For all you aspirant rockers on a budget, it’s only a matter of time before the sales assistants suggest a Cort. And if you’re wearing Mortiis makeup, a crucifix and biker boots, they’ll probably show you this one.
Don’t be fooled by novelty trimmings like the coffin truss rod cover and pentagon inlays - Cort’s EVL-Z4 is backed up by a serious spec. A solid mahogany body and a bolted maple neck are always good to see, but the main event is undoubtedly the twin EMGs. It’s time to wake the dead…
The body shape is clichéd fare, but Cort’s judicious use of contours and bevels for your beer belly and picking arm mean the Z4 model is as accommodating as most. As a playing experience, it feels tight and compact, offering a comparable pocket-rocket vibe to a Les Paul Junior but with zippier play due to the C-profile of the neck.
It’s a shame the fret access isn’t quite on a par with the doublecuts it’s up against though.
For £329, it goes without saying that these are passive EMGs, but that didn’t matter - we still dug out a superb response across the board, with the bridge turning in monster tone for solos and the neck taking care of crunching overdriven rhythm parts.
Pros: Spooky metal vibe, EMG kudos.
Cons: Fret access could be better.
Buy: Cort EVL-Z4 is currently available from THomann