X-11 review by Cort

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 8 (91 votes)
Cort: X-11
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Sound — 6
I play metal with my band, mostly Iron Maiden down to Slayer type thrash. I use it along with my Boss MT-2 and Korg AX10G, on heavy distortion, I can control my sound well, sustain is good and on the neck pickup, I get a good lead sound, pickups are sensitive to pinch harmonics and tapping. I get a good sound also in the lower registers of the guitar. However on clean, the guitar is not so great. The coil tap does help, but it takes time to pull it, and if you pull it too hard, it falls off. So I suggest if you get this guitar that you buy your own volume and tone knobs. These fall out easily and there aren't any numbers to tell you what your settings are like. With careful tweaking, though, I reckon one could squeeze a metal sound out of this beauty. The single coil pickup is pointless, just leave that there, If I were to change anything, I'd put in an emg 81 at the bridge and keep the same neck pickup so I can use the coil tap to get a fairly decent clean sound. Although I wouldn't do that anyway.

Overall Impression — 9
I had to wait 11 weeks for this guitar since ordering it. It wasn't the shops fault, Cort simply had a problem with their dealer in the UK and had to spend 10 weeks manufacturing and shipping these guitars over from indonesia. I play metal as I just said and it fits it perfectly with my rig. I own a Squier Strat and have been playing since not very long ago (I forget). I am quite happy with this guitar, it is all aesthetics for this guitar in my opinion. If it were stolen, then I'd hunt down the dick Who stole it, punch HIM and then string the strings through his genetalia and then get a sledgehammer and, well you get the idea. I'd buy this guitar again if I wanted to stay in this budget range. I'm sure though if I had the money I'd go for something more expensive like the ESP M-1000 Deluxe. I think this guitar is going to last me long enough for me to see the paintwork wear down completely, everything looks failsafe. in the process of my choosing a guitar, I kicked out every possible guitar out of the league, firstly because they all were too expensive, (over 100 more than this), secondly this looks nicer, and thirdly if I bought one of those I would need to change the pickups anyway. I wish that this had a proper floyd rose, the floyd rose here will do but it will wear down some day. I compared this guitar to the ESP M-200FM, the B.C. Rich's Speedloader Warlock, and some Ibanez guitar, but I liked this much better.

Reliability & Durability — 6
As with all guitars with a floyd rose or any other floating bridge, when a string snaps, you are buggered big time. However, I wouldn't worry too much, since even if you had a fixed bridge guitar and a string snaps, you can replace it with a new string but the string would keep stretching anyway. So I'd gig with a backup anyway. This guitar is more reliable than my old Squier, and I've gigged with that (how embarressing). It stays in tune very well because of the locks at the nut. Paintwork looks great but there has already been a chip (I bought it new three weeks ago) and the paint is cracking around the bolt. The machine heads don't look too sturdy, and neither are the strap buttons. The strap buttons are tiny, either change them or buy some straplocks.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Mine was setup already by the shop, however they messed up the truss rod a bit and the neck is bending in a bit. The action is so low that there's a bit of fret buzz, but I find it comfortable. The guitar arrived in tune, the strings were locked at the nut. The pickups were adjusted as high as possible without hitting the strings when I move the floyd rose. Intonation is good. The only disappointment was the tone and volume knobs which come off easily. The side of the neck looks silly though, because it is plastic. but it will last. The shop also filed down the corners of the frets (maybe because they were too sharp).

Features — 8
Very nice features, very good value in my opinion. this is a 2006 model, made in indonesia. Absolutely beautiful bodywork, trans red. passive pickups (aren't great but they do the job well) mine came with a lead and that's it. This guitar is heavy, heavier than my Squier Strat, which I had before this one. The trans red finish looks nice, has a nice varnishy feel to it. beats a lot of other guitars on looks anyday.

11 comments sorted by best / new / date

    CORT noob
    I was thinking about getting this guitar, but the price is very important to me and you didn't say how much you spent on it.
    kevintjah
    CORT noob wrote: I was thinking about getting this guitar, but the price is very important to me and you didn't say how much you spent on it.
    I paid 399 euros for my cherryred sunburst one
    YourMessiah666
    How come on the cort website it doesn't say the prices? I am looking at the EVL-K6, K4, or X4. And i have no idea of the price range. Thanks in advance.
    Metallica12_12
    I can give you the retail in Canada for those guitars. The K-6 is 999.95 retail K-4 is 499.95 and the X-4 is 349.95 As i said this is the recommended retail.
    BMTuga
    I bought my freakin' beauty 2 days ago for 300 here in Portugal... the design is freakin' awsome man! awww black translucid...
    confucius
    I am not very familiar with so many currency measure system... maybe 300 usd is clear enough for one wanna decide purchase or na
    Banti
    mrwildchild wrote: Actualy.. if you are planning of buying 1.. seriously DONT, its heavy, its uncomfortabile and its ugly.. AND its goes out of tune after 1 single dive bomb, and im not joking its goes out COMPLETELY out of tune.. Check EVL series.. now EVL's is what you want to get.. comfortable, never goes out of tune and they are made with care not like X 11..
    None of the above. It's definately not heavy (in weight) compared to my other guitars. It does not go out of tune after a dive bomb (locking nuts, hello!) At least mine doesn't. It's a great guitar, best i've played so far.
    anonymusneo
    i have had this guitar for 2 years now and its awsm it doesnt goes out of tune and its weight doesnt matter for me . its very versatile in playing . its superb then any other guitar in its price range its the most underrated guitar
    mrwildchild
    Actualy.. if you are planning of buying 1.. seriously DONT, its heavy, its uncomfortabile and its ugly.. AND its goes out of tune after 1 single dive bomb, and im not joking its goes out COMPLETELY out of tune.. Check EVL series.. now EVL's is what you want to get.. comfortable, never goes out of tune and they are made with care not like X 11..