Swaéli Mbappé Cortex Video
Feature of the Month
Swaéli Mbappé on his Cortex Napoleon Deluxe 5 Mahogany Body, Quilt Maple Neck, Olive Wood Top, Ebony Fret Board, Aguilar DCB Pickups, Aguilar OBP3 3Band Preamp (Paris Guitar Festival 2021, Video courtesy of Mr. Fabrice Mayeur).
Cortex Bass stems from the desire to develop an electric bass of exceptional quality at a competitive pricing, combining the three concepts of European sourcing, Swiss precision and high-end French luxury finish. The set-up of Cortex Bass and its “Napoleon” model was facilitated by the encounter and collaboration with Paul Lairat, luthier in Courthézon (France), designer of a famous modern interpretation of the electric bass.
All woods used on our Napoleon Bass are of European origin. The choice of pickups is American, the preamps German and hardware is Japanese. Beyond the origin of all parts, sourcing also implies the respect of some market standards. That is why Cortex Bass has chosen to follow the Bartolini BC, P2, P4 and EMG 35, 40, 45 shapes for its entire pickup offer. That is also why we have preferred the “one string – one bridge” solution, allowing for classical string spacing.
Since our third series, our basses are entirely hand made, following our very own “Napoleon” shape designed by Paul Lairat & Pierre Camilleri. The process allows for complete control, quality, consistency, reliability and above all infinite possibilities.
The human hand takes action giving the bass a particular refined finish: Paul Lairat offers you all his expertise and a touch of flamboyance to ensure that our “Napoleon” can live up to its name…!
All of the above is true… unless You decide otherwise! There are a lot of possibilities and ideas floating around, so if you want to set one in wood, just contact us and we’ll start talking…
The central page(s) of this website if your main passion and concern in life is all that surrounds the low end. Bass, bass, bass, just bass and its many aspects. Cortex is another take on this wonderful instrument. Take the time to discover:
- A summary of all available basses to date.
- What pickups we offer, with which preamps and why?
- Common technical specifications to all our basses.
- Our pricing model.
We hope you will have fun surfing these particular pages, and will not hesitate to contact us if you need to know more…!
You have different possibilities to acquire a Cortex Bass:
- Our Web Shop, that allows you to order directly what we have in stock and pay through the Paypal system.
- Our e-mail. Ask us for what you want or what you wish for: we will answer and start a thread.
- Trade Fairs. We display our basses on the European and American continent at least once a year. Come and see us.
- Our Partners: essentially outside of Europe.
Please note that all our price are quoted tax free. Check our “Pricing Model” page to learn more about taxes, shipping & partners.
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Yes, it boils down to “Contact” when you decide to know where we are, how can we help, what are our coordinates? “GAS” is seducing you at the edge of the line and you’re getting ready to pounce…!
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Next Trade Fairs
Next Trade Fairs
You’ll find us exhibiting in these next trade fairs. We’ll be very happy to meet you there.
May 5th – 7th 2023
Montreux International Guitar Show
Casino Barrière Montreux (Switzerland)
May 20th – 21st 2023
Guitar International Show
Fiera di Padova (Italy)
September 10th 2023
Yeahman Guitar Fest
Markthalle Burgdorf (Switzerland)
September 22nd – 24th 2023
Mannheim – Rosengarten (Germany)