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Swamp Ash Body
Flamed maple Top
Birdseye maple Neck
Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 humbuckers
Offering excellent playability mixed with superb tones and versatility in one six-string package is no easy feat. However, Cort looks to achieve this at a reasonable price with the release of the G290 FAT. Here is Sam Bell with the full breakdown.
The Cort G290 FAT is a super strat style instrument with stunning looks, great build quality, playability and affordability. I could keep throwing ‘ility’ on the end of more words, but let’s take a look at some of the specs of this fine Guitar! Before I dive in its safe to say that this guitar is very versatile. Perfect for the modern player looking to cover a lot of stylistic ground.
Birdseye Maple Neck and Fretboard which gives the tone of the guitar a much brighter mid-range, it looks stunning and feels great to play. On the Cort website, they specify the neck has a new design shape called the ‘Ergo V Neck Profile’ which does make it sound like it’s going to be a very pointy ‘V’ profile. Which it isn’t quite. What we do get however, is a nicely rounded almost C style neck that keeps you on your fingertips across the compound radius neck. The Compound radius makes the neck feel very comfortable across the fingerboard from a radius of 12 to 15.75 inches, this helps with chordal, thumb over the neck playing in the first quarter of the neck and then it starts to flatten out significantly around the 12th fret for bending with ease and fast passages. This is a very common and modern neck profile, great for all kinds of playing styles. The scale length is 25.5 (standard Strat Style Scale Length) and there are 22 medium/tall frets. Which feel great to play on, the intonation is much more precise than with super fat frets. The neck also has an easy access Spoke Nut Hotrod Trussrod making neck bow adjustments easy to do!
This instrument has a wonderful Flamed Maple Top which looks stunning in the Antique finish. The body is made from Swamp Ash, its lightweight, looks great and delivers a punchy mid-range tonality. It works really well along with the neck wood. Within the double cut away design we have two Humbucker pickups ‘Voiced Tone VTH-77’s’ which are Cort Designed pickups that cover a wide range of styles and needs. These are controlled via a single Volume, Tone and 5 way switch which gives us the classic 5-way pickup choices of neck, neck single, neck and bridge, bridge single and bridge. A whole host of tones can be achieved via this pickup configuration. The Pick Up covers look great as well!
Cort made Staggered Locking Machine Heads and CFA-III Tremolo system combined make a great duo for Whammy Bar Action without losing tuning stability and quick re-stringing sessions. The Whammy Bar can simply be pushed into the tremolo unit on the go. The body has been slightly routed out so the tremolo can be pulled back as well as dived for all kinds of whammy bar action.
Be sure to check out the video review for all the sounds and my personal thoughts on this instrument, in summary, I think this is a fantastic option for the modern guitar player looking for an affordable workhorse guitar which looks and sounds great!