Cort The Black Tree Review & Prices

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  • From Cort's 2020 Limited series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Solid Flamed Blackwood (Master Grade) top
  • Solid Flamed Blackwood (Master Grade) back
  • Solid Flamed Blackwood (Master Grade) sides
  • Walnut Reinforced Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: L.R.Baggs Anthem (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony w/ Ebony Pins bridge
  • Acoustic Ergo-A Asymmetric Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh SGL510Z Gold tuners
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 73
Sound 88
Build quality 87
Value for money 78
Overall Score 83
Tone Evaluation
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  • Funk
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Cort The Black Tree
  • Expensive Wood
  • Black Tusq XL Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Black Tusq XL Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $330, which means that the Cort The Black Tree costs around 506% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in Indonesia.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Cort The Black Tree meets 3 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not recommended for complete beginners. 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 to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Cort The Black Tree
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable shape
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Soft Strings
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Cort The Black Tree's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Cort The Black Tree's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Cort The Black Tree Scale Length Comparison
Cort The Black Tree's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

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Neck Profile

Cort The Black Tree Neck Profile
Cort The Black Tree's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a Asymmetrical type neck. The shape is Asymmetrical. Even though it looks like a poorly-made job, it's, in fact, the shape that most naturally adapts to the arc that your hand makes when grabbing a guitar neck. You'll notice that the lower part of your palm makes a more pronounced, deeper curve while the upper part makes a more subtle arch. This is the shape that adapts the best to that natural shape of your hand.

Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Cort The Black Tree has a 15.748" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Cort The Black Tree Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Cort The Black Tree's fretboard radius compared to others

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Cort The Black Tree has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

25.5'' Scale Length
Asymmetrical Neck Profile
1.752'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Asymmetrical Neck Profile
1.752'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.3'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.772'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.75'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.3'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.748'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Cort The Black Tree Nut Width
Cort The Black Tree Nut Width

The Cort The Black Tree has a nut width of 44.5mm (1.752''). This is within the most common range of nut widths for a 6-string guitar. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Cort The Black Tree Fret Size Comparison
Cort The Black Tree's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Cort The Black Tree's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 70
Playability 73

Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood

Blackwood wood pattern used for guitar building
Blackwood Top, Back, Sides
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Blackwood Top, Back and Sides: It's even harder and denser than Ebony, and it looks similar to Mahogany but with a darker color. As a tonewood, it's also similar to Mahogany but still distinct with a lot of clarity and crisp sound.

Mahogany Neck: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: LR Baggs. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

Sound Score

Sustain 95
Versatility 85
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 88

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Cort The Black Tree is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Bridge

Ebony w/ Ebony Pins: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Cort The Black Tree has a Black Tusq XL nut. It's not made of plastic or low-quality materials. They're made to resemble the sound you get from bone and ivory nuts, but with slippery materials so the intonation and tuning are stable. Also, each nut is carefully cut to ensure you won't have tune stabilization problems.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 95
Features 85
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 87

All Specs

Cort The Black Tree
General
Brand: Cort
Year: 2020
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Limited
Colors: Light Burst
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Flame Maple
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Flamed Blackwood (Master Grade)
Bridge: Ebony w/ Ebony Pins
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Gotoh SGL510Z Gold
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Walnut Reinforced Mahogany
Decoration: Custom Black Tree Inlay
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: Acoustic Ergo-A Asymmetric
Frets: 20 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 15.748"
Nut: Black Tusq XL
Nut Width: 44.5mm (1.752'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs:
Volume Controls: 0
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: L.R.Baggs Anthem (Preamp / Active)

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