St er­ling By Mu­sic Man CT50 Cut­lass

Try the V neck on...

Total Guitar - - THE TG TEST -

What’s the USP of this one?

For a kick­off, this is the only gui­tar here spec’d with lock­ing tuners. Then there’s the rest of the neck. The Cut­lass fea­tures the V neck pro­file found on mid-50s Fender Stra­to­cast­ers. If you’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced a neck like this, it slots snugly into the V-shaped nook be­tween your thumb and fore­fin­ger like a big maple Tetris piece.

How’s the up­per fret ac­cess?

Like the Chap­man ML-1 Tra­di­tional, the Cut­lass comes bran­dish­ing a sculpted neck/body join. So, yeah, mak­ing your way up to fret num­ber 22 is easy as pie. We also par­tic­u­larly like the fact that the neck is se­cured to the body with five big, wood screws. That ul­tra-sta­ble union prom­ises good sus­tain, as well as rock-solid tun­ing.

Does the vi­brato float?

A. Nope. This is most def­i­nitely a one-way street. Many play­ers pre­fer their vi­bratos to sit on the gui­tar’s top when at rest. They reckon it pro­vides bet­ter tone, sus­tain and tun­ing sta­bil­ity than a float­ing whammy. Your man, Ed­die Van Halen, would cer­tainly agree with that...

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