This guitar was brand new when I bought it a year ago for £190. I suppose that it was made in an asian country where the vast majority of the cheaper guitars are manufactured nowadays. The KX-5 features 24 fret maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, tune-o-matic bridge and a couple of humbuckers (they call them motherbuckers). The guitar came with set of strings, tools and a cable. Both the strings and the cable were crappy, but this was expected.
The guitar was initially bought to play heavy metal and rock music in my band but our style changed. I have found that this guitar can be used in other genres and still sound beautiful. Overall the sound is good. Don't expect it to be better than the more expensive guitars such as Fenders or Les Pauls.
The setup was OK. Action at first was a little too high but I soon sorted it out. It's now as low as I could get it without the tone starting to suffer from the fret noise.
Overall impressions of the Cort KX-5 are nothing but great. The guitar have been so good to me, giving me great tones and forgiving me for treating it badly during our gigs. It holds up so well live and I'd not change it for many things. What I love about this guitar is the look, it is simply so gorgeous (I got myself the white version). This guitar is a good choice for beginners because it is not very expensive and sounds much better than the cheap guitars by Stagg or Tenson.