Cort guitars is aiming its latest Earth series ‘EasyPlay’ acoustic guitar firmly at newcomers to the instrument. The company says the biggest obstacle to learning is how physically difficult the acoustic guitar is to manage, so the Earth 50 has a smaller body size, shortened scale and light-gauge coated strings to help players get started. Despite being designed to appeal to beginners, Cort says the Earth50 still maintains: ‘pro-level features and quality materials for an authentic playing experience’.
‘To develop the EasyPlay Collection, Cort asked players to identify their most substantial barriers to learning. Their responses ranged from complex hand mechanics and painful fingertips to overall instrument size, weight and cost. Cort brought this feedback to its designers and builders, and challenged them to create a total-guitar solution. The Earth50 model addresses many of these concerns, starting with its 7/8 dreadnought body at a smaller depth than a typical acoustic. Body size is not only about comfort but also about sonic quality, and the smaller size produces a more even tone that helps new players. Compared to a traditional scale, the 24.75” EasyPlay scale lessens string tension while the custom action setup makes the light gauge strings easier to press. Plus, the closer frets make it easier to reach notes and play chords’.
The Earth50 features a solid spruce top, mahogany back, sides and neck, an ovangkol fingerboard and open pore finish as well as the scooped bridge, brown-etched rosette, and diecast tuners.