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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 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (52)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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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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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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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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    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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    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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      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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      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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      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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      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.

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