Z-Custom review by Cort

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (28 votes)
Cort: Z-Custom
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Price paid: $ 630

Purchased from: Bhargava's Music House

Sound — 10
The Z- Custom offers a versatility in tone that is unmatched by others in its price range. I play a wide variety of music and the Cort manages to live up to the standards I expect from each. The mid-tones are rich and powerful. Even as a great fan of metal music, I feel reluctant to Switch to distortion as the cleans are outstanding. Played just directly through a Roland Cube-30, it sounds just great. The sound is rich on most settings, and the coil tap and 3-way toggle allow for some beautiful tones. There is plenty of sustain, and there's practically no hum at all.

Overall Impression — 10
For anyone with with wide tastes in music, the Cort Z- Custom would be my recommendation. It offers a surprising versatility in tone and the cleans are just beautiful. I play classical guitar as well, and I'm used to high action and a very wide fretboard, so this one did feel a little cramped; but it's no trouble to play and I didn't worry about this much (or at all). I've been playing for over four years, and this is one of the best instruments I have come across. For anything from blues to progressive to classic rock to metal, the Cort certainly performs better than its counterparts. I tried out a Greg Bennett or two, a PRS SE Custom, Ibanez, and a Fender Strat, but for my tastes and the price range, the Z- Custom was an easy decision.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This is a very reliable instrument. The strap buttons are solid, the hardware is gold and has never given trouble, and the guitar has withstood plenty a gig without disappointing. The finish is thick, and the guitar stands up to a lot of playing without wearing.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The instrument looks great. Pickups were well adjusted, and there was only a minimal error with the first fret that had to be adjusted- however that was not an issue. The action is a little lower than I look for, but with the quality of sound I was getting I preferred not to get it altered.

Features — 9
Built in Indonesia, it features a single cutaway mahogany body with a quilted maple top, and a maple neck with Rosewood fretboard. Frets: 22/Large (2.7 mm) Scale: 24 3/4" (629mm) 2 volume controls, 1 tone, coil tap with 3-way toggle offer a variety of sounds. It has locking tuners, and a locking bridge with string-thru body. The stock pickups are Seymour Duncan, and I have never felt the need to replace them. The hardware is all gold and with a mother-of-pearl inlay on the 12th this guitar looks magnificent.

18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    crazypsicho
    ....Meeeh. If it were any shape but LP, then it would be yeeeeh, but its meeeeh...
    no
    JephStiph
    Most mass production guitars regardless of the "Name" brand are made in the Cort factory these days. So unless your guitar is a U.S. model that costs close to $2000, odds are you already are playing a "Cort"
    jumpmanhat
    khujo1023 wrote: I wonder if thats the same sweatshop Nike's are made in.
    korea is not china you ****in idiot.
    Razot1
    korea is not china you ****in idiot.
    and china's not in indonesia
    Dark knightVX2V
    Ive got a cort Z42 in wine red and its bloody amazing i wish i had the money saved up for this model looks ****ing sweet
    jumpmanhat
    cort guitars are one of the most underrated guitar companies out there and i say this as i own 4 of them.
    Mr. HaYsEeD
    JephStiph : Most mass production guitars regardless of the "Name" brand are made in the Cort factory these days. So unless your guitar is a U.S. model that costs close to $2000, odds are you already are playing a "Cort"
    Well I know for a fact my Epiphone Les Paul was made in Japan and not Korea where all the Cort factories are
    NHECOS
    Sechter wrote: For a guitar that price it better be gud cuz i seriously doubt cort guitars...
    Cort guitars are great... especialy the acoustics.
    NHECOS
    For estetical purposes, I would prefer that the humbuckers were covered. Nevertheless It's a great looking axe.
    Sechter
    For a guitar that price it better be gud cuz i seriously doubt cort guitars...
    raisi3
    That's one beautiful guitar. Can someone tell me whether the top is a solid top or a veneer?