Cort expands its Artisan Series of bass guitars with the 4- and 5-string B4 and B5 Element

Cort bass guitars
(Image credit: Cort)

Cort has added two new bass guitar models to its Artisan Series, the B4 and B5 Element.

With four- and five-string configurations respectively, the B4 and B5 Element each sport a rounded mahogany body with a figured ash top, and are both available in three colorways – Natural, Trans Black and Burgundy Red – each highlighting the body wood's open pore texture.

Both basses also feature a bolt-on 5-piece panga panga/walnut neck – which Cort says “provides a tight, defined midrange that complements the bright, expansive tonal nature of the mahogany body” – with an oven-treated, 24-fret, 15.75"-radius roasted maple fingerboard. 

Cort bass guitars

(Image credit: Cort)

Electronics on each come by way of a Bartolini MK-1 system – which consists of a pair of soapbar pickups and a preamp. The pickups, Cort says, offer “punchy, warm mids and transparent, brilliant highs”, while the preamp supplies a boost, as well as an active/passive mode switch and three-band EQ.

Other features present on both models include a MetalCraft M bridge, Hipshot Ultralite tuners, 34" scale length and black hardware.

Price-wise, the four-string Artisan B4 Element is $599, while the five-string Artisan B5 Element retails at $649. For more information, head to Cort.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.