Cort G280 Select vs Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone

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Cort G280 Select
Playability
73
Sound
68
Build
65
Value
79
Score
69
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Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
VS
Playability
80
Sound
82
Build
76
Value
74
Score
79

Reasons to Get
Cort G280 Select vs Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone

Decorative Top
Flamed Maple vs None
Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns
Type of Frets
Medium vs Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Ergo-V vs Medium Oval
Great if you like to hang your thumb over the fretboard
Pickups
HSS vs SSS
High output with beautiful cleans and tone versatility
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.693'' (43mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 28.625'' (727.1mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone
Value Score
79 vs 74
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone vs Cort G280 Select

Weight Relief
Yes vs None
Lighter Body
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 Profile
Medium Oval vs Ergo-V
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Pickups Quality
Reverend vs Cort
Better pickups
Nut Material
Boneite vs Plastic
Resistant, good tuning stability and rich tone
Pickups
SSS vs HSS
Beautiful cleans and good tone versatility
Number of Frets
24 vs 22
Allows to reach higher notes
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Scale Length
28.625'' (727.1mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Pickup Mods
Series Split vs None
Connects pickups in series to imitate a humbucker

Other Key Differences
Cort G280 Select vs Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone

Bridge Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 vs Talnico Bridge
Different Bridge Pickup
Middle Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs Salnico Middle
Different Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup
Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs Salnico Neck
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Alder vs Limba
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple vs Roasted Maple
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Rosewood vs Roasted Maple
Different Fretboard Wood
Nut Material
Plastic vs Boneite
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Cort G280 Select vs Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone

Strings
6
Same tuning options
Body Type
Solid Body
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
1
Same volume control
Tone Knobs
1
Same tone control
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Tremolo
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Compound Radius
12" to 15.75" vs 10" to 14"
Balanced playability for chords and single-notes
Neck Joint
Bolt-On
Allows you to detach and swap the neck

Common Strengths

  • Locking Tuners
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

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

Cort G280 Select Prices

Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Prices

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Cort G280 Select vs Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone is probably the better product overall with its final score of 79 compared to the Cort G280 Select's 69 score, which is a significant difference.

The Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone 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, none of these guitars will make a big difference when it comes to comfortability.

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, the Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone is the better choice.

The Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Cort G280 Select 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 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

Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Overview

  • From Reverend's 2021 Signature series
  • Pete Anderson Signature
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 28.625"'' scale
  • 10" to 14" Fretboard Radius
  • Chambered Korina body
  • Roasted Maple neck
  • Roasted Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Talnico Bridge (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Salnico Middle (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Salnico Neck (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Wilkinson WV6 SB (Steel Block) Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Medium Oval Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock 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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone.

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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone was made in South Korea.

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.

South Korea was for many years the number one choice for mass-producing semi-premium guitars. They can build excellent guitars for a cheap price. Now, it's less common to find Korean guitars because Indonesia has proved capable of building guitars just as well, but likely for cheaper.

Winner: Tie

Woods Used in the Cort G280 Select

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

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.

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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone

Roasted Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Roasted Maple
Limba wood pattern used for guitar building
Limba

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.

Limba is a relatively rare wood that shows exotic tight dark grain stripes. It comes in white or black. As a tonewood, it is comparable to Mahogany but with richer mids.

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 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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone comes with a Boneite nut. This is an artificial material made to imitate the favored type of nut: bone. This allows it to sound and feel pretty much like bone, but without the inconsistency of natural materials.

Winner: Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone.

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.

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

They both have 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: 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 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
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Series Split Pickups
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • 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
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
Quality of materials 62
Features 85
Quality Control 80
Build Quality 76

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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone has SSS 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, SSS is perfect for players who like to play clean. The definition you get between notes and the crispiness is unmatched by most other configurations. You can still use it for distortion, but you won't get the same kind of output and power compared to a humbucker, and the hum they produce also makes them less adequate for high gain.

Pickups Quality

The Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone 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 Funk 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: Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone.

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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone comes with some kind of pickup modification: Series Split.

The Series Split feature allows it to split and connect some of the pickups in series. When wired in series, the resulting tone is similar to a Humbucker's. The pickups will work together and produce a fuller tone with more output than single-coils, but less than Humbuckers.

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
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone'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: Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Cort G280 Select
Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 71
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 68
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
Pickups 95
Sustain 70
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 G280 Select Nut Width
Cort G280 Select Nut Width
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Nut Width
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone has the wider nut with 43mm (1.693'') vs 42mm (1.654''). This is a 1mm (0.039'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone, 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's Scale Length
Cort G280 Select's Scale Length
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone's Scale Length
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone's 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.

The Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone has the longest scale: 28.625". The Cort G280 Select is only 25.5" long. This is a 3.125'' (79.4mm) scale length difference.

This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the guitar sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

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
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Neck Profile
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone'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 Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone, on the other hand, has a C 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 G280 Select Fretboard Compound Radius
Cort G280 Select's Compound Fretboard Radius
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Fretboard Compound Radius
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone'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.

After taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that both guitars in this comparison are balanced for most hand sizes.

Cort G280 Select:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Cort G280 Select Frets Size
Cort G280 Select's Frets Size
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Frets Size
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone's Frets Size

The Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone 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
Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
Bending & Vibrato Ease 70
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 90
Playability 80

Cort G280 Select vs Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone Specs Comparison

General Cort G280 Select Reverend Pete Anderson Eastsider Baritone
Brand: Cort Reverend
Year: 2021 2021
Configuration: HSS SSS
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia South Korea
Series: G Signature
Colors: Black, Yellow Black Satin
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Solid Body
Body Material: Alder Chambered Korina
Bridge: Cort CFA-III Tremolo Wilkinson WV6 SB (Steel Block) Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Bolt-On
Tuners: Cort Staggered Locking Reverend Pin-Lock
Fretboard: Rosewood Roasted Maple
Neck Material: Hard Maple Roasted Maple
Decoration: White Dots Dots
Scale Size: 25.5" 28.625"
Shape: Ergo-V Medium Oval
Frets: 22 Medium 24 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" to 15.75" 10" to 14"
Nut: Plastic Boneite
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way 5 Way
Knobs: Dome Dome
Pickup Mods: None Series Split
Volume Controls: 1 1
Tone Controls: 1 1
Bridge Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker / Passive) Talnico Bridge (Single Coil / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) Salnico Middle (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) Salnico Neck (Single Coil / Passive)