Nick Jennison reviews the Cort L60 MF Acoustic—Cort’s homage to great vintage acoustic guitars with the look, sound, feel and playability of those fine instruments with uncompromising quality and excellent value. The dark, open-pore finish of the L60 MF ensures the wood choice resonates naturally—providing balanced dynamics, with ample bottom-end response that doesn’t inhibit the top-end.
East Asian guitar manufacturers par-excellence Cort have been making some exceptionally impressive acoustic guitars lately. Sam Bell was very impressed with the Gold series guitar he looked at recently, and I couldn’t resist taking the Flow OC I reviewed home with me. While they’re by no means cheap, these higher-end guitars easily compete with instruments twice their price, and hint at the kind of work Cort can do when the constraints of cost are removed.
Of course, not everyone can justify close to a grand for a guitar, and while the quality more than warrants the asking price, it’s still a very significant outlay. Fortunately, Cort has a number of great quality guitars in their range at the sub-£200 mark, and the L60M is just such an instrument. It’s an orchestra-sized all-mahogany guitar, with an open pore finish that looks great, and sets it apart from the “Sea Of Spruce Dreadnoughts” that dominate this end of the market, but without being outlandish in a way that might upset traditionalists.
Like its pricier siblings, the L60M sports a very playable, slim neck with a great action straight from the factory. It might not have the asymmetrical, highly ergonomic neck profile of a Flow, but it’s still a very comfortable playing experience right up to the neck join. This is refreshing to see, since budget acoustics can often play just fine in the open position, but develop an action that’s positively finger-breaking even as soon as the 5th fret. It’s great that the playability of the higher-end models has made it to the L60M.
Sonically, the L60M is balanced, softly spoken and on the warm side. Mahogany body guitars are always more mid-forward than spruce-topped models, and that’s definitely true of the L60. It doesn’t have the bellowing punch of a dreadnought, nor the extended highs of a jumbo, but it does have a sweet, warm voice that compliments fingerstyle and flatpicking very well, and will still perform well as a strumming guitar if you pair it with a lighter gauge pick.
The Cort L60M is an entry-level guitar with a lot to offer. It looks attractive in an unfussy way, plays great and has a tone that will deliver in most musical settings. Considering the asking price, the quality is quite exceptional. If you want to get in on Cort’s growing range of fantastic acoustics without breaking the bank, the L60M is a great choice.
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