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Music Man Cutlass or American Pro P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by outoftune, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. outoftune

    outoftune Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    I am looking to make the jump from a Mexican to an American P bass and am now conflicted after listening to the MM Cutlass. Cutlass seems like a gamble bass while the P is a tried and true, but man the Cutlass sounds good.

    American Professional:

    or the Music Man Cutlass:
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  2. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Cutlass .
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  3. christle


    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I haven’t played the Cutlass and I love a good Precision. I just don’t see how you can lose with either bass really. They both sound good. Good luck.
  4. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I played both and owned a cutlass briefly. The cutlass does not sound like a pbass. It does not have the same barky clarity in the highs that you know from the P. Personally i love that about the P and stayed with what i like.

    The cutlass is a thicker tone that sounds rounder and less defined in the top end. Its really cool, but its going to come down to what you like. The playability and build quality of the cutlass is quite nice.

    Just matters if you want a pbass or a little more of a different sound.
  5. outoftune

    outoftune Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    @AngelCrusher thanks for that response. I am hearing what you are describing. It seems like the Cutlass may have a bit much in the overall low end and get lost in a mix where the P just hits that middle ground and pops.
    Unfortunately I have no way of trying before buying when it comes to the Cutlass. I've played a couple Pro P's and they felt and sounded very good.
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  6. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    You can grab one from guitar center used online. If you don't like it, just return it to your local store. You will only be out the shipping.
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  7. kinopah


    Oct 19, 2014
    Cutlass reeeeeeeally does not get lost in the mix. It's a way more versatile bass than you'd expect. I just played mine for an outside festival and could def hear every note. It's definitely a different beast than a US Precision, but not in any way inferior (or even tamer). I find it to be a much more playable bass than most P's I've tried - the satin neck finish and its dimensions are spot on. :)

    Here's a clip of me playing mine with different tone settings. YMMV though and you gotta go with your gut!
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  8. The Cutlass is great bass but I still prefer a P-Bass. The Fender Pro is a great choice but for me the G&L LB 100 is the best P Bass out there.
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  9. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    sounds a lot like a P Bass to me. Am I missing something?
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  10. navijaz

    navijaz Guest

    Sep 20, 2016
    Hey, just out of interest... What do you hope will improve with the MIA P? If you like your MIM, a bit of upgraded hardware might be all you need. Not meaning to be a troll, just saying.
  11. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    If you are looking for a great P bass then check the G&L L100. Sounds great on the videos.

  12. kinopah


    Oct 19, 2014
    Tonally it does. Everything just seems a little hotter. But honestly that could be confirmation bias on my part because I prob EXPECT a EBMM to have a bit more thump. I've let my P's go so can't do a direct comparison.

    One thing that feels really different is the super-contoured strat-style body. Feels a lot less elongated than a P. I don't think you can go wrong.

    BTW I am SELLING the one in that clip if the OP is interested. Not because I don't love it. Just miss having a Fodera and would actually love to get their version - the Monarch P lol! (Would def be happy to hang onto this one otherwise!)
    For Sale - EBMM Cutlass - Diamond Blue/Maple, pristine
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  13. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    I could at least hear Ed in this video... the vids posted, IMO, have too much song, and not enough bass up front... hard to determine which sounds better, as neither stood out.

    Love the finish of the G&L... similar to the look I was shooting for, with my kit build... of course, I didn't come close...
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2017
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  14. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    American Pro P. Ten years from now, nobody will even know what a MusicMan Cutlass is. But if you have any issues with the Fender, guaranteed to be able to find replacements parts easily.
  15. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
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  16. howlin


    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    I’d like to see your crystal ball or is that a bottle of Crytal? :rolleyes:

    Seriously, I wouldn’t make any purchases based on this type of logic. 10-years from now? I wouldn’t bet on the next 10 months FWIW. Just sayin’...
  17. outoftune

    outoftune Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    I have definitely thought of going that route. Upgrade the pickups and I'm almost there. I've had some American made stuff in the past and there is a fit and finish that the Mexicans, while really really good, just don't have. Both Musicman and Fender USA basses just feel great.
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  18. Wolfenstein666


    Dec 19, 2014
    I'm personally a proponent of the new American Pro series. I've played both a jazz and P and they both sounded and felt really REALLY good. I'd go with the P.
  19. pjbassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Great point! I just did this yesterday on a G&L at GC and they shipped it for FREE! So when it comes in, I get 45 days to "test drive" it! Its a win/win!
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  20. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Cutlass has an extra fret. If that's something that you're into.

    But then I don't think they look as good as the new Ps. But who cares about looks.

    Personally I would go cutlass. Although I love the p i have so I'm biased.
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