Cort Artisan B5 Element review

The B5 is like a beefed-up five-string greatest hits of Cort's Artisan series, with a generous spec at a very attractive price

Cort Artisan B5
(Image: © Cort)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a solid performer in every respect. At this price, the B5 Element gives other, more expensive instruments a run for their money, so if you’re looking for an affordable five-string, we recommend it.


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    A versatile five-string that covers a lot of ground.

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    Great specs and tones.

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    Pocket‑friendly price.


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    Midrange tones won’t suit everyone.

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The new B5 Element from Cort draws on the most popular features of the brand’s Artisan range, adding to the mix a Bartolini electronics package, Hipshot and MetalCraft hardware, and a roasted maple fingerboard. 

Given its affordable price, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Is the sum of the parts worthy of your attention? Let’s find out.

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