Cort guitars, newly moved to 440 Distribution in the UK, has added an 8-string electric guitar with the launch of the KX508MS. Featuring many of the same boutique-level materials and specs as its KX series counterpart, the KX508MS offers a new Fishman pickup and a Mariana Blue Burst finish on the poplar burl top.
Cort says: ‘Overall, players will find that the 26.5-to-28-inch multi-scale construction of the KX508MS produces a more defined, punchier, tighter and deeper low end. The stunning poplar burl top is perfectly complemented by the swamp ash body, producing a warm yet punchy high-midrange sound that will cut through the mix with authority.
‘The neck on the KX508MS is 5-piece maple inlaid with two long streaks of purpleheart. This combination provides strength and stability, with a strong and focused tone in conjunction with the body’s acoustic resonance. The Macassar ebony fingerboard produces a deep rich sound with sweet, yet cutting highs. Esthetically, ebony also complements the guitar’s black nickel hardware and the distinct “raindrop” fingerboard inlay. On the stylishly carved headstock, Cort’s locking machine heads provide excellent tuning stability and facilitate quick string changes through the single hardtail bridge’.
For pickups, Cort has chosen Fishman’s Fluence Modern Humbucker. ‘Designed for an 8-string guitar,’ Cort says, ‘ this modern ceramic humbucker offers players the multi-voice soul of their favorite passives with the power and brutal aggression they’d expect from an active humbucker. The pickup has two distinct and useful sounds onboard, starting with the revolutionary Fluence Core, the heart of the Fluence tone. From the Fluence Core, Fishman creates the classic timbres and tone with colors players will expect—and some that will surprise them’.