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Cort SJ-3

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Hi there! I'm new. I've been on HC for a long time, but decided to sign up this time as i'm in need of some advice.

Basically i've been loosely looking for a new electro-acoustic for about a year now. I decided that if the right one comes along, i'll buy it. I'd regard myself as being an intermediate guitar player, so i'm looking for something suitable. I've got about 300-500GBP to play with. So started by looking at the top of my price range, but failed to find anything spectacular. I played a few Takamines, Taylors and Martins. Oh and by the way i'm a singer/songwriter type who plays alot of covers and does some troubadouring from time to time.

The other day I came across a new guitar shop in my area that specialise in selling cheap brands. I quickly scanned across Tanglewood (not to my taste) and hung the cheap Crafter I tried back on the rack with speed as I didn't enjoy that experience either. Then I picked up a Cort SJ-3, not expecting much as i've always classed them in the same catagory as the above named. But I found it to be a real pleasant experience. Low action. Great big, warm sound off this jumbo and generally a pretty good looking guitar all for 300GBP.

It's left me thinking. Where's the catch?? I've played on Gibsons and the feel I got from this Cort was very similar. The sound was very alike too. I didn't try it plugged in, but I might go back tomorrow and try it. Can anyone give me some info on these guitars? Or if you own a Cort, how has your experience been and is it a durable acoustic?

Before I rush off and buy this one though, I will attempt to find an Eastman over here, as this is a brand mentioned alot on here that i've never come across in the U.K.

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Cort comes from the same factory that Crafter is made. It's probably the world's largest guitar factory and based in South Korea. Unbelievable, but true ... the name just escapes me.

Samick??

Anyway, they make everything from cheap beaters to top-notch classy stuff and Cort is some midrange.

I don't give a hoot about the name on the headstock. The names on the headstocks of my guitars vary from "Harley Benton" to "Martin" and "SKT".

What I do care for is sound, playability and quality for the money. If that's matched, the name is just ... a name.

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Cort comes from the same factory that Crafter is made. It's probably the world's largest guitar factory and based in South Korea. Unbelievable, but true ... the name just escapes me.

Samick??

Anyway, they make everything from cheap beaters to top-notch classy stuff and Cort is some midrange.

I don't give a hoot about the name on the headstock. The names on the headstocks of my guitars vary from "Harley Benton" to "Martin" and "SKT".

What I do care for is sound, playability and quality for the money. If that's matched, the name is just ... a name.

 

Wise words. Thanks for the reply! I'm gonna check out a few more guitars at another shop today. If nothing sways my mind, i'm going back for the Cort. It's a great guitar, i'd just like to hear from a few Cort owners what they have found in the long run. Durability on the body, electrics etc.

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. . . .What I do care for is sound, playability and quality for the money. If that's matched, the name is just ... a name.

 

Yes ^ ^ ^ ^

 

To the OP - Cort guitars are very good. Personally I believe that Crafter guitars generally have the edge on Cort - maybe the particular model you tried wasn't to your liking. A lot of the guitars coming out of the Far East these days are every bit as good as US-made ones.

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I tried a Crafter 'lite de sp' today. It was quite nice, but still not a patch on the Cort. I did however really like the digital display on the eq on the side. Very snazzy! I think it's gonna be the Cort though. I'm gonna go to a big music shop tomorrow to try out a few Yamahas and an Eastman (still haven't found one). If still nothing, i'm going for the Cort.

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I tried a Crafter 'lite de sp' today. It was quite nice, but still not a patch on the Cort. I did however really like the digital display on the eq on the side. Very snazzy! I think it's gonna be the Cort though. I'm gonna go to a big music shop tomorrow to try out a few Yamahas and an Eastman (still haven't found one). If still nothing, i'm going for the Cort.

 

Yamaha is extremely good value for a modestly priced guitar. Excellent tone and build quality. A comparison to the Cort will be interesting indeed. Have fun. :)

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Cort comes from the same factory that Crafter is made. It's probably the world's largest guitar factory and based in South Korea. Unbelievable, but true ... the name just escapes me.

Samick?? . . .

Cort and Samick are two different companies. Samick is the largest maker of guitars in the world and Cort is second. As noted, neither makes Crafter but between them they make a lot of guitars.

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After going to a really big guitar warehouse and trying out most of their guitars under 500 pounds, I finally decided to go with the Cort :) I'm very happy with my decision, I must say. I tried alot of Takemines under 500 GBP, but found that they all felt a bit cheap and nasty. Only when I tried one that was 650 and one that was 800+ did they start to impress me. I tried a few Yamahas aswell, at least one of the above mentioned. Even though a couple of them felt alright, I knew deep in my heart that my love laid elsewhere. The Cort SJ-3 :) ...it was love at first chord :D

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I'm a fan of the Cort custom shop acoustics, but only know their mid-lower end as good bang for the buck and consistent. Good score. Sounds like you could sell Cort guitars!

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In 2000, I tried out for a band, after about a 30 year break. It was for lead guitar. I got the gig. After a few months, we couldn't keep a decent bass player, so I told the band leader I would buy a bass and find another guitar player since they seemed to be more readily available. I went to my favorite Mom and Pop who happened to be a Cort dealer. This was after trying out all the big stores with the "major brands". I picked up a Cort 4 string and once I plugged it in, it didn't leave my hands. I gigged with it weekly for 8 years and only had a preamp and 1 tuner go bad. The guy at Cort (U.S.) sent me a complete wiring harness, with the preamp, and 2 tuners no charge. I had to leave the band for job reasons, but my Cort is still right next to my bed. I may be able to join a band in the near future, and I will use the Cort as my main bass. Oh yeah, it was 1/3 the price of the Jazz and P's. That why my handle is Cortfan.

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Hi guys! Considering most people seem to know quite alot on here. Can anyone tell me what strings came with my acoustic? Reason i'm asking is cause they're actually pretty damn good for factory presets I reckon. The guy in the shop told me they were d'darrio 11 gauge, so I bought a couple of packs. But tbh that guy didn't seem to know what he was on about at all. Anyone that can shed some light?

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Nice mate! Any idea what strings came as standard? Are they 11 gauge pr 12? I'm really clueless when it comes to strings. Have no idea what i'm strumming tbh :)

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Nice mate! Any idea what strings came as standard? Are they 11 gauge pr 12? I'm really clueless when it comes to strings. Have no idea what i'm strumming tbh
:)

 

Most acoustic guitars off the shelf come with 12 gauge strings.

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My CJCE custom shop jumbo came from the factory with D'Addario EXP 11-52 PB strings on it. A bit too light IMO. Now I string it with either John Pearce PB 12-56 or Elixir Nano PB 12-56 depending on what I have coming up.

 

Here's a clip of the guitar right after I got it. It was super new and hadn't opened up at all yet. The recording is a blend of the piezo and the soundhole mic. The coated strings and the newness make it sound almost like a nylon string. A bit sloppy - just one take for each of the parts. The bass and drum parts were done by Steve Wilson.

 

http://sites.google.com/site/granthardingmusic/Home/kiwiIJ2.mp3

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