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Musicman Cutlass I

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BackonBass13, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. BackonBass13

    BackonBass13 Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2013
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    My first "real" bass was this rare Musicman. IT THUMPED! It has a graphite neck with the Stingray setup. Very groundbreaking bass.

    Anyone else seen/played or have experience with the Cutlass?
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
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    I once tried a Cutlass II in a local shop but that was the last I saw of it. The first thing I thought of when I saw that EBMM had brought back the Sabre was they should also bring back the Cutlass.
  3. Bass Viking

    Bass Viking Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2004
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    I played one in a music store back in the early 80s. I really liked it but there was no way I could afford it. That's the one and only I've across one. I'd definitely be interested if it was re-introduced!
  4. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2001
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    Yes! I got one in 1983 and had it for 20 years. It was a killer bass ... had the cool Stingray thump and zing, and I played it so much it became fairly beat up.

    I was into modding back in the 80's, so I did mod this bass: I tried a bartolini triple-coil with Furman or bartolini preamp. I also replaced the bridge with a Ken Smith quick release at one point. I held on to the original parts, and eventually had them restored. It sounded better that way, go figure. :p

    Here is the only picture I have of it online, from 1985 (?). Sorry, not a good pic.

    P.S. The only reason I let it go was because I switched to playing five string exclusively in Y2K, and thought that bass should go to a good home where it would get the playing time it deserved.

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