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The name might not be as hallowed as Ibanez and co, but with 47 years in the trade and a growing army of fans, we’re not expecting the new offering from Cort to roll over and have its tummy tickled.
“The VX-4X is very metal,” pointed out the bloke who picked up the phone at HC Distribution, and faced with the Explorer-but-scarier mahogany prongs and biohazard fret inlays, we were inclined to agree. “It’s aimed at the same market as the EVL Series,” continued our man, “but these have passive HZ units, instead of active EMGs.”
Cort has always made a tidy metal guitar, and it hasn’t come unstuck with the VX-4X. The shape looks like the sort of thing James Hetfield might have played in the ‘80s and proved just as manageable as the comparable Xiphos. The C-profile maple neck is solid rather than spectacular, letting you pull off metal’s trademark techniques but never prompting you to ask where it’s been all your life.
The tone of these HZ humbuckers is full, rich and authoritative, but we couldn’t help but pine for the ragged mentalism of the Vindicator. It just took the edge off what was otherwise a bulletproof showing.
Pros: Playable neck, solid sounds.
Cons: Passive EMGs.