Ernie Ball Music Man BFR Nitro Cutlass Classic '58 Burst (187)
The modern electric guitar has a rich history, rooted in the 20th century's "Golden Era" of instrument manufacturing. During this time, guitar manufacturing pioneers produced iconic solid body concepts, resulting in some of the world's most beloved designs. These techniques have garnered acclaim and appeal from guitar enthusiasts worldwide, paving the way for modern innovations. The Cutlass Classic Fifty-Eight celebrates this classic period with vintage-inspired specifications, including a 3-tone Sunburst finish, roasted alder body, and roasted maple neck. Nitrocellulose lacquer is thinly applied to protect the exquisite burst finish, while the electronics showcase three vintage single-coil pickups controlled by a 5-way switch with volume and separate tone controls. The Cutlass Classic 58 is a classic vintage-inspired instrument that offers a nostalgic vibe with modern touches for reliability and playability. Limited to 100, each guitar comes with a custom G&G hardshell case and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Nitrocellulose (additional information below)
Music Man® Modern tremolo with vintage bent steel saddles
500kohm volume and tone (250kohm load on lever switch positions 2,3,4, & 5) - .022µF tone capacitor; with transparent buffered output for complete tonal consistency at all volume levels
Plain maple skunk stripe on the back and plain maple "truss rod hole" on the headstock
Buffed Nitrocellulose (additional information below)
10" (25.4 cm)
1-5/8" (41.3 mm) at nut, 2-1/4" (56.9 mm) at last fret
Roasted Maple with plain maple skunk stripe on the back and "truss rod hole" on the headstock
Parchment with cream pickup covers, knobs & switch tip
3 Music Man® custom wound 50s style single coils
25-1/2" (64.8 cm)
9p-11p-16p-24w-32w-42w (RPS 9 Slinkys #2239)
Passive - Volume, neck pickup tone and middle pickup tone knobs, 5 way pickup selector
Adjustable - no component or string removal
Schaller Non Locking
Nitrocellulose Lacquer, or simply “Nitro,” is a coveted paint finish in the guitar world due to its beautiful aging qualities, its effect on the tone of the instrument, and its period-correct properties for the golden age of guitars. In many ways, Nitro is a more organic substance than modern Polyester and Urethane paints, and the lacquer drying process results in a thinner coating. For these reasons, it is therefore believed by the vintage guitar community that the inherent resonance of the wood is allowed to shine through best with Nitro. The distinct properties of this finish are important to understand as a Nitro instrument owner for maintenance and care purposes.
Every material used on a guitar will expand and contract with temperature and humidity fluctuations, but the wood will have the most drastic rate of movement. When the change in temperature happens quickly, the Nitro paint can crack or “check” because it will not expand or contract as quickly as the wood. Over time wood loses its moisture and shrinks, which can also cause the Nitro to sink into the wood grain or glue seams.
Similar to every piece of wood, every Nitrocellulose Lacquer paint job has its own unique characteristics. The environment in which these instruments live and the attention by the owner will determine how they age.
Chemical reactions will occur if the Nitro is brought in contact with certain Silicone, Vinyl, Plastic, or Rubber products. Be very careful to use the correct type of wall hangers, guitar stands, and guitar polishes to avoid degradation of the finish. Nitro disclaimers will usually be attached to guitar products for this very reason.
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