Sterling by Music Man Mariposa and Cutlass CT50HSS review

These electrics might be more accessibly priced than their EBMM kin but the fit, finish and sounds will knock you out

Sterling by Music Man Cutlass
(Image: © Sterling by Music Man)

Guitar World Verdict

In addition to being impressively close to their much more expensive Music Man counterparts, the Sterling Mariposa and Cutlass CT50HSS are outstanding, versatile instruments that far outperform their surprising affordability.


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    High-quality builds and cool finishes.

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    The tones are tip-top and there is plenty of range to them.

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    Locking tuners keep the tuning shipshape.

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    Excellent value.


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    Lack of compensated nut makes intonation not quite as forensically bang-on as EBMM models.

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The good news is that the quality of entry level electric guitars has improved dramatically in recent years. Many marquee USA brands now offer alternative lines produced overseas that benefit greatly from the know-how that went into producing a company’s flagship models. 

Even though these import brand guitars often cost significantly less than their upmarket counterparts, many offer similar playability and performance that will please all but the most critically discerning players. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.