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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's specs crank out hard-edged solos and gritty rhyth... Click To Read More About This Product

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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'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.

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  • 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 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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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

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

crazy strat with hardtail

This is a hardtail strat, that is, no tremolo. The bridge stays put, which is how I like it. I actually have not played this guitar, but I have a strat that...Read complete review

This is a hardtail strat, that is, no tremolo. The bridge stays put, which is how I like it. I actually have not played this guitar, but I have a strat that I turned into a hardtail. I noticed the description does not say hardtail, but the picture shows that it is. I think the Stratocaster is the perfect body for a guitar, utility and comfort-wise. Mexican Strats are nice, I bought one last year.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I wish I bought this

By SDDAN

from Black Hills SD

About Me Novice

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...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great overall MIM guitar for the money

    By Bluesman5364

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    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

    (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.

    (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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      All Hail this Mighty HardTail!

      By Fred Calabrese

      from Tucson, AZ

      Comments about Fender Artist Series Robert Cray Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I purchased mine used. Used "high end" MIM Fender guitars are often a great value. At 599.99, this is one of the best Stratocasters I've ever experienced. The guitar has an early 1960s feel. The glossy neck isn't too thick or too thin. The vintage style bridge intonates well; it also works well for palm muting. After being strung with medium gauge strings(.11 - .49) this guitar sings through my Blues Junior III. The pickups are great. I will put them against boutique vintage-style Stratocaster pups. I am a proponent of hard-tail Stratocasters. Not having a wang-bar reduces weight; it also improves sustain and tuning stability. I would like to see Fender continue this model. I would also like to see more hard-tail Strats, like the Big Apple Stratocaster from the mid 1990s. Not everybody enjoys the vibrato arm.

      (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!!!!!!!!!!

        (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.

            (0 of 3 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.

              (4 of 10 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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