We believe that most questions you have can be answered by navigating through the pages of our site. You can check out the CGW Blog for answers to the history of Cortley guitars and general questions regarding our Website. Most questions about your guitar can be answered on the Cortley Descriptions Page and the 1978 Price List Page.
Cortley Guitars were a stencil brand of guitars contracted by Jack Westheimer. He was the pioneer of quality made Asian imports. He was responsible for other MIJ brands such as Cortez. We have some Cortez comparisons on our site. Our guitars are copies of the finest guitars made, including Martin, Gibson, Gallagher, Fender, and Guild. Cortleys were extremely well-made, and were affordable alternatives to these guitars. If you own a Cortley guitar, please sign our Guestbook and tell us a little about your instrument. The Guestbook serves as a gauge to monitor the current interest in Cortley guitars and will give us an idea how Cortley instruments have weathered time.
CGW has a Sister Site that has a photo album with more pictures of Cortley and Cortez Instruments including mandolins, banjos, basses and even ukuleles. The Sister Site has a Message Board and Newsletter where I will from time to time post notable changes and news about the CGW.
We hope you take advantage of the Blog. We have opened up a variety of topics that you can weigh in on. Also, there is an entry that is entitled General Comments and Questions where you can take the lead and start a discussion on any subject you like regarding Cortley guitars.
We believe a picture is still worth a thousand words. If you feel that you have a Cortley guitar that we have not adequately represented, then please send us photos of your guitar. We would like a full shot of the front and back of your guitar, and close-ups of the body and headstock. Also, if you have any information on Cortley guitars that we don’t have, please share it with us so that we can share it with others.
Thanks again for your interest in our site and happy picking!
Cortley Guitars Website Webmaster