Price paid: $ 320
Purchased from: Music Factor
Sound — 9
The Cort VX-2V is great for metal, its definetly a hardass axe, its good for playing blues or any other style but it was definetly made for more brutal sounds and isnt as good for other styles. I use a 1950's Falcon R221 or and old russian all tube Typhoon amp and a Zoom G1X effects pedal with it. Great sound quality, no unwanted noise, you can make out a very beautiful metal sound which is just wonderfull.
Overall Impression — 9
So its no doubt a guitar for metal maniac, I would never trade it and it wil serve for a very long time, it takes some time to get used it but when you do you just can't take your hands off of it. There are 2 things that I would change in it: the pickups(I would change into EMG 81 and 85(but this is just my taste)), and I would change the bridge into a Kahler because its more comfortable and reliable to me.
Reliability & Durability — 9
You can definetly guig with this guitar and it will hold out until the end. The guitar is rock solid and I trust it, however I have some doubts in the pickups and I'll probably change them. Some people say that the long wing is a bit of a pain because it scrathed however mine is in perfect condition without a scratch on it.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I got the guitar it was all set, I just needed to tune it. The pickups were in good position however I slightly ajusted them. However I needed to ajust the bridge because it was a bit too high. I haven't found any flaws and its built very nicely.
Features — 8
Made in 2009 in Indonesia. 24 jumbo frets. Fairly light, could be a bit lighter but its no big deal, the body is made of agathis and the fingerboard is from rosewood. Bodystyle is similar to a Jackson Rhandy Rhoads RR5 model. It has a locking Floyd Rose bridge(tune-o-matic). The Floyd Rose on this one is pretty ok, it keeps the tunning quite well but somehow I didn't realy like it, they should have put a kahler bridge which is much more trustworthy. I have blocked the Floyd Rose on this guitar and made it solid state. The VX-2V uses open coil EMG-HZ pickups which are realy great for metal, and have a nice thick sound and do good on solos as well, but I'm still thinking of chaking them into 81 and 85. Basic controls: 1 volume knob, 1 tone and a 3-way toggle(neck, neck&bridge, bridge positions). Die cast tuners, which are great. The gig bag that you get is pretty good, doesn't leave scrathes or anything and is comfortable.