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27-Feb-2013

Fabio from Dubai writes:

I’ve had a Korean Make Cort from 2000, so this bass had been with me for quite some time. And since it has been one of my basses most spent music experience I decided to give it an upgrade. At first it was plain simple, new pups and preamp. Eventually became something much more fantastic. The neck remained entirely original. When I got to think about how to give this old friend a new body, I was looking to do it to the max. So I contacted a friend who has his own handmaking instrument workshop, His name is Agung Zulhen from NayAZ Handmade Instruments which is based in Bogor-Indonesia.

I had just recently bought some new pick ups and a new PA system that was original meant for the C5 eventually thinking to myself why don’t I just take it up a knotch by making it a new body. I chatted with Agung Zulhen and finally this was the rebirth of my C5.

This beauty now has a mahogany body as the main, the before being topped with rosewood burl it has maple which was meant to only signify the standing out between the mahogany and rosewood burl. To also pump up the looks, giving the pups a maple frame. The pups are now bartolini CF shape, with a Glock Preamp, with 2 individual 3 way switches that controls each pup to max out the features that the pups can provide. The original fortress bridge now replaced with monorails.

With the new body, there is a difference with the tone compared to the original that was good but this was just an idea to maximize an already good bass. The tone still delivers some original character due to the neck being ultimately still original, but with more warmth and more dimension due to the new composition of the new body.

I am truly surprised of the outcome by what NayAZ can achieve. This still remains my most valuable bass due to the history we have together.

It’s safe to say there’s not much original Cort left to this Cort. :) But in this case that’s okay because the end result looks pretty good!

Here are some more photos of Fabio’s Cort C5:

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9 Responses to “Bass of the Week: Cort C5 “Makeover””

  1. Great looking bass. Good job

    February 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply or Post a new comment
  2. Beautifully done! The bass looks like it would be very comfortable to play—especially with that long upper horn. You can’t go wrong with the Bart/Glock electronics package either.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply or Post a new comment
  3. A ‘before’ shot would have been nice to see where it came from.

    February 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm - Reply or Post a new comment
  4. Good for you – the bass looks great. I am a big fan of the Glock preamp. – how do you find the pairing with the Bartolini’s ?

    February 28, 2013 at 10:54 am - Reply or Post a new comment
  5. Thanks everyone, yes this bass has turned out to be a beautiful work of craftsmanship. Thanks to Agung Zulhen and the NayAZ crew. Well I have some before pictures, is it still possible to upload? It was my first time ever in asking a feature on bass of the week, so I wasn’t thinking about uploading a ‘before’ picture.

    Glocks are awesome. I like how honest they can be

    February 28, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply or Post a new comment
  6. Thanks everyone, indeed this turned out to be a beautiful result of great craftsmanship. Thanks to Agung Zulhen for enduring the long hours of just talking about the idea and the NayAZ team for making it come true.

    This is not the first time I paired up Barts with Glocks. This would be the 2nd. The 1st time I did this was on my Cort A6 Artisan 1st generation. And I was very pleased with the results. But on this particular build the CF Shape Barts had many options to come about, I chose to have two 3 way switches that controls each PU. Thus resulting a maximized setting. And the Glocks are really honest, that what I like about Glocks. No regrets!

    February 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply or Post a new comment

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