Quick Hit: Cort Jeff Berlin Series Rithimic Bass Review

A new bass conceived by one of the masters of the 4-string and manufactured by Cort.

Jeff Berlin is a contemporary master of the electric bass, so it’s not likely he’d lend his name to an instrument that can’t perform. Boasting an alder body adorned with an artistic veneer of spalted maple and padouk, Cort’s new Rithimic bass is visually striking, yet tasteful. It draws inspiration from a J with its body shape and thin neck, and it’s packed with a component set that includes an FCH-4 Babicz full-contact bridge, Hipshot Ultralight tuners, and Bartolini Jeff Berlin humbucking soapbar pups. Versatile is an over-used descriptor, but the easy-playing Rithimic is just that. With help from the alder body, its passive pickups deliver warmth and punch with excellent clarity in the lows and mids that will work for a variety of styles. The setup out of the case needed no adjustments. All said, it will cost some coin. At just shy of a grand, the Rithimic is not in the price range some may associate with Cort instruments, but when you consider the build, pickups, and hardware, it’s deserving of a good look.

Test Gear: Gallien-Krueger 800RB head, TC Electronic RS410 cab

Ratings

Pros:
Quality components, attractive aesthetics, solid play.

Cons:
Price is on the high side.

Street:
$979

Company
cortguitars.com

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There’s way more than blues-rock fodder buried in the crevices of the most overused scale in music.

Beginner

Intermediate

  • Explain how chords are generated from scales.
  • Create unusual harmonies, chord progressions, bass lines, and melodies using the blues scale.
  • Demonstrate how music theory and musical intuition can coalesce to create unique sounds from traditional materials.
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Last updated on May 21, 2022

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