Alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, a priori, that the classic ... and no, the Robert Cray is known for a hardtail, great for me because I always locked my vibrato on my Strat! '
Vintage mechanical truss rod from the bottom of the handle (typical 60's), very pretty colored handle C "vintage" (a little thicker than the usual C), 62 type pickguard with excellent pickups custom shop (amazing on the Robert Cray made in Mexico!), the micro bridge has flat pads and the handle and middle pickups have staggered studs ... here for descriptions ...
Oh I forgot, I bought it used, I did not choose the color, the price attracted me ... purple frankly I did not like, but the receiving I was seduced. ..with the cream and also micro cream pickguard, it brings out the vintage look ...
Otherwise the guitar is well finished, good build quality, only downside we see a little junction parts of the body through the paint, but nothing dramatic, I'm picky ... (but we also see it sometimes US ...).
And the last thing on characteristics: body design strat '90s's a little thicker than the current standard, rounded corners are a little less fine ... it really has a vintage look!
Strangely the serial number starts with MSN6 ... (Mexico-Signature ... and usually means the N6 Ninety 6, 1996 is the year, but I contacted Fender who confirmed that the serial number was 2003 as I had been told the seller ...), the Robert Cray Signature Mexico series began in 2003, is one of the first ...
The handle is very nice but takes a little more than usual because a thicker hair, it says it is mostly strings 10-46 (or 11-46 I do not know what brought former guitarist above but it is not 9-42) slightly thicker which it is especially important that I réhabitue ... (when I started I used to play with 11 or even 13 in the high E string ... but with time I began to 9-42 to help me work the fingers)
Anyway we are immediately comfortable with this strat ', one feels strong and ready to attack! The slightly thicker handle a little discomfort is not only a feature (not a handle Gibson either! Or U as a handle on the Classic 70 'Mex ...), you basically will not be out of place with this strat ...
The Start 'is perfect for sounds that I like is a real strat' typical vintage pickups are excellent, really! They greatly remind of my custom shop Texas special, I think they made this model very similar to the microphones TS, but they seem to have the 2 and 4 positions more assertive in the style characteristic sounds of Robert Cray .. . For comparison, I have my Squier CV 60 (great guitar as well) that has the same type of "quack" in positions 2 and 4, but with less pep, they must have a lower level of out ...
I love the pickups of the Robert Cray signature, really great pickups! Needless to replace them, it would be a crime !!! I read on some forums that the change, I'm surprised because it's on the strengths of this guitar! Well everyone does what he wants, but I want to say that these pickups are just excellent and that they are custom made for this model shop signature, if you buy this guitar is because we want to find the typical sound our dear Robert Cray, the guitar gives the original ... so let the original, especially since it sounds wonderful!
In short, you can play anything you can play with a strat 'equipped with single coil pickups, but as the saying where it excels is in the blues-rock!
I currently play with a Fender Silverface field and a Fender G Thirty December 3 (the best amp to play at home, not the ultimate amp, but what we have fun with when we know well use! An amp out if you do not know ... it is a kind of hi-fi guitar with a built looper 2 min, nearly 100 backing tracks to play with, full modeling of amps that are very realistic ... really! It does not replace a tube amp for the sound quality, but I have fun with this one more than any other amp I had ...) . To return to the guitar I think this strat 'perfect marry any good amp, but I would say that the typical Fender amp give her hope that out ... after the tastes and colors ...
I had a lot of strat '(usa mainly Mexican too, ... I love my Squier CV 60 more than some American!), This signature Robert Cray apart, first by his hardtail and then by the high overall quality (its microphones !!!), I am surprised at the lack of discussion on this guitar, maybe the hardtail does not please everyone, but for me it is a plus because I not used as vibrato and tune the guitar is very little (even with bends in two tones!).
This is the kind of guitar cost of heart, especially if you like the sound of old-school blues, listen to Robert Cray play in the Tribute to SRV you hear the sound that gives this strat! '
In short a great strat 'for lovers of old blues and the sound of Robert Cray !!! (The Custom Shop signature must be even better, but I let Robert Cray, he deserves the fingers and he gets paid by Fender to receive it ... !!!)
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didbigblues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Mine is a USA custom shop 93
3 micros simple custom shop robert cray
hardtail bridge (fixed) promoting sustain
standart settings of a layer: 1 volume, 2 tone, 5-way switch
profile of c in fender, bird's-eye maple (very nice!)
nothing to say, it's good!
It's a Start, so very good ergonomics!
c handle, though
very very light!
very good clear sound and crunch, reflects the subtleties of play! perfect for blues.
mics have a grain ... very vintage pickups are custom shop robert cray (up to staggered studs), but I think it's mostly marketing: In my opinion, they are almost identical to the Texas Special!
for heavy rock sounds / saturated, go your way! that's my main criticism. it's not a guitar to rock!
but his style is very very good!
Well no, not quite rightly!
I play on an old Vox AC 30 that I love!
I play more rock and rock .. with a heavy sound, it's not!
I think we should change the pickups but it's a shame to tamper with such a guitar in my humble opinion!
I also have a Stratocaster + deluxe 95 tbx with much more usable in a large, but its much more modern and cool (thank you TBX) ... largest output level, the more fat and heavy! by against, into pure clear sound, the most deluxe and snapping is much less bright: blame the violin and microphones!
The Robert Cray is very crystalline crunch very hot, very fine but much less versatile than the deluxe + to play in a band with various styles!
For cons, I must admit that each position micro switch is typed and sounds differently ... all positions are used and each character is very nice!
instrument making the robert cray is very resonant, very clear difference in the deluxe + free plug.
when one branch is the same. When typing and gets loud, it screams and it reacts with many of its amplitude, and many acute. we move from light to crunch without touching anything, just with fingers. reflects the subtleties what! on a good class A amp lamp, it sounds really, but you have to play hard to use compression of the amp!
Briefly, in its way, it is very very good!
I tried (used) standart japan, usa standart, standart texas usa with special, more deluxe, 2 custom shop relic strats I do not know what (4000euros anyway!) Start ... in style if not prs, gibson 59 reissue LP and others ...
the main difference with the standart usa is the quality of the wood, more resonant, very light .., and also very beautiful!
is not to put effects and distos, just the pure sound of the guitar and good amp behind ... no frills, a guitar purist
for those seeking this type of sound (the old strat finally!) is the top.
I think the Robert Cray Start was created to mimic the fetish model, a layer 66, if I'm not mistaken ...
I believe a model that would better me, it's the Clapton Start. with active electronics, it must allow more incursions into the rock (from what I see and hear on my dvd!)
I would do this choice? .. hard to say very attractive guitar but not really what I need ... it's not an all-purpose tool, a more specialized in a style diva.
quality is anyway!
I tried to be objective
good scratch at all