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Cort gets edgy with the sand-blasted KX300 Etched electric guitar

(Image credit: Cort Guitars)

We first laid eyes on the Cort KX300 Etched at winter NAMM in January, and now the company has officially released the modern metal machine to the masses.

The new electric guitar features a sand-blasted solid ash top and mahogany body offered in two “edgy” color variants: Both sport a matte black finish, but with either red or gold paint applied only to the wood's grains to accentuate the raw, natural quality of the top.

Other features on the double-cutaway design include a hard maple neck and a 24-fret pau ferro fingerboard with a 15.75-inch radius and “raindrop” inlays, as well as a newly designed high-mass hardtail bridge.

Pickups, meanwhile, are a pair of EMG RetroActive Super 77’s, which start with a traditionally wound PAF-style humbucker and incorporate a preamp to provide a clear high output with “superb articulation and focus on the low strings and a singing high-end.”

What’s more, the humbucker colors correspond to the respective finishes offered on the models.

The KX300 Etched is offered for $749.99. For more information, head to Cort (opens in new tab).

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.