As my first guitar, I have chosen a cheap, yet quality made model Cort AD810 OP. The guitar is a Dreadnought type with a spruce front plate (laminated). Body and neck are made of mahogany. Fingerboard and bridge are made of rosewood. The guitar is fitted with die-cast tuning machines. The guitar has a scale length 643 mm, 20 frets, the first fret has a width of 43 mm.
Cort AD810 is a decent sounding guitar that is both visually appealing (Open Pore finish) and shows a texture of the wood itself. Manufacturer, while saving on some details, such as printed black rosette and lace etc., but these are on a cheap guitar like this insignificant details. When looking inside a guitar you see the wooden parts trimmed including a sound hole and the frets are cleanly polished. The guitar is shipped with basic setup including a standard action and comes with quality coated strings.
The sound of the guitar can be greatly improved by several small adjustments:
- String Replacement: I have tried the Fender 880L, Rotosound JK11, and D’addario EJ26 strings, and I was pleased with all of them, although each set of strings has a different sound.
- Bridge saddle replacement: This change is cheaper than buying new strings and the result is a very significant shift in the sound quality of the guitar. I have chosen a compensated Buffalo Bone Guitar Bridge Saddle Replacement ZH05600.
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