Cort G260CS vs Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple

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Cort G260CS
Playability
70
Sound
67
Build
58
Value
75
Score
65
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Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple
VS
Playability
80
Sound
82
Build
93
Value
70
Score
85

Reasons to Get
Cort G260CS vs Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple

Release Year
2019 vs 2015
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium vs Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Tone Knobs
2 vs 1
More tone control
Pickups
HSS vs HSH
High output with beautiful cleans and tone versatility
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.688'' (42.9mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Value Score
75 vs 70
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple vs Cort G260CS

Country of Manufacturing
United States vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Decorative Top
Flame Maple vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
Jumbo vs Medium
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Compound Radius
12" to 16" vs 9.5"
Balanced playability for chords and single-notes
Pickups Quality
Charvel Custom vs Cort
Better pickups
Pickups
HSH vs HSS
High output, round sound with a single-coil for cleans
Number of Frets
24 vs 22
Allows to reach higher notes
Stainless Steel Frets
Yes vs None
Best fret material that will last forever
Locking Tuners
Yes vs None
Easier to change strings
Nut Width
1.688'' (42.9mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Luminescent Sidedots
Yes vs None
Assists you when playing in dark environments
Pickup Mods
Coil Tap vs None
Lowers output of humbucker coil to create a single coil sound

Other Key Differences
Cort G260CS vs Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple

Bridge Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 vs Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
Different Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs Charvel Custom MF Single-Coil
Different Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Alder vs Basswood
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Roasted Maple vs Flame Maple
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Pau Ferro vs Flame Maple
Different Fretboard Wood

Shared Features
Cort G260CS vs Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple

Nut Material
Bone
Same Nut Material
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Tremolo
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Profile Type
C vs C
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

Cort G260CS Prices

Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Prices

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Cort G260CS vs Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple is probably the better product overall with its final score of 85 compared to the Cort G260CS's 65 score, which is a significant difference.

The Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple wins when it comes to sound, playability, build quality. On the other hand, the Cort G260CS has the upper hand when it comes to value for the money.

If you got small hands, you'll probably feel more comfortable playing the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple is the better choice.

The Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Cort G260CS meets only 6. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing a guitar, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Cort G260CS Overview

  • From Cort's 2019 G series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 9.5" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Pau Ferro fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • 2 Point Tremolo w/ Steel Bent Saddle bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • C Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Vintage Style tuners

Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Overview

  • From Charvel's 2015 Artist Signature series
  • Guthrie Govan Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Flame Maple top
  • Caramelized Basswood body
  • Caramelized Flame Maple neck
  • Caramelized Flame Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Charvel Custom MF Single-Coil (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Charvel Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the guitar. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Cort G260CS compares to the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Country of Origin Comparison

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Cort G260CS was built in Indonesia while the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple was made in United States.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

The United States is considered one of the best electric guitar manufacturers in the world. A guitar made in this country is supposed to have world-class quality control. Nowadays, guitars made in other countries can beat some of the ones made in the US, but most of the time, this country offers the best you can get. Of course, that comes at a price.

Winner: Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple

Woods Used in the Cort G260CS

Roasted Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Roasted Maple
Pau Ferro wood pattern used for guitar building
Pau Ferro
Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

Roasted Maple is just maple without a finish. It's technically cheaper than regular maple, but it doesn't have any extra disadvantages because of this. The color is darker, and it's lighter weight and very stable even when there's a lot of humidity.

Pau Ferro has a dark, chocolate-like color with straight dark grains that is being used as a replacement to Rosewood due to the regulations. It produces a warm tone that is somewhere between Mahogany and Rosewood.

Alder is the most popular wood that Fender uses in most of their guitars nowadays. Even though they say it's because of its balanced tone with an emphasis in the upper midrange, it probably is because it isn't too expensive, and it's also pretty lightweight—more than Mahogany.

Woods Used in the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple

Flame Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Flame Maple
Basswood wood pattern used for guitar building
Basswood

This wood has beautiful patterns only found in specific types of maple.

Basswood is a lightweight type of wood that isn't as expensive as other popular choices for guitar building. It gives more power to the mid-range frequencies. Its color can vary from pale white to light brown.

Winner: Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same guitar model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

In this case, both guitars have Bone nuts. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

Fret Material

Most guitar fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most guitars end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive guitars come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

In this comparison, the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple is the only one that has stainless steel frets. These frets will basically last for the entire life of the guitar. They will never need polishing nor replacement. And not only that, but some people also notice that bending and vibratos are much easier to perform when they upgrade to stainless steel.

Winner: Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

Both guitars come with a similar bridge: Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

The Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple has the best tuners of the two because they are locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune the guitar without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Winner: Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to an electric guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

Both guitars have a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

Winner: Tie.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Cort G260CS
  • Bone Nut
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Expensive Woods
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay
Strengths & Weaknesses
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Coil Tap Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Luminescent Inlay
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Cort G260CS
Quality of materials 55
Features 55
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 58
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple
Quality of materials 93
Features 85
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 93

Sound Quality Comparison

Determining which guitar sounds better objectively is a difficult task since not everybody will love the same pickups. However, we still can take a look at the instrument specifications to determine how versatile, how much sustain, and the tuning stability it might have. Let's see now how both these guitars compare to each other when it comes to sound quality.

Pickup Configuration

The Cort G260CS has an HSS configuration while the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple has HSH pickups.

HSS provides a great balance if you like to play with a lot of distortion, but also love to use clean tones. You'll get a lot of output at the bridge position, but you'll be able to play bright clean tones at the other positions.

On the other hand, HSH is a versatile pickup configuration that will give you the high output, full tone, and quiet sound of humbucker pickups, but with the possibility of using a single coil for cleaner tones. The disadvantage is that the middle single-coil pickup will have a noticeable lower volume, so you might want to adjust the height of the pickups. Another problem is that if you set the middle pickup too high, it might interfere with your picking hand.

Pickups Quality

The Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple pickups from a more specialized brand than the Cort G260CS. Its pickups should give you a fuller, richer sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Hard Rock and similar genres.

Both guitars use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Winner: Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Versatility Comparison

Some guitars offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both guitars compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

Both guitars are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Only the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple comes with some kind of pickup modification: Coil Tap.

Coil Tap is similar to Coil Split but it works a bit differently. Instead of completely cancelling one of the coils of the humbucker, it only cuts part of the output once activated. Some people believe this gives the split pickups a more real single-coil sound.

Here's the diagram comparing all the pickup combinations you can get with both guitars:

Cort G260CS pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Cort G260CS's switch options
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Cort G260CS
Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 73
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 67
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple
Pickups 85
Sustain 80
Versatility 86
Tuning Stability 75
Sound 82

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare the playability of both guitars. Bear in mind that the guitar will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test a guitar before buying it. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the guitar for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar is to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when we're comparing guitars. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width Comparison

Cort G260CS Nut Width
Cort G260CS Nut Width
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Nut Width
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Cort G260CS has the wider nut with 42mm (1.654'') vs 42.9mm (1.688''). This is a 0.9mm (0.034'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Cort G260CS, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length Comparison

Cort G260CS and Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple's Scale Length
Both guitars have the same scale length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

In this case, both guitars have a scale length of 25.5".

This is the scale used in most Stratocasters. It's slightly longer than the typical 24.75'' size found in Les Pauls, and it's one of the main reasons why Stratocasters have such a bright sound in general. A longer scale also means that the strings will have higher tension. This will help you get lower action without suffering fret buzz, which will also be helpful when playing in lower tunings without having to increase your string gauge.

However, this also means that there will be more separation between frets, which can make it more difficult to play. Also, bending the strings will require more strengths due to the increased tension, but remember that a tremolo guitar will offset this difficulty.

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile Comparison

Cort G260CS Neck Profile
Cort G260CS's neck profile
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Neck Profile
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

Both the Cort G260CS and the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple have a C-shaped neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

Fretboard Radius Comparison

Cort G260CS Fingerboard Radius
Cort G260CS's Fingerboard radius
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Fretboard Compound Radius
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple's Compound Fretboard Radius

Most electric guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

In this case, the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple is the only one with a compound radius. This is a huge win because it will give you the best of both worlds: a more curved radius in the first few frets for chords, and flatter as you come closer to the body for soloing.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the Cort G260CS favors large hands more than the Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple.

Cort G260CS:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Cort G260CS Frets Size
Cort G260CS's Frets Size
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Frets Size
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple's Frets Size

The Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple has Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Cort G260CS's Medium frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

Cort G260CS
Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
Chord Playability 90
Solo Playability 60
Playability 70
Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple
Bending & Vibrato Ease 70
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 90
Playability 80

Cort G260CS vs Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple Specs Comparison

General Cort G260CS Charvel Guthrie Govan USA Signature HSH Flame Maple
Brand: Cort Charvel
Year: 2019 2015
Configuration: HSS HSH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia United States
Series: G Artist Signature
Colors: White, Sunburst, Black Natural
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Alder Caramelized Basswood
Bridge: 2 Point Tremolo w/ Steel Bent Saddle Recessed Charvel Locking Tremolo Bridge
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage Style Sperzel Locking
Fretboard: Pau Ferro Caramelized Flame Maple
Neck Material: Roasted Maple Caramelized Flame Maple
Decoration: Pearloid Dots Ebony Ring with Maple Dot Center
Scale Size: 25.5" 25.5"
Shape: C Charvel Speed
Frets: 22 Medium 24 Jumbo Stainless Steel
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 12" to 16"
Nut: Bone Bone
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way 5 Way
Knobs: Bell Dome
Pickup Mods: None Coil Tap
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 2 1
Bridge Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker / Passive) Charvel Custom MF Humbucking (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) Charvel Custom MF Single-Coil (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) Charvel Custom MF Humbucking (Humbucker / Passive)