Country singer and songwriter Hunter Hayes sat down with Marty Schwartz of Marty Music to talk about his all new 2019 Ernie Ball Music Man Artist Series Cutlass guitar. In the latest episode of Schwartz’s Guitar Tours, Hayes recalls his first introduction into the “Strat world” and what initially drew him to the Ernie Ball Music Man Cutlass guitar. The five-time Grammy nominee details his love for the Steve Lukather model, and after three years in the making, his Artist Series Cutlass guitar is the perfect combination of the two. Check out the full interview below and watch as Hayes gives his first official demo of his signature model.
It’s everything I need in a single guitar to go play a one off gig.
Hunter Hayes Cutlass
The Hunter Hayes Artist Series Cutlass model is a very diverse instrument with wide-ranging sonic capabilities. This guitar is made from lightweight alder with a premium roasted figured maple neck, custom Ernie Ball Music Man pickups made to Hunter’s exact specifications, and a brass saddle piezo bridge system. The electronics package is highly diverse with 3 volume knobs offering a variety of tonal combinations. The 5-way switch operates magnetic single coil pickups in the traditional Bridge, Bridge + Middle, Middle, Middle + Neck, and Neck configurations, but also has the option of blending in piezo acoustic textures from the middle volume knob. A third volume knob will allow the Neck single coil to be added to the Bridge, Bridge + Middle, and Middle positions bringing instant warmth to the desired tone. In addition, a two-way toggle switch adds up to a 20db boost to any magnetic pickup selection for increased volume when needed. The slender neck carve is very comfortable especially for lead work but feels buttery smooth when comping chords or playing rhythm. Other specifications include Ernie Ball Music Man hardtail bridge and custom metallic blue finish. The neckplate is laser etched with a Hunter Hayes signature logo to signify its artist series destination. Available May 2019 worldwide.