Varied, blendable pickups help a super-affordable, vintage-style looker perform with modern panache.
The Epiphone Newport Bass is an all-original design that debuted in 1961. The modern Newport Bass pays tribute to that rare vintage model while offering refinements to meet the needs of today’s bassists. The 30.5” scale length and comfortable Medium C profile make it suitable for players with a wide range of hand sizes, while the symmetrical double-cutaway body ensures excellent access to every fret. The Bass Sidewinder neck pickup provides rich, deep tones, while the TB PRO in the bridge position delivers brighter timbres. The two pickups are paired with master volume and tone controls and a blend knob so you can get precisely the tonal balance you desire. Available with a classic Cherry finish and three custom colors - California Coral, Sunset Yellow, and Pacific Blue.
Cort Guitars honors a true workhorse with the introduction of the new Artisan C5 Plus OVMH, also available in a 4-string model. Representing the evolution of Cort's Artisan C4 Plus, both the Artisan C5 Plus OVMH and C4 Plus OVMH deliver a more familiar, rounder body shape that was previously only available on premium Artisan A models; a brand-new MetalCraft M bridge; and an attractive ovangkol top in an Antique Brown-Burst color. Whether a player is new to the bass or a seasoned professional, the Artisan C5 Plus OVMH and its 4-string counterpart offer plenty of enhancements that optimize the playing experience.
The Artisan C5 Plus OVMH bass follows the tradition of Cort's Artisan Series, offering premium workmanship that's on full display with a unique body made from an ovangkol top, mahogany wings, and maple core. Both the 5-string and 4-string models offer a luxurious aesthetic that's hard to resist, given the ovangkol's blend of cinnamon-brown and darker streaks that evoke a classy vintage look. Beyond the surface, these tonewoods deliver a perfect blend of balanced tone. Ovangkol shares similar characteristics as rosewood and bubinga, with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that's not as bright sounding, while the strategically placed maple center makes up for the missing highs. The combination of ovangkol and maple, together with a warm-sounding mahogany body, provide an ideally balanced tone.
Putting the high-end workmanship of the Artisan Series on full display, Cort applies a rounder body shape on the Artisan C5 Plus OVMH that not only provides an iconic unified look on the traditional bolt-on (34-inch scale), but also delivers ergonomic comfort. The 24-fret Canadian hard maple neck with jatoba fretboard (15.75-inch radius) adds stability and contributes punchy brilliance to the overall tone of the instrument. Black hardware and die-cast tuners put a bold touch on an otherwise natural aesthetic.
Both the Artisan C5 Plus OVMH and C4 Plus OVMH offer a solid, high-mass MetalCraft M bridge, an upgraded feature that's highly adjustable with ample wide string spacing to improve playing comfort. The MetalCraft M4 (19 mm or .750" spacing on the C4 Plus) and M5 (18 mm or .708" spacing on the C5 Plus) were developed with more focus on ease-of-use and greater tone transfer. Depending on string thickness, the dual-string loading system allows the strings to be loaded either through the body or from the top for optimal string tension that results in enhanced sustain, greater playability, and focused sound. Deep individual slots hold the saddles rock-tight, which provides noticeable tonal improvement by preventing unwanted movement and allowing string vibrations to correctly transfer to the body.
The combination of the Bartolini® MK-1 pickups and Markbass MB-1 active electronics are key to the versatility of the Artisan C5 Plus OVMH and its 4-string counterpart. In the Artisan Series tradition, Bartolini MK-1 pickups deliver a trademark sound with plenty of punchy and warm mids, along with transparent and brilliant highs for superb balance. The Markbass MB-1 preamp provides a natural and transparent boost that does not color the organic nature or resonance of the instrument's woods. The combination of crystal clarity and natural warmth exudes a passive feel with smooth lows, full-bodied mids, and bell-like highs.
Overall, the Artisan C5 Plus OVMH and C4 Plus OVMH are versatile bass guitars that are ideal for any style of music and playing environment, with looks, sound, playability, and features that will satisfy the most discerning of players.
Artisan C4 Plus OVMH: US$449.99
Artisan C5 Plus OVMH: US$499.99
Learn more and see a demo at www.cortguitars.com
The Euro4 LT Rudy Sarzo is outfitted with Spector's lightweight locking bridge and nut and Gotoh GB-350 tuners to keep the weight to a minimum.
Spector Musical Instruments announces the introduction of the Euro4 LT Rudy Sarzo – the newly updated Sarzo signature bass, developed in close collaboration with legendary rock bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake, others).
Few bassists have covered more ground over the years than Rudy Sarzo. When it came time for Sarzo to update his signature instrument, he worked very closely with Spector to ensure that the Euro4 LT RS would supply him with the feel and tone that his craft commands. The reimagined Rudy Sarzo signature model was designed to be lightweight and comfortable for long gigs and sessions. As such, the fully carved body is crafted from chambered Empresswood and adorned with a unique Figured Maple top. The three-piece maple neck is complemented with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard, adorned with Spector's signature Crown inlays. Additionally, the Euro4 LT Rudy Sarzo is outfitted with Spector's lightweight locking bridge and nut and Gotoh GB-350 tuners to keep the weight to a minimum. To make the most of this instrument, the Euro4 LT RS is equipped with the impressive Fishman Fluence multi-voice pickups and electronics system, which offers an incredible array of tones for any situation. To top it off, Rudy's new bass features a high-gloss Scarlett Red finish exclusive to this model.
Spector: Rudy Sarzo Signature Bass
Spector Musical Instruments Global Brand Manager John Stippell remarks, "Working with the legendary Rudy Sarzo is an honor, and we are very happy to bring his new signature model to life. Complete with lightweight construction and the impressive Fishman Fluence system, the new Rudy Sarzo Euro4 LT is one of the most compelling Euro models in our lineup."Sarzo notes, "My Spector signature bass is a fusion of classic Spector tone and body design with cutting-edge-technology pickups and preamp system."
The Spector Euro4 LT Rudy Sarzo bass is now available with U.S. MAP pricing of $2,899.99.
For more information, visit www.spectorbass.com.