FENDER ROBERT CRAY STRAT
First of all, I would like to say that Sweetwater is the finest on-line music retailer in the US, hands down--their customer service is virtually second to none!!
On to the R Cray Strat--The first thing that impressed me is how well put together it is--The sunburst finish is perfect, as is the neck pocket, tuners, bridge, pickup layout and pickguard fit--I would describe the sound as a vintage 60's strat sound with more muscle and girth, owing in part to the bigger C shaped neck and jumbo frets--The radius, at 9.5", is very bend-friendly, unlike a lot of vintage inspired strats--The hardtail bridge is an uncommon feature on most strats, but the tonal difference, as opposed to a tremelo bridge, is considerable--It sounds punchier, more stable, in general, bigger--I have looked for a strat with these features for quite a while, and cannot recommend this one enough--It can easily cover virtually any kind of music, whether R and B, fusion, contemporary, blues, and the more modern genres of jazz music--
I played one of these around 4 years ago in southern california and wasn't able to purchase it then, but the memory of the R Cray stayed with me--When I saw it in the Sweetwater catalog, along with photos of the actual guitar, I knew I had to have it--
Great work, Fender!!
On a final note, it is made in Fender's Ensenada, Mexico facility, thereby making the cost very reasonable--And the Ensenada Fender's just keep getting better and better--Go and buy one!!!