A schoolboy error on the Bay netted me not one but two RGT42s by mistake. Oops - never assume you're not going to win an item just because you're only £1 in the lead with a week to go.
One is a 2004 RGT42BP (according to the 2004 catalogue) and is in amazingly good condition for a 5 year-old guitar - one tiny little dent on the front but everything else is like new. The seller even supplied all the allen keys, some spare saddle screws for the Edge Pro 2 and a pair of trem posts.
It's pretty grey for a "black pearl" finish - go figure.
The other is a 2005 RGT42DXFMTL (I think). This one has got a lot of wear to all the powder cosmo bits (I replaced the vol/tone knobs with some spares as they were particularly iffy-looking). The finish is pretty faded and worn in places, so it's more purple than blue. Very little fretwear, though, and the two-tone sharktooth inlays are very groovy.
So, a pair of fine guitars for less than a new one would have cost at the time. My first thought was to sell the FM on straight away, then I thought I might swap all the hardware over from the BP to give me the best of both worlds (that transparent finish, particularly on the back where you can see the maple neck, is too good to lose).
Having restrung them both and set them up (the BP had crazy high action, partly because its trem was angled too far forward, and the FM was the exact opposite), I decided to hang on to the both of them.
Shout out to the Cort factory here, they both feel extremely well put together and the contour lines at the "neck joint" are perfect. At some point one of them might gain some active pickups, MTM1-stylee, but for the moment they're fine as is. They already sound pretty huge, which must have something to do with the neckthru' construction as it's certainly not down to the stock INF pickups.