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One of Genes sig's (Cort - GS-Punisher-2)

By tjon901, 21/08/2011
Gene Simmons is one of the most famous bass players around. He is the bassplayer and one of the frontmen for Kiss. He is known for his unique axe shaped basses. He also plays some more traditionally shaped basses. This is one of the more tradtional basses. The specs other than the shape are pretty much the same. With this bass you get a mahogany body. The neck is made from maple with a rosewood fretboard with 24 frets. The inlays on the neck are a cool diamond shape. The neck has a medium profile to it and has a 34 inch scale. The bass has a covered bridge which some people may not like. Up top you get 4 heavy duty tuners. The body is a pretty small double cut shape. It is painted black with a white pinstripe around the body to break it up. The controls are simple with 1 volume and 1 tone. The switch is a 3 way toggle.


This bass has an alright feel to it. The factory setup on the bass was garbage though. This bass was Indonesia so by the time it go here it had to travel half way around the world. We had to really crank on the truss rod to get the action down. The neck had way to much relief in it. Once setup you can get a decent action on the strings. The bridge cover means its kind of difficult to adjust the bridge but you can remove it. After major truss rod adjustment and some minor adjustments on the bridge the action can be pretty good. The body is pretty light. This means the bass likes to neck dive. You will need a good strap for this bass.


The factory sound of this bass is not that good either just like the setup. The bridge pickup w the jazz pickup was way to high and gave a way too harsh sound. You can do a good bit to improve the sound by lowering both pickups a bit. Once you do that you can get a good typical bass sound. You can go from a really high end funk sound to a more traditional super low end sound. Having passive electronics and simple controls limits the amount of tone shaping you can do on this bass. But if you are looking for a simple bass to get the basic tones this can do it.


I figure most likely Gene Simmons fans will go for this bass. Otherwise there are better basses out there for the money. especially used. From the factory this bass played horribly and sounded just as bad. You need a major setup to get this bass in a playable condition. If you are able to do this you wont mind picking up a bass like this. If you are looking for a good out of box bass at a good price then you should look elsewhere.

Cort MGM (Cort - MGM-1)

By MGR/frankjcan, 21/07/2002
Long and Mcquade $275 CAD

This is an amazing guitar at any price - very much like a PRS. Wonderful quilt top, great flexability in sounds with coil tapping. High quality fit and finish, terrific US made mighty mite pickups. I cannot say enough about what a great value this guitar is!

The input jack is a little scratchy.

Top notch - set neck, excellent quality throughout.

Grab yourself one of these if you get the chance and put away the $2000 you did not have to spend for the PRS. You won't be disappointed.

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Cort Signature Series Hiram Bullock (Cort - HBS-I)

By louis115, 24/07/2004
I found my cort in a little used guitar store named Kitts Music in montreal and I fell in love with it. it has the combination of humbucking pickups and single coil pickups so you can have a gibson sound and a fender sound. I paid 350$ canadian for this guitar.

the combination of a gibson sound with the two humbuckers and the fender sound with the single coil pickup is perfect. This guitar was made to play de blues. the fretboard just lets you fly. In the first position, you can throw walls down. its a full sound perfect for rythm guitar and the bridge pickup is perfect to play lead it sounds like youre tearing down time itself. the single coil pickup is a good addition if you want to sound like SRV. excellent for blues.

the single coil doesn't sound so good so I had to change it for a fender lace pickup, it was made to play on this guitar. the wilkinson bridge has to be lowered to the max ether else the extensive use of the wammy bar untunes the guitar completly

the guitar is unbreakable i droped it once and it didn't ever scratched it

I will never sell this guitar I am going to give it to my son when he starts playing guitar and he will do the same for his son

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Get one if you can! (Cort - MGM-1)

By YuriW, 15/07/2014
- In What Country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)
- How many frets, Pickup Type and Configuration?
- What type of Bridge(Floyd, Wilkinson...)?
- What are the setting controls (volume, tone, pickup selector position)?
- What type of neck?...
Made in Korea, 22 frets, two mighty mite humbuckers, tune-o-matic bridge, 3 positions pickup selector (bridge, both and neck), one volume knob and one tone knob with that push-pull thing that makes the pickups sound like single coil ones, pretty cool. Neck is not too thick, not too thin, very comfortable in my opinion.


- Easy access to the top notes (last frets)?
Easier than in any les paul, tele or strat, just have a look at any picture of the guitar and you'll see it.

- Is it's design ergonomic(in terms of the shape, weight...)?
I really like the shape, its a bit heavy compared to guitars made out of other types of wood, but nothing that will kill you. The playability is a bit like a les paul and the instrument's weight is evenly distributed (if you ever played some SG's you know what I'm talking about, the neck heavier than the body, you have to keep pushing it up all the time...).

- Can one easily get a nice sound?
Plug and play, man!


I really see it as a les paul-like guitar, for the construction type and hardware. I play my Cort with .011 strings and the guitar likes marshall amps (and the likes) for overdriven rock n' roll stuff the most. I can't really say that is sounds bad in a certain amp or pedal, to me it's all about how you set it up... but it never took me too long to find a tone that I like.

Have to say, though, that if you have an pedal eq with 7 or 10 bands its even easier to find your sound. Cutting a couple dB at around 200Hz always helps to 'clean up' the sound, specially if you're using the neck pickup, that can get a little muddy with some distortion.

Also, splitting the pickups is a nice resource, but won't make it sound like a strat. You also lose some gain in single coil position, so its kinda cool to quickly have less drive and less low end by just pulling a button. :)

There's a lot of styles you could play with it, I think it goes well with rock n' roll (any setting), blues (any setting), jazz (with the neck pickup and the tone closed a little... even better if you have heavy gauge strings), some old school metal. If you want to play really have stuff, though, I think there are better options around, with active pickups and stuff.


I've played lots of guitars and think that the Cort MGM is a great model for it's price, I would say as good as the epiphones that are 40%, 50% more expensive, so absolutely worth it.

If you ever have the chance of buying one, know that you'll have a solidly constructed, versatile, good sounding, good looking instrument, with some useful features and great playability. :)

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