Inevitably, given the price tag, Cort can’t wave aftermarket pickups or premium timbers in our faces, but it can be proud of a spec sheet that’s tough and professional. The subtext is that, no, you wouldn’t choose the KX5 if the record label gave you a blank cheque but, yes, it’s plenty good enough for serious gigging and will die for your cause.
“Our KX Series has a sleek body design that is lightweight and well-balanced,” notes Cort, quietly. “Its string-thru body design with Tone Pros locking bridge system delivers endless tone and sustain.”
Let’s be frank. The KX5 is not the best guitar on the planet, but it’s a winner because this giant-killer represents the best return on £269 in living memory. The neck and fingerboard are a no-nonsense joy, supporting any technique. The humbuckers deliver a balanced punch that fairly flaps the trousers. For once, the coil tap is genuinely useful, offering classy single-coil tones and ensuring you don’t just chug like a moron. Plus metalheads can pick-up a black vibrato model for £299.
Pros: Price, watertight performance.
Cons: Not the most metal styling.
Buy: Cort KX5 is currently available from Thomann and Hartnoll Guitars.