Updated: Jul 18, 2020
Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass RS HSS, Vint Snbrst RMF Street Price $2,249 The Ernie Ball Music Man 2018 Cutlass RS HSS features a roasted figured maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard (fingerboard option depends on body color). The RS HSS model retains all of the familiar elements of the original Cutlass including an alder body, super smooth modern tremolo and oversized 4 over 2 headstock. The bridge pickup in the HSS is a custom wound Music Man ceramic humbucker with a vintage sound that compliments the single coils yet has plenty of crunchy rhythms and biting lead tones.
Specs: - Size: 12-7/8" wide, 1-5/8" thick, 38-1/8" long (32.7 cm wide, 4.1 cm thick, 96.8 cm long) - Weight: 7 lbs, 7 oz (3.37 kg) - varies slightly - Body Wood: Alder - Bridge: Music Man Modern tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles - Scale Length: 25-1/2" (64.8 cm) - Neck Radius: 10" (25.4 cm) - Headstock Size: 6-3/8" (16.2 cm) long - Frets: 22 - High profile, medium width, Stainless Steel - Neck Width: 1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (56.9 mm) at last fret - Neck Wood: Roasted figured maple - Fingerboard: Select Maple Vintage Turquoise - Fret Markers: 1/4" Black or White Face dots - Neck Finish: Hand rubbed oil and wax blend - Tuning Machines: Schaller M6-IND locking - Truss Rod: Adjustable - no component or string removal - Neck Attachment: 5 bolts - perfect alignment with no shifting; Sculpted neck joint allows smooth access to higher frets - Electronic Shielding: Graphite acrylic resin coated body cavity and aluminum lined pickguard - Controls: Passive 250kohm volume and tone - .047uF tone capacitor; with transparent buffered output for complete tonal consistency at all volume levels - Switching: 5-way lever pickup selector - Pickups HSS: - 1 Music Man custom humbucking bridge pickup - Music Man custom wound single coils featuring the new wide spectrum Music Man "Silent Circuit", which reduces hum and retains true single coil sound I was searching for a new, super-playable, electric solid-body for my collection and thought about adding a newer American made Strat or Telecaster. Those venerable guitars are much beloved for a reason...they are great choices for almost any application. But they are also a bit long in the tooth. The design and technology in more modern guitars like this Music Man Cutlass really impressed me. I decided that the money was better spent on the Ernie Ball product and I'm not sorry I made that choice. I can always add a Strat or Tele later.
NOTES: This guitar sounds great! A trio of single-coil pickups delivers an amazing range of tone, while an active wide-spectrum Silent Circuit works to keep the electronics hum free. It sounds good in all applications, but for me, a little reverb and the right settings and it seems like a guitar that Stevie Ray Vaughn himself would have chosen for the blues. It has an awesome sound across the range. You get what you pay for and on this guitar, that includes 22 stainless steel frets, Schaller M6-IND locking tuners, and a truss rod adjustment wheel, located at the heel of the neck that makes on-the-fly neck relief changes fast and easy. Due to the way the tuning keys are set up (4 over 2), the strings are perfectly straight and aligned with the tuning machines which makes for less tension on the strings and they bend very nicely and easier than a Strat with a string tree. The strings seem to last longer on this guitar than any other electric I've owned. The guitar is VERY quiet. The hum-free technology really works. It makes this guitar perfect for the studio. Finally, and this is my very favorite feature of all on the Cutlass...the silky smooth, roasted maple neck on this instrument is just something to die for. If you've never played a roasted maple neck, you don't know what you are missing. This is probably the easiest playing guitar I have ever put my hands on.
The Cutlass is a well-designed, well-thought-out, well-executed guitar. It's reeks of quality in every way. After a year of playing it, I haven't found a single thing I do not like about it.