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Bob C
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:06 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I know the Cobalt acoustic line was discontinued quite a while ago, but I spotted one on Ebay and am curious about whether to grab it.

It's a lefty 850 priced at $350 plus shipping. If I remember correctly, only two left handed Cobalt models were available, this being the more expensive model.

What did they cost new? And is the top spruce? In the auction photo, it looks very yellow.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:34 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Looks like the Cobalt appeared in 2001. The C850 cost about <$700.

http://www.carvinmuseum.com/decade/images/01-cobaltguitars.html

Originally, the Cobalt series were built by Cort in Korea. They moved to a Chinese factory after that but I cannot remember when. The build quality of the Korean version seems to be better than the Chinese. I remember much discussion about the Cobalt series guitars on the BBS back then.

The asking price is about 50% and it the guitar is an early model (should say Made In Korea) I think would be a good purchase.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:57 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

This one appears to be an earlier model, without the tuner (although the photos are not crystal clear). Don't know whether that addition came at the same time the country of manufacture changed.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:31 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

No tuner? Then I would say that it is a early model. I don't know when the tuners were added. The 850 always had the pickup. This site used to keep the catalogs updated but not since 2007.

added - looks like it was around 2009 or maybe before, but not earlier than 2007. However, I could be wrong. It would be called the C850T if it had the tuner.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:28 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I got a higher end Cobalt quite a while back - forget which model. I think it has the rosewood back. Extremely playable and well worth the price to me. That seems like a great price used, and if it doesn't work out - re-bay it, how much could you loose?

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