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CORT FLOW OC | REVIEW

Published 7 months ago on December 13, 2023

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Cort Flow OC

MSRP (UK) £1049  (US) $1500

Cort's new Flow Series is the result of expertly carried out research and tests to launch an innovative guitar most suited for fingerstyle artists and enthusiasts. In this review, Nick Jennison takes a look at the Cort Flow OC featuring an OM body-sized guitar with completely redesigned asymmetric neck profile. Billed as a playing experience that is more comfortable yet faster, that facilitates more versatility than ever—Let's see if it lives up to the hype.

If guitarists are notoriously conservative when it comes to advances in technology, then acoustic guitarists are positively puritanical. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a fine motto, but there are times I find myself craving some modern creature comforts in an acoustic guitar.

That said, I don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and I'd still like a guitar that looks and sounds like a traditional acoustic. Fortunately for me, Cort has struck this balance just right with their new "Flow" series. These attractive spruce-topped instruments are positively dripping with player-focussed tweaks that add up to a fabulous playing experience.

Perhaps the least visually obvious feature - but also the one that's the most immediately apparent to the player - is the neck. It's a super ergonomic asymmetrical "C/D" shape with plenty of meat on the bass side for grabbing "thumb-over" chords, but a slimmer treble side for easy stretches and fast passages. Combine this with rolled fretboard edges, fatter-than-usual fretwire and a wider-than-usual 44.5mm string spacing, and you have a guitar that'll keep pace with even your trickiest chops.

The body shape is a compact "orchestra" shape that has a little of that "classical guitar" look about it. It's made entirely of solid woods, with rosewood back and sides and a red cedar top, which lends a "seasoned" quality that you won't find on a spruce-topped dread. There's a bit of a trade-off on strumming authority, but what you get in exchange is some wonderful detail and projection for flatpicking, fingerstyle and hybrid picking - which makes sense given this guitar practically cries out for intricate styles.

Electronics come courtesy of an LR Baggs Anthem system, which is unquestionably one of the best pickup systems on the market. Nestled neatbly in the soundhole, you get a volume, a tone control and a phase switch to defeat feedback, and that's it - which is frankly more than enough given the natural, clear tone this pickup produces.

It's a common epithet to say that a player-focussed acoustic guitar "plays like an electric", but that's not the case here. The Cort Flow-OC is its own beast entirely, and is an acoustic through and through, but it also happens to be one of the easiest (and most rewarding) to play acoustics I've ever laid hands on. If you've got the chops and don't want to be held back by your guitar, then this might be the instrument for you!

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