The new Cort X700 Duality was first touted during Winter NAMM and was positioned as the brand’s new premium flagship model. Now it is finally here and on paper it has a lot to offer. But will it convince the players?
Cort X700 Duality
Cort has presented the X700 Duality as its new flagship model for 2019 since Winter NAMM earlier this year. It has a Swamp Ash body with a very nice Flame Maple top and comes in a fetching Light Blue Burst finish. It reminds me a lot of some of the Ibanez models from the last few years, especially with that plain wood stripe along the top edge of the body.
The neck is made using Maple and Panga Panga and is fitted with an Ebony fretboard that comes with a set of glow-in-the-dark Luminlay side dots and stainless steel frets. These are the the type of features you would expect on a high-performance guitar.
This guitar comes factory-fitted with a set of humbuckers: a Seymour Duncan TB4 bridge humbucker and SH2N neck humbucker wired via a 5-way selector switch and a single Volume and Tone control.
The trem system is a recessed Cort CFA-III Tremolo System I have no doubt will let you divebomb and pull up with ease. The machine heads are Cort’s own staggered locking variety, so it should have decent tuning stability and allow you to play hard and fast without any issues.
Now that this model has finally been released, we have some official demo videos to listen to. It certainly appears to stack up well with other premium guitars in its price bracket. I think the only major issue Cort will have is persuading buyers that they can build premium guitars. This is a brand that has made its name building mid-range to budget instruments.
However, if you get the chance to try one out, then I think it may well be worth your while. There are some premium features here and hopefully the street price will be slightly lower than the recommended retail price.
RRP – USD 1299