Cort G280 Select vs Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR

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Cort G280 Select
Playability
73
Sound
68
Build
65
Value
79
Score
69
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Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR
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Playability
82
Sound
71
Build
75
Value
61
Score
76

    Reasons to Get
    Cort G280 Select vs Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR

    Decorative Top
    Flamed Maple vs None
    Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
    Release Year
    2021 vs 2016
    From a more recent year
    Type of Frets
    Medium vs Jumbo
    You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
    Neck Profile
    Ergo-V vs Speed
    Great if you like to hang your thumb over the fretboard
    Switch Positions
    5 vs 0
    More tone options
    Tone Knobs
    1 vs 0
    More tone control
    Pickups
    HSS vs H
    High output with beautiful cleans and tone versatility
    Locking Tuners
    Yes vs None
    Easier to change strings
    Nut Width
    1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.688'' (42.9mm)
    Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
    Bridge
    Tremolo vs Fixed
    Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
    Value Score
    79 vs 61
    Better price/quality relationship

    Reasons to Get
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR vs Cort G280 Select

    Country of Manufacturing
    United States vs Indonesia
    Built with higher quality standards
    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
    Neck Joint
    Neck-Through vs Bolt-On
    Stronger neck and easier access to upper frets
    Neck Profile
    Speed vs Ergo-V
    Thin and flat neck for playing fast
    Pickups Quality
    Charvel Custom vs Cort
    Better pickups
    Nut Material
    Graphite vs Plastic
    Self-Lubricating nut for good tuning stability
    Pickups
    H vs HSS
    Hum-free with more right hand freedom and sustain
    Nut Width
    1.688'' (42.9mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
    Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
    Bridge
    Fixed vs Tremolo
    Good sustain and needs no set-up

    Other Key Differences
    Cort G280 Select vs Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR

    Bridge Pickup
    Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 vs Charvel Custom MF Humbucking
    Different Bridge Pickup
    Body Wood
    Alder vs Mahogany
    Different Body Wood
    Fretboard Wood
    Rosewood vs Ebony
    Different Fretboard Wood
    Nut Material
    Plastic vs Graphite
    Different Nut Material

    Shared Features
    Cort G280 Select vs Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR

    Neck Wood
    Maple
    Same Neck 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
    Pickups Power
    Passive
    Cleaner sound and no battery needed
    Compound Radius
    12" to 15.75" vs 12" to 16"
    Balanced playability for chords and single-notes

    Common Strengths

    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • Expensive Wood

    Common Weaknesses

    • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
    • Weight Relief
    • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Luminescent Sidedots
    • Strap Lock
    • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

    Cort G280 Select Prices

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    Cort G280 Select vs Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR: Which One is Better?

    After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR is probably the better product overall with its final score of 76 compared to the Cort G280 Select's 69 score, although not by a lot.

    The Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR wins when it comes to sound, playability, build quality. On the other hand, the Cort G280 Select 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 Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

    Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

    If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, the Cort G280 Select is the better choice.

    The Cort G280 Select meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR 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 G280 Select Overview

    • From Cort's 2021 G series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" to 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Flamed Maple top
    • Alder body
    • Hard Maple neck
    • Rosewood 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)
    • Cort CFA-III Tremolo bridge
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 5-way Switch
    • Ergo-V Bolt-On neck
    • 22 Medium frets
    • Cort Staggered Locking tuners

    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Overview

    • From Jackson's 2016 Artist Signature series
    • Christian Andreu Signature
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" to 16" Fretboard Radius
    • Mahogany body
    • Quartersawn Maple neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Charvel Custom MF Humbucking (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Jackson TOM-Style Adjustable String-Through-Body bridge
    • 1 volume Dome knobs
    • Speed Neck-Through neck
    • 22 Jumbo frets
    • Jackson Sealed Die-Cast 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 G280 Select compares to the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

    Country of Origin Comparison

    The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. The Cort G280 Select was built in Indonesia while the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR 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: Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR

    Woods Used in Both Guitars

    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.

    Woods Used in the Cort G280 Select

    Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
    Rosewood
    Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
    Alder

    Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones.

    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 Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR

    Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
    Ebony
    Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
    Mahogany

    Ebony is a high-end wood, so it is not cheap. It's only used for fretboards because it's also very heavy. It does an excellent job as a durable material while looking elegant.

    Mahogany is a fairly rare wood nowadays. It's used mostly for bodies due to its relatively lightweight. Gibson popularized it with their Les Paul guitars during their golden years, so this wood has a lot of good reputation behind it. The most expensive type comes from South America and it's still used by Gibson even today.

    Winner: Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

    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 G280 Select has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

    On the other hand, the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR comes with a Graphite nut. It's a self-lubricating material that will allow the strings to slide over the nut without a lot of friction. It's a good type of nut if you want to have better tuning stability than with plastic, although it's not as resistant as Bone or Tusq.

    Winner: Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

    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 G280 Select'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 Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR's is a Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

    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 Cort G280 Select 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: Cort G280 Select.

    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.

    The Cort G280 Select has 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.

    On the other hand, the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR comes with Neck-Through neck joint. This neck is a lot more resistant and lets builders give the neck joint a more comfortable shape for soloing at the upper frets. The disadvantage is that they're more expensive and that if you damage your neck, you can't simply replace it like with bolt-on necks.

    Winner: Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

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

    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Cort G280 Select
    • Locking Tuners
    • Expensive Wood
    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • Tremolo
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • High-Quality-Standards Country
    • High-Quality Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • Weight Relief
    • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • Strap Lock
    • Luminescent Inlay
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Locking Tuners
    • High-Quality Nut
    • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • Weight Relief
    • Tremolo
    • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • Strap Lock
    • Luminescent Inlay

    Final Build Quality Scores

    Cort G280 Select
    Quality of materials 56
    Features 75
    Quality Control 65
    Build Quality 65
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR
    Quality of materials 54
    Features 70
    Quality Control 100
    Build Quality 75

    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 G280 Select has an HSS configuration while the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR has H 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, A single H pickup gives you the advantage of having a little longer sustain (all other things being equal) because there will be less magnetic fields from other pickups affecting the strings' vibration. However, they also give you the least versatility because you won't have other pickups at different distances from the bridge to create different tones. A single humbucking pickup is used for noiseless high output, which is used mainly for Hard Rock genres.

    Pickups Quality

    The Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR pickups from a more specialized brand than the Cort G280 Select. 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: Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

    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 G280 Select gives you 5 switch options while the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR gives you 0. This means that the Cort G280 Select gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

    None of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

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

    Cort G280 Select pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
    Cort G280 Select's switch options

    The Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR doesn't come with pickup switching 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 G280 Select.

    Final Sound Quality Scores

    Cort G280 Select
    Pickups 60
    Sustain 70
    Versatility 71
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 68
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR
    Pickups 90
    Sustain 85
    Versatility 38
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 71

    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 G280 Select Nut Width
    Cort G280 Select Nut Width
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Nut Width
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Nut Width

    The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Cort G280 Select 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 G280 Select, 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 G280 Select and Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR'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 G280 Select Neck Profile
    Cort G280 Select's neck profile
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Neck Profile
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR'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.

    In this case, both guitars have different neck shapes:

    The Cort G280 Select has a V type of neck. This neck shape was more common during Fender's early years. Some people like it because they use their thumb over the edge of the fretboard to press the lower strings. It's rather thicker than most modern necks, so it's not usually used for playing fast solos.

    The Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR, on the other hand, has a D neck. This is a thin and flat neck that is made for playing fast. If you prefer a neck that doesn't get in your way when soloing, this is the shape you should use. Guitarists that prefer to have a bit more grip won't like this type of neck.

    Fretboard Radius Comparison

    Cort G280 Select Fretboard Compound Radius
    Cort G280 Select's Compound Fretboard Radius
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Fretboard Compound Radius
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR'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 Cort G280 Select 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 G280 Select favors large hands more than the Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR.

    Cort G280 Select:
    Big Hands
    Balance
    Small hands
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR:
    Big Hands
    Balance
    Small hands

    Fret Size Comparison

    Cort G280 Select Frets Size
    Cort G280 Select's Frets Size
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Frets Size
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR's Frets Size

    The Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR has Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Cort G280 Select'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 G280 Select
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 60
    Chord Playability 100
    Solo Playability 60
    Playability 73
    Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
    Chord Playability 80
    Solo Playability 90
    Playability 82

    Cort G280 Select vs Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR Specs Comparison

    General Cort G280 Select Jackson USA Signature Christian Andreu Rhoads RR
    Brand: Cort Jackson
    Year: 2021 2016
    Configuration: HSS H
    Strings: 6 6
    Made in: Indonesia United States
    Series: G Artist Signature
    Colors: Black, Yellow Black
    Left-Handed Version: No No
    Body
    Type: Solid Body Solid Body
    Body Material: Alder Mahogany
    Bridge: Cort CFA-III Tremolo Jackson TOM-Style Adjustable String-Through-Body
    Neck
    Neck Joint: Bolt-On Neck-Through
    Tuners: Cort Staggered Locking Jackson Sealed Die-Cast
    Fretboard: Rosewood Ebony
    Neck Material: Hard Maple Quartersawn Maple
    Decoration: White Dots Gojira G Pearl
    Scale Size: 25.5" 25.5"
    Shape: Ergo-V Speed
    Frets: 22 Medium 22 Jumbo
    Fretboard Radius: 12" to 15.75" 12" to 16"
    Nut: Plastic Graphite
    Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 42.9mm (1.688'')
    Electronics
    Switch: 5 Way 0 Way
    Knobs: Dome Dome
    Pickup Mods: None None
    Volume Controls: 1 1
    Tone Controls: 1 0
    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)
    Neck Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive)