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    Neck profiles... (EBMM/Sterling Cutlass mainly)

    Hi all,

    I'd been looking for an S-type guitar for a few months and had played a couple (Fender CS and Elite, Suhr Classic S and something else that I've forgotten) but none of them really gelled with me.
    I'd been reading about the EBMM Cutlass and came across a great deal for a Sterling version and I thought I would go for this in case I ended up deciding that S-types weren't for me after all.

    I collected it and instantly fell in love. My only gripe is that it is a tad heavy (well, heavier than my main Tele and moreso than I expected it to be) but the neck profile is almost perfect for me.
    I decided I should get an EBMM Cutlass a month or two ago and tried one out in a store... but didn't like the neck as much?! It just didn't feel anything like the Sterling but I'm not sure whether it is radically different or whether I just wasn't feeling it that day. I just didn't get the same 'wow' factor that I did the first time I picked up the Sterling Cutlass.
    I also played a L3 for the first time that day and preferred that neck but still not as much as the Sterling Cutlass...

    Are there any guitars (EBSS or Sterling) with a similar (ideally the same) profile that the Sterling Cutlass has?



    tl:dr - love the Sterling Cutlass neck profile but found the EBMM Cutlass to be quite different - is there anything in the EBMM with a similar profile and/or do any Sterlings have the same profile as their Cutlass?


    Thanks in advance!
    David

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    I have a Silhouette Special with the narrow neck, 10in radius, vintage size frets, and nice C shape neck. the Sterling Silo 3 has I think 12in radius, medium jumbo frets, and asymmetric neck shape (I hate). So IMO there is a good change the Sterling doesn't come close to being the same as the Music Man. Just my 2 cents. FWIW, pickup upgrade on my Silo 3 made it sound great. Just needs a fret dressing and it's a great player.

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    I own a Sterling Cutlass. I haven’t tried the EBMM equivalent. It has a soft V profile and a 9.5” radius. I like it. I don’t find my SBMM Cutlass to be heavy. Hits my scale at about 7 1/2 lbs.

    I caught mine on a ridiculous sale. GC had one on clearance.
    SBMM Cutlass Seafoam Green
    SBMM Albert Lee - Daphne Blue
    SBMM Valentine JV60 Trans Buttermilk
    *Modded with Railhammer Humcutter P90's

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolhandluc View Post
    I have a Silhouette Special with the narrow neck, 10in radius, vintage size frets, and nice C shape neck. the Sterling Silo 3 has I think 12in radius, medium jumbo frets, and asymmetric neck shape (I hate). So IMO there is a good change the Sterling doesn't come close to being the same as the Music Man. Just my 2 cents. FWIW, pickup upgrade on my Silo 3 made it sound great. Just needs a fret dressing and it's a great player.
    Thanks! Definitely need to try a Silhouette!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyEVH5150 View Post
    I own a Sterling Cutlass. I haven’t tried the EBMM equivalent. It has a soft V profile and a 9.5” radius. I like it. I don’t find my SBMM Cutlass to be heavy. Hits my scale at about 7 1/2 lbs.

    I caught mine on a ridiculous sale. GC had one on clearance.
    Thanks for the reply.
    My Cutlass was ridiculously cheap as well. Once I'd played it I almost felt bad for paying so little for it!
    Maybe the weight feels heavier than it actually is as I was expecting a cheap guitar to be really light? For some reason?!

    How is the neck on the AL and JV compared to the Cutlass? Similar at all?

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    The AL is more of a flattened D shape, a bit rounder on the bass side an flattened a bit more on the treble side. The Valentine is a flattened C. The neck feels a bit wider than the AL or Cutlass. I think they’re all different from each other. My personal favorite in terms of back profile is the Cutlass. The V peak hits at just the right spot.

    My favorite guitar overall between the 3 of them is the AL. It sustains more, it’s lively, and it’s just nuts that it’s this good for $400.
    SBMM Cutlass Seafoam Green
    SBMM Albert Lee - Daphne Blue
    SBMM Valentine JV60 Trans Buttermilk
    *Modded with Railhammer Humcutter P90's

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    Yeah I love the V on the Cutlass as well.

    I think I just need to find somewhere with lots of different EBMM and Sterling guitars and play loads of them... which in the UK isn't that easy!

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