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    Hi guys and gals, I usually post in EG but recently picked up this 70's (78?) Cortez J200 (Gibson SJ200 copy), and am trying to find as much info on this guitar line as I can. I've done a lot of internet searching and have come up with very limited resources other than the fact that this was the original line of Cort guitars and was started in Japan before being eventually moved to Korea in the 80's. I will say the build quality, playability, and tone are amazing and easily worth the $250 I gave for it. If others are out there that can put me on a path to finding info on this original line of guitars, I'd be most appreciative. I'm very intrigued as to how many other great offerings they produced and might still be out there. I have heard that they made a very close replica of a Martin D-28 back in the day. Anyway, I'd be very grateful for any help. Here's a few pics:










  • #2
    I've got tons of info on Cort and Cortez. Change your offensive sig and I might consider sharing it.
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    • #3
      I've got tons of info on Cort and Cortez. Change your offensive sig and I might consider sharing it.


      Oops, sorry. I forgot that was even still in there it's been so long ago. I guess at my age I should know better. Oh well, it was so funny at the moment, you just had to be there to appreciate it.

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      • #4
        Thank you!

        Michael Wright wrote the definitive history of Cort and Cortez for Vintage Guitar Magazine. The introductory part, which is the pre-Cort background, can be found online here:

        http://www.vintageguitar.com/brands/details.asp?ID=127

        The actual history of Cort as a brand was begun in the January 2001 issue of VG. Part 2 followed in March of '01. The third and final part appeared in April.

        All of these back issues of VG are available from www.jklutherie.com. That's where I purchased mine.

        That's one good-looking guitar, BTW. Enjoy!
        <div class="signaturecontainer"><font color="SeaGreen">Sometimes the only compensation for doing the right thing is knowing that you did.</font><br />
        <font size="1">- John Gorka</font><br />
        <font color="DarkOrange">It's never too late to have a happy childhood.</font><br />
        <font size="1">- Marshall Chapman</font><br />
        <font color="Magenta">Shut up 'n play yer guitar.</font><br />
        <font size="1">- Frank Zappa</font><br />
        <br />
        <font color="RoyalBlue">Adjunct member, IK(H?)FC III</font><br />
        <font color="DarkOrchid">Steering Committee, Psalm 19 Society (IKFC IV)</font><br />
        <font size="1">Yamaha G-120 wabi-sabi classical: Just another good ol' Yammie Lammie</font></div>

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        • #5
          Thank you!

          Michael Wright wrote the definitive history of Cort and Cortez for Vintage Guitar Magazine. The introductory part, which is the pre-Cort background, can be found online here:

          http://www.vintageguitar.com/brands/details.asp?ID=127

          The actual history of Cort as a brand was begun in the January 2001 issue of VG. Part 2 followed in March of '01. The third and final part appeared in April.

          All of these back issues of VG are available from www.jklutherie.com. That's where I purchased mine.

          That's one good-looking guitar, BTW. Enjoy!


          Thanks. I had already read that article and done some other internet research, but haven't found much. I was hoping maybe you had some other sources that could give me some good reading material.

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          • #6
            Thanks. I had already read that article and done some other internet research, but haven't found much. I was hoping maybe you had some other sources that could give me some good reading material.


            If it's out there, I sure haven't been able to find it. Cort's USA website doesn't tell you much, and I've never been able to get the Korean one to work properly. Westheimer/Cort's attention is focused on their OEM customers, whose production far outweighs those branded as Cort. They seem to be much more active as a brand overseas - particularly in the UK and Australia, but very much under the radar in the US. Even Parkwoods, sold as part of the Cort family elsewhere, are run as a separate operation in the US, and sold only through the GC/MF123 family. Cort US seems to be much more about the electrics than the acoustics. FWIW, I love my solid-top Earth GC. Just a fine little guitar.
            <div class="signaturecontainer"><font color="SeaGreen">Sometimes the only compensation for doing the right thing is knowing that you did.</font><br />
            <font size="1">- John Gorka</font><br />
            <font color="DarkOrange">It's never too late to have a happy childhood.</font><br />
            <font size="1">- Marshall Chapman</font><br />
            <font color="Magenta">Shut up 'n play yer guitar.</font><br />
            <font size="1">- Frank Zappa</font><br />
            <br />
            <font color="RoyalBlue">Adjunct member, IK(H?)FC III</font><br />
            <font color="DarkOrchid">Steering Committee, Psalm 19 Society (IKFC IV)</font><br />
            <font size="1">Yamaha G-120 wabi-sabi classical: Just another good ol' Yammie Lammie</font></div>

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            • #7
              The problem with MIJ guitars of that era is that there is a fine line between fact and folklore. There were so many guitars built and some of excellent quality but the builders and factories were interwoven. It reminds me of the USA in the 40s' when Regal, Harmony, Kay, and others built guitars for each other in Chicago.

              IMO The important thing on these guitars is to just take them on their own merit. Overall condition, quality of materials, Is it solid wood. How does it play, how does it sound, and quality of craftsmanship?

              By the way it's a beautiful guitar and if it's half as nice as you say it is you made a fantastick deal. There was a thread on Cortez guitars a few weeks back on this forum if you care to dig through the archives.

              Congrats on a beautiful guitar.:thu:

              We have some members who are in Japan that may have better answers if they happen to pass by.:idea::wave:
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              • #8
                Few snippets only sorry....

                https://www.bluebookinc.com/download/Category.aspx?product=ACOUSTIC&id=143

                http://www.guitarsite.com/database/Resources/rec/6113/

                Electric
                http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/brand/Cortez

                https://www.bluebookinc.com/download/Category.aspx?product=ELECTRIC&id=207
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                • #9
                  love:love:

                  Hi guys and gals, I usually post in EG but recently picked up this 70's (78?) Cortez J200 (Gibson SJ200 copy), and am trying to find as much info on this guitar line as I can. I've done a lot of internet searching and have come up with very limited resources other than the fact that this was the original line of Cort guitars and was started in Japan before being eventually moved to Korea in the 80's. I will say the build quality, playability, and tone are amazing and easily worth the $250 I gave for it. If others are out there that can put me on a path to finding info on this original line of guitars, I'd be most appreciative. I'm very intrigued as to how many other great offerings they produced and might still be out there. I have heard that they made a very close replica of a Martin D-28 back in the day. Anyway, I'd be very grateful for any help. Here's a few pics:









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                  • #10
                    i just ran into a cortez "gibson hummingbird' any info on these....?
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