Cort Yorktown-BV Review & Prices

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Cort Yorktown-BV Review
  • From Cort's 2013 Hollow Body series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Spruce top
  • Spruce body
  • Canadian Hard Maple neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Voiced Tone VTH-59 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Voiced Tone VTH-59 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Tune-O-Matic & Bigsby B60 Vibrato bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Vintage Style tuners
  • From Cort's 2013 Hollow Body series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Spruce top
  • Spruce body
  • Canadian Hard Maple neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Voiced Tone VTH-59 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Voiced Tone VTH-59 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Tune-O-Matic & Bigsby B60 Vibrato bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Vintage Style tuners

Verdict: is The Cort Yorktown-BV a Good Guitar?

Made in Indonesia with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It doesn't come with the best pickups, so you might want to upgrade them eventually. It's a well-balanced guitar for playing solos and chords. In general, it offers a good amount of features for the price. But you might want to check other guitars with a better score if you have the budget for it.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 73
Sound 62
Build quality 61
Value for money 70
Overall Score 65
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Cort Yorktown-BV
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Expensive Woods
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Cort Yorktown-BV Prices

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Is the Cort Yorktown-BV a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $480, which means that the Cort Yorktown-BV is within the average price asked for this kind of guitar. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Bigsby Tremolo bridge that are made in Indonesia.

The Cort Yorktown-BV was released in 2013 and is part of the Hollow Body series. It is made in Indonesia (but bear in mind that mass production guitars change factory often). We'll be taking a look at its build quality, tone, playability, versatiliy and some extras to determine how 'good' this guitar is. We'll use these aspects to determine a final score for this guitar, which you can see at the top of this page.

But since we know that this isn't always possible, we'll try our best at reviewing this guitar for you.

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How well is the Cort Yorktown-BV Built?

Where is the Cort Yorktown-BV Made?

Knowing where the guitar 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 guitars 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 Yorktown-BV 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.

Now, let's take a look at the quality of the materials used to build this guitar.

Quality of Wood Used in the Cort Yorktown-BV

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Cort Yorktown-BV:

Spruce wood pattern used for guitar building
Spruce Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Ovangkol wood pattern used for guitar building
Ovangkol Fretboard

The body is made of Spruce. This wood has a light color with tight grain patterns. It's very stiff but relatively light. It's known for producing a well-rounded tone with a broad dynamic range.

The neck is made of Maple. This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Finally, the fretboard material is Ovangkol. It's a beautiful wood that's popular for acoustic guitars. Its tone sits somewhere between rosewood and mahogany, meaning it has a punchy low-end and nice mid-range.

Bridge

The bridge is a Tune-O-Matic & Bigsby B60 Vibrato. This is a classy bridge that will make any guitar look vintage. It's a subtle tremolo, so it won't change the pitch of the strings too much and is very friendly with classic Jazz and other retro genres. The big disadvantage is that it's difficult to change the strings and setup correctly.

Also, if it's not well done, this type of bridge can cause your guitar to get out of tune often. For this reason, it's often better paired with roller saddles.

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 the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Cort Yorktown-BV has 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.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 54
Features 60
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 61

Does the Cort Yorktown-BV Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Like we already wrote, wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

The first step to choosing an electric guitar should be deciding what type of pickups you want. There are multiple configurations and each offers different advantages.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with pickups from one of the top brands. This doesn't mean you will get bad pickups, but you might want to consider a pickup upgrade after some time. The good thing is that pickups are easy to change, so you can do it at home.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Cort Yorktown-BV's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

Next, we can take a look at the quality of the pickups. Some brands like to build their own pickups, but it's preferable when they feature a specialized pickup brand like Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, etc. Unless we're talking about Fender or Gibson, since they build excellent pickups too.

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Bigsby Tremolo Bridge
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Voiced Tone VTH-59 Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Voiced Tone VTH-59 Bridge Pickup
Voiced Tone VTH-59 Neck Pickup
20 Frets
Fixed Bridge
Voiced Tone VTH-59 Bridge Pickup
Voiced Tone VTH-59 Neck Pickup

Versatility

Let's evaluate how much freedom this model gives you to play with more tones, playstyles and genres. We'll take into account things like coil split, fret number, tremolo and the pickup combinations you can have.

Let's start with the switch options. It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Here's the diagram showing the different pickup combinations you can get out of this guitar model:

Cort Yorktown-BV pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Cort Yorktown-BV's switch options

What music genre is the Cort Yorktown-BV good for?

As a 6 strings, Semi-Hollow guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Jazz or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 59
Tuning Stability 60
Sound 62

Is The Cort Yorktown-BV Easy to Play?

The Cort Yorktown-BV meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. 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.

Now let's take a look at the most important measurements and features that will determine the playability of a guitar:

Nut Width

Cort Yorktown-BV Nut Width
Cort Yorktown-BV Nut Width

The Cort Yorktown-BV has a nut width of 41.9mm (1.65''). This is narrower than the typical 43mm (1 11/16") found in electric guitars. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string much easier at the nut.

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 Yorktown-BV's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Cort Yorktown-BV Scale Length Comparison
Cort Yorktown-BV's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

Neck Profile

Cort Yorktown-BV Neck Profile
Cort Yorktown-BV'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 C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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 Yorktown-BV has a fingerboard radius of 12". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Cort Yorktown-BV Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Cort Yorktown-BV's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Cort Yorktown-BV has the same radius across the board.

Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.65'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Cort Yorktown-BV'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.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Frets

The Cort Yorktown-BV has 20 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

Fret Size

Cort Yorktown-BV Fret Size Comparison
Cort Yorktown-BV'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 Yorktown-BV'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 80
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 73

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Cort Yorktown-BV Specs

General
Brand: Cort
Year: 2013
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Hollow Body
Colors: Black Burst
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Spruce
Type: Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Spruce
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic & Bigsby B60 Vibrato
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Vintage Style
Fretboard: Ovangkol
Neck Material: Canadian Hard Maple
Decoration: Rectangular White Pearl
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: C
Frets: 20 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Plastic
Nut Width: 41.9mm (1.65'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Bell
Volume Controls: 2
Tone Controls: 2
Bridge Pickup: Voiced Tone VTH-59 (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Voiced Tone VTH-59 (Humbucker / Passive)