Sound — 7
This guitar is set up for the metal player, so I guess the sound of the active pickups isnt too flexible. However, both the tone of the neck and bridge pickup work well with your Standard metal distortion and clean channel, and the set in neck allows for a shitload of sustain is you wanna keep that last chord ringing out. I've played it through my Peavey Rage 128 and a Marshall amp, and it's sounded pretty awesome through both.
Overall Impression — 9
For the music I'm into, this guitar has a great metal sound as well as a clean sound to boot. I've only had it for a few months but if it was stolen I'd be incredibly pissed. For the price I paid, the pickups are great and the thing I love te most about it is the satin finish, especially on the neck of the guitar, you can really play fast stuff fast because your hand just slides up and down the neck. Get one while you can.
Reliability & Durability — 8
So far, this guitar has been great. The strap buttons are definately big enough to keep the guitar attached when you're jumping around with it on stage. The only thing you'd need for a gig is an extra battery for the pickups, just in case (by the way, the battery case is on the back of the guitar, under the neck join).
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
As far as I can tell, the guitar has been made pretty well, with the only noticeable flaw a slight discoloration of the fretboard around the 15-20th fret region (whether it's just the colour of the wood or not, I don't know). It's made in Korea, not the best place to get your guitars from but certainly not the worst.
Features — 9
The Cort EVL-Z6 is basically a metal head's Les Paul, but boy it has its perks. It features an Alder body with a 22 fret set-in maple neck and ebony fingerboard, with pentacle fret markers and a mother of pearl crucifix inlay at the 12th fret. The body has a satin finish, and comes in a dark grey/black colour. The pickups are double active EMG humbuckers, and it uses a Tone-Pros locking bridge, with the strings fed through the body. There's a seperate volume knob for each pickup with an additional tone knob, all engraved with pentacles and featuring O-rings on the circumfrence for better grip. The pickup selector is 3-way. And it has a coffin shaped truss rod cover engraved with a crucifix. Obviously the design of the guitar isn't going to suit everybody, but if that what you're into, you'll find it here.