Cort G290 LE & X300 LE Mosaic review

With boutique features and killer price tags, these new limited-edition Cort models are an absolute steal

Cort G290 LE and X300 LE Mosaic
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Super-playable, with a wide range of tones at a more than decent price, these Corts are serious shredders with a bit of depth to them. Okay, so we are not sold on the Mosaic's finish, but it's a screamer, while the G290 might just be the affordable boutique HH S-style you've been looking for.


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    The G290 has boutique quality, tone and performance.

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    Jaw-dropping price.

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    The Mosaic is a classic 80s rock and metal beast.

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    Great feel and tone.


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    You'll love or hate the Mosaic's finish.

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    The weight could be an issue for some of you.

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Last year, Cort released the sub-£1,000 G290 FAT, the greatest giant killer since David smacked Goliath on the nut with a pebble. Priced at a mere £579, this exceptional guitar set its sights on the boutique market and minds were blown. 

Now the brand has released a limited-edition mahogany-riddled version and what looks like a strummable chessboard. Time for some cross examination… The G290 LE on trial today is a limited-edition version of that groundbreaking G290. 

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Ed Mitchell

Ed Mitchell was Reviews Editor on Total Guitar magazine from 2003, and his guitar-modding column, Ed’s Shed, appeared in print on both sides of the Atlantic (in both Total Guitar and Guitar World magazines). He was the Editor of The Blues Magazine from 2012-16, and a contributor to Guitarist, Classic Rock and Louder. He died in October 2022, aged 52. Between them, the websites Guitar World, Louder and MusicRadar host over 400 of his articles – among them interviews with Billy Gibbons, Paul Weller, Brian Setzer, profiles on Roy Buchanan, Duane Allman and Peter Green, a joint interview with Jimmy Page and Jack White, and dozens of guitar reviews – and that’s just the ones that made it online.