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Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber vs Cort KX508 Multi Scale II

Reasons to Get
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber over Cort KX508 Multi Scale II

Fret Material
Stainless Steel vs Nickel Silver
Best fret material that will last forever
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Neck Profile
EndurNeck vs D
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Nut Material
Locking vs Plastic
Best tuning stability for intense tremolo usage
Pickup Mods
Series Split vs Multiple
Connects pickups in series to imitate a humbucker
Strings
6 vs 8
Narrower neck and fewer strings to change
Switch Positions
5 vs 3
More tone options
Nut Width
1.417'' (36mm) vs 2.219'' (56.4mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Fretboard Radius
20'' (508mm) vs 15.75'' (400.1mm)
Flatter fretboard makes it easier to play single notes and bend
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Reasons to Get
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II over Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber

Decorative Top
Poplar Burl vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Neck Profile
D vs EndurNeck
Thin and flat neck for playing fast
Pickup Mods
Multiple vs Series Split
Strings
8 vs 6
Allows you to play lower notes
Locking Tuners
Yes vs None
Easier to change strings
Nut Width
2.219'' (56.4mm) vs 1.417'' (36mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Fretboard Radius
15.75'' (400.1mm) vs 20'' (508mm)
More curved fretboard helpful to play chords without muting strings
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output

Other Key Differences
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber vs Cort KX508 Multi Scale II

Bridge Pickup
Strandberg custom OEM bridge humbucker vs Fishman Fluence Modern
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Strandberg custom OEM neck humbucker vs Fishman Fluence Modern
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Basswood vs Okoume
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple vs Purpleheart
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Maple vs Ebony
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
Headless vs 4-4
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Locking vs Plastic
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber vs Cort KX508 Multi Scale II

Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Pickups
HH
High output without hum
Number of Frets
24
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs Medium
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

  • Top Pickup Brand

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Active/Passive Preamp

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Which One is Better Overall?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber is probably the better product overall with its final score of 76 compared to the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's 71 score, although not by a lot.

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber wins when it comes to sound, playability, build quality. On the other hand, the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II has the upper hand when it comes to.

If you got small hands, you'll probably feel more comfortable playing the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber.

Which One is Better for Beginners?

Both meet 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players. If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

New Player Friendliness

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Narrow nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale
  • Locking tuners

New Player Friendliness

Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing an instrument, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Overview

  • From Strandberg's 2022 Boden Standard series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5" to 25"'' scale
  • 20" Fretboard Radius
  • American Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Strandberg custom OEM bridge humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Strandberg custom OEM neck humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Strandberg EGS Rev 7 fixed & string locks bridge
  • EndurNeck Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • At bridge tuners
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Cort KX508 Multi Scale II Overview

  • From Cort's 2022 KX series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 8 strings
  • 28" to 26.5"'' scale
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar Burl top
  • Okoume body
  • 5pcs Maple & Purple Heart neck
  • Macassar Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Individual Hardtail w/ String Thru Body bridge
  • D Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium frets
  • Cort Staggered Locking tuners
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Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar or bass is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple
Basswood wood pattern used for guitar building
Basswood

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America. Find out more about Maple.

Basswood is a lightweight type of wood that isn't as expensive as other popular choices for guitar building. It gives more power to the mid-range frequencies. Its color can vary from pale white to light brown. Find out more about Basswood.

Woods Used in the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II

Purpleheart wood pattern used for guitar building
Purpleheart
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony
Okoume wood pattern used for guitar building
Okoume

Purpleheart (also known as Amaranth) is a hard, dense wood with a brilliant tone. As its name suggests, the purple color makes this wood look exotic.

Ebony is a high-end wood, so it is not cheap. It's only used for fretboards because it's also very heavy. It does an excellent job as a durable material while looking elegant. Find out more about Ebony.

Okoume is an affordable wood and one of the first to replace Mahogany when the prohibitions started. It's generally softer than Mahogany and the tone has warmer lows.

Winner: Cort KX508 Multi Scale II.

Pickup Configuration

Both pickup configurations are HH. Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

Pickups Quality

Both come with very good pickups from at least one of the specialized brands in the market. With pickups like these, you probably won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

We found the same or similar pickups to the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's online:

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's pickups are Passive while the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's are Active.

Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

Winner: Tie.

Versatility Comparison

Some instruments offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber gives you 5 switch options while the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II gives you 3. This means that the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

Both give you different pickup mod options.

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber offers Series Split.

The Series Split feature allows it to split and connect some of the pickups in series. When wired in series, the resulting tone is similar to a Humbucker's. The pickups will work together and produce a fuller tone with more output than single-coils, but less than Humbuckers.

On the other hand, the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II comes with the following: Coil Split, Multi-Voicing.

Coil Split lets you disconnect one of the pickup coils. When used with humbuckers, it turns them into single-coil with lower output and cleaner tone.

Multi-Voicing means the pickups come with multiple ''voices'', which means they can change the tone and gain by a simple switch or knob. Piezo, Fishman and similar are considered multi-voicing pickups.

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber doesn't come with pickup switching options.

Cort KX508 Multi Scale II pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber
Pickups 85
Sustain 75
Versatility 83
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 82
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
Pickups 85
Sustain 75
Versatility 70
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 76

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the instrument. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber compares to the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II.

Country of Origin

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. Both in this comparison where made in Indonesia.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

Winner: Tie

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber has a Locking nut. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune stability.

On the other hand, the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II comes with a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

Winner: Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber.

Fret Material

Most fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most instruments end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive models come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

In this comparison, the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

Winner: Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

Both come with a similar bridge: Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

The Cort KX508 Multi Scale II has the best tuners of the two because they are locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune it without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Nevertheless, the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber has a locking nut, so it should have even better tune stability and doesn't need locking tuners.

Winner: Cort KX508 Multi Scale II.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to a guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split, Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber
Quality of materials 61
Features 65
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 69
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
Quality of materials 45
Features 70
Quality Control 75
Build Quality 63

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare their playability. Bear in mind that the instrument will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test before buying. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the instrument for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar might be to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when it comes to feeling of the instrument in your hands. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Nut Width
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Nut Width
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II Nut Width
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II has the wider nut with 56.4mm (2.219'') vs 36mm (1.417''). This is a 20.4mm (0.802'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's Scale Length
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's Scale Length
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's Scale Length
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

In this case, both have a multi-scale. The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber has a 25.5" to 25" scale, and the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II features a 28" to 26.5" size.

They incorporate two scale lengths at the same time. This is present in some instruments with long scale to give different tension to the lower strings than the higher strings. The thickest strings need more tension to avoid fret buzz (especially when tuned low), so the scale is longer for these strings, while the thinnest strings will need less tension (because they have a lower gauge), so they have a shorter scale to reduce stiffness for bends.

It can feel awkward if you've never played a multi-scale because the frets will have more separation for the higher strings, but a lot of people love their versatility.

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Neck Profile
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's neck profile
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II Neck Profile
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

In this case, both have different neck shapes:

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber has a C type of neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

The Cort KX508 Multi Scale II, on the other hand, has a D neck. This is a thin and flat neck that is made for playing fast. If you prefer a neck that doesn't get in your way when soloing, this is the shape you should use. Guitarists that prefer to have a bit more grip won't like this type of neck.

Fretboard Radius

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Fingerboard Radius
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's Fingerboard radius
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II Fingerboard Radius
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's Fingerboard radius

Most guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's fingerboard radius is smaller, which means it's more curved than the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's. This extra arc will make playing chords easier in this model. You won't be as likely to mute the strings, especially if you have big hands. However, playing single notes and bending will be easier on the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II favors large hands more than the Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber.

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber:
Big Hands
Small Hands
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II:
Big Hands
Small Hands

Fret Size

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Frets Size
Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber's Frets Size
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II Frets Size
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's Frets Size

The Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber has Medium Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Cort KX508 Multi Scale II's Medium frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber
Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 80
Playability 78
Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 65
Solo Playability 80
Playability 75

Specs Side-by-Side

Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber vs Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
General Strandberg Boden Standard NX 6 Amber Cort KX508 Multi Scale II
Brand: Strandberg Cort
Year: 2022 2022
Configuration: HH HH
Strings: 6 8
Made in: Indonesia Indonesia
Series: Boden Standard KX
Colors: Green, Yellow Blue Burst
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: American Basswood Okoume
Bridge: Strandberg EGS Rev 7 fixed & string locks Individual Hardtail w/ String Thru Body
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: At bridge Cort Staggered Locking
Fretboard: Maple Macassar Ebony
Neck Material: Maple 5pcs Maple & Purple Heart
Decoration: Offset Luminlay Dots Tear Drop
Scale Size: 25.5" to 25" 28" to 26.5"
Shape: EndurNeck D
Thickness: 1st Fret: 1.2'' (30.5mm) - 12th Fret: 1.1'' (27.9mm) 1st Fret: - 12th Fret:
Frets: 24 Medium Jumbo Stainless Steel 24 Medium Nickel Silver
Fretboard Radius: 20" 15.75"
Nut: Locking Plastic
Nut Width: 36mm (1.417'') 56.4mm (2.219'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Strandberg custom OEM bridge humbucker (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
Middle Pickup:
Neck Pickup: Strandberg custom OEM neck humbucker (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Modern (Humbucker / Active)
Switch: 5 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Dome Dome
Pickup Mods: Series Split Coil Split, Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 1 1