Cort KX508 MS Marina Blueburst

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Surprisingly good value for money
GauLo , 15.10.2020
Got the guitar as a last-minute replacement for session recording and now as a home practice and alternative tuning backup, and ended up with a surprisingly performant instrument, especially for this price.

The guitar is well built, frets are well placed and even though it's a 4 bolt neck it appears to be very firm and stable. Electronics are ok and for what concerns my instrument I had no intonation issues. For a price tag of 850 €, the guitar comes with Fishman Fluence active pickups, with 2 voicings and a push pull single coil split, fanned frets with multiscale fretboard, locking tuners and a very enjoyable choice of woods and color too. The macassar ebony fret is quite beautiful and the poplar burl top too. Matching headstock is a plus. A plastic black biding goes around the top and there are no paint failures or sharp surfaces around the neck, body and fretboard.
Obviously some details let the price range of the instrument reveal itself, mainly in the wood sorting since the instrument is quite heavy, a couple of tuners are not extremely precise (but once in the place stay and keep the note without any issue) and the matte finish is quite rough but for an instrument aiming to heavy genres this is not a bad thing.

Wood choice is a classic for the genre and results is a good mid-range punch and very sharp sound; of course most of the job is done by the EXCELLENT pickups (that were the reason i chose this guitar). Clean sounds are surprisingly interesting too.
Another good thing is that the "vertical" point in the fanned fretboard comes around the 9th fret, which is in my opinion an extremely comfortable choice, neck is quite thin and it is a pretty "fast" guitar.

I think the factory strings gauge is too thin in the lower part, i immediately replaced them with a mixed 0.09 - 0.80 set that eliminates the buzz issue of too loose strings and allows downtuning, easily up to open D. The low 8th string saddle in the nut was not large enough and required a minimum adjustment. No intonation issues with the change at all.

PROS
- pickups
- fanned fretboard
- locking tuners
- overall build quality
- aesthetics
- tone

CONS
- factory string gauge is too thin on the lower strings
- no gigbag or case included
- quite heavy

Considering this guitar costs less than 1/4 than many competitors and my alternative one, it is WAY closer in terms of quality and performance than what I would have expected and could easily be the main choice of most players. Without the name on it and the price tag, it would be easy to think it's a 2K+ instrument.

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Dave9000, 03.09.2020
This was my second 8 string - I realised I wanted a multiscale and the options provided by the Fishman's sealed the deal. I wasn't fully prepared for how this guitar looks in the flesh - it's simply stunning and stands out from the plethora of black 8 strings otherwise available - the matching headstock is a nice touch too.

Setup was fantastic - nice low action, and no fret buzz at all, even with .80s in drop E - the multiscale clearly helps with the string tension down there. Sound wise it can be a little sterile when it's clean (especially in 'modern' mode) but more than makes up for that when dirt is applied. Engaging the vintage mode and the coil splits can also bring out some pleasingly classic rock tones - this can do so much more than djent.
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Nice features but poor construction.
spbaeta, 10.09.2019
The people at factory really screwed up installing the bridge on my guitar. The string holes and saddle positions are not on the right spot making it very difficult to intonate. I have to loosen the saddles screws all the way down on the thinner strings and it's still too flat at the 12th fret.
Besides that, the saddles are also misaligned in relation to the neck. And I'm not talking about the fanned fret and multiscale design. They are tilted making the strings never sit properly in the pocket on the saddles. This makes strings really easy to break.
Fretwork isn't great also.
They missed the oportunity to make a great guitar here.
The transport cardboard box is the worse! Almost thin as paper! What a bad way to cut costs! My guitar came with the headstock tip smashed and the box was pierced in transport. Too bad I live in a country where I have to pay taxes in advance. It would not work for me to return it.
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Such a waste of potential.
Smasher404, 16.01.2020
The first one I got had essentially the same problem spbaeta (10.09.2019) mentions in his review on Thomann. Terribly missaligned string holes in relation to the bridge. I couldn't properly intonate treble strings, because I couldn't move the saddles any further and the notes were still flat on the 12th fret. I returned it, but asked for a replacement because i I couldn't get these specs on any other factory produced guitar on the market. So Thomann said that they have a replacement for me and assured me that the second guitar is going to be fine. When it came i checked the string holes and they seemed way better, but when I tried to intonate the guitar it happened all over again. I was able to barely intonate the treble strings(moving the saddles all the way towards the neck to a point they went out of their "rails", but was unable to intonate the F# string. It was sharp on the 12th all the time. I even removed the spring from the intonation screw so I could move it further. Thicker string would make it worse. There's something wrong with the bridge.
TERRIBLE FAIL OF A GUITAR, STAY AWAY!
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Really great instrument for that price
FattyFingers, 17.03.2020
The guitar is really great. The finishing is really good, I didn’t find any defect in craftmanship or construction. The only thing I did when got it I regulated the neck curve by regulation rod and lower the strings a bit at the bridge, but that’s normal regulation thing. Luckily Cort supplies all the tools in the box, so that was quick and easy. Swamp ash body gives deep sound and nice sustain. Fan frets do not make a big difference in playing. Its like plug and play. The only thing which prehaps is a remark is when the coils are splitted and in passive mode, the e1 string sounds a bit silent. But thats not guitar to play blues. I really recommend it for modern heavy sounds playing.
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Cort KX508 MS Marina Blueburst

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