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

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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'...Read More

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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 53 reviews)

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    (51)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (4)
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      • Experienced (8)

    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

    I wish I bought this

    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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      5.0

      An Ideal Addition to a Strat Collection

      By DMR GTR

      from Chicago land area

      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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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great overall MIM guitar for the money

      By Bluesman5364

      from California

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      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!!!!!!!!!!

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 2 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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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

                (4 of 7 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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                (4 of 5 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!

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