Cort expands its Gold Series with the Fishman Flex Blend-equipped Gold-OC8 Orchestra model

Cort Gold-OC8
(Image credit: Cort)

In recent times, Cort has unveiled some fairly impressive Gold Series acoustic guitars – most notably the four-and-a-half star-rated Gold-A6 and the four star-rated Gold-OC6.

Now, the boutique acoustic brand is aiming to hit another home run with the lineup’s latest entry, the single-cutaway Orchestra Model Gold-OC8.

Sporting a solid spruce top – as is the case for the rest of the Gold Series guitars – and solid pau ferro back and sides, the 25.3”-scale model seeks to emulate the feel and tone of 1920s pre-war acoustics.

Cort Gold-OC8

(Image credit: Cort)

In a bid to achieve this goal, the Gold-OC8 features Cort’s hand-scalloped x-bracing and Aged to Vintage torrefied wood, which strives to give the all-new instrument a decades-old tone characterized by a more open sonic character.

This is emphasized by the “sonically enhanced UV finish” – a thin external finishing layer added due to its instrument-protecting and tone-enhancing properties.

As for the DoubleLock-jointed neck – constructed from walnut-reinforced mahogany using CNC machines to ensure consistently comfortable profiles – Cort has kitted out its latest release with an ebony fretboard, which is topped with some tasty inlay artwork and 20 hand-rolled, smooth-edge frets.

Ebony is also used for both the bridge and bridge pins, with finishing aesthetic touches arriving in the form of white binding with triple-plying purfling, deluxe gold tuners and an abalone rosette.

Under the hood, the Gold-OC8 comes equipped with Fishman’s Flex Blend system, which utilizes volume, tone, phase and blend controls – as well as a built-in tuner – in order to control the onboard soundhole-mounted electret-condenser cardioid microphone.

The Gold-OC8 will be available for $1,499.

To find out more, visit Cort.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.