Cort has officially launched the KX300 Etched, after first revealing the guitar at NAMM.
The most distinctive feature you’ll notice straight away is the finish, coming in either Etched Black Red or Etched Black Gold. This is achieved by sandblasting the 15mm-thick swamp ash top, so the soft parts of the grain are removed. Then, the coloured finish then treats the affected areas, with the rest being finished in matte black.. It’s a similar approach that we’ve seen in the PRS SE Sandblasted Swamp Ash.
This top sits on a Mahogany body, loaded with a pair of high-output EMG RetroActive Super 77 humbuckers. These pickups are a blend between a traditional PAF-design and EMG’s signature active approach, with a preamp voiced for the articulation and response of a vintage pickup, but with the heavy output levels required to drive harder riffs and soaring solos.
The Pau Ferrou fingerboard is fitted with 24 frets, with a 15.75-inch radius. A 25.5-inch scale length runs between the nut and Corts’ new high-mass hardtail bridge, meaning things should avoid floppiness even in drop tunings.
The controls are as stripped back as the finish, with a single volume and tone alongside a 3-way toggle switch.
Both finishes list for $749.99. Find out more at cortguitars.com.