o c k a n d s o u l to n e s
a r e r e a d y to g o .
T h e C 4 H , b le s s it, d o e s n 't
r e a lly c o m p e te . T h e n e c k is p r e t t y
s h r e d d y f o r w h a t y o u ’v e p a id ,
a n d t h e a c tiv e p ic k u p s p e r f o r m
w e ll e n o u g h , b u t a lo t o f t h e
c o m p o n e n ts fe e l a to u c h p la s tic
a n d y o u re a lis e p r e t t y fa s t w h e r e
t h e e x tr a £ 4 0 0 o r so h a s g o n e o n
t h e m o r e e x p e n s iv e b a s s . T r e a t
t h is b a s s a s a d e c e n t f ir s t t im e
in s t r u m e n t o r b a c k u p a n d y o u ’ll
b e a b s o lu te ly fin e
ju s t d o n ’t
e x p e c t s ta c k s o f q u a lity .
C O N C L U S I O N
T w o v e r y d if f e r e n t b a sse s. I t ’s th e
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v e r s u s r e t u r n : t h e m o r e y o u p u t
in . t h e m o r e y o u g e t o u t. L ik e
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M a r g a u x c o s ts f iv e tim e s a s m u c h
a s a 2 0 1 3 m e r lo t f r o m T e s c o b u t
is a t le a s t 1 0 tim e s b e tte r , t h e A 6
is t w ic e a s e x p e n s iv e a s t h e
С А И
b u t w i l l g iv e y o u a t le a s t th r e e
tim e s m o r e v a lu e - a s s u m in g o f
c o u r s e t h a t y o u ’re e q u a lly h a p p y
w i t h s ix o r f o u r s tr in g s . I h a v e n o
c o m p la in t s a b o u t t h e C 4 H : it d o e s
its jo b w e ll. B u t t h e A 6 is t h e c le a r
w in n e r b y s u c h a h u g e m a r g in
t h a t its £ 7 1 9 p r ic e ta g s e e m s
in c r e d ib ly re a s o n a b le . In fa c t, th e
o n ly t h in g t h a t b u g s m e a b o u t it
is it s n a m e , w h ic h r e m in d s m e o f
a p a r t ic u la r ly g r im s tr e tc h o f r o a d
u p t h e m id d le o f E n g la n d . I d o u b t
t h a t w a s a c o n s id e r a tio n f o r th e
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