Asian guitarmaker’s new hollowbody looks Gretsch on the outside but is all Gibson under the hood
By Alex Baker
Manufactured in Indonesia, the Yorktown BV features a Bigsby tremelo and controls, that like its dual humbucking pickups, are decidedly more Gibson than Gretsch. And while the guitar’s body and overall style scream Gretsch, there are many other Gibson-esque elements to be found all over the guitar – the Kluson copied tuner knobs, the pickup selector, the circuitry, and even the six-saddle tune-o-matic type bridge.
The Yorktown features a slim, elegant headstock and the 20-fret neck has a sleek rosewood face with simple inlays. The maple neck is glued-in, joining the body at the 14th fret, making it a bit of a stretch to reach the upper six frets.
The guitar’s gold plastic pickguard and Trans Orange finish are classic Gretsch, as are its twin f-holes and single-cutaway, all-acoustic body. The body features a spruce top along with maple sides and back.
Even when it’s not plugged in, the Cort Yorktown BV is reasonably loud by hollowbody standards. Once you plug it in and crank it up, you immediately realize the degree to which, while the Yorktown looks Gretsch, it sounds Gibson. The dual humbuckers produce a powerful, well-balanced tone. The bridge pickup offers a sharper, edgier sound with more midrange. Engaging both pickups simultaneously produces a twangy sound that’s more classically Gretsch.
While clean sounds seem more natural emanating from the Yorktown BV, adding some overdrive or distortion gives it a down and dirty blues feel. However if you do crank up the gain on the Yorktown, it’s a good idea to watch your levels, as all that hollowbody resonance can kick up some pretty major feedback.
Overall build quality on the Yorktown BV is excellent and there really are few guitars out there that so encapsulate the Gretsch look and the Gibson sound; making the Cort Yorktown BV somewhat unique. With a list of $799, it’s also a pretty good guitar for the money.
If you want to know more about the Yorktown BV including a complete rundown of specs, visit the Cort Guitars website.