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Updated: Robert Cray Strat question

enocaster

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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!
 

Zexcoil

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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.
 

rickc007

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thicker than both you mention

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

daddyo

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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.
 

candid_x

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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!
 

daddyo

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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.
 

enocaster

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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!
 




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