Cort Earth Mini, L900P and M600T Kailua HI

The Earth Mini is a compact flat-top for travel, the L900P is a parlor-sized acoustic aimed at vintage Martin fans, and the M600T is a stylish, trem-equipped solidbody with EMG passive humbuckers. Let’s see what each has to offer.

Coconut Grove Music
(808) 262-9977
418 Kuulei Rd
Kailua, HI
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Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Custom Audio, Inc.
(808) 235-5303
46-012 Alaloa St
Kaneohe, HI

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(808) 236-2766
46-003 Alaloa Street
Kaneohe, HI
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Sound Reinforcement, DJ Equipment
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Mon-Fri 10am - 7pm
Sat 10am - 3pm

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Tapestry Karaoke & Sound
(808) 988-3078
3263 Manoa Rd
Honolulu, HI
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Recording Equipment

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(808) 595-7204
3064 Polohinano Pl
Honolulu, HI
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Drums & Percussion

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Downtown Sound
(808) 218-3161
Po Box 1009
Kaneohe, HI
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Digital Piano, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, DJ Equipment

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(808) 236-4232
46 022 Alaloa St 208
Kaneohe, HI
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Ukuleles Hawaii
(808) 395-4633
7327 Kauhako St
Honolulu, HI

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Mozart Music House
(808) 537-3441
720 Iwilei Rd
Honolulu, HI
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(808) 735-2866
3457 Waialae Ave
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Cort Earth Mini, L900P and M600T

Tested By Art Thompson

INTRODUCED THIS YEAR FROM CORT ARE THREE guitars that are designed to fill important niches for acoustic and electric players who want quality tones and playability for a reasonable price. The Earth Mini is a compact flat-top for travel, the L900P is a parlor-sized acoustic aimed at vintage Martin fans, and the M600T is a stylish, trem-equipped solidbody with EMG passive humbuckers. Let’s see what each has to offer.

EARTH MINI

CORT_EarthMini-02Featuring a mini dreadnought-style body, the Earth Mini offers such full-sized construction details as a solid Engelmann spruce top, laminated mahogany back and sides, a dovetail neck joint, and a 2-way adjustable trussrod. The construction is good too, with tight joints between the neck and body and a near spotless satin finish. The frets are properly shaped, though not highly polished, but they’re also a tad sticky on the ends. Likewise, the rather large plastic nut is perfectly slotted but has corners that are sharp enough to cut your skin. A peek inside reveals nicely shaped and sanded braces, and no signs of excess glue or wood debris. The ornamentation is tastefully limited to a red pearloid rosette, a cream-colored heel cap, and tiny pearl dots on the fretboard.

The Earth Mini plays well and has a springy, tactile feel when tuned to standard pitch. The intonation is musical and the overall voicing is sweet and clear with the added warmth that mahogany brings to the recipe. Using a minimal finish on this guitar definitely helps the resonance, and the projection and overall balance are surprisingly good. The Earth Mini’s voice blends well with standard sized guitars, and its lively sound finds a cool place in the mix without any tendencies toward sounding either honky or thin.

In a nutshell, the Earth Mini is a satisfying little instrument that’s ideal for songwriting, weekend getaways, and jamming with friends. The included padded gig bag has room for slides, strings, and a tuner, and it allows you to stash the Earth Mini just about anywhere. Affordability goes hand-inhand with most 3/4-sized acoustics, but the Earth Mini brings the pricing to a level that anyone can afford.

L900P

L900PFans of Martin 00-28 “parlor” guitars who can’t afford their steep prices will love what the L900P brings to the party. Featuring a mahogany neck with slotted rosewoodfaced headstock, a diamond volute, and an ebony fretboard with gleaming snowflake inlays, the L900P is a sweet looker. It gets better too as you gaze on the herringbone binding that graces the solid cedar top, the abalone rosette, and the black bridge pins with their gold and abalone tops. There’s also binding around the solid rosewood back, which has a sweet looking wooden center strip that extends up through the endpin area.

The L900P’s 19 small frets are not highly polished, but they are set evenly and have reasonably smooth ends. Despite the instrument’s fairly low action there’s no significant string buzz, and the intonation is also musical...

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