Cort MGM-1

Cort MGM-1

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MGM-1, Other Shape Guitar from Cort in the Signature series.

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Cort MGM-1 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Cort
  • Model: MGM-1
  • Series: Signature
  • Category: Other Shape Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/30/2003

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Cort MGM-1 user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 7 reviews )
 6 reviews86 %
 1 user review14 %
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YuriW's review"Get one if you can!"

Cort MGM-1
- 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. :)

MGR/frankjcan's review"Cort MGM"

Cort MGM-1
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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Jeff Willorun11/19/2005

Jeff Willorun's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cort MGM-1
Guitar made in Korea (South!)
2 humbuckers with toggle-switch, one volume, one tone and split on all
positions by pulling the tone knob.
gibson bridge type, beautiful presentation, especially for the price


Channel thick enough but you get used quickly, the width is reasonable and the frets are not troublesome
Access to acute is easy, better than a Les Paul, for example
Limited weight, ergonomics faultless
for sound, the hardest part is adjusting the height of good mics (especially the bass)
to have a clear enough power
for my style of music (blues), the sound is very good even with effects, sounds with the microphone split approach the telecaster, but there is a loss of power


Absolutely, I bought it for that
I play with a preamp HK tubeman a reverb / delay Boss, a Cry Baby wah-wah, an MXR phase 90, all live in the PA
I play with this guitar as with the other: the two pots always on bottom, with a volume pedal, even for other musical styles, it works
I prefer the sound of the neck pickup, with or without saturation, but the other mic positions also give good results


I use it for 6 months
this guitar is not a copy, it is an instrument with personality
I do not like the mechanical faux ivory and I'm not sure what, but that's all.
since the 60s, I had a lot of guitars in hand, I have a telecaster and a US strato ditto
value for money is excellent (€ 550 in Music Pournin Déols 36130)
I n "will not hesitate a moment to repeat that choice

Phyletsab's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Cort MGM-1
The characteristics that does not mean anything. Dj this guitar is very beautiful especially in his book not as the sunburst table Saddle pommel is sublime. Finish is neat and the components seem correct mine a few years and no signs of wear on the varnish or fittings. with a short neck but a little pais a highway on the button, the static balance +++++


And when one branch continues the sound of the neck pickup is really Excellent splitter or not he gives serious sublime while remaining usable during solos in this position and that's good because it arrives at the critical point of the mine bridge pickup: after full testing I could not find a suitable with this microphone. it is very soft and mediums in two and became acute was exaggerated screaming in horror a simple short, I succeeded in lowering it a lot concerver, in central position, the qualities of the neck pickup with more clarity but it is I asked him and I almost never plays on it. it is a treat after everything else I like


They say they found his guitar one day I'm sure it's the one and as I find the mic that will give the highs it deserves I have not finished putting my hands on


It's mine

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