This is an early Space model made by Cort, serial no. 20884, very much like the new Space G3T (headless maple neck-through body design, rosewood fingerboard). But instead of the usual Select EMG-SEHG pickups on the Space G3T, this is souped-up with EMG-58 (gold logo) neck pickup and EMG-81 (silver logo) bridge pickup. Both the EMG-58 and its successor EMG-85 has the gold logo but I think this one is the EMG-58 because its sound carries the characteristics of the EMG-58. If you go to the EMG website for the catalogue, you'll see that the EMG-58 is now in the custom shop section. And if you look up the price list there, you'll see that the EMG-81 list price is $118, so is the EMG-85. This means that just the 2 pickups already list at $236! The Select SEHG is only $45 each. But price difference is the result, not the cause. The EMG-58 & 81 sounds really HOT!!!
I have 3 Steinbergers (see my JaJenJoe web page): a GM7TA with EMG-89's, a GL2S with EMG-85's, and a Spirit GT Pro with EMG-SEHG's, so I got to compare all these EMG pickups. Let's say I set my amp volume at 3 to get a nice clean sound with the GT Pro EMG-SEHG. If I switch to my GL2S EMG-85 I'd sound like I had turned up to 4, if I switch to my GM7TA EMG-89 I'd sound like I had turned up to 4.5, still nice and clean. When I switch to this Space EMG-58 / 81, I'd sound like I was on 5, with a warm tube-like distortion (amp settings unchanged)! To get a clean sound, I just roll back the guitar volume from 10 to 8.
Another interesting thing about this guitar is that with a little woodworking, the battery compartment can be easily modified to hold two 9V batteries without rewiring the pickup controls, which is real unusual. This modification enables you to wire two 9V batteries "in series" to feed 18V to the pickups for even more tone (no worry, EMG says the pickups can tolerate 27V, see FAQ on their web site). I've used wires to hook up the batteries to try 18V on it, and the pickups got turbo! I didn't actually do any woodworking on it because I'm no carpenter, but I'm very sure it can be easily done.
To wire two 9V batteries in series to get 18V:
M = male connector
F = female connector
|Connector to guitar||M||F|
You can also wire two 9V batteries in parallel to get 9V for longer play time, but I won't suggest that because of the staggered effect. You see, current will flow only from the battery with more charge (not 4.5V from each), so you'll be getting something staggered like 9V from A, then 9V from B, 8.9V from A, 8.9V from B, 8.8V from A, 8.8V from B...and so on. It is not 9V all the way and by the time both batteries get low, you'll just get a longer period of undesired low wattage.
If you want to extend battery life, remember to unplug the jack from your guitar after playing, because the jack activates the power supply. And if you don't mind spending extra dough, pay $6.99 for a lithium 9V battery at Radioshack, supposed to last 3 to 4 times longer.