Cort G280 Select vs Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone

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Cort G280 Select
Playability
73
Sound
68
Build
65
Value
79
Score
69
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Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone
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Playability
83
Sound
81
Build
75
Value
80
Score
80

    Reasons to Get
    Cort G280 Select vs Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone

    Release Year
    2021 vs 2019
    From a more recent year
    Type of Frets
    Medium vs XL Jumbo
    You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
    Compound Radius
    12" to 15.75" vs 13.78"
    Balanced playability for chords and single-notes
    Neck Profile
    Ergo-V vs Solar C Shape
    Great if you like to hang your thumb over the fretboard
    Pickups
    HSS vs HH
    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
    Bridge
    Tremolo vs Evertune
    Simple vibratos without too much maintenance
    Scale Length
    25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 27'' (685.8mm)
    Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone

    Reasons to Get
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone vs Cort G280 Select

    Frets Height
    Taller vs Shorter
    Easier to press down strings and bend them
    Type of Frets
    XL 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
    Solar C Shape vs Ergo-V
    Comfortable neck that works for most people
    Pickups Quality
    Duncan Solar vs Cort
    Better pickups
    Nut Material
    Graphite vs Plastic
    Self-Lubricating nut for good tuning stability
    Pickups
    HH vs HSS
    High output without hum
    Number of Frets
    24 vs 22
    Allows to reach higher notes
    Stainless Steel Frets
    Yes vs None
    Best fret material that will last forever
    Nut Width
    1.693'' (43mm) 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
    Bridge
    Evertune vs Tremolo
    Fixed bridge that will keep the guitar in tune forever
    Scale Length
    27'' (685.8mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
    Lower action and brighter natural tone
    Value Score
    80 vs 79
    Better price/quality relationship

    Other Key Differences
    Cort G280 Select vs Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone

    Bridge Pickup
    Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 vs Duncan Solar/Bridge
    Different Bridge Pickup
    Neck Pickup
    Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 vs Duncan Solar
    Different Neck Pickup
    Body Wood
    Alder vs Mahogany
    Different Body Wood
    Fretboard Wood
    Rosewood vs Ebony
    Different Fretboard Wood
    Headstock
    6 vs R6
    Different Headstock
    Nut Material
    Plastic vs Graphite
    Different Nut Material

    Shared Features
    Cort G280 Select vs Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone

    Neck Wood
    Maple
    Same Neck Wood
    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
    Pickups Power
    Passive
    Cleaner sound and no battery needed
    Decorative Top
    Flamed Maple vs Poplar Burl Veneer
    Finished with beautiful natural wood patterns

    Common Strengths

    • Locking Tuners
    • Expensive Wood

    Common Weaknesses

    • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
    • Weight Relief
    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
    • Strap Lock
    • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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    Cort G280 Select vs Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone: Which One is Better?

    After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone is probably the better product overall with its final score of 80 compared to the Cort G280 Select's 69 score, which is a significant difference.

    The Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone wins when it comes to sound, playability, build quality, value for the money. This means that it wins over the Cort G280 Select in every aspect.

    If you got small hands, you'll probably feel more comfortable playing the Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone 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

    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Overview

    • From Solar's 2019 Type S series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 27"'' scale
    • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
    • Poplar Burl Veneer top
    • Mahogany body
    • Maple neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Duncan Solar/Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Duncan Solar (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Evertune F-Type bridge
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 5-way Switch
    • Solar C Shape Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel frets
    • Solar 18:1 Locking Type 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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    Country of Origin Comparison

    The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. Both guitars in this comparison where made in Indonesia.

    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.

    Winner: Tie

    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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone

    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: Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone 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: Solar S1.6PB-27 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.

    In this comparison, the Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone 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: Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone's is a Evertune. It will keep your guitar in tune and intonated until the next string swap. If you really like extremely subtle vibratos, this might not be the bridge for you because you won't be able to perform them as well. However, the fact that you won't need to tune your guitar is a huge advantage that many people will gladly pay the extra price for.

    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: Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    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.

    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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone 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: Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Locking Tuners
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
    • Luminescent Inlay
    • High-Quality-Standards Country
    • High-Quality Nut
    • Compound Radius Fretboard
    • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • Weight Relief
    • Tremolo
    • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • Strap Lock

    Final Build Quality Scores

    Cort G280 Select
    Quality of materials 56
    Features 75
    Quality Control 65
    Build Quality 65
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone
    Quality of materials 76
    Features 75
    Quality Control 75
    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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone 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 Solar S1.6PB-27 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 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: Solar S1.6PB-27 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.

    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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
    Solar S1.6PB-27 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: Cort G280 Select.

    Final Sound Quality Scores

    Cort G280 Select
    Pickups 60
    Sustain 70
    Versatility 71
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 68
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone
    Pickups 85
    Sustain 80
    Versatility 58
    Tuning Stability 100
    Sound 81

    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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Nut Width
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Nut Width

    The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Solar S1.6PB-27 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 Solar S1.6PB-27 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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone's Scale Length
    Solar S1.6PB-27 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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone has the longest scale: 27". The Cort G280 Select is only 25.5" long. This is a 1.5'' (38.1mm) 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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Neck Profile
    Solar S1.6PB-27 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 Solar S1.6PB-27 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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Fingerboard Radius
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone's Fingerboard 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 Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone.

    Cort G280 Select:
    Big Hands
    Balance
    Small hands
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone:
    Big Hands
    Balance
    Small hands

    Fret Size Comparison

    Cort G280 Select Frets Size
    Cort G280 Select's Frets Size
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Frets Size
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone's Frets Size

    The Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone has XL 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
    Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
    Chord Playability 70
    Solo Playability 100
    Playability 83

    Cort G280 Select vs Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone Specs Comparison

    General Cort G280 Select Solar S1.6PB-27 Baritone
    Brand: Cort Solar
    Year: 2021 2019
    Configuration: HSS HH
    Strings: 6 6
    Made in: Indonesia Indonesia
    Series: G Type S
    Colors: Black, Yellow Black Burst Matte
    Left-Handed Version: No No
    Body
    Type: Solid Body Solid Body
    Body Material: Alder Mahogany
    Bridge: Cort CFA-III Tremolo Evertune F-Type
    Neck
    Neck Joint: Bolt-On Neck-Through
    Tuners: Cort Staggered Locking Solar 18:1 Locking Type
    Fretboard: Rosewood Ebony
    Neck Material: Hard Maple Maple
    Decoration: White Dots Solar Logo on 12th Fret
    Scale Size: 25.5" 27"
    Shape: Ergo-V Solar C Shape
    Frets: 22 Medium 24 XL Jumbo Stainless Steel
    Fretboard Radius: 12" to 15.75" 13.78"
    Nut: Plastic Graphite
    Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 43mm (1.693'')
    Electronics
    Switch: 5 Way 5 Way
    Knobs: Dome Dome
    Pickup Mods: None None
    Volume Controls: 1 1
    Tone Controls: 1 1
    Bridge Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTH-77 (Humbucker / Passive) Duncan Solar/Bridge (Humbucker / Passive)
    Middle Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive)
    Neck Pickup: Cort Voiced Tone VTS-63 (Single Coil / Passive) Duncan Solar (Humbucker / Passive)