Mark Lucas | Guitarist | Live | Session | Arranger

ERNIE BALL MUSIC MAN CUTLASS

The EBMM Cutlass represents a refinement of the 'S' type guitar, almost to a point of a re-think. To me, this is one of the top 2 60's genre strat guitars I've played; the other being a real 1965 Fender Strat. 

The pickups are Music Man single coils, with a 'silent circuit' that removes 90% of the 60 cycle hum. While I don't think they are overwound, they are the most 'full and present' pickups I've played through in a production guitar. There is also an active buffer on the output jack that allows for full treble response, regardless of pickup volume. The bridge is an original Music Man design that works flawlessly, in combination with locking tuning gears. I'm a big fan of stainless steel frets; the Cutlass has them, perfectly leveled and crowned.

Ernie Ball is one of the last family owned companies in the US. Their quality and usability comes through in everything they produce.

I think the Cutlass has the potential to re-imagine what a 60's type S guitar is capable of.

 

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