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Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar Inca Silver 

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  • Alder body
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
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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 51 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (49)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (2)

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      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good tone (8)
      • Fun to play (6)
      • Good feel (6)
      • Good pick up (5)
      • Solid electronics (5)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (5)
        • Practicing (5)
        • Recording (3)
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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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        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

        Great overall MIM guitar for the money

        By Bluesman5364

        from California

        About Me Experienced

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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.

          Comment on this review

          (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 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

                  (3 of 6 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!

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 7 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 5 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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