Updated: Robert Cray Strat question

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by enocaster, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. enocaster

    enocaster Member

    Messages:
    5,090
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Location:
    The Berkshires, MA
    I'm looking to buy a used MIM Robert Cray Strat tonight, but it's a long drive so I want to be sure about it before I go. I've read conflicting things about the neck - some say it's thick and chunky, some say it's average thickness, but with a wide nut.
    So my question is, how does it compare in thickness to my 2 points of reference:
    A 90's American Std Tele (chunky, round neck, narrow nut)?
    A 1987 '62 RI strat (thinner neck, wider board)?

    I'm much more comfy on the '62 RI and have the sinking feeling that the Cray is more like a Tele neck from what I've read. I'd keep playing my '62 RI but the neck is warped. Help!
     
  2. Zexcoil

    Zexcoil Vendor

    Messages:
    5,410
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2005
    Location:
    Delaware
    I can't compare directly to what you are suggesting, but it is a decent sized neck. I have a 2000 Am Deluxe Tele, and I'd say the Cray neck is just slightly smaller than that.

    I love the neck on my Cray.

    I would gauge it as chunkier than average, but not huge.

    It's definitely not thin. I'm not sure about the nut width. It never struck me as being different than a standard Strat.
     
  3. rickc007

    rickc007 Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,827
    Joined:
    May 3, 2005
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    thicker than both you mention

    if you can get your mitts on an SRV sig
    it's in that range
     
  4. daddyo

    daddyo Guest

    Messages:
    11,808
    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    I have a MIM Cray. The nut width is vintage 1.650" which is a bit over 1 5/8". The neck carve is a plump 62 C that is .87" at fret 1 and 1" at fret 12. This is the comfiest production strat neck I've ever played. It would be nice if it was 1 11/16 at the nut but it is not noticeable. For camparison, it is fatter than any MIA standard or deluxe strat or tele I've played. It feels very close to a 52RI I played (maybe a wee bit smaller at fret 1) and almost identical to a new Jeff Beck (2007) I tried.
     
  5. candid_x

    candid_x Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,951
    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2007
    Location:
    Golden Valley, AZ
    Almost bought one unseen, but don't think my smallish hands would like the fat neck, and I refuse to buy a guitar that you have to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod. That's just dumb!
     
  6. daddyo

    daddyo Guest

    Messages:
    11,808
    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    I don't have large hands (7 1/2" from wrist to tip of middle finger) and I love the Cray neck. The fatness of the neck fills up your palm and gives you support.
     
  7. enocaster

    enocaster Member

    Messages:
    5,090
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Location:
    The Berkshires, MA
    Thanks for the replies! This is why I love TGP. Up until now, every gear question/curiosity I've had (hundreds) has been answered through the search function here, so I don't feel bad asking a few ?'s this time

    I'm still wary of the neck thickness, but I'm going to buy it tomorrow anyway. It's a 3-hour drive (round trip) so it's not worth the gas $ to "check it out", but it's only $300 so I'll just take the plunge.

    New, improved, more specific question:
    Assuming they are the same thickness, has anyone found a fatter strat neck comfortable when they didn't like the equivalent tele neck due to the wider fretboard on the stratocaster?

    Thanks again!
     

Share This Page