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Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar  3-Color Sunburst

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Built for the blues with one of the baddest bluesmen around.

The Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar gives you a lot of guitar for the money. Custom Shop pickups special wound to Cray's specs crank out hard-edged solos and gritty rhythm while a hardtail bridge allows bold multistring bends with solid intonation. Light polyurethane finish on the alder body ages gracefully, lets the wood "breathe," and helps get the price so low that now you don't have to suffer if you want to play the blues. C-shaped maple neck with 9-1/2"-radius rosewood fretboard and Cray's signature on the headstock. Fender includes a deluxe Fender gig bag with your Robert Cray Stratocaster.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 3 vintage Strat single-coil pickups
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FenderArtist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (53)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Blues is more than a feeling. It is an experience.

More than just another MIM Stratocaster or an affordable version of the Custom Shop Robert Cray Stratocaster, my MIM Robert Cray sunburst Strat is like a time capsule sent from the 60s. Sure you...Read complete review

More than just another MIM Stratocaster or an affordable version of the Custom Shop Robert Cray Stratocaster, my MIM Robert Cray sunburst Strat is like a time capsule sent from the 60s. Sure you could have bought one just like this back in the day, but those days are long gone. Fender did a great job in creating an affordable, well made Strat that is as attractive and true to form as it is a pleasure to play and hear. The early 60s neck is period correct and a wonderful fit if you appreciate a larger C shape with broader shoulders than typical. The period correct minty green 3 ply pickguard is likely to be exactly what your genuine 1966 Strat's pickguard might look like if you had one. Whether or not this Strat is for you may be another matter. For me it is perfect. My advice is to play and listen to one first. I like the sound of a hardtail, you may or may not. I was amazed that this Strat arrived perfectly set up. I checked neck relief, string height and pickup height. All were dialed in, which is a good thing because I wasn't looking forward to adjusting the neck relief from the heel of the neck, even if it is period correct. Nostalgia comes with a price.

Improvements? A oil finish, rather than polyurethane, on the neck would have been perfect.

Biggest surprise - how nice the vintage style tuners work. Smooth and precise.

The included, somewhat cheesy, gig bag might have kept the cost down and certainly protected the perfect open box model during shipping that arrived promptly, but this Strat deserves better so buy her a nice hard case. She looks fabulous in tweed.

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Fret Buzz!

I have many tools to set up a guitar...but I can not get rid of the fret buzz. I have set the neck relief at .026 and the action at 6/64...Read complete review

I have many tools to set up a guitar...but I can not get rid of the fret buzz. I have set the neck relief at .026 and the action at 6/64 at the 17th fret and I still get fret buzz. The nut on the low E is .018 and the A is .022, so it can not be fixed without shimming the nut and filing down the nut on all strings...I do not have the files to do this( it would cost $$ to own these tools to fix one guitar) After setting the guitar up to perfect intonation, I can not play an open G major chord,,,it is out of tune!!!!...I put the guitar in it's case and put it in my closest....I will never buy a guitar again without playing it first!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

mim stratocaster

By guitfiddel hacker

from No. Cal.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    bought a 60 year anniversary American standard strat. it needed a lot of work to set it up, fret polish, neck setup ect. this mim Robert cray strat is the best fender iv played in some time. set up, tone and feel are great. love it. better than American Standard. which is strange I thought it would be the other way. who ever set it up is a player and did a beautiful job. fit and finish are great also. cant beat the price. fender mim has a winner!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    The Blues is more than a feeling. It is an experience.

    By Bob

    from New York, New York

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      More than just another MIM Stratocaster or an affordable version of the Custom Shop Robert Cray Stratocaster, my MIM Robert Cray sunburst Strat is like a time capsule sent from the 60s. Sure you could have bought one just like this back in the day, but those days are long gone. Fender did a great job in creating an affordable, well made Strat that is as attractive and true to form as it is a pleasure to play and hear. The early 60s neck is period correct and a wonderful fit if you appreciate a larger C shape with broader shoulders than typical. The period correct minty green 3 ply pickguard is likely to be exactly what your genuine 1966 Strat's pickguard might look like if you had one. Whether or not this Strat is for you may be another matter. For me it is perfect. My advice is to play and listen to one first. I like the sound of a hardtail, you may or may not. I was amazed that this Strat arrived perfectly set up. I checked neck relief, string height and pickup height. All were dialed in, which is a good thing because I wasn't looking forward to adjusting the neck relief from the heel of the neck, even if it is period correct. Nostalgia comes with a price.

      Improvements? A oil finish, rather than polyurethane, on the neck would have been perfect.

      Biggest surprise - how nice the vintage style tuners work. Smooth and precise.

      The included, somewhat cheesy, gig bag might have kept the cost down and certainly protected the perfect open box model during shipping that arrived promptly, but this Strat deserves better so buy her a nice hard case. She looks fabulous in tweed.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Beautiful Hardtail

      By Iceman

      from Central Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • frets were well finished
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great pickups...all three
      • Pretty substantial neck
      • Solid Electronics
      • Solid hardware

      Cons

      • Crummy setup from Fender

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Got this one in Violet (really a deep blue) not purple, as a level 1 open box at a great price I should add. No imperfections to be found and as new (mint) condition. The set up was a challenge. It took a few times of removing the neck to get the relief where I like it. I think because the neck is so...substantial. Got the string action right but the nut was way too high. I almost gave up but took to it with nut files and finally got it playable. I replaced it with a tusq nut (very little sanding required) and it got even better.

      I fine tuned by setup skills and now have a unique (the only Fender hardtail in regular production) strat that never gets put away. Highly recommended but it may need a good setup!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I wish I bought this

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      By SDDAN

      from Black Hills SD

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I could have bought this guitar a few years ago, opted for the Highway One stratocaster because it was made in USA. Just because this guitar is made in Mexico don't let that affect your decision. This guitar is amazing just like Robert Cray and I regret not buying it every time I play my "USA" Strat...

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        An Ideal Addition to a Strat Collection

        By DMR Guitar

        from NW Chicago Suburbs

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Addictive To Play
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Ultra Clean Pure Sound

        Cons

        • None
        • Not For Every Taste

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Not A Shredder
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Yipes, this one is scary good! If you have any Robert Cray recordings, this particular guitar really nails his sound. Although I really love all of these artists, this guitar is no Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, SRV signature guitar, and good luck with any Jimi Hendrix or Rory Gallagher imitations on this baby. Rather, this is almost like a vintage Strat, the sound is so clean and pure. In other words, it sounds better clean, with very little gain applied, so this is not for every player. Also, this is a "hard tail" guitar (no vibrato) so that may have a lot to do with this sound. Not a bad pick-up in the bunch, they are all great and add to the unique sound. Nice neck (back side), fingerboard and frets, as well. Why anyone would change-out anything on this guitar is beyond my understanding (and I change-out components on almost all of my guitars), it is perfect just as it is! BTW, I have the 2-tone color version, quite pretty. I'm glad to have this one in the family!

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great overall MIM guitar for the money

        By Bluesman5364

        from California

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Doesnt Come With Hsc

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have always enjoyed going after an Fender Artist model guitar, owning an Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, SRV, Eric Clapton, and recent a John Mayer. There are still more to come which included the RC Strat. I was reluctant at first as I couldn't find one anywhere to try out. In speaking with a friend who had, he told me it was similar in feel to my EJ Strat around the 5th/6th frets in radius and thickness. Loving the EJ I decided to buy the 3 tone burst. Reviews had been excellent for the MIM version. I was extremely pleased with the guitar on arrival at the overall appearance. Plugging in, I got excellent bluesy tones, no fret buzz, no adjusting needed. The weight and feel of the guitar is perfect for me. My hand glides along the neck. Tuners were and tone/vol knobs all seem fine to me. No paint or QC flaws found. I've played and owned MIM and to be honest, never had issues with any of them and I use all my 19 (and counting) guitars extensively which have never given me a concern. Next up is the Jimmie Vaughan Strat

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet

        By geo

        from Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great feel

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I just picked up the Robert Cray Strat and let me tell you - all of the positive reviews are true. It is sweet and an absolute dream to play. I have a Gibson Les Paul 1959 reissue which is perfect and yet this Strat has great sustain, playability, tone and feel. I'm hooked. Thank you again Musician's Friend for delivering a great tool for a musician.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Guitar

        By Norse344

        from Milwaukee Wi

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is an excellent guitar, with a very popular neck. The pickups, have beautiful tone and you can almost play anything with it.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING STRAT

          By Stratlover443

          from Pinehurst, NC

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Vintage Finish
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • everything
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I love it because it has a great vintage style finish, a vintage mint green pick guard, amazing vintage wired pickups and it can go from sounding calm and warm to a raunchy biting solo with one tone setting and a pickup change. I love my Robert Cray strat so much. I think that it's better than some of the American or Japanese guitars that i've played!!!!! I highly recommend this guitar to any type of player!! This is probably the best money i've ever spent!!!!!!!!!!

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My 2nd Cray

            By cigblues

            from Birmingham AL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I sold my 1st RC and missed it. My friend that has been playing 40 years always ask if the strings are 9s. Its that good. There is nothing to change. It has great pups, stays in tune, and is light. For player that want a hardtail, this is the one.

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