Part 1 ) The Big Boys Over the last 10-15 years you may have noticed an increase of guitars labeled “Made in Indonesia”. Inevitably the question arises if they are any good, and comparisons are drawn with their Chinese and Korean counter parts, usually with a generous helping of sweeping generalisations. (I think this thread is not the time or place to offer my personal opinion on this, but rest assured, there will be one) What I mainly would like for this thread, is people to start realising these guitars are made by different factories, owned by different companies. So I thought I’d outline the big three, incidentally all Korean owned. P.T. Cort(or Cor-Tek) located in Ngoro, Mojokerto, near Surabaya, East Java. Operational since 1995. Arguably the biggest of the 3(or quite possibly in the world, together with Fender and Gibson). Reportedly Cort produces roughly 1 Million guitars a year, between their Korean, Chinese and Indonesian factories. Beside their own Cort branded guitars PT Cort manufactures for Ibanez, Fender/Squier(includes amps), G&L, Gretsch, Laguna, Avalon/Lowden, Music Man, Schecter, Lakland, Strandberg, EVH, Chapman and Jackson among others. P.T. Samick, in Cileungsi near Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Operational since 1992. Current guitar production capacity 35000 guitars a month(420000 a year). PT Samick manufactures for Greg Bennett, Silvertone, Fender/Squier(includes acoustics), Epiphone, Cordoba, Washburn, and Hohner among others. P.T. Wildwood, Serang, Banten, east of Jakarta, West Java. Since 2006. PT Wildwood manufactures for Schecter, PRS(SE), D’Angelico, Yamaha, Fender, ESP(LTD), Supro, Jackson, and Dean among others. Note the brand overlap here. Several brands have(or had) their guitars made by different factories. If you’re wondering, “PT” is an acronym for Perseroan Terbatas, a business entity that is formed and acts per commercial law. Any Indonesian company receiving foreign investment must take the form of a PT. Note that by law, non-Indonesians can not own land or property in Indonesia.