Cort’s seven-string multi-scale electric returns with Fishman Fluence pickups

Cort KX507MS
(Image credit: Cort)

Here’s some good news for the progressive metal guitarist who is looking for a reasonably priced high-performance seven-string guitar for good times, chugs and long walks across the fretboard: Cort has brought the KX500MS back. Furthermore, it’s new and improved.

Retitled the KX507MS, this extended-range electric guitar boasts the same 25.5-to-27” multi-scale format as its predecessor but now comes equipped with a pair of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers at the neck and bridge positions. 

Hitherto, we’d had a pair of active EMGs on there, which provided a welcome amount of aggression and heat, but these multi-voiced Fishman’s should extend the KX507MS’s appeal, with push-pull functions on the volume control to activate the alternate pickup voicings, and on the tone control for coil-split sound.

You’ll notice the controls have been repositioned, with Cort promising enhanced ease of access. This time around we have a solid mahogany body that’s topped by strikingly marked poplar burl. 

The individual hardtail bridge unit returns, allocating a solid bridge unit to each string to further enhance intonation and help with sustain, as does the bolt-on five-piece maple and purple heart neck, and a Macassar ebony fingerboard with ‘Raindrop’ inlay. 

The fingerboard houses 24 fanned jumbo frets, and a spoke nut Hotrod truss rod adjustment wheel at the top for quick-and-easy tweaks. And there is a set of staggered locking tuners to keep everything nice and secure. The hardware is finished in black nickel.

Multi-scale fretboards can take a little getting used to but those who dig them swear by the enhanced feel and intonation on an extended-range guitar, and it doesn’t take too long for the fingers to reorientate themselves. 

Here, the neutral fret – that is, where the frets are aligned parallel to one another as on a regular guitar – is to be found at the eighth fret.

The Cort KX507 Multi-Scale is available now in Stardust Black or Star Dust Green, and is priced £749 / $849. See Cort for more details.

Cort KX507MS

(Image credit: Cort)
Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.