The new EMG-loaded and sandblasted KX300 Etched models from Cort are now finally available to buy. The guitars come in red or gold paint applied to solid ash tops, and were first spotted at Winter NAMM earlier this year.
The new Cort KX300 guitar is a mahogany-bodied guitar with a 15 mm solid ash top that has been sandblasted and etched, and then applied with a matte black finish over either a gold or red accent, making it look well worn straight off the production line. It has a bolt-on neck that is made out of Canadian hard maple with a 24-fret Pau Ferro fingerboard. The model also features Cort’s newly designed high-mass hardtail bridge, that the company states should improve sustain and resonance.
Both versions of the model come loaded with a pair of EMG RetroActive Super 77 zebra-style pickups. These are PAF-style humbuckers with a preamp, which should give you more output than a regular PAF-style pickup, whilst still retaining the clarity and articulation of your notes. Each model has pickups where one of the bobbins matches the colour of the guitar, so either red or gold. The rest of the hardware is black, including the volume, tone, and 3-way pickup selector switch.
The KX300 is fairly reasonably priced for what you get, and as ever with Cort, they know how to build a good budget guitar. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the etched/sandblasted look. In my opinion, it will date really quickly, although I know many players like this current trend.
So if you enjoy that worn/etched aesthetic, and are looking for a hardtail, twin-humbucker guitar, I think the KX300 is worth checking out.
RRP – USD 749