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Swaéli Mbappé Cortex Video

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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).

OUR CHALLENGE

Napoleon Deluxe 6 - Apple Top

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.

EUROPEAN SOURCING

Napoleon Deluxe Fretless Ultraviolet

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.

SWISS PRECISION

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.

FRENCH TOUCH

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…!

CUSTOM SHOP

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 BASS

Napoleon Deluxe 5 - Honey Burst

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:

THE FRETLESS BASS

How to go full Fretless, the Napoleon way…!

We hope you will have fun surfing these particular pages, and will not hesitate to contact us if you need to know more…!

Cortex Napoleon Standard 5 Active - Electric Orange

Napoleon Deluxe 6 – Inferno

EUR 3’110.-

Napoleon Deluxe 4 Fretless - Koa

Napoleon Deluxe 5 – Shallows

EUR 2’985.-

OUR SHOP

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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Cortex Napoleon Standard 5 Active - Electric Orange

Napoleon Deluxe 6 – Inferno

EUR 3’110.-

Napoleon Deluxe 4 Fretless - Koa

Napoleon Deluxe 5 – Shallows

EUR 2’985.-

THE COMPANY

THE COMPANY

Get a brief insider on how Cortex Bass GmbH came to be, and a few pics showing a glimpse of our production process.

PARTNERSHIP

PARTNERSHIP

Meeting certain people changes your fate. In this chapter, you’ll find everything there is to know about the people behind Cortex and the musicians that have joined the Cortex Bass family.

CONTACT

Contact

CONTACT

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…!

NEWS

News

NEWS

Simply the news of the day, whether a new product, a new exhibition or whatever makes us so happy, that we feel the urge to pass it on to you…!

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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.

March 17th – 19th 2023

Beffroi (Place Emile Cresp)

92120 Montrouge, Paris

France

Trade Fair Paris - 2021

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

Guitar Summit

Mannheim – Rosengarten

Germany

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