Robert Cray Strat!

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by TheMadStratter, Jun 3, 2021.

  1. Badstratplayer

    Badstratplayer Strat-Talker

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    Love the pickups , have them in a partscaster
     
  2. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I like 2T burst, too (but the RC is 3t burst, never has been 2T).
     
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    I bought one a month ago. Love it! It has replaced my '08 Strat. Great sounding IMG_20210511_072951_hdr.jpg pickups, all around a wonderful guitar.
     
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  4. TheMadStratter

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    Just got it. 2018 Fender RC Strat. Here's sum pics.

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  5. RaySachs

    RaySachs Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't get the huge hands thing. I have a Cray hardtail and I replaced the neck with a Classic Player 50s neck because 1) it's a soft V, 2) it's got a maple fretboard, and 3) it's beefier than the stock neck. I like the stock neck pretty well, and it's fatter than the current standard "C" Fender uses on a lot of it's stuff, but it's no baseball bat. The Baja Tele neck always struck me as notably fatter, the Jimmie Vaughan neck and the Classic Player 50s I'm using are both fatter. It's not a small neck, but it's not all that big. I love the guitar. In addition to swapping out the neck, I had the tone controls rewired, both no-load and the first one controls the neck and bridge pickups and the second controls the middle. I figure since the neck and bridge are never on at the same time, this gives me independent control of each pickup in any of the five switch positions. I've heard people say it wouldn't work for them in live situations, but it works great for me asa home player - I never have to make an immediate switch in the middle of a song.

    Love the hardtail though, never found anything useful to do with a trem.

    -Ray
     
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    ToneRanger Most Honored Senior Member

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    I remember seeing a quote from Clapton, who had Cray guest on a lot of stuff back in the late 80's/early 90's, that Cray was one of the only people he had seen who could vibrato and bend whole chords - and on a set of 11's to boot!
    Guess that's why he doesn't need a trem bar...
    Go to 1:30:

     
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  7. TheMadStratter

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    Its a 2018. The neck isn't huge by any means. Very comfy C shape.
     
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    Exhead Strat-O-Master

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    Cray is the person I have seen most live in my life. Before the pandemic he came to Reno/Sparks almost every year. Front row seats for the wife and I. Nice to hear him through the amp instead of house monitors. Just a great performer with his band.

    BTW, HNGD!
     
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  9. Stratbats

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    Yeah, before I got mine I'd read about how huge the RC Strat necks were, but I believe that they were so on the long ago versions. Mine is a 2019 and it's pretty much a C shape too. I was hoping for a bit beefier neck but it's still a wonderful guitar.
     
  10. RaySachs

    RaySachs Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Mine's a 2016 and still not that fat. As mentioned above, I swapped it out for a fatter neck with a V and a maple board...

    -Ray
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    My first thought is, show us some pics!
     
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    He did...
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, I have been known to comment before reading every post in a thread ymmv
     
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    I don't fault you there. Some of these threads run on and on...
     
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