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Gene Simmons AXE Electric Bass Guitar

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Bassist Gene Simmons teamed up with Cort to produce this stunning version of his legendary Axe electric bass. This bass is authorized by Gene Simmons, and each Axe is adorned with Gene's signature on ... Read More

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Bassist Gene Simmons teamed up with Cort to produce this stunning version of his legendary Axe electric bass. This bass is authorized by Gene Simmons, and each Axe is adorned with Gene's signature on the headstock. The Cort Axe Bass reproduces the bass guitar Gene made so famous—the same style of bass that Gene plays onstage, and it can be yours at a fantastic price.

The axe-shape body has the same style and flare as the demon's own, complete with a painted silver blade on a shiny black, insane-looking axe-head. The bass guitar's mahogany body produces crisp tone with plenty of heavy bass for that signature Detroit Rock City sound. The rosewood fretboard and EB6 4-string bridge add clarity to the Gene Simmons Axe, so you get definition with each note you strike.

At the heart of the axe-shaped Simmons bass is its electronics system. The Mighty Mite MMJB-R and MMPB-4 pickups produce clear, bright tone, with low noise. Controls include Volume, Tone, and a toggle switch to select the bridge or mid pickups, so you can dial in your ultimate demon tone.

Each Cort Gene Simmons Axe boasts a chrome bridge cover, which adds to the overall beauty of this monster and protects your hand from sharp saddle screws. The bass is equipped with Gene's signature on the headstock and delivered a Gene Simmons custom gig bag.

  • 4-string electric bass
  • Mahogany body
  • 34" scale
  • Bolt-on neck joint
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 21 large frets
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • 15-3/4" radius
  • EB6 4-string bridge with tail cover
  • Electronics: Mighty Mite MMJB-R and MMPB-4 pickups
  • Controls: volume, tone, toggle switch
  • Die-cast tuners
  • White dot inlays
  • Chrome hardware
  • Toggle switch pickup selector
  • Black and silver finish
  • Includes padded Gene Simmons custom gig bag with Gene Simmons image
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A great player after new pickups and setup

By Todd Menard

from Boca Raton, FL

I recently landed a gig in a KISS tribute band. Unlike any other band I've been in, this gig required a costume and a certain instrument. It's a lot of financial dedication, but everyone I've spoken to who has done this has said it is worth the cost of admission. To my relief, I found out that Cort released budget versions of Mr. Simmon's famous basses. I've always favored the look of the Punisher more, but i found a SICK deal on an Axe bass. PROS: - The price was right. - The soft gig bag is pretty padded for its price range. - The padded blade cover is a nice touch. - Once set up properly, the bass plays pretty well. - After I relocated the front strap button, it had a lot less neck dive. - The bass's weight isn't that bad. - The bass is nice and bright sounding, but can be made to sound more Gene Simmons with a flick of the pickup selector switch. - The neck pocket was pretty tight, and the finish seemed good for this bass. - The finished neck didn't get sticky on me after playing it a while. - The bridge cover looks cool, but is very functional. The way the body is cut, your palm is forced to rest on it. Once you figure out this bass's right hand placement, its joy to play. - This bass just looks cool. While not as comfortable to play as my Fenders, it more than makes up for it with traffic-stopping looks. You will be noticed! CONS: - It's shaped like an axe. Sitting down to play is not an option. However, that's the nature of this bass. - The zippers on the gig bag feel cheap - The giant Gene graphic on the gig bag is so embarrassing to walk around with. I'm sorry, but in my opinion, I like a subtle instrument case. However, that is Gene for you. It doesn't matter, because I will probably get a hard case down the road. - The bass came with so much relief in the neck, that my luthier gave the trus rod nut 6 turns before it was remotely playable. However, I hear this is common for these basses. - The front strap button is in a horrible place. It's mounted on the side of the body. I use Schaller strap locks and could just see it jabbing me. I repositioned it under the bass's "horn", and it works great. - The tuning keys were misaligned when fastened to the headstock. I had the mounting screws re-drilled so the tuners were aligned properly. - Trying to reach the D string tuning key is a stretch. - The bass is almost too bright and the sound was thin. I had to use my Sansamp Bass Driver to beef up its tone. Lowering the bridge pickup height may help. - The tone knob is a joke. There is no gradual roll off/on. It's basically all or nothing. - This bass is on the heavy side at 9.2 lbs. After a 2 hour rehearsal, my left shoulder aches. - My biggest gripe is the electronics. For some reason, this bass makes all my amps randomly distort. I'm not sure if it's a wiring issue or pickup defect. It doesn't matter, because I was planning to replace them with EMG's anyways. A little sooner than I planned, but oh well. I would've returned the bass, but I already had it set up, and I had new $ strings installed. Since installing the new pickups, this thing now sounds and looks killer. Besides all the bass's small issues, it can be great with some TLC and new pickups. I would never play this bass in any other type of band, but for the KISS fan out there, this is a great bass for the money. Look no further to fill your God of Thunder fantasy.

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By Dave

from Vancouver, Washington

First of all I would like to thank Gene Simmons for putting out such an awesome Product by Cort . Second, I would like to thank Guitar Center for having the Axe Bass available for purchase. This is really a great piece of KISSTORY and just like Gene said go to your local music store and get yours and that's what I did.

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)



By Steve Rose

from New Martinsville, WV

I really love this bass. Being a KISS fan for 30 years I get to add another KISS used guitar to my collection. The sound of the Mighty Mite pickups are awesome. They have the tone I love. The pros:The style is topline. The sound is there also. There are only a few cons:Its only 21 frets. (I prefer 24 frets). It's also a little neck heavy. I had to get used to the thin width neck again. Im used to playing a 5 string bass. Overall the bass is well worth the money. Everyone loves it!!

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



By Da Kipster


It's great that Gene has finally put out an affordable quality axe!!! In addition, it's more versatile that Gene's actual axe! You can get both a KISS rock sound and a more bright jazzy-type sound out of this axe! It's a beautiful conversation piece. The only possible downside is that this axe is so famous and attention-getting it would distract from any rock band performance you might use it for. The strap knobs seem oversized so you don't even need strap locks.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


You wanted the best...

By sdsvibe

from NE Kansas

I have been a Gene Simmons fan for 30+ years; he's the reason I first picked up a bass back in �ۡ����75. Currently my main bass is a American Fender Jazz V so I was a little skeptical about this bass. I must say I am impressed. The action is good, construction seems top-notch and the bass is just way too cool. Those pick-ups are bright as heck and have that classic growl when cranked up. This won't be my main gig bass, but it will make the stage every time I play a KISS tune. This AXE bass is a must-have for any serious KISS fan. Thanks, Gene!

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(4 of 23 customers found this review helpful)


Poor Quality

By Joe

from New Jersey

I went to Guitar Center to pick up my new Cort Gene Simmons Axe Bass that I had waited four months to get. I paid for it in April. I opened the box to inspect the axe bass before taking it home and found that the paint was chipped of the side of where the neck and fretboard meet then I notice near the top of the neck the fretboard was separating of the neck and you can see right through it. Of course I was upset that I had waited four months for it and it was useless to me. Guitar Center had to order another one so I have to wait another month or 2 months before I get it which I don't think is fair since it was first come first serve and they are making me wait for another one. This customer is very disappointed. Gene Simmons himself should do something about it since I ham his fan.

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(20 of 38 customers found this review helpful)



By Iceman75

from L.A.

I own a REAL AXE which I bought from Gene himself. This version is perfect for someone with limited $$$ who still wants a cool looking and sounding guitar. Nice job, Gene! Worth every penny!

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(50 of 54 customers found this review helpful)


Cort Gene Simmons GS2 Axe Bass

By EEBass

from Pittsburgh, PA

I just received this bass via UPS yesterday afternoon so this is my first impression review. Overall this seems to be a nicely-built bass. The tone is sharp and growley. I won't waste words going over features because you can find them elsewhere. I'll just break things down into two catagories; "Things I like" & "Things I don't." Things I like: Looks cool as hell!!! Really good tone. Strong output. Comes with cool looking gigbag. Reasonably lightweight for a bass this big looking. Setup well with low action. Nice finish. Fast, J-Bass style neck profile. Cort makes high quality guitars at good prices, this will be a dependable piece. Things I don't: Neck heavy. Cheapo plastic pickup selector switch. Not very comfortable to play. Came with a really cheapo guitar cord (why bother?). Overall, if you're a KISS fan, this is an essential piece of gear. It can only increase in value. I wouldn't suggest using this as your only bass because the neck heavy nature detracts from playing comfort and would wear you out on a long gig, but it is a nice addition to a collection.

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(39 of 50 customers found this review helpful)


Gene would be proud.


from Mountain City, TN

This bass is great! I just recieved it today and it looks wonderful. The detail is perfect and the sound is dead on but with a bolt on neck there is not much sustain but good enough. It showed in packed in the gigbag in a box and in a padded box and included two wrenches, cable and info card. One thing to note do not panic when you do not see a strap botton on the back of the guiar under the bridge because it should be in the pouch of the gig bag if not Cort will send you one. The pickups can be easily swapped for the EMG's if you wish. Just a great reproduction. I do not work for G.C.

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