Left Handed Cort Guitars & Basses- Body of a left handed G250 with Black finish

Left Handed Cort Guitars & Basses 2023 – Great Quality, Great Value

by Chris

July 8, 2023

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Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by Chris

Does Cort Make Left Handed Guitars?

Yes, they do! At the time of writing, there are two left handed Cort electric guitars, six left handed Cort acoustic guitars, and one left handed Cort bass.

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Well known artists who’ve used Cort instruments include Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Sons of Apollo, Guns N’ Roses, Asia), Yvette Young (Covet), T.M. Stevens (Vai, The Pretenders), Gene Simmons (KISS), and Frank Gambale.

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Who Are Cort Guitars?

Various stages of making guitars at the Cortek factory in South Korea.

Korean company Cort started out in 1960 as a company called SooDo Piano and was founded by Jung-gyu Park. By 1972, recession forced the company to close, only to open again the following year as a guitar manufacturer in cooperation with Jack Westheimer, who had been a major buyer at SooDo Piano.

At this point, the company was an OEM manufacturer for other brands, with around fifty employees building around three thousand guitars per month. The company now makes more than a million guitars annually!

Jung-gyu Park’s son, 26-year-old Young H. Park, started working for the company at this time, where he began learning the various manufacturing processes and management systems required to run the company.

The company changed its name to Cort Musical Instrument Corp. and by 1982 started its own brand of guitars. The OEM part of the company eventually changed its name to Cor-Tek, while their guitars retained the Cort brand name to avoid confusion with their manufacturer customers.

Over the years, Cor-Tek has been an OEM guitar manufacturer to many American, European, and Japanese companies, and currently makes guitars for more than twenty guitar manufacturers.

They’ve made guitars for many guitar brands including Epiphone, ESP, Fender, G&L, Guild, Hohner, Ibanez, Jackson, Kramer, Musicman, PRS, Schecter, Squier, Steinberger, Tanglewood, and Washburn, among others.

The Cort brand is a department of Cor-Tek just like all of their other manufacturer customers. Cort aims to produce good quality instruments at reasonable prices, providing value to their customers.

Cor-Tek now has manufacturing facilities in Korea, China, and Indonesia, and its guitars are sold in over 100 countries around the world.

Young H. Park now has his son Jun Park involved at the company to help to steer them into the future.

What Do I Think of Cort Guitars?

Two Cort MBC-1 guitars leaning against a wall; one in red sparkle finish on the left, and black finish on the right
Two Cort MBC-1 guitars (L-R: Red sparkle, Matte Black)

My earliest memories of Cort are quite vague. I remember seeing them in guitar shops and guitar magazines back in the nineties.

I’d never played one though until 2019, when I visited the Cort stand at a guitar show here in the UK. It was a lefty Cort MBC-1, a precursor to the META series Manson Guitar Works collaborations.

I remember liking the feel of it and enjoyed playing it, though I didn’t get a chance to plug it in.

Cort has built a strong reputation for making high-quality, affordable guitars, which is always a winner in my book.

Different Types of Cort Guitars

A Cort KX700 EverTune

Electric Guitars:

  • G Series – An evolution of the classic Fender Strat design. Featuring a wide variety of options for a versatile instrument.
  • KX Series – Modern guitars with modern features. 24-fret fast necks with easy fret access, aggressive styling, and powerful pickups. Multi-scale fretboards and 7 or 8-string variants are also available.
  • X Series – Designed to meet the demands of the most modern metal players, while being versatile enough for other genres, such as fusion, prog, and rock.
  • CR Series – Cort’s Classic Rock series is designed to produce an authentic vintage sound, based on the classic Gibson Les Paul guitars.
  • Sunset Series – Designed with a combination of retro styling and modern sensibilities for a guitar ideal for various musical styles.
  • Hollow Body Series – Designed to provide the classic hollow-body and semi-hollow body electric guitar sounds ideal for jazz, rock and roll, blues, and R&B.
  • META Series – Created in 2020 to introduce Manson Guitar Works‘ renowned quality and design at an affordable price point.
A Cort acoustic guitar being played by a woman in a pink top and jeans sitting cross-legged on her bed

Acoustic Guitars:

  • Masterpiece – Cort’s premium acoustic range, made using the finest materials and guitar building techniques.
  • Frank Gambale LUXE Series – Signature models developed with Frank Gambale, with input and design from the man himself.
  • Flow Series – Acoustic guitars tested and researched in order to give fingerstyle players the ideal guitar.
  • Gold Series – Cort claims that, when it comes to sound and tone, the Gold “is the best acoustic guitar that we have ever built”.
  • Core Series – A premium series of all-solid Cort acoustic guitars, featuring the best materials, components, and workmanship.
  • Earth Series – These pay tribute to the great vintage acoustic guitars and represent great value for money.
  • MR Series – Quality traditional acoustics with modern features at an affordable price.
  • Grand Regal Series – Based on the popular Grand Auditorium body shape; smaller than a dreadnaught, but larger than concert-size guitars, these instruments have a full but balanced sound.
  • Luce Series – Smaller-bodied acoustics, such as the OM, Concert and Parlor. These are easier to hold and play while providing a balanced sound.
  • SFX Series – Designed to be a modern acoustic-electric, featuring Fishman electronics, a slim body shape, and a modern V-shape neck for improved playability and speed.
  • NDX Series – A modern acoustic-electric with a full-size body for a big sound, featuring Fishman electronics.
  • CJ Series – Provides a huge sound, volume, and great dynamics with its jumbo-sized body. Fitted with Fishman electronics.
  • Jade Series – A smaller classical-sized body that delivers a balanced sound and easy playability with its thinner neck and deeper cutaway.
  • Standard Series – Cort’s oldest acoustic series that offers both performance and value for money.
  • Classic Series – Features both traditional Spanish-style nylon-string models as well as hybrid nylon-string models for guitarists who enjoy nylon-string sounds.
  • Acoustic Bass Series – Features a deep jumbo body for a big natural acoustic sound with plenty of volume. Featuring Fishman electronics.
  • Limited Edition – Luxurious high-end all-solid acoustic guitars made from handpicked Master Grade woods.
Cort Elrick NJS 4 and NJS 5 basses

Bass Guitars:

  • Rithimic Series – Signature series designed and inspired by the legendary jazz fusion bassist Jeff Berlin.
  • Elrick NJS Series – Designed in partnership with world-renowned luthier Rob Elrick of Elrick Bass Guitars.
  • Artisan Series – Basses built with premium looks, sound, and playability in mind using high-end materials and components.
  • GB Series – Traditional looks, but with modern features for an improved overall performance.
  • Action Series – Cort’s affordable range of bass guitars.

Left Handed Cort Guitars

Please note: Where lefty guitar or bass images haven’t been provided on the official website, I’ve flipped the right handed image to show what the left handed version might look like.

Left Handed Cort Electric Guitars

Cort / Manson MBM-2 LH – Meta Series

$569.00 MSRP, Made in Indonesia

An evolution of the Manson MBM-1, and a guitar at a more affordable price point, this guitar is produced under license with design and development overseen by Manson Guitar Works.

It’s developed to reflect the playing experience of Manson’s Matthew Bellamy guitars and is fitted with dual humbuckers and a larger cavity to more easily allow for a future upgrade to a sustainer.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Matte Black
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • NECK: Bolt-On Hard Maple
  • NECK PROFILE: Soft V
  • FINGERBOARD: Laurel
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 12″-15.75″ (304.8 mm – 400 mm) – Compound Radius
  • NUT TYPE: Black
  • NUT WIDTH: 1 21/32″ (42 mm)
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Cort Staggered Locking Tuners
  • BRIDGE: Fully Adjustable Bridge & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Manson Humbucker
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Manson Humbucker
  • CONTROLS: Volume, Tone, 3 Way Switch w/ Kill Button

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Cort G250 LH – G Series

Made in Indonesia

An evolution of the classic vintage double-cutaway guitar. Modern appointments such as a humbucker with a splittable coil at the bridge, provide a wide tonal variety, making this a very versatile instrument that suits many musical styles.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • BODY: Basswood
  • BODY FINISH: Black
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • NECK: Bolt-On Hard Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Jatoba with dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 9.45″ (240 mm)
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.65″ (42 mm)
  • FRETS: 22
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • BRIDGE: 2 Point Tremolo with Steel Bent Saddle
  • NECK PICKUP: Cort Alnico V Single Coil
  • MIDDLE PICKUP: Cort Alnico V Single Coil
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Cort Alnico V Humbucker
  • CONTROLS: Volume, Tone (with push/pull Coil-Tap), 5-Way Switch

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Left Handed Cort Acoustic Guitars

Cort GA-MEDX LH – Grand Regal Series

Made in China

Featuring a Grand Auditorium body, this no-frills workhorse acoustic-electric is suitable for a wide range of musical styles at an affordable price point.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SHAPE: Grand Auditorium with Venetian cutaway
  • TOP: Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • BRACING: Advanced X-Bracing
  • BODY FINISH: Natural, Open Pore
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Neck Joint
  • FINGERBOARD: Merbau with dot inlays
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.75″ (45 mm)
  • FRETS: 20
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • ROSETTE: Abalone
  • BRIDGE: Merbau
  • ELECTRONICS: Cort CE306T Preamp

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Cort Earth70 LH – Earth Series

Made in China

A tribute to the great vintage acoustic guitars, the Earth70 features the classic combination of a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides; it’s ideal for flatpicking and fingerstyle playing.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SHAPE: Dreadnought
  • TOP: Solid Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • BRACING: Advanced Scalloped X-Bracing
  • BODY FINISH: Natural, Open Pore
  • SCALE: 25.3″(643 mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Neck Joint
  • FINGERBOARD: Ovangkol with white dot inlays
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • FRETS: 20
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • BRIDGE: Ovangkol
  • ELECTRONICS: None

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Cort MR 710F LH – MR Series

Made in China

The affordable MR 710F has the classic Dreadnaught body with a Venetian cutaway for easier access to the higher frets and comes with Fishman Presys electronics.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SHAPE: Dreadnought with Venetian cutaway
  • TOP: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • BRACING: Advanced Scalloped X-Bracing
  • BODY FINISH: Natural Satin – Sonically Enhanced UV Finish
  • SCALE: 25.3″ (643 mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Neck Joint
  • FINGERBOARD: Ovangkol with dot inlays
  • NUT TYPE: Bone
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • FRETS: 20
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast with black knobs
  • ROSETTE: Multiple Abalone
  • BRIDGE: Ovangkol
  • SADDLE: Bone
  • ELECTRONICS: Fishman Presys EQ
  • PICKUPS: Fishman Sonicore

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Cort SFX-ME LH – SFX Series

Made in China

This plug in and play, gig-ready acoustic with a full, rich sound is well-suited to both stage and studio. It’s comfortable to play with its all-access cutaway body and the V-contour neck profile.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6
  • SHAPE: SFX with Venetian cutaway
  • TOP: Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • BRACING: Advanced X-Bracing
  • BODY FINISH: Natural, Open Pore
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Neck Joint
  • FINGERBOARD: Merbau with dot inlays
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • FRETS: 20
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • BRIDGE: Merbau
  • ELECTRONICS: Cort CE304T Preamp

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Cort AD880CE LH – Standard Series

Made in Indonesia

An acoustic that offers solid performance and affordability that’s suitable for any playing situation. The AD88CE is a Dreadnaught with a Venetian cutaway from Cort’s oldest acoustic series, the Standard Series. It features a Spruce top, coupled with mahogany back and sides. Preamp comes courtesy of Cort’s CE304T.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6 Coated
  • SHAPE: Dreadnought with Venetian cutaway
  • TOP: Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • BRACING: Advanced X-Bracing
  • BODY FINISH: Natural Satin, Open Pore
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Neck Joint
  • FINGERBOARD: Merbau with dot inlays
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • FRETS: 20
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • ROSETTE: Multiple Tiger Acryl Rosette
  • BRIDGE: Merbau
  • ELECTRONICS: Cort CE304T Preamp

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Cort AD810 LH – Standard Series

Made in Indonesia

The AD810 has a Dreadnaught body and offers solid performance and affordability suitable for any playing situation and comes from Cort’s oldest acoustic series, the Standard Series. It features a Spruce top, coupled with mahogany back and sides.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 6 Coated
  • SHAPE: Dreadnought
  • TOP: Spruce
  • BACK: Mahogany
  • SIDES: Mahogany
  • BRACING: Advanced X-Bracing
  • BODY FINISH: Natural, Open Pore
  • SCALE: 25.5″ (648 mm)
  • NECK: Mahogany with Dovetail Neck Joint
  • FINGERBOARD: Merbau with dot inlays
  • NUT WIDTH: 1.69″ (43 mm)
  • FRETS: 20
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • BRIDGE: Merbau
  • ELECTRONICS: None

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Left Handed Cort Bass Guitars

Cort Action Bass Plus LH – Action Series

Made in Indonesia

The Action Bass Plus comes from Cort’s affordable range of bass guitars. It features a PJ pickup configuration, meaning it has both the P-Bass’s split-coil pickup (middle) and also single coil pickups (Bridge) from a J-Bass. With this, it’s a very versatile bass, suitable for all types of musical genres.

Specs:

  • STRINGS: 4
  • BODY: Poplar
  • BODY FINISH: Black
  • SCALE: 34″ (864 mm)
  • NECK: Bolt-On Hard Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Jatoba with white dot inlays
  • FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 15.75″ (400 mm)
  • FRETS: 24
  • HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
  • TUNERS: Die-Cast
  • BRIDGE: Cort EB6(4)
  • PICKUPS: Cort Powersound PJ Style Pickup Set
  • CONTROLS: Volume, Tone, 2 Band Active EQ

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Final Thoughts

At the time of writing, two left handed Cort electric guitars, six left handed Cort acoustic guitars, and one left handed Cort bass are available.

Not a bad selection of instruments, especially if you’re an acoustic player.

It’d be nice to have more electric instruments though. Just two electric guitars and one bass are available to lefties; not a huge number, especially considering how many are available in right handed configuration (111 acoustics, 33 electrics, and 28 basses at the time of writing).

That’s just how it is with most guitar companies though; let’s hope they can follow in the footsteps of companies like ESP, Schecter, Martin, and Taylor, who offer huge ranges of lefty guitars!

What are your thoughts on Cort guitars and basses? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo credits: cortguitars.com, Official Cort Facebook page

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