Miscellaneous Rumbles

Where do guitars come from?

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(Please hold comments till exposition is done. Lots of pics...)

But in today's story, they come from here...

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Java. (Not the drink nor the programming language.)

You can't see it in GDP pics DAMMIT, but that's Bali immediately to the east.

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Surabaya region.

2.9 million people live in Surabaya proper; 9.5 million in the larger metro area. As the capital of Java, it is the second largest city and port in Indonesia after Jakarta, and among the “cleanest and greenest” areas.

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PT Cort Indonesia is actually mostly south and a little west of Surabaya, 41 km from Juanda International Airport.

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You'd take this route, Rt 1 out of Surabaya merging onto Rt 24 / Jl Raya Surabaya-Malang.

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Then you hang a left on Jl Kontrak, and just past the Warung Barokah restaurant on your right, take a left on Jl Ngoro, which will immediately take a hard right. Just keep going.

Take the fourth left onto a street with no name (you’ll know it’s the right street when you see PT Second Best Packing on the right).

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Cort is located between the first and second spurs from Street with No Name, on the right, across the street from Villiger Tobacco. I believe it's the complex of buildings filing the small block at the left of the picture.

It's actually in Ngora, in a small industrial park outside town. Address:
Kawasan Berikat Blok G-5,6
Ngoro Industri Persada
Kec. Ngoro, Mojokerto
Jawa Timur 61385
Indonesia

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The view down the Street With No Name (that I could find).

Cort has three factories: besides this one in Indonesia, there are plants in Korea and China. Cort makes 1,000,000 guitars a year. That's a million. We know Cort builds for many brands: Fender, Squier, Gretsch, G&L, Music Man, Schecter, Chapman, EVH, Jackson and Ibanez (to list a few), but also for high-end names like PRS and Strandberg.

How many come out of this small complex of long low-slung 2-story buildings (and the Ibanez annex a few doors down), I don't know. But a lot. Let's say a lot.

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Through these gates...

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We're here.

Gotta love the herringbone pavement with the decorative border.

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Tim, nice posts. Have you been there?

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The view from between the buildings.

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Cort made a decent ES-1275 doubleneck copy. But where did Hondo from from... guessing 80s Japan.

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I have only been there in imagination.

And it seems to be a much nicer locale than we think, when we consider it solely as a source of low-end guitars. We think of sweatshop conditions in workshops carved out of humid jungle, with trees cut down yesterday to make soggy unstable guitars today.

So I looked up the weather, and it reads more like paradise than purgatory. (All temperatures in F.)

• Average monthly highs between 88 and 92; record high 96
• Average monthly lows between 72 and 77; record low 58
• Daily mean between 79 and 83
• Driest month is August, with .6” of rain; wettest is Jan, at 13”; average rain for year is 69"
• 147 rainy days a year
• humidity ranges from 57% to 67%; average 62%

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The factory is surrounded by scenic locations.

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You can actually buy guitars with the Cort name on them.

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This shot also taken from the immediate vicinity, with a better view of the peak (the name of which I haven't found).

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Wildlife in the lane between two of the buildings.

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Where Squiers come from.

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Looks like they are surrounded by Krakatoa.

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Well son, when a Daddy Guitar and a Mommy Guitar love each other very much.....


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