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Ernie Ball Music Man graces Jason Richardson's signature Cutlass guitar with two striking new finishes

Ernie Ball Music Man's 2022 Jason Richardson signature Cutlass guitars
(Image credit: Ernie Ball Music Man)

Ernie Ball Music Man has updated its Jason Richardson signature Cutlass electric guitar with two striking new finishes.

Along with the previously available Natural and Rorschach Red finishes, Richardson's signature guitar – both the six- and seven-string versions – is now available in Majora Purple and limited-edition Empress White colorways.

Elsewhere, all remains the same with this acclaimed signature. Regardless of your choice of finish, the Richardson Cutlass is built with an alder body and buckeye burl top (except for the Empress White Richardson Cutlass, which has a maple top.)  

The guitar also has a roasted maple neck and ebony fretboard, except for the Majora Purple model, which matches the neck with a figured roasted maple fretboard. Said fretboard boasts 24 medium jumbo stainless steel frets, instead of the 22 found on a typical Cutlass.

In the electronics department, it boasts two custom Ernie Ball Music Man humbuckers, controlled by a push/push master volume control with a custom Music Man “active” buffered output preamp with a silent circuit, a push/push master tone control with coil-splitting functionality, and a three-way pickup selector switch.

Hardware comes in the form of Schaller M6-IND locking tuners, and a custom Music Man floating tremolo. On the Empress White and Natural-finished models, it's finished in black, while the Majora Purple and Rorschach Red Richardson Cutlasses come with gold hardware.

The 2022 Ernie Ball Music Man Jason Richardson Cutlass 6- and 7-string guitars are available now for $3,599 and $3,799, respectively. Only 25 examples each of the 6- and 7-string Empress White models will be produced.

For more info on the guitar, visit Ernie Ball Music Man (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.