Boasting a stunning mosaic design that features four different tonewoods, the Cort X300 Ltd Edition is far more than just a pretty picture. Featuring a Canadian hard maple neck, sleek ebony fretboard and a mahogany body fitted with two EMG RetroActive Hot 70 pickups that are ready to make your riffs and lead lines erupt with crunch and definition. Sam Bell tells us more.
Cort has delivered again in making aesthetically unique, quality guitars at an affordable price range. In this issue, I have the pleasure of looking at the CortX300 Mosaic. A Super Strat style guitar with incredible features and a truly eye-popping finish. Let's dive in!
Let's start with the Body: The body is made from Mahogany and the top's Mosaic design is made from 4 different woods: Maple, Rosewood, Panga Panga and Purpleheart. According to Cort's website, each of these Mosaic X300LE's has a subtle & unique variation of the Mosaic top which is a nice touch!
The body comes loaded with a pair of Active Pickups made by EMG, the 'Retroactive Hot 70' set is featured in the Bridge and Neck Position, controlled by a 3-way pickup selector. These pick up's are voiced with quite a thick mid-range and are fairly high output. The active nature of them makes notes sound very smooth, specifically when transitioning between the two pickups or ranges of the neck. The 9V battery is easily loaded into the back of the guitar via small hatch. The guitar's sound is controlled via a simple Volume and Tone knob in a strat style configuration.
In Classic Super Strat Style the guitar is also loaded with a Floyd Rose' Special' Tremolo. This is one of the go-to trem systems for subtle vibrato effect or extreme dive bombs. The X300LE Mosaic also features a locking nut to compliment the Floyd Rose and help with tuning stability. Floyd Rose systems can 'thin' out the tone of a guitar a little bit; however the weighty combination of the Mahogany body and high output EMG's compensates for this well.
The neck and fingerboard are flat and fast. 24 frets, 25'5 inch scale length and 15-inch radius means playability for days! The ebony fingerboard looks great and the maple neck itself has enough size to it to make bending/chording feel natural whilst not getting in the way with more' thumb behind neck' style technical playing. Great all-rounder.
This guitar comes in at the more pricy end of affordable at around £699 (gear4music) considering the hardware, pickups, unique finish and quality. It's a very well rounded package for this kind of guitar at this price point. Out of the box it was very easy to play, sounded great for a modern rock style. Well worth a look!
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