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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

The body and neck of the bass and 95% of its spare parts are of European origin. The choice of pickups are either American or Swiss, the preamps either American, German or Swiss. 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 and P2 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

Body and neck are machine cut, with extreme precision, following a new shape designed by Paul Lairat, on the basis of a new shape, from which Cortex Bass developed a digitalised 3D original model. This process allows for quality, consistency, reliability and above all infinite possibilities.

French Touch

The human hand takes action where the machine has no ability to go, thus 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…!

Available Basses

4 string

Napoleon Standard                                                         EUR  1’850.-

Nr. 14305                                        (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

 

Type:   Standard, 4 -string, Bolt-on bass

Scale: 34″

Body:  Alder

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Maple

Neck Thickness: 20mm (nut), 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius:   8″ (nut), 18″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Rosewood, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 40mm wide

Hardware:   Black

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 3.45kg / 7.6lbs (average)

 

Electronics (passive):

Nordstrand Big Blades pickups

– Neck Volume

– Bridge Volume

– Tone

 

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Apple Top                                               EUR  2’450.-

Nr. 14503                                        (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

 

Type:   Deluxe, 4 -string, Bolt-on bass

Scale: 34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Apple Top, bookmatched to center

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Caramel flamed Maple

Neck Thickness: 20mm (nut), 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius:   8″ (nut), 18″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 40mm wide

Hardware:   Black

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Aguilar DCB pickups, coupled with OBP3 preamp

– Volume

– Blend

– Treble / Bass (stacked)

– Medium Switch (400 / 800 Hz)

– Medium Booster

– Active / Passive Switch

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

Napoleon Deluxe – Walnut Top                                     EUR  2’630.-

Nr. 14507                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 4-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Light Laminate

– Walnut, bookmatched to center

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Chocolate Maple

Neck Thickness: 20mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 8″ (nut); 18″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Maple, 24 frets (option)

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 40mm wide

Hardware:   Chrome

Fingerramp (option)

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Nordstrand Dual Coil pickups, coupled with Glockenklang 3 Band preamp

– Volume (Push/Pull passive switch)

– Blend

– Bass

– Medium

– Treble (Passive: Tone)

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Spalted Maple                                       EUR  2’690.-

Nr. 14506                                        (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

 

Type:   Deluxe, 4 -string, Bolt-on bass

Scale: 34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Spalted Maple Top, bookmatched to center (option)

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Caramel flamed Maple

Neck Thickness: 20mm (nut), 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius:   8″ (nut), 18″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 40mm wide

Hardware:   Black

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass with diffusers (option)

Weight: 3.9kg / 8.6lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Duvoisin Active pickups, coupled with Duvoisin 3 volt 2 Band preamp

– Volume

– Blend

– Treble

– Bass

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

5 string

Napoleon Standard                                  EUR  1’910.-

Nr. 15306                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Standard, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   Red Willow

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Maple

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Rosewood, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Chrome

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 3.75kg / 8.3lbs (average)

 

Electronics (passive):

Aguilar DCB pickups

– Volume Neck

– Volume Bridge

– Tone

 

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Walnut Top                                     EUR  2’720.-

Nr. 15514                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Walnut Top, bookmatched to center

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Padouk (option)

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Chrome

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass, with diffusers (option)

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Duvoisin Active pickups, coupled with Duvoisin 3 volt 3 Band preamp

– Volume

– Blend

– Medium Frequency Selector (250-830 Hz)

– Medium Booster

– Treble / Bass (Stacked)

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Spalted Maple Top                                     SOLD

Nr. 15504                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Spalted Maple Top, bookmatched to center (option)

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Chocolate flamed Maple

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Gold (option)

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Nordstrand Big Blades pickups, coupled with Glockenklang 3 Band preamp

– Volume (push/pull passive switch)

– Blend

– Bass

– Medium

– Treble (Passive: Tone)

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Olive Top                                     EUR  2’680.-

Nr. 15513                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Olive Top, bookmatched to center

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Quilted caramel Maple (option)

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Gold (option)

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Aguilar DCB pickups, coupled with OBP 3 Band preamp

– Volume

– Blend

– Treble / Bass (Stacked)

– Medium Switch (400 / 800 Hz)

– Medium Booster

– Active / Passive Switch

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Apple Top                                     EUR  2’680.-

Nr. 15509                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Apple Top, bookmatched to center

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Purpleheart (option)

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Gold (option)

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Nordstrand Dual Coil pickups, coupled with Glockenklang 3 Band preamp

– Volume (Push/Pull passive switch)

– Blend

– Bass

– Medium

– Treble (Passive: Tone)

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Plum Top                                     EUR  2’450.-

Nr. 15510                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Plum Top, bookmatched to center

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Walnut

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Chrome

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Aguilar DCB pickups, coupled with OBP 3 Band preamp

– Volume

– Blend

– Treble / Bass (Stacked)

– Medium Switch (400 / 800 Hz)

– Medium Booster

– Active / Passive Switch

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe FRETLESS – Curly Redwood Top         EUR  2’740.-

Nr. 15716                 NEW                 (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Curly Redwood Top, bookmatched to center (option)

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Walnut

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, FRETLESS, lined

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Chrome

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Nordstrand Audio Big Blade pickup, coupled with Glockenklang 2 Band preamp

– Volume (Push-Pull Active/Passive)

– Bass

– Treble

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Curly Redwood Top                          EUR  2’920.-

Nr. 15511                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Curly Redwood Top, bookmatched to center (option)

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Caramel Quilt Maple (option)

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Black

Fingerramp (option)

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Aguilar DCB pickups, coupled with OBP 3 Band preamp

– Volume

– Blend

– Treble / Bass (Stacked)

– Medium Switch (400 / 800 Hz)

– Medium Booster

– Active / Passive Switch

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com

 

Napoleon Deluxe – Poplar Burl Top                          SOLD

Nr. 15512                                       (excl. VAT/sales tax and import duties*)

Type:   Deluxe, 5-string, Bolt-on bass

Scale:   34″

Body:   3-layer wood sandwich

– Mahogany two-piece body

– Dark Laminate

– Poplar Burl Top, bookmatched to center (option)

Shape:   Cortex Bass Napoleon

Finish:   Satin coating

Neck Wood:   Chocolate Maple

Neck Thickness: 20.5mm (nut); 22mm (12th fret)

Compound Radius: 10.5″ (nut); 26″ (24th fret)

Fret Board:   Ebony, 24 frets

Position Inlays:   White dots 2mm

Nut:   Bone, 45mm wide

Hardware:   Black

Tuners: Gotoh GB707

Bridge:   Cortex Bass

Weight: 4.2kg / 9.2lbs (average)

 

Electronics:

Nordstrand Big Blades pickups, coupled with Glockenklang 3 Band preamp

– Volume (push/pull passive switch)

– Blend

– Bass

– Medium

– Treble (Passive: Tone)

__________________________________________

All Cortex Basses are made in France and hand finished by Paul Lairat.

Cortex Basses are delivered with a free gig-bag and a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by Cortex Bass & Paul Lairat.

*All prices exclude taxes. Shipping fees are complimentary for the EU & Switzerland.

To order or ask questions, we suggest the “Practical” page or the following e-mail:

pierre@cortexbass.com