Cortez Guitars

Posted by John Holliday on Fri, 03/04/05 - 17:42:05.

I dug out my old Cortez Guitar the other day and found it in almost perfect shape after nearly thirty years in a guitar case. It's a six string acoustical and I was told, when I bought it at a music store, that it was a copy of the Gibson Hummingbird. It has a red body, no knicks or scratches and a lot of mother of pearl in-lay.
How would I go about finding out how much it might be worth?

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1970 Cortez J 200

Hi all if this thread is dead I'm about to find out.
I have a 1970 Cortez J 200 Big body acoustic just picked up. Looks , feels like a Gibson. Very early copy of Gibson J 200 way before they went large production.
Made in Japan not Korea.
I ground bridge bone for better action , put on new set of strings and it has great sound.
Flame maple flitch match back maple sides & sitka spruce top.
Kind of a Aztec Frog for a headstock inlay with great Pearloid inlays down the neck as well as on the bridge inlayed with kind of a gold 'fleur de lis' below the pegs.
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My Cortez model J 6000 -12

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My Cortez J 6000

I recently bought a Cortez J 6000 at a Pawn Shop in Fort Collins Colorado . Its a little beat up with dings and scratches on the wood but still played very well after buying new strings . The Pawn Shop employee was asking just under 400.00 for it and evenutally sold it to me for $215.00 after I wheeled and dealed with him . I heard somewhere that it was a copy of the Martin D-45 but didnt tell that to the employee because it might of hindered my bargaining task . And I tell you what when i play this thing it really does have an excellent sound and look which i deem to be very close to the Martin . So I thought what the heck because paying less for a Cortez over a Martin is fine with me if I can still get very very close to the great sounding instrument .
Anyway , if anyone can tell me anymore information on this gem I would appreciate it . From what I am told , there is a shortage of information and whatever info there is on the guitar may eventually get eternally lost .

Cortez J6000

I purchased my Cortez J 6000 in 1977 in Cleveland, Ohio for $250. I remember wanting a Guild but the store wanted $600 for it. My Cortez has been with me ever since. I always knew it was a Martin copy but I never heard about lawsuits until I started researching recently. The guitar sounds amazing. Guitarists always notice the amount of “mother of pearl” and the 2 tone on the back. I lowered the bridge to give me lower action and I have added a bridge pickup. Notice that it does have the X bracing. I think it has rosewood back and sides, but it may also be mahogany. The neck has the same stain, so I am guessing it is the same. I might have it checked out. I have gone to guitar stores many times over the years; I have tried all of the acoustic guitars. I typically like the Martin D-28’s and Gibson J-45’s. But I still like my Cortez. Maybe, since I have had this one guitar for for 40 years, It’s just what an acoustic guitar is supposed to sound like. John, I hope you enjoy your Cortney,ez as much as I have.

Cortez 12 string

I have a Cortez 12-string model number C412 in very nice condition and was wondering if anybody would possibly know the approximate value or any information year .we're built etc.

Cortez Guitar Model G Acoustic 6 string

It's in pretty good shape. Very rarely needs tuning. I've had it over 30 years.
Some small scratches (very few.) Pick groove from playing. On the veneer, on the Head Stock, there is an area straight across the three areas between the bottom and center Tuning Pegs. The veneer is cracked, and raised. Head Stock itself, seems fine.
The sound is, and has always been, great.
Any idea on what it might be worth?

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I have a Cortez C212 for sale. In perfect shape as it has not been used but over 20 years old. Has a case also.


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Cortez J200 (Lawsuit Gibson J200)

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12 string Cortez

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Cortez Model J-6000-12

Hey... I was looking up info on a guitar I own and found you. I have number 80649. It is a beautiful guitar, but really know nothing about it except what I have learned on here. Made in Japan, and might be a copy of a Gibson.

Do you still own yours? Did you ever find out more about it?



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I came across a cortez j6600.
I took it to guitar center to get some info.
They acted like they had never heard of it.
All I was told that the top look gibsonish.
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Cortez Guitar

I have recently came across a Cortez 12 String in flawless condition. Even on the neck it has Cortez. Its Model number is 970-12. I have not seen anything on this particular model at all. Cortez is the only name other that than the fact is was made in Japan. Does anyone know anything else about this? I have looked everyone for info on it.

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Hi there,
that's right they are way under priced and if you got on keep them it's worth. I bought one like the one what Mitch describes on E-bay in Germany for around 300$ and the seller wrote that Cortez actually was working for Martin in the 60s and opened up his own business. I found out that this was not true actually they where made in Japan and have been a copy of the Martin acoustics. Read
Mine sound great and I would be stupid to sell it under a 1000$. I have been playing a lot of acoustics and none of them sound so clear and full than this one. You can easy compare it with a Martin.
I will keep it

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I have a cortez with the model number C210 anyone know anything?

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12 string

do you want to sell it, if so, how much?
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And was wondering how much it would go for now.

"Made in Japan for C.A COTZ JR"
Model Num: 500c
serial Num 1914

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Hi, I emailed you

Hi, I emailed you directly....BTW, If there's no case, that's OK with me

Cortez Gull bass

Sorry, but I haven't received the email yet.

Maybe it doesn't work as a

Maybe it doesn't work as a reply thru this site, E me your email address, Mine is

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F. Cortez Classical - M-0623

Beautiful, hand made classical guitar. Made in SPAIN, exported to France. Superb sound, superb (ebony) neck. Purfling top and back. Four rows around the sound hole. I wouldn't sell this one for under $2500.00. I play it acoustically, my Gibson Byrdland electrically ... both necks feel similar, both ebony.


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its in great shape for its age and has a sound like no other

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Re: Cortez Guitars

: I dug out my old Cortez Guitar the other day and found it in almost perfect shape after nearly thirty years in a guitar case. The model is G 120. What would it be worth in todays market.

Re: Cortez Guitars

: : I dug out my old Cortez Guitar the other day and found it in almost perfect shape after nearly thirty years in a guitar case. The model is G 120. What would it be worth in todays market.
man I have one of these and have only found one thing related specifically to this model.I think it was on craigslist for 55 $.It looked brand new where mine looks 30 years old but clean. Good luck.

Re: Cortez Guitars

I'm not sure how to find out how much it is worth unfortunately. I recently bought a classical cortez in flawless condition for a hundred dollars. It is a beautiful handcrafted guitar. The tuning machines are gold with etched details all over them. I put new nylon strings on it and I play it more than my $1000 martin. It sounds amazing and a guitar like this to me is worth every bit of 100 dollars, however i wouldn't sell it for 500 dollars. The value of a guitar varies but if you know what you are looking at and you know how to examine the different properties of a guitar than you can put your own price on it. Do a little research and talk to someone who can look at it and critique it with a professional eye. They stopped making cortez guitars in 1986 so the value of them may be increasing. Best advice I can give you without seeing it or playing it is: Don't sell it for less than 300 hundred dollars unless you're hurting for cash.

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