NAMM 2018: Cort enters the fan-fret fray with new seven-string electric

NAMM 2018: Cort has bolstered its KX line of electric guitars with the addition of a fan-fret model, the KX500FF.

Key to the model’s appeal is a pair of EMG 707 pickups, while the fanned frets offer a 25.5” to 27” multi-scale for even string tension and tone.

Elsewhere, the KX500FF packs a poplar burl top on swamp ash body, while the neck is five-piece maple inlaid with streaks of purpleheart, topped off by a Macassar ebony fingerboard.

A hardtail bridge and locking machineheads round off the spec.

There’s no word on availability or pricing yet - which will be key in this increasingly hotly contested sector of the market - but we do know that the KX500FF will be available in two finishes, Star Dust Black and Star Dust Green. We’ll have more from the show.

Cort’s contestant will face stiff competition from Ibanez, ESP, Jackson and Schecter, who have all launched mass-produced fan-fret models in the past year.

Check out our constantly updated NAMM hub for more news and on-the-spot video from Anaheim

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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