Cort Guitars 2018 Lineup

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  1. TheUnknownOne

    TheUnknownOne SS.org Regular

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    So the korean brand announced a bunch of new models for 2018, including a refresh of their KX and X lines. Nothing groundbreaking or innovative but the brand might offer good bank for the buck workhorses guitars

    KX Series

    KX100
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    CONSTRUCTION Bolt-On
    BODY Basswood
    NECK Hardmaple
    FRETBOARD Jatoba(400㎜(15.75") Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 648mm(25.5")
    TUNERS Die-Casting
    BRIDGE Hardtail
    PICKUPS EG4 Powersound
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switch
    HARDWARE Black


    KX300
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    CONSTRUCTION Bolt-On
    BODY Mahogany w/ Spalted Maple Top
    NECK Hardmaple
    BINDING White(Body)
    FRETBOARD Jatoba(400㎜(15.75") Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 648mm(25.5")
    TUNERS Die-Casting
    BRIDGE Hardtail w/ String-Thru Body
    PICKUPS EMG® RetroActive Super77 Set
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switch
    HARDWARE Black Nickel
    STRINGS D'Addario® YB EXL 110


    KX257B
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    CONSTRUCTION Bolt-On
    BODY Mahogany
    NUT WIDTH 48㎜(1 7/8")
    NECK Hardmaple
    FRETBOARD Jatoba(400㎜(15.75") Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 685mm(27" Baritone)
    TUNERS Die-Casting
    BRIDGE Hardtail w/ String-Thru Body
    PICKUPS EMG® RetroActive Super77-7st Set
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switch
    HARDWARE Black Nickel
    STRINGS D'Addario® YB EXL 110 & NW059


    KX500FF
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    CONSTRUCTION Bolt-On
    BODY Swamp Ash w/ Poplar Burl Top
    NECK 5PC Maple & Purple Heart
    BINDING Black
    FRETBOARD Macassar Ebony(400㎜ Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 648~685mm(25.5 ~ 27") Multi-Scale
    TUNERS Locking
    BRIDGE Single Hardtail w/ String-Thru Body
    PICKUPS EMG® 707
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switch
    HARDWARE Black Nickel
    STRINGS D'Addario® YB EXL 110 & NW059



    X Series

    X250
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    CONSTRUCTION Bolt-On
    BODY Meranti
    NECK Hardmaple
    FRETBOARD Jatoba(400㎜(15.75") Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 648mm(25.5")
    TUNERS Die-Casting
    BRIDGE DoubleLocking-II Tremolo
    PICKUPS EMG® SRO OC1 & Alnico V Single-Coil
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5 Way Selector Switch
    HARDWARE Black
    STRINGS D'Addario® YB EXL 120



    X300
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    CONSTRUCTION Bolt-On
    BODY American Basswood w/ Flamed Maple Top
    NECK Hardmaple
    FRETBOARD Maple(Compound Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 648mm(25.5")
    TUNERS Die-Casting
    BRIDGE FloydRose® Special Tremolo
    PICKUPS EMG® RetroActive Hot70 Set
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switch
    HARDWARE Black
    STRINGS D'Addario® YB EXL 120

    X500
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    CONSTRUCTION Neck-Thru
    BODY Swamp Ash
    NECK 5PC Maple & Panga Panga
    BINDING White(Fingerboard)
    FRETBOARD Ebony(Compound Radius)
    FRETS 24
    SCALE 648mm(25.5")
    TUNERS Die-Casting
    BRIDGE FloydRose® Special Tremolo
    PICKUPS EMG® 60(N) & 81(B)
    ELECTRONICS 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 3 Way Toggle Switch
    HARDWARE Black
    STRINGS D'Addario® YB EXL 120
     
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  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Cort used bring out some neat stuff, but the last few years have been an absolute snooze-fest.
     
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    Hmm, for me, a few of these are near misses. But like you said, depending on pricing, they might be worth a second look.
     
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    X300's look ok, I wouldn't mind trying one out.
     
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    I was about to say the same. I think the KX300 looks pretty tight, honestly. If it's around $500-600, I'd probably prefer it over an $899 Ibanez Iron Label from Indonesia with similarly "exotic" looks.
     
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    ^I'd be interested in the KX257 if it looked more like that
     
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    TheUnknownOne SS.org Regular

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    Sorry for not posting every color scheme available for each model but I have reached the file upload limit very quickly :/


    Indeed, Cort has been sleeping for years with nothing new besides Matt Bellamy's production model...
    Ten years ago, their EVL and KX line was all the rage in Europe, because we had no other reasonable option for "metal" starter guitars besides ibanez. Shecter was not well distributed here.


    KX series were priced under 400€ (except the "Custom" model) back in the days. So with the slight wage increase in indonesia, i'll bet they will be sold near $500-600

    They seem like ok guitars, and Cort generally delivers quality low end builds and QC. I'm surprised in a good way to see they made the effort to include EMG retroactive pickups rather than unbranded or rebranded cheap ones (I'm looking at you, Chapman Guitars)
     
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    Just get an RG550 and you'll pay 999 for a great MIJ ibanez.
     
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    TheUnknownOne SS.org Regular

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    But you have to like big neck heel,floating trem and the infamous V7 and V8 couple, so it's not really marketed for the same target... Plus the retro 80's design is not for everyone I guess
     
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    TBH, that pink one calls to me.
     
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    TBH the V7/V8s this time aren't that bad. They aren't all screachy and high end focused. I think Ibanez realized they messed up the first time and did something to the winds, because they sound pretty good now. It's why I have spent a lot of time trying to decide if I really wanna take them out of my 550 or not (for now they're staying, but I need to hear them in a mix to be sure).
     
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    I was completely unaware of this, but kudos to Ibanez if they did tweak them !
     
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    Don't like anything about the guitar other than it's made in Japan. Don't like Floyds. Don't want anymore solid color finishes. Don't want a HSH pickup config.
     
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    Yeah everyone complains about em and I was ready to replace em with the extra V1/V2 that I have here but they are pretty good. My only slight complaint is that I wish the neck pup was just a little bit warmer, but that's because of the ceramic magnet in the V7. Overall they sound pretty good though, but I'm sure if they were through a Marshall amp, I'd probably hate em :lol:
     
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    Tremol-no=lock the bridge in fixed position
    HSH pickups=new pickguard, make it HH or whatever you want.
    Well, the solid color thing I can't help you with LOL
     
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    I'm fine with a trem. I don't like changing strings on Floyds. Or messing with them at all, actually. But yeah...that's an 80s-riffic guitar I have no interest in.
     
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    The 550 comes in white you know. Just sayin.
     
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    :rofl: Do you get a commission from Ibanez or something?

    Don't get me wrong, the RG550 looks sweet to me, but it's obviously not going to be everyone's dream guitar, especially for people perusing a Cort thread.

    Anyone know what that seven string is going to go for? We had a thread already about the multiscale: http://www.sevenstring.org/threads/new-cort-multiscale-7-string.327400/page-2 There was a little speculation about the price there, but nothing at all concrete, so I still don't know how Cort is going to tackle pricing. I'd say that if the multiscale is under $1k, it might be worth considering for a budgety-but-still-having-some-features-as-long-as-you-aren't-too-bothered-by-some-of-the-misplaced-features-type of guitar. I'd say that the other seven, if as is, is under $250, then I'd think about it, but I have a feeling it will be more than that. I just hate that I could fit a matchbox car between the bridge and the pickup. The fact that the bridge is chrome and everything else is a nice gunmetal colour is annoying, but I'm sure a little google shopping could fix that for $50-60, but it's still annoying.
     
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    they go with the trend, but if the quality is there, why not...
     
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    Yes, we get it.

    Keisel/carvin bad, ibanez good.
     

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