The flagship of the ever popular and venerated X Series, the X700 Duality combines boutique quality materials, the highest quality hardware components, Seymour Duncan pickups, visual pizazz and world class craftsmanship to provide an instrument that not only looks chic and daring but plays exceptionally fast and is versatile enough to cover virtually any musical genre and style.
Flamed Maple Top on Swamp Ash Body
The Swamp Ash body provides a warm and full-bodied tone while the Flame Maple top not only adds beauty but tightens up the overall sound with strong high-midrange and brilliance. The strikingly figured Flame Maple top and Swamp Ash complement each other perfectly to produce a warm yet punchy high-midrange sound that will cut through the mix with authority.
Seymour Duncan® SH2N & TB4 Humbucker
The Seymour Duncan TB4 bridge humbucker and SH2N neck humbucker combined with a special 5-way wiring present all of the great modern and classic humbucker tones and two exceptional single-coil sounds for unmatched versatility with a clean and simple control layout. From over-the-top metal and shred to jazzy warmth and sparkling clean, the sounds are always musical with clarity as well as depth.
Custom Wired Electronics
The simple yet versatile control layout provides all the sounds the player needs while allowing the player to focus on playing and making music. The 5-way switch is custom-wired to provide glassy and sparkling single-coil sounds in the 2nd and 4th positions as well as the full-bodied and powerful humbucker sounds in the bridge, middle and neck positions.
Cort® CFA-III Tremolo
The hardware also has a significant influence on the acoustic characteristics of the guitar and the X700 Duality features the Cort CFA-III Tremolo System with metal injection molding manufacturing technique with stainless steel used on the saddle, bridge plate and the block for a big, solid, bold and articulate sound as well as enhanced sustain. The staggered locking tuners provide excellent tuning stability as well as ease of tuning and string changes. A simple, elegant and efficient way of tuning, these tuners will allow you to focus on your playing.
Recessed Tremolo Route For Raising & Lowering Pitch
The recessed tremolo bridge allows for pull-ups to raise the pitch as well as pushing down for lowering the pitch, providing further tremolo versatility.
3-piece Maple & Panga Panga Neck
The strength and brightness of Maple is ideally balanced with the warm midrange of Panga Panga, resulting in superb playability, feel and tonal definition.
There are many types of woods that are used for fingerboard but no other compares to the jet-black beauty and slick smoothness of Ebony.
Luminlay Side Dots
The Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see the fretboard position markers when performing on dark stages.
Stainless Steel Frets
Stainless steel frets boast excellent resistance to corrosion. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and a clear tone when playing single notes.
Cort® Staggered Locking Machine Heads
The locking machine heads provide superb tuning stability by eliminating string slippage at the posts while facilitating quick string changes.
BODY: Swamp Ash or Sassafras*
TOP: Flamed Maple
NECK: 3-piece Maple & Panga Panga
FRETS: 24 (Stainless Steel)
SCALE: 25.5" (648㎜)
TUNERS: Cort® Staggered Locking Machine Heads
BRIDGE: Cort® CFA-III Tremolo
PICKUPS: Seymour Duncan® SH2N & TB4 Humbucker
ELECTRONICS: 1 Volume, 1 Tone, 5 Way Toggle Switch
STRINGS: D'Addario® YB EXL120
As our world’s environment goes through an unprecedented period of rapid change, it was inevitable that our industry would also be affected and that we need to adapt to do what is the best for the environment at large as well as finding solutions to provide the best musical instruments possible. One impact felt by our industry is the extreme scarcity of a beloved and venerable tone wood: Swamp Ash. It is now a matter of when, not if, this wood will no longer be available for use on the production of electric guitars.
Fortunately, there are alternatives that are both environmentally friendly as well as being viable tone woods with attractive visual and tonal characteristics. Of the alternatives available, Sassafras has become a favorite amongst guitar manufacturers and for a good reason. Aesthetically, it looks very similar to Swamp Ash with familiar grain patterns. Tonally, it isn’t exactly like Swamp Ash but has its own very positive attributes that make it an ideal substitute as an electric guitar body wood.
With this industry shift in mind, Cort are now using Sassafras on four of their popular models: the G290 FAT, X700 Duality, KX508MS and the GB64JJ. So, the million-dollar question is: how does Sassafras sound compared to Swamp Ash? We can confidently say that it sounds great but slightly different. Overall, Sassafras sounds bigger with more low-midrange girth while maintaining the general tightness and punch that Swamp Ash is renowned for. Swamp Ash favors the high-midrange and is still a little tighter in the lows. Sonically, Sassafras can be described as being somewhere in between Alder and Swamp Ash but still leaning towards the character of the latter.