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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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^I'd be interested in the KX257 if it looked more like that
 

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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 :/


Cort used bring out some neat stuff, but the last few years have been an absolute snooze-fest.

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.


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.

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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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.

Just get an RG550 and you'll pay 999 for a great MIJ ibanez.
 

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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

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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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).

I was completely unaware of this, but kudos to Ibanez if they did tweak them !
 

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I was completely unaware of this, but kudos to Ibanez if they did tweak them !

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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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.

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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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

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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: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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