Music Man’s Cutlass is already a modern classic, with its distinctive body shape, beautiful glossy finish, pristine hardware and an instantly recognisable headstock. Boasting a versatile HSS pickup configuration, the Cutlass RS also features the company's modern tremolo system, giving you a contemporary instrument that doesn't alienate traditionalists.
Music Man guitars are notorious for having incredibly comfortable neck profiles, and the Cutlass RS is certain to keep you playing for hours on end! The hand-rubbed, oiled and waxed Maple neck adds an even classier touch to an already jaw-dropping instrument, offering an ultra-sleek feel.
With a stunning figured grain, the Maple neck has been roasted to remove all of the natural moisture retained by the wood. This process makes the neck far less vulnerable to warping when exposed to varying climates, ensuring rock-solid reliability. Adorned with a Rosewood fretboard, this tonewood will help to deliver a smoother mid-range, giving notes a warm and balanced tonality.
The gorgeous neck is joined with a flawlessly crafted Alder body, serving as the perfect sonic foundation for the pickups. With a bolt-on construction, you can expect a bright and snappy response, that'll easily penetrate in a live or studio mix.
Hardware & Electronics
The Cutlass RS is fitted with Music Man's chrome-plated modern tremolo system, which provides a smooth action and ensures fantastic tuning stability, even after plenty of whammy abuse! At the other end of the instrument you'll find a set of high-quality Schaller locking tuners, allowing you to change strings easily whilst also decreasing the chance of tuning slips, as less wraps around the tuning posts are required.
Featuring silent vintage-spec circuitry, you can experience the true and authentic sound of a 1970s Music Man guitar but with a silent, transparent buffered output. This means that the signal emitted by the guitar is strong, vibrant and clean, giving you optimal tone no matter what amplifier you choose to plug into.
The Cutlass RS achieves an unparalleled bite with its custom wound pickups. The single-coils remain sparkly and defined without producing any unwanted buzz with overdrive, whilst the medium output humbucker can handle high-gain easily without losing any clarity. Delivering a delicious sound, these pickups react very well to changes of the volume and tone controls, allowing you to really dial in the perfect tones.
Here’s what Music Man says about the Cutlass RS:
Based on the original 1970s Music Man designs, the 2018 Cutlass RS has been re-engineered to deliver unparalleled playability and performance featuring a brand new premium roasted figured maple neck with ebony, rosewood or maple fingerboard. The Cutlass delivers classic rich tones thanks to its lightweight alder body, vintage spec electronics, and super smooth modern tremolo system.
- Body Shape: Cutlass
- Body Material: Alder
- Body Finish: High Gloss Polyester
- Neck Material: Select Roasted Maple
- Neck Shape: Soft-V
- Radius: 10"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Inlay: White Dots
- Number of Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Width: 1.625"
- Nut Material: Compensated Tusq
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Music Man Modern Tremolo with Vintage Bent Steel saddles
- Tuners: Schaller M6-IND locking
- Neck Pickup: Music Man Custom Wound Single-coil
- Middle Pickup: Music Man Custom Wound Single-coil
- Bridge Pickup: Music Man Custom Wound Humbucker
- Controls: 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 5-way blade pickup switch
- Strings: M-Steel Hybrid Slinky #2922, .009-.046
- Case Included: Hardshell Case