Watch: Is the Cort X700 Duality the perfect prog-metal guitar?

Or, maybe for the jazz session musician with a thrash metal side project.

NAMM 2020: Last October, Cort announced the X700 Duality, a tremolo-fitted Super Strat that’s centred around versatility – and we got to take a closer look at the NAMM Show.

Cort says that the guitar is true to its name, providing “clarity and depth, whether the player is tearing it up on a metal riff or riding the wave with a sparkling, clean tone”.

The two pickups, a Seymour Duncan TB4 bridge humbucker and SH2N neck humbucker, will kick out full-fat rhythm and lead tones – but the guitar’s 5-way blade switch allows for two single-coil tones. The output is governed by a master volume and a master tone knob.

The bridge is Cort’s own CFA-III, a Floyd Rose-style tremolo made out of injection-moulded stainless steel for maximum sustain. In keeping with the X700’s theme of duality, the tremolo will allow for subtle modulation of tasteful jazz chords, or dive-bombed pinch-harmonics performed in the middle of a circle pit. Either way, expect things to be kept in tune with the staggered locking tuners.

The 24-fret maple and panga panga neck comes with an ebony fretboard, while the body is swamp ash with a flamed maple top. The guitar comes in a light blue burst finish, with chrome hardware.

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