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Music Gear Review: Cort Gold Series

The Gold Series guitars use Cort’s Aged-to-Vintage (ATV) treatment that allows the solid sitka spruce top to cure and open up over time. ATV acts as torrefication—a heating process that gives the new Cort Gold the big, open tone of a decades-old acoustic guitar. Modern touches include scalloped X-bracing to lighten the guitar’s weight and allow the top to vibrate freely.

The Cort Gold Series’ UV glossy finish is thinner and less constrictive that not only ensures that the bold tone comes through, but also adds to the instrument’s natural beauty. The Gold Series has a tight-fitting traditional dovetail neck joint reinforced with a bolt that maximizes the transfer of tone and enhances resonance.

There are two models in the Cort Gold Series: the Gold-D6 NAT dreadnought (pictured) and the Gold-O6 NAT orchestra model. Both models have solid mahogany back and sides that are bound with black, triple-ply purfling.

The rosewood bridge has ebony pins and the saddle and nut are genuine bone. The mahogany neck has walnut reinforcements and the fingerboard is also rosewood with a rounded edge. Deluxe vintage gold tuners on the black headstock complete the Gold’s look.

With soft-side case, the Gold-D6 or O6 each sell for $799 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com