I picked it up, it was a Cortez J-200, it looked just like a Gibson J-200, exactly from the markings on the neck to the cool looking vines and circles on the pick guard, the only difference I could find was it said Cortez instead of Gibson, and the price was 0, a not 00. I have not seen anything on this particular model at all. Read Mine sound great and I would be stupid to sell it under a 1000$. My husband has an older model cortez with a dove on it. Back in 1973, I was going to buy an Ovation deep bowl acoustic, for about 0, which was a lot of cash back then, well I put it on layaway, and would go into the store and put a week on it, and was down to the final bucks, when I ran across a brand new guitar on the rack... I have a Cortez 12-string also, cherry sunburst with hummingbird pickguard. I found out that this was not true actually they where made in Japan and have been a copy of the Martin acoustics.I dug out my old Cortez Guitar the other day and found it in almost perfect shape after nearly thirty years in a guitar case. It was blond, all Maple, a beautiful looking guitar.....after playing it in the store and driving the owner crazy, he ask me if I was gonnna buy it or play it to death.... I have recently came across a Cortez 12 String in flawless condition. Cortez is the only name other that than the fact is was made in Japan. I have been playing a lot of acoustics and none of them sound so clear and full than this one. I will keep it Peter I have this old 12 string Cortez guitar that I purchased new in 1976.It's a six string acoustical and I was told, when I bought it at a music store, that it was a copy of the Gibson Hummingbird. Some small scratches (very few.) Pick groove from playing. I took the money that I had put down on the Ovation, and switched it over to the Cortez. I can't believe how good this guitar sounds yet today. I have a Cortez Gull electric bass that has been a great instrument for me for many, many years.If you need professional advice about repairing your old guitar, this is the place to ask. Duck's Dating Service - an excellent resource, lots of serial numbers for many brands of guitars.Stewart-Mc Donald - a good source for replacement guitar parts and repair tools to keep your junker running. I'm not sponsored by or affiliated with these or any other manufacturer or retailer, but I'm often asked to recommend good parts sources. Ampage - a nice info source for amp schematics and other guitar electronics. Cheesy Guitars - a true kindred spirit, Meatex Z has created a wonderful site dedicated to all those unplayable Russian and Eastern European guitars.See the explanation for serial number 20070311301 below: 20070311301 First four digits indicate the year - 2007 20070311301 5th & 6th digits indicate the two-digit month - 03 (March) 20070311301 7th & 8th digits indicate the day - 11 (the 11th) 20070311301 9th digit is a series code number - 0 for 300 or 400 Series, 1 for 500 thru Presentation Series, 2 for 200 Series, 3 for a Baby, 4 for a Big Baby, 5 for T5, 7 for Nylon Series, 8 for 100 Series, and 9 for Solid Body Series. 20070311301 Last two digits indicate the guitar's position in that day's production sequence. Record keeping in the early days was spotty and it's uncertain which guitar is actually the first one, but these two were built within the first few months of Taylor Guitars production.For models older than 1993, please refer to the chart below.
Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.GENERAL VINTAGE GUITAR RESOURCES: Vintage Guitar Magazine - this is Vintage Guitar 101 and all neophytes are advised to start here.Of course, my favorite part is Michael Wright's "Different Strummer" column, which covers the history of all those wild, wacky off-brand instruments in elaborate detail. but when he plays at open mikes he is always ask about it. Sounds great This is a great tread on the Cortez Brand guitars. I bought one like the one what Mitch describes on E-bay in Germany for around 300$ and the seller wrote that Cortez actually was working for Martin in the 60s and opened up his own business.I still have this guitar today, I put in a Fishman pickup, and had it refretted, and new tuner put on it....it sounds better then the day I bought it. plays and sounds great....research on the web is proving to be futile and frustrating, any help/information would be greatly appreciated.... You know a lot of name brands charge alot just for the name. I played a concert with it and I plan to play some more and I want people to say, "Hey ,what's that guitar brand? Everything looks the same to all pictures I have found online to the J-6000 with only two differences, the head stock and the way the fretboard looks. I've had mixed emotions about selling it, but would not rule it out completely.All the standard Gibson and Fender type stuff, plus some other interesting odds and ends.