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    I've been playing Strats for nearly 50 years now...

    I've been playing Strats for nearly 50 years now and have owned quite a few, including a real '66 and a real '72. Currently have a Cutlass and an American Standard. To my ear, the pickups in the...
  2. For what it's worth, I found the StingRay to play...

    For what it's worth, I found the StingRay to play easiest with the trem down tight as I could get it. Felt like I was fighting it when the trem could move. Don't know why this is but it worked for me.
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    also, congratulations. best s-style guitar I've...

    also, congratulations. best s-style guitar I've ever played. prepare the honeymoon suite!
  4. Love my Cutlass -- SSS but I assume the HSS is as...

    Love my Cutlass -- SSS but I assume the HSS is as good -- plays effortlessly & sounds great. But it's basically a Strat. If you want an improved version of the Strat, this is the best I've played....
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    I bought one on impulse -- didn't get to try it...

    I bought one on impulse -- didn't get to try it first -- kind of disappointed at first. Played stiff, weirdly bright humbuckers. Slowly got the action down to where it was nearly identical to my...
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    I agree, btw, that the trem shouldn't make a...

    I agree, btw, that the trem shouldn't make a difference -- I have a Strat set up to float, & it plays and bends super-easy. But something made a difference here. And I don't use the trem much at all....
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    I did tighten up the bridge to pretty much...

    I did tighten up the bridge to pretty much hardtail specs, dropped the strings down an eighth of a turn & adjusted the relief an eighth turn flatter -- much better, though I don't know what did what....
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    both maple neck / maple fretboard but from before...

    both maple neck / maple fretboard but from before they started roasting them. very light poly finish.
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    StingRay plays stiff

    Still working on this -- I've got my pickup heights adjusted so the StingRay sounds pretty good. But it still plays really stiff compared to the Cutlass, which just plays like butter. Truss rod...
  10. I know that objectively there's not much of a...

    I know that objectively there's not much of a difference -- yet over time, I've noticed that the maple necks stay around while the rosewood gets thinned out. I do still have a nice American Standard...
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    My #1 is a Cutlass and I wouldn't describe the...

    My #1 is a Cutlass and I wouldn't describe the neck as a V at all. A fairly hefty C, it seems like. Best neck I ever played -- but that's me, and your hands may feel differently. Mine's from a couple...
  12. Question: super slinky 9-42. my finger-sweat kills strings...

    super slinky 9-42. my finger-sweat kills strings fast so I need to change them pretty often -- don't want to get into fancy strings. love the sound of pure nickel but I can kill a set of those in a...
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    Question: I'm sure that's what happened -- could have sent...

    I'm sure that's what happened -- could have sent it back -- glad I didn't!
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    Question: Bought a Cutlass from Guitar Center that was...

    Bought a Cutlass from Guitar Center that was listed as "new," arrived dinged up & one pickup not working. The fine folks at the factory got everything working right, set it up, even threw in some...
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    RBX line by Reunion Blues is very protective &...

    RBX line by Reunion Blues is very protective & well-made. I've got a double gig bag & I carry two solid body electrics to the gig no problem.
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    Cutlass SSS. I drift around to other guitars --...

    Cutlass SSS. I drift around to other guitars -- pink telecaster, LP, Supro, Jerry Jones -- but when I get back on the Cutlass I sound better.
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    I bought one of those Guitar Center specials --...

    I bought one of those Guitar Center specials -- alleged to be new, in fact a slammed floor model, weird noise in one pickup, intermittent jack, dings and dents. The factory was kind enough to take it...
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    I'd look for one with a maple fretboard, if it...

    I'd look for one with a maple fretboard, if it was me -- doesn't seem like it would make that big a difference but over time, I've developed a strong preference for maple. worth trying to find one to...
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    that would be the Cutlass -- best Strat I've ever...

    that would be the Cutlass -- best Strat I've ever played, and I've owned a dozen or more. Mine is a maple fretboard SSS and it plays effortlessly & sounds great. My current #1 and it's put some nice...
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    Eating like a king, drinking like a fish, playing...

    Eating like a king, drinking like a fish, playing a lot of guitar in Montana. I was on a roll before the plague hit, playing in several different ensembles, some electric some acoustic -- now...
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    get you a dryer sheet and wipe down the pick...

    get you a dryer sheet and wipe down the pick guard & pickups & controls & bridge. I prefer unscented, myself, but whatever floats your boat. If this doesn't solve the problem, then I don't know --...
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    Cutlass versus Stingray

    Hey all, my current #1 is an EBMM Cutlass SSS, set up with .009s, trem decked & all springs tight. This thing plays itself, amazing guitar.

    Bought a Stingray just for tonal variation (and because...
  23. Thread: Strat style

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    I've been playing the Cutlass SSS for about a...

    I've been playing the Cutlass SSS for about a year now & it's the best Strat I've ever touched. Lately my main stage guitar. Sounds great plays great stays in tune in extreme conditions etc.
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    Pointlessly positive thread

    This will not come as news to anybody here, I suppose, but I played my MM Cutlass on a gig last night and it sounded great. Playing blues & R&B with a 7-piece band, horn section, a room where we had...
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    Yeah, just picked up the Cutlass and fell in love...

    Yeah, just picked up the Cutlass and fell in love all over again. I'll keep working on the Stingray -- it's getting closer -- but holy moly what a guitar that Cutlass is.
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