Sound — 6
Decent, not amazing. More a guitar that sounds ok all around than having any real strong point in a style. E.g. metal doesn't have the dark tone yet blues doesn't have the clean, crisp sound that you would want. To contradict myself, I'll say that I was content with the humbuckers and how I could adjust the tone/split to single coils using that coil tabs. On the negative side the bridge humbucker sometimes becomes disconnected and little if no signal is sent back to the amp creating a sudden lose of sound that could prove fatal in a performance.
Overall Impression — 7
Overall the KX1Q was a good guitar to learn from. If you plan on wanting to buy a guitar that you can practicing fixing this one is a good choice. But I will not give too much of a negative feedback. In my opinion this is a good guitar but it just isn't solid enough. Guitars should last and be enjoyable to play for years after you buy them without having any major issues. I wish it had more improved and reliable features. But that is what the newest model of the KX series is. I wish I had forseen the problems I had with this guitar. It was a guitar that did help me though. Do yourself a favor and take my advice and consider a different guitar, the 24 fret guitars are common and this one just isn't reliable enough in my opinion. -Mrasi out
Reliability & Durability — 6
Will this guitar withstand live playing? -Ummm well I play live with it but I'm no professional so problems aren't going to cause that much of a problem cuz its more casual. I would suggest not preforming with it but if you don't have any problem with it yourself it should be more than capable to play live. The Hardware does not last in my opinion. Strap buttons are not solid, they come off and I would have to catch my guitar. I would not use it at a gig without a backup. Finish is GOOD (have to have some positive) it hasn't come off on me yet.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was fantastic when I first got the guitar with the exception of the 1st fret "B" string buzzing. I had it fixed but unfortunately after time and in between changing strings and such it lost it's perfect action. I was able to fix the problem but the process took a while. The pickup adjustment was normal, so good I guess. I altered mine and everything works the way it is setup to be. There are very few flaws with this guitar. the finish is beautiful and I like the red color. Hardware could be more stable. It will work and then not work randomly. But that is about the only major defect.
Features — 7
Cort guitars have their strengths and weaknesses like any other band. Some models are fantastic and others could be improved. This guitar has positive elements but there are a few issues that I had with it unfortunately. Here are the specs Construction: Set-in -(annoying to do truss-rod adjustments) Body: Mahogany w/ quilted maple top w/ White Binding Neck: Mahogany, Modern ''C'' Shape Neck Width: 1F : 43mm / 24F : 56mm Neck Thickness:1F : 19.5mm / 12F : 21.5mm Fingerboard: Rosewood, 12'' Radius(305mm) w/ White Binding Fret: 24 / Large (2.7mm) Inlay: Abalone Dot Tuner: Die cast Scale: 25 1/2'' (648mm) Nut: Graphite Bridge: TonePros Lic. Locking bridge (C-TPFP) w /string thru body Pickup: EMG-HZ OPEN SA1(F) & TB1(R) (H-H) Control: 1vol, 1tone (w/ push pull), 3way toggle Pickup Switching: Coil Tap Push Down Position1 : Neck Position2 : Neck & Bridge Position3 : Bridge Coil Tap Pull Up String:D'addario EXL110(046-010) Color: TE (Tiger Eye), BC (Black Cherry), DSB (Deep Sea Blue) I was content with the options available but later on as my genre changed to more rock I found myself wanting a bridge with a tremolo arm (whammy). A new model in the KX series came out with the "KX5 FR" that has a Double locking-III bridge. Overall the guitar is pretty "out of the box" but I did have to do some slight adjustments but it is all good now.