KX5 review by Cort

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.3 (59 votes)
Cort: KX5

Price paid: £ 200

Purchased from: Thomann.de

Sound — 10
This guitar was initial bought to play metal in my band but our style changed. Since this happened I have found that this guitar can shift it's tone into other genres and still sound mind blowingly beautiful. I used to play it through a Line 6 spider III half stack but now I run it through a Marshall AVT150H and it boasts the ability to sound amazing through and through. It's raw sound is just what you need to bring out the originality in your music. It has a perfect balance between warm tones and treble, to punch out the notes with a force that leaves them in your heads for days.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall impressions of this guitar are nothing but great. The guitar has been so good to me, giving me beautiful tones and forgiving me for treating it badly. It holds up so well live and I'd not change it for many things. My band play post hadcore music now and it fits perfectly, but you could use this for blues, thrash metal and everything inbetween. What I love about this guitar is the look, it's just so gorgeous it makes your eyes ache. People are always asking me about it at gigs. It's the best guitar I've ever bought. Better than my old Fender Telecaster. If this guitar was stolen or lost I would definately buy it again. I didn't even have to try it out before I bought it. Maybe I just got lucky with a good one. But it is a great guitar and I if you buy one you wont be disappointed.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar has taken an unfair beating but only has a tiny few marks on it. I've dropped it at practice a couple of times and had to pray, but it has soldiered on. It's very sturdy and has a strong and well made feel to it. It feels professional and reliable to play too. I always use this guitar for gigs and I only take a back up incase I break a string. I don't doubt it at all. It has never let me down.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action at first was a little high but I soon sorted it. I think that I assume too much from lowering action. With my other guitars I've wanted it to go so low it's not been playable. The same happened with this guitar but I think it's simply because I expect too much. The finish is very well done. Th binding on the body is very clean and straight. Only bad thing I can say is that the jack input comes loose but it happens with all guitars.

Features — 10
This was made in 2009, I think. It was brand new when I bought it last year. I assume it was made in a far eastern country where most things are made nowadays. It has 24 frets which I actually find a huge advantage. The fingerboard is rosewood. The finish is glossy with a sparkle underneath the gloss. Mine is in white and I think it looks beautiful. It's mighty mite motherbuckers give such an awesome tone. This guitar is an absolute steal. I love it. It also has a coil tap which if I'm honest I don't use that often. But it's good to have the option there. The guitar is very simple but it delievers great quality for a good price.

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    if you can't find anything wrong with the guitar regarding the section you're writing on, why not give it a ten?
    because a 10 means it is the top of the scale with nothing wrong with it and nothing better than it. if this guitar has a sound quality worthy of a 10, that means there is nothing better sounding than it; it is perfect. I agree that it might sound good. cheaper guitars are sounding better and better as time goes on and machining techniques improve, but there is no way that this guitar sounds better than a hand-crafted, aged guitar built by master luthiers which costs thousands of dollars more. There needs to be more division in the reviews on this sight. There should be a section at the top of the review page stating what class the instrument is in and therefore all reviews would be relative to that class. (i.e. a beginner class, metal class, jazz class and so on)
    Reviews on this site are getting ridiculous. Everyone just gives everything 9s and 10s. I've played Cort, and for the money you pay they're quite good.
    flyingsheep223 wrote: Reviews on this site are getting ridiculous. Everyone just gives everything 9s and 10s. I've played Cort, and for the money you pay they're quite good.
    I find it funny that people don't seem to know how to read around here. So what if someone likes their new guitar and gives it good grades? Many of the straight 10 -reviews that I've read actually are still good bits that give out much information if you know how to read it from the text.
    play one of these, you'll see why i gave it such a good score. i think it deserves it. my one especially. if you can't find anything wrong with the guitar regarding the section you're writing on, why not give it a ten?
    Each to there own i say. If it suits the lad ,then so be it. The scoring system is personal preference remember, and when you read the review ,dont take the scores as god ! At least he has written one .... im too chicken
    Glenn Guitar
    played one of these the other day, VERY good for the price. It is pretty versatile, i'd say. and seems well built and very solid to play. can't go wrong with buying this guitar.
    You can't just give everything a 9 or 10 just because it seems perfect to you. If you've tried out absolutely everything comparable to the guitar and find yours superior, then by all means give it a 10. Also, when you don't know how a better guitar feels and sounds, then of course the one you own is going to be the best you've ever had. Btw, in no way am I dissing this dude or his guitar. I'm just sick of seeing everything given a 10, no matter how low end.
    If for something to achieve a ten, it had to be perfect, then why would ten even be an option as a score? Yeah, 9's and 10's are kind of overused though.
    i posted my scores based on this guitar and how good it is. i wasn't doing a review to compare it to better guitars, that would be stupid. if it was a gibson it would obviously be better. whats the point in comparing to something better? this guitar for what you pay cannot be faulted. so in the areas i chose, it deserved a ten. if you want to write your own review on it do so. also, ofcourse a review is a personal preference. you're the person writing the thing. it's all about getting an overall feel from several reviews that gives you the end result. i never thought i'd get so much abuse for nothing.
    I am tired of seeing all 10's on reviews too, after all it is a review and not personal opinion. I think funnyman has a good solution. Things need to be kept in perspective. After all a nice set of pups might cost almost the same total price of the guitar.