I was originally looking for a Les Paul when I bought this guitar. The problem was that I couldn't afford a brand new Gibson and second hand ones were scarce at the time. The only one I could find was a white 1981 LP Custom that was in the music store where I bought this Cort. The manager of the store showed me this guitar and urged me to try it since he knows me and knows I'm always looking for the best possible quality at the lowest possible price. I compared the 2 guitars and heard and felt little difference. The used LP was $1200 canadian and the new Cort was $788 canadian so I opted for the Cort which turned out to be more versitile anyways.
If something ever happened to this guitar I'd definately buy another one, because they are priced affordably and they sound just as good as guitars that are priced thousands of dollars more. At the price this guitar is listed I doubt you'll find much better in the same price range and I wouldn't make any suggestions about improving on it other than maybe putting in a better volume pot. Anything more than that and they couldn't possibly keep it priced this low.
I love the versitily of this guitar. It's managed to keep up with any style I can throw at it from heavily distorted hard rock, to mellow jazz, to funk, and the blues.
The only flaws I've seen or heard of with these guitars are superficial ones. My guitar has some bleed from the stain that goes over the binding in some spots and upon real close inspection of the body's finish you can see a spot behind the bridge where the laquer ran a bit after being hung up to dry. Nothing that would affect the sound or playability of this guitar and you'd have to be really nit picking about it's appearance in order to notice these flaws. It's a good thing to notice such miniscule details though, because it'll make the guitar easier to spot in a pawn shop if it ever gets stolen.
Price: $788.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Steele Music East, Moncton, NB, Canada
Korean made six string guitar with Agathis (a type of mahogony) body, and a set in maple neck, with a rosewood fretboard. It has 21 jumbo frets on it's 24.74" scale, a bound body, neck and headstock; and mother of pearl inlays. The guitar has a 3 way selector switch with one volume and tone control respectively, and a H/H pickup configuration with a pull pot for the tone control which allows coil splitting. The pickups are a pair of passive Mighty Mite Blue Growlers. The finish on this particular specimen is transparent purple (which was discontinued on this model after 1999), which really highlights it's quilted maple top. The body is a double cutaway style body which seems to be mistaken for a Paul Reed Smith alot, with a tunomatic style bridge and non locking tuners.
I like a low action but with minimal amount of fret buzz. The guitar came from the music store set just how I like it. The tune-o-matic style bridge makes obtaining this setup a breeze, although it's rare that I've had to make adjustments. The neck has a 12" radius and fits into my hands quite comfortably. It feels quite similar in feel to a Gibson Les Paul. In fact, I had my eye on a used 1981 white Les Paul Custom that was for sale in the same store for $1200 Canadian when I found this guitar. They felt almost identical.
I own a Peavey "classic chorus" in which I bypass the preamp section in favour of a Peavey Rock Master rack mounted tube preamp. This has been my setup for about 3 years now, however I also own a Peavey Tube Classics stereo power amp which is rated at 60 watts per channel and am in the process of buying a 4x10 cabinet so I can use an all tube setup. I've also played this guitar through a Laney which my singer owns. For effects I have a Dunlop Jimi Hendrix Series Wah, Ibanez delay, Boss chorus, DOD flanger, Tokai compressor, Ibanez volume pedal, and a Boss noise supressor (the guitar isn't all that noisey but with all these effects in the chain ANY guitar is noisey). The only time I've had noise from this guitar that was enough to mention is with distortion while the coils are split, but even the best of strats that I've played will do this...it's a single coil thing.
I mainly play hard rock but I also enjoy playing Jazz, Blues and Funk. It sounds amazing for rock styles with lots of distortion. The pickups have an almost vintage quality to them but they are quite capable getting the more modern tones that I sometimes want.
This guitar was intended for playing blues on, so it is no surprise to me that when I play blues stuff on it I can get some really authentic blues tones from it. Putting the selector switch in the neck position can also yield some convincing jazz tones too. If you want to get a good funk sound out of it all you have to do is split the coils by pulling up on the tone control. When played clean, the bridge position is a little bright for my tastes when it's split but that's just my opinion (I'm usually more of a humbucker kind of guy). The neck position however sounds really sweet played clean with the coils split. On the rare occasion that I feel the need to split the coils this is the position I use (lots of bottom and clear highs like using the neck pickup of a strat).
This is one of the most versitile guitars I've played and if I need a certain sound this guitar can usually come reasonably close. If you're a player that likes to have a variety of sounds at his disposal but can't afford to own multiple guitars, this guitar is worth checking out. I've used it on stage and in the studio and I've always had good results no matter what the style. The only thing I'd change would be the volume pot...I find on this guitar that the volume gets cut off prematurely once you get down around one...since I sometimes like to use volume swells this can be a bit of a nusence to me, since sometimes my volume pedal isn't always the best method for some volume swells.
I've only had this guitar for a few gigs but I feel it's going to be a great live guitar. It stays in tune well and it's eye catching because of it's classy vintage looks. This is the guitar I use when asked to play formal occasions such as weddings.
Living in an area where drastic temperature changes are the norm I've rarely had to take this guitar into the shop for a pro setup. Since I bought this guitar a little over a year ago it's seen the repair shop bench only once for a free warranty setup were I had the repair man set up the bridge for my prefered string gauge (11's)
I removed the strap buttons immediately after bought the guitar and replaced them with strap locks, which is not to say anything was wrong with the buttons, just that I would rather not take any chances. I do this with every guitar I buy.
Price: $699.00 (new)
Where Obtained: the music shop
this guitar is very sweet.most people don't think highly of cort but they are making better guitars now and stand behind them with lifetime warintys. i have two of them and they are both great quailty guitars..get one as soon as you can
its easy to fret ..easy for barre chords..awsome for lead
great sound ..no dingy sounds at all just pure out sweetness
nice strong solid body ..no need to worry about anything happening to it