Cort MR-AS Review

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grayn's review of Cort MR-AS

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“A dreadnought shape, with venetian cutaway, this Cort...

Written on: 10/06/2006 by grayn (7 reviews written)

Good Points
Top notch electronics, with piezo and condenser mic blending, for amped up sound.
Nice, warm yet bright acoustic tone.
Very good build quality and a very nice neck to play.

Bad Points
Rather bland looking, overall. The spruce top could have used a bit more help, looks wise. Could use a scratchplate too.

General Comments
A dreadnought shape, with venetian cutaway, this Cort MR-AS is a very professional instrument for a low price tag. The looks lack the wow-factor. That's mainly down the bland spruce top, that isn't enlivened by the Abalone soundhole rosette or the black & white soundboard binding. The back, neck and head look great but the big white soundboard is anaemic.

I was looking for a guitar that was a good acoustic and had the electronics to keep the sound natural, through an amp. The MR-AS was the answer. No doubt about that.

In comparison, I bought the MR-AS a couple of months after I had got a Crafter Keywest dreadnought. Visually the Crafter blows this away. Acoustically they are both great, I slightly prefer the Crafter. Amped up, it's the Cort's turn to kick butt. The Crafter's piezo, although very good, can't compete against the piezo/mic mix of the MR-AS.

Specs: Solid spruce top. Solid mahogany back. Laminated mahogany sides.

Mahogany neck. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Grover

machineheads, with ebony buttons. Fishman Prefix Stereo

Blender pre-amp, controlling piezo and condenser mic.

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