Product Review: Cort KX508MS 8 String Electric Guitar

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As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 9 – Autumn 2019 – Ladies of Metal

You’ve decided you want to play an 8-string guitar, but you aren’t sure what to buy? The brand new Cort KX508MS is a great option. Whether Meshuggah’s crazy polyrhythms inspire you or you just want to experiment with different voices and soundscapes on an extended range guitar, this eight-string offers endless possibilities to your playing power. Thanks to the push-pull knobs, you get a variety of tone control that works for shredders and aficionados alike.

Its beautiful poplar burl top in Marina Blue Burst is not only pleasing to the eye, but the artistry on this guitar is incredible, and it looks and plays fantastic. The body is made of swamp ash and is surprisingly lightweight. The neck is made of maple and purpleheart and not only looks cool but plays fantastically smooth considering its width. Don’t be intimidated by the span across the neck because it makes up for it by how thin it is. My tiny hand had no problem adjusting.

The build is sturdy, solid, and with its multi-scale fretboard and bridge, it gives the strings the sonic space it needs, literally. Its size accommodates the scale length of the strings. The thinner gauge strings have a shorter scale so you can still bend them easily and they aren’t too tight or stiff, while the thicker gauge strings have a longer length, so they have more room to vibrate and don’t feel so slinky since you are dealing with lower tunings. So, you get your brutal lows without compromising your clean highs.

All in all, this is a solid option for anyone looking to expand to more strings or wanting to add another 8-string to their collection.

All in all, this is a solid option for anyone looking to expand to more strings or wanting to add another 8-string to their collection.

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For more information and specifications, visit www.cortguitars.com

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