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  • Alder body
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
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    $1,089.99
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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
  • Three vintage Strat single-coil pickups
  • Hardtail bridge
  • Includes a deluxe Fender gig bag

Its fast feel and luscious looks will cure your blues for a price that'll make you feel you ain't paid your dues.

 
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FenderArtist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Hardtail Strat

    To the best of my knowledge the Robert Cray model is the only SSS hardtail Strat that Fender currently make. My problem is I like maple fretboards and head adjustable truss rods - both...Read complete review

    To the best of my knowledge the Robert Cray model is the only SSS hardtail Strat that Fender currently make. My problem is I like maple fretboards and head adjustable truss rods - both of which the RC model does not have. So I bought a loaded Cray body and added a Clapton neck. I absolutely love the finished product. I have a violet Cray body and I was pleasantly surprised by the colour - very stylish, and flawless. More importantly I love the tone - particularly positions 2 and 3. The guitar also holds tune very well.

    The Clapton neck is my first experience with a "soft V", and I really like it. It also feels very smooth with its satin finish (back and fretboard). You could also go with a Buddy Guy or Jimmie Vaughan neck to get the V for a lower cost, but I couldn't find either when I was looking. I had to shim the neck. To do this I just cut a 1 cm strip off of a playing card and put it at the front of the heel - worked a treat and the guitar has a great action, and I didn't have to adjust the truss rod. It is great that you can mix and match with Fender instruments because you can make something that suits your needs. However, I still wish Fender made more hardtail strats!

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    A bit of a disappointment...

    After reading laudatory reviews of this guitar on these pages and elsewhere, I am disappointed in the quality of the specimen I received. The violet finish is glossy, flawless, and very nice...Read complete review

    After reading laudatory reviews of this guitar on these pages and elsewhere, I am disappointed in the quality of the specimen I received. The violet finish is glossy, flawless, and very nice looking, and I like the effect of the vintage-style green tinged pickguard. However, guitars don't exist to look pretty, they exist to produce music (SRV and Rory Gallagher played guitars that looked like crap). Which brings me to the source of my displeasure: whoever "set up" this guitar at the factory and or signed-off didn't do his/her job. With the exception of the high E, every string produces fret buzz from the second fret on up, and has intonation problems from about the twelfth fret up. I get none of the ringing, chimey sound others have ascribed to this model--it sounds dull and muted. I will be returning it at my earliest opportunity. I'm not a luthier, know nothing about setting up a guitar, and will not pay additonal money to have a third party set up my guitar as it should have been at the factory. I can't imagine an instrument this poorly set-up would have been released from Corona. This is my second less-than-satisfactory experience with a Mexican Strat, and I'm not impressed. I will never again buy a "Strat" that says "Made in Mexico" (or Japan, or Korea, or Indonesia).

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    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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      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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        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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            5.0

            Great sound with a great setup.

            By Maytag

            from NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Hard Tail Bridge
            • Perfect Frets
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Blues
              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Great workmanship, ready to play right out of the box.

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Fret Buzz!

              By TaRockula

              from Biloxi,MS

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz
              • Nut Is Cut Wrong

              Best Uses

              • Recording

              Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              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

              Great Hardtail Strat

              By Fender Bender

              from Australia

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  To the best of my knowledge the Robert Cray model is the only SSS hardtail Strat that Fender currently make. My problem is I like maple fretboards and head adjustable truss rods - both of which the RC model does not have. So I bought a loaded Cray body and added a Clapton neck. I absolutely love the finished product. I have a violet Cray body and I was pleasantly surprised by the colour - very stylish, and flawless. More importantly I love the tone - particularly positions 2 and 3. The guitar also holds tune very well.

                  The Clapton neck is my first experience with a "soft V", and I really like it. It also feels very smooth with its satin finish (back and fretboard). You could also go with a Buddy Guy or Jimmie Vaughan neck to get the V for a lower cost, but I couldn't find either when I was looking. I had to shim the neck. To do this I just cut a 1 cm strip off of a playing card and put it at the front of the heel - worked a treat and the guitar has a great action, and I didn't have to adjust the truss rod. It is great that you can mix and match with Fender instruments because you can make something that suits your needs. However, I still wish Fender made more hardtail strats!

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I own three of them

                  By GTB

                  from Twin Cities

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  The Robert Cray Hardtail comes in three colors. After owning a silver one and loving it I picked up the sunburst and violet ones.The pickups are a big factor. 100% vintage Strat tone. They are a perfect match for a tube amplifier and sound great both clean and overdriven.If they made a fourth color or a maple neck RC Strat I'd grab them too.

                  Comment on this review

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A Great Blues Strat!

                  By Dr. DWR

                  from Dayton, OH

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  I've owned several top of the line PRS's, two Eric Clapton strats (one from the 90s and one form 2009), and an American Strat from the late 80s. I've got to tell you that if you want a great blues sound, this guitar is perfect for you. I bought mine in Inca Silver. The finish is beautiful. No flaws whatsoever. And, for blues, this guitar out performs more expensive strats including the Clapton signature models. But, a couple of things to note. Outside of blues playing, you may not have much use for this guitar. Moreover, if you've small fingers or hands, the neck may be too big for you. I love the C-shaped neck, but it also happens to fit my hands. I could see someone with smaller hands and/or fingers not liking it. Finally, you'll need to either set the guitar up or have someone do it. Since the guitar comes straight out of the factory, no one has set it up. I had to adjust the truss road and the action. Just be aware of that before buying it. O... and the pickups rock! Don't worry about the MIM thing...

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice

                  By bbenhull

                  from Western NC

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Bought mine in Violet and was pleasantly surprised at the actual color. It's more of a deep blue with red overtones...very complex color. As far as the features, the pickups are a perfect match to the hardtail bridge. Sustains for days, pick attack is precise and punchy with great clarity. Sounds like a million bucks on all five positions, but really nails that sound I was after in the middle position. In my opinion, this guitar sounds better than my last Strat which was an American Deluxe with Kinman pickups. Do yourself a favor and stop searching. Fender has created an instant classic with this one, and it's half the price of many of its direct competition.

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                  (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best cash I ever spent

                  Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  So my Ibanez died, literally. I went to a guitar shop in town to buy a cheap squier cause I didn't have much money and already have a gibson. Before even touching the squier that I wanted to get, I saw the Inca Silver Cray on the wall used for four hundred. I NEVER buy guitars without reading a ton of reviews but this one spoke to me. I swear, since buying this my playing has improved ten fold. I would suggest anyone get it if you like blues, or strats. If it was stolen I would torture the thief till they begged for death.

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