For over two decades, the KX Series has represented the most exciting and aggressive side of Cort's guitar lineup with sleek, stylish looks, unique features, and determination to explore into the realm of extreme guitars. The KX700 EverTune is the most daring KX Series guitar yet, with a completely redesigned body contour for a more aggressive and organic look, Seymour Duncan Sentient & Nazgul Humbucker set for that center- of-the-earth growl, and EverTune bridge system for maximum tuning stability. Sam Bell tells us more.
Once again, I've been blessed with the opportunity to check out a new guitar from Cort. This time we're going into the modern metal territory. Cort always offer plenty of bang for your buck. This guitar is straight forward and full of quality parts for the aspiring metal technician.
The Cort KX700 is a dangerous instrument for Modern Metal. Featuring some seriously tasty Seymore Duncan Pickups, Sentient and Nazgul which give this instrument a truly modern voice. These pickups are made as a pair for modern metal guitars; they have super tight, face-melting mid-range response, the low end has a quick attack and the top end has plenty of bite without being unpleasant to the ear. This in conjunction with the guitar's wide range of woods give this guitar the right voice for your metal set up.
The body features a lovely ash top on top of a mahogany body, plenty of warm sustain and bite from this combination. The ash top features a new contour from Cort, making the guitar look sleek and provocative. The pickups nestle well within the contour and are controlled by a simple 3 way toggle (bridge, both and neck positions) plus Volume and Tone.
Perhaps one of the biggest selling points apart from the looks, sound and electronics on this guitar is the presence of an Evertune Bridge. I have no idea how it works, it's most likely some kind of elicit magic (most likely) but it's most likely very clever scientists who have developed a bridge that keeps the guitar perfectly in tune (when it's set up right of course!) This system allows for perfect tuning, and even when a string is de-tuned, it can stay in tune somehow (I know, mental, don't ask me! Check out Evertune Bridges online!) I've a few friends who have changed their touring rigs to Evertune guitars and swear by them. If it's good enough for a touring metal musician, it's well worth checking out at least!
The neck is quick, like the new Elizabeth line going through London. 24 frets, super flat radius, on an ebony fingerboard and 5-piece Maple and Walnut neck. It sounds good enough to potentially eat. But more importantly it plays like butter, feels really smooth and allows me to get away with a lot of bad technique, I love it! The frets are stainless steel, so even your fastest Jason Richardson inspired runs won't spoil the guitar. Plus, if you play in the dark (which most Metal Musicians do! On stage or in the studio!), this guitar comes with Luminlay side dots, these glow an awesome greeny blue colour and when charged with light, these are seriously bright (I have these in my gigging guitars, it's a game changer for live work!)
I think I've said enough cheesy things about this awesome instrument, Cort always delivers great guitars at reasonable prices with brilliant looks. If you're looking for something a bit different for your Metal set up, then check out the KX700, it'll melt your face.
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