Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass Bass - Black

4-string Electric Bass with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1 Passive Humbucking Pickup - Black/Black
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Passive Electronics, Familiar Design

Ernie Ball Music Man basses are synonymous with active electronics and modern EQ curves. But the Cutlass Bass looks back to Music Man's roots with a familiar great-playing design and 100% passive electronics. The Cutlass Bass is built to sound and play like a pawn shop prize. The comfortable alder body fits ergonomically around the player for all-night comfort. The bolt-on maple neck has a lightly aged look and satiny touch like a well-played classic. And the oversized headstock has a look that screams old-school cool. The minimalist electronics are a refreshing choice for purists: just a single great-sounding humbucker with one volume and one tone knob.

Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass Bass Modern Classic at a Glance:
  • 100% passive design pays tribute to the classics
  • The Modern Classic series: a return to Music Man's roots
  • Patented Compensated Nut delivers precise intonation
100% passive design pays tribute to the classics

The Cutlass Bass pays tribute to a time-tested favorite among bassists all over the world. Its fast-playing, 5-bolt maple neck and lightweight contoured alder body will be familiar to most players, as will the simplified bridge and controls. The humbucking pickup is offset: closer to the neck on the bass side, and closer to the bridge on the treble side. This warms and smooths out the low end and gives the high end better clarity. Large pole pieces give the Cutlass Bass a distinctly Music Man look.

The Modern Classic series: a return to Music Man's roots

The Modern Classic series honors the original Music Man vision. Bassists who want a worn-in classic without the pawn shop funk can expect a great instrument right out of the box with the Cutlass Bass. Its 250-Kohm pots and vintage-voiced 0.1uF tone capacitor give this bass a softer edge to suit a wider range of musical styles, from jazz and blues to classic rock, indie rock, and more.

Patented Compensated Nut delivers precise intonation

Every Music Man bass with a fixed bridge has EBMM's Compensated Nut, and you'll hear the precise intonation across the entire neck. As Music Man describes it, the Compensated Nut gives each string "an individual intonation pocket that slightly changes the effective string length, causing notes that traditionally play sharp to be more in tune." It's just another way your Music Man bass will help you sound your best, and another example of why Music Man basses are so popular at Sweetwater.

Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass Bass Modern Classic Features:
  • EBMM's first completely passive bass
  • Refreshingly simple electronics - 1 pickup, 1 tone, 1 volume
  • Alnico V offset passive humbucker delivers a smooth low end and bright top
  • Lightweight alder body provides hours of playing comfort
  • High-gloss polyester finish recalls guitars of the '60s and '70s
  • "C" bolt-on maple neck with vintage yellowed satin finish looks/feels like a classic
  • Warm but articulate rosewood fretboard
  • Oversized headstock screams old-school cool
  • Simplified bridge is easy to set up
  • Knurled speed knobs fight sweat slippage
  • 3+1 Schaller BM tuners with tapered posts to anchor down strings
  • Shielded against noise with a graphite-acrylic body cavity coating and an aluminum pickguard lining
  • Loaded with Ernie Ball Super Slinkies for great tone out of the box
Get your hands on a modern classic in the Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass Bass!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Cutlass
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Black
Body Material Alder
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
Neck Material Select Maple, natural aged yellow finish
Neck Shape C profile
Radius 7.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.625"
Nut Material White Melamine
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Music Man top loaded chrome plated, steel bridge with vintage nickel plated, hollow steel saddles
Tuners Schaller BM
Number of Pickups 1
Middle Pickup Offset split-coil Humbucking
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone
Strings Ernie Ball Super Slinky Bass #2834 (45-100)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 123-01-20-01

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