Cort Gold Series Mini Electric Acoustic
Cort makes its intentions for the Gold Mini F very clear by selecting a torrefied solid Adirondack spruce top as this guitar’s leading feature. Adi, as it’s affectionally known, is the same wood used on highly-coveted prewar Martins. On higher-end modern instruments it’s usually an expensive upgrade from the more common Sitka spruce. It’s surprising, though very much welcome, to see this tonewood on an affordably priced, Chinese-made instrument such as this. Upon opening the case, I was immediately struck by how handsome this guitar is, mostly because of its attention-grabbing top.
Solid mahogany back and sides help give the guitar an elegant, vintage-style appearance, while gold-plated tuners and an abalone rosette supply just enough swank to strengthen the case for the Gold Mini F’s upmarket aspirations without appearing gaudy or excessive. It’s a sharp guitar that will catch some eyes if you take it out on a gig.
Playing the Gold Mini F is fun and easy. With a 22.8-inch scale and 1-11/16-inch nut width, the neck is noticeably short, but it’s easy to adjust and start maneuvering around without really thinking about it.
The 3/4-size dreadnought body sounds like what you’d expect from a full-size dreadnought, just a bit scaled-down. Given the excellent wood selection, it should be no surprise that this is a resonant guitar with a lot of character, but it’s unexpected how much it rewards digging in with a pick. While naturally lacking the deep, resonant bass notes of a gold-standard dreadnought like a Martin D-28, the Gold Mini F still has a pretty wide frequency range and punchy mids. And though I didn’t try it myself, the way this guitar is voiced leads me to believe that Nashville tuning would really sing on the Gold Mini F.
The Gold Mini F is outfitted with an onboard Fishman Flex Plus system, which features an under-the-saddle Sonicore pickup and three low-profile knobs for volume, bass, and treble. When plugging in acoustic guitars with piezo pickups, I’m a big fan of using vintage tube amps for warmth and character, so I played the Gold Mini F through my 1970s Fender Champ. This opened up the guitar’s sound quite a bit; it allowed access to a wide frequency range and granted access to those big bass frequencies that were lacking acoustically. It’s easy to close your eyes and forget how tiny this guitar is once it’s plugged in!
The onboard pickup makes the Gold Mini F a solid asset to have around as an addition to a live rig or for home recording. If your set requires multiple guitars for alternate tunings, this little guitar would be a great way to lessen your gig load-in without sacrificing tone. Speaking of carrying it to a show, Cort sends the Gold Mini F in an upgraded case from the other Mini models. The included gig bag has thick foam padding with a heavy-duty reinforced neck block and padded back straps, so it’s ready to get tossed in the back seat.
Ultimately, the Gold Mini F is an impressive little guitar that is outfitted to handle a variety of playing duties. It’s affordable enough just for fun or travel, but it also sounds and looks good and has enough novel features to work it into your regular arsenal.
BODY 3/4-size dreadnought; torrefied solid Adirondack spruce top with hand scalloped x-bracing; solid mahogany back and sides; black binding with triple-ply purpling; abalone rosette; UV finish
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