Cort G260CS vs Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Reasons to Get
Cort G260CS vs Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Release Year
2019 vs 2018
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium vs Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Switch Positions
5 vs 3
More tone options
Tone Knobs
2 vs 0
More tone control
Pickups
HSS vs HH
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
Bridge
Tremolo vs Floyd Rose
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Value Score
75 vs 71
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK vs Cort G260CS

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
Fishman vs Cort
Better pickups
Nut Material
Locking vs Bone
Best tuning stability for intense tremolo usage
Pickups
HH vs HSS
High output without hum
Nut Width
1.688'' (42.9mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Bridge
Floyd Rose vs Tremolo
Allows intense vibratos and techniques like Dive Bombs
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output for heavier genres
Pickup Mods
Multi-Voicing vs None
Changes the voice (tones or gain) of the pickups

Other Key Differences
Cort G260CS vs Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Bridge Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 vs Fishman Fluence Classic PRF-CHB
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs Fishman Fluence Classic PRF-CHB
Different Neck Pickup
Neck Wood
Roasted Maple vs Maple
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Pau Ferro vs Maple
Different Fretboard Wood
Nut Material
Bone vs Locking
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Cort G260CS vs Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Body Wood
Alder
Same Body Wood
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Number of Frets
22
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
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 Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • Expensive Wood
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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Cort G260CS vs Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK is probably the better product overall with its final score of 76 compared to the Cort G260CS's 65 score, which is a significant difference.

The Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK 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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, the Cort G260CS is the better choice.

The Cort G260CS meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK meets only 5. 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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK Overview

  • From Charvel's 2018 Artist Signature series
  • Satchel Signature
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Classic PRF-CHB (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Classic PRF-CHB (Humbucker/Active)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Top-Loaded) bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Charvel Speed Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Charvel-Branded Die-Cast tuners
  • Retainer bar

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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.

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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK was made in Mexico.

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.

Mexico has been for a long time where Fender has built their semi-premium series. If you don't want to overpay for a wellp-built instrument, a guitar built in this country by a good brand always offers good value for the money.

Winner: Tie

Woods Used in Both Guitars

Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder

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 Cort G260CS

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

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.

Woods Used in the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America.

Winner: Tie.

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.

The Cort G260CS has a Bone nut. 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.

On the other hand, the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK comes with a Locking nut. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune stability.

Winner: Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.

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.

Unfortunately, none of these guitars come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

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.

The Cort G260CS's brige is a 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.

On the other hand, the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK's is a Floyd Rose. This is a double-locking bridge system that allows you to perform techniques like dive bombs and pinch harmonics. The locking nut allows your guitar to stay in tune even after the most intense tremolo usage. The disadvantage is that it takes more work to change the strings and set up everything correctly.

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: Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.

Tuners

Both these guitars come with regular tuners. The Cort G260CS's are Vintage Style while the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK's are Charvel-Branded Die-Cast

Winner: Tie.

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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Expensive Woods
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Final Build Quality Scores

Cort G260CS
Quality of materials 55
Features 55
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 58
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK
Quality of materials 50
Features 80
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 70

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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK has HH 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, Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

Pickups Quality

The Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK 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.

We found the same or similar pickups to the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK's online:

The Cort G260CS's pickups are Passive while the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK's are Active.

Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

Winner: Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.

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

The Cort G260CS gives you 5 switch options while the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK gives you 3. This means that the Cort G260CS gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

Only the Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK comes with some kind of pickup modification: Multi-Voicing.

Multi-Voicing means the pickups come with multiple ''voices'', which means they can change the tone and gain by a simple switch or knob. Sometimes it might be going from an Active pickup sound to a Passive without hearing a volume difference, or simply a change in the dynamic range.

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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK'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: Cort G260CS.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Cort G260CS
Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 73
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 67
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK
Pickups 90
Sustain 85
Versatility 68
Tuning Stability 85
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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK Nut Width
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK 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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK'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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK Neck Profile
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK'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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK 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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK Fretboard Compound Radius
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK'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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK 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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK.

Cort G260CS:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Cort G260CS Frets Size
Cort G260CS's Frets Size
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK Frets Size
Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK's Frets Size

The Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK 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 Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK
Bending & Vibrato Ease 70
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 80
Playability 77

Cort G260CS vs Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK Specs Comparison

General Cort G260CS Charvel Satchel Signature Pro-Mod DK
Brand: Cort Charvel
Year: 2019 2018
Configuration: HSS HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia Mexico
Series: G Artist Signature
Colors: White, Sunburst, Black Purple Satin
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Alder Alder
Bridge: 2 Point Tremolo w/ Steel Bent Saddle Floyd Rose 1000 Series Double-Locking Tremolo (Top-Loaded)
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Vintage Style Charvel-Branded Die-Cast
Fretboard: Pau Ferro Maple
Neck Material: Roasted Maple Maple
Decoration: Pearloid Dots Black Dot
Scale Size: 25.5" 25.5"
Shape: C Charvel Speed
Frets: 22 Medium 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" 12" to 16"
Nut: Bone Locking
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 42.9mm (1.688'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Bell Dome
Pickup Mods: None Multi-Voicing
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 2 0
Bridge Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker / Passive) Fishman Fluence Classic PRF-CHB (Humbucker / Active)
Middle Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) Fishman Fluence Classic PRF-CHB (Humbucker / Active)