Guitar Workers + Musicians United!


This media gallery for Cort Action will be updated with news articles, photo gallery links, and videos.

We invite anyone who has supported the Cort worker actions in their international struggles to send their photos, video, or other forms of media and we will post them here. Send them to




*  September 20, 2010  KBS News (Korean Broadcasting Service)

Title: “Instead of guitars, making sponges” or ‘기타 대신 수세미’ 쓸쓸한 추석맞이 – Interviews of the fired guitar workers, who are spending yet another Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) without the jobs they have been struggling to regain at the Cort and Cor-tek guitar factories. (Korean only) – Transcript with the link.

Video of coverage here: or here:

 * August 17, 2010  Coverage of Cort workers’ and cultural workers’ actions at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL

‘Giving $600 and in front of  150,000, crying out “NO CORT!” ‘

Link to the article here.


*January 14, 2010.
NPR All Things Considered, Southern California Public Radio / KPCC

Audio file and transcript:  “Tom Morello plays concert for Korean guitar workers”

Excerpt: “This week guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine performed at the KIWA Cultural Center in Los Angeles to raise money and awareness for a group of Korean guitar workers.

The workers were once employed at Cort and Cor-Tek. There they built guitars for American companies like Fender, Gibson and Ibanez. But, Morello says, they had poor working conditions.”

* January 13, 2010.
Music Radar ( The Number 1 Website for Musicians.
Article: “Rage’s Tom Morello leads protest at NAMM Show.”

Excerpt: “Morello and System Of A Down frontman Serg Tankian (both partners in the Axis Of Justice) are joining representatives of Korean guitar workers in a protest against Cort Guitars, whom they say fired all of its Korean workers and closed all of its Korean plants in 2007 to “avoid paying proper wages” and to “fix deplorable working conditions.”

An Abandoned Factory: Gallery of Cor-tek factory in Daejon, Korea
Photographs by Noh Suntag

Click on the image below to see the Picasa album/ Click on SLIDESHOW on the left hand side for better viewing.

In the images you can see that the company abruptly left, and the guitars that are photographed here, half-done, not complete, are now warping and becoming unplayable relics.

Cor-tek factory, Korea and actions

NEWS ARTICLES PAGE For published articles in English and in international papers

For the full set of videos from Tokyo/Yokohama and the Yokohama Music Fair actions, see the embedded Vodpod video gallery at the bottom of this page.

> One video from Yokohama, Nov. 7th, 2009

All Tokyo/Yokohama action videos made by Media Champon – Asian Media Activist Network

> For a photo gallery of actions in South Korea, see:

> DOCUMENTARY: “GUITAR STORY” by Kim Sung Gyoon, with English subtitles.

Documentary: GUITAR STORY by Kim Sung Gyoon


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