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walshb
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May 12th, 2017 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The 61 C shape is supposedly on the beefy side but not over the top."

Beefy is good! My favorite neck is the 50's profile on my LP.

"I would prefer that the bridge pup had tone control, but that's a fairly minor mod."

Me too! But yeah, I'm sure I can handle the mod if necessary.

I did try a search, but only for the last year. There wasn't much, I guess I can go back farther.
Thanks for the info!

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May 13th, 2017 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got the guitar today, a nice easy transaction. I brought along a Mustang Mini to try it out, and it has plenty of quack like a RC Strat should.
Near mint condition, very minor fret wear, and it's already set up very well.
I think I got a sweat deal!

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May 13th, 2017 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Excellent! Report back once you've given it a few workouts. What color is it? Pics? :-)

stratcowboy - Electron's was a 2T sunburst. I checked it out dozens of times (photo, not in person).

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May 13th, 2017 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...sweat deal!"

Kinda sticky, then, huh...?

Sweet!

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May 13th, 2017 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Kinda sticky, then, huh...?"

Lol!


walshb
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May 13th, 2017 10:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"What color is it? Pics? :-)"

Obligatory pic

Viera
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May 13th, 2017 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That was fast. Inca Silver, nice. Looks almost brand new. Hope it's a keeper.

walshb
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May 13th, 2017 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I would call it "mint" except for one small ding in the middle/back of the guitar, and some very minor fret wear.
Action is a little too low, strings are fretting out when I do extreme bends. It felt a little too low anyway, so I'm gonna set it up like my #1 Strat.
Seems to be a keeper, so far!

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May 13th, 2017 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice guitar, walshb. I have one and now love it. When I first got it kept on going out of tune because the neck kept on moving. I did countless 1/8 to 1/4" truss rod turns over a number of weeks and the damn thing still wouldn't settle. Eventually I took a risk and did three full turns and the neck came in perfect. It hasn't moved since and tuning is rock solid. The other problem it had was the tip end of the jack was to close to the wall of the cavity due to the jack plate not positioned correctly causing the plug to not connect properly and easily falling out. I eventually rotated the jack at an angle relative to the wall of the cavity so the cable would stay in. It takes a bit of pressure to inset the cable and it doesn't pull out easily but it's a solid contact.

In hindsight I'd wished I'd ordered Inca Silver. Violet is OK but is more blue than internet photos indicated. I've been tempted to order another one for a long time and use my current one as a hack guitar.

Anyway... after a long period I did bond with it. The neck is awesome, great tones too. Love the body contours as well, nice and deep.

walshb
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May 14th, 2017 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry to hear about the troubles you had! Wow, that's a lot of turns on the truss rod, sounds like it never got tightened up at the factory...?
Not sure I understand the jack plate thing, but glad you got it figured out!!
I'm actually not all that crazy about the Inca Silver, hoping it'll grow on me. But the QUACK is amazing, even in gain mode on my Marshall. Gonna have to compare it to my #1 which has Fat50's, it's got some good quack but I don't think as much.
I had to raise the action at least one full turn on all the saddles, then readjust pickup height, but now it plays great!
Love the neck contour also.

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May 14th, 2017 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great color. Is that a mint green guard? Or parchment? I think these came OEM with parchment guards.4

Looks really peachy. Second-hand guitars are great because you know they won't surprise you with stuff like the neck going all water-ski.

Great score!

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May 14th, 2017 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an American Standard in Inca silver years back. The color grew on me, wasn't crazy about it at first.

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May 14th, 2017 03:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Love Inca Silver. A classy color, in my book.

Not a Cray...but Inca all the way...(poetry!)

walshb
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May 14th, 2017 06:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Is that a mint green guard?"

Yes, it is! :)

Thanks for all the comments everyone!

Electron

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May 26th, 2017 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Getting a Cray strat was the best move I ever made. All I changed was moving the mid tone control to the bridge pickup, and have the other pickups share the neck control.

:)


Here's another pic:
http://i.imgur.com/zB6KF7t.jpg
:)

Cray pix

(This message was last edited by Electron at 05:31 PM, Jun 27th, 2017)

Viera
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May 26th, 2017 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Electron. You came through as expected. I always liked that pic. :-)

Electron

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May 26th, 2017 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thx!! :)

walshb
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May 26th, 2017 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, that one looks way better than mine! Nice! ;)

hideawayblues

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Jul 31st, 2017 09:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I really enjoy my cray. What is Fender going to do with future production? I've read that MIM guitars won't have rosewood fret boards. Will they change or phase out the model? Either way, it would make the existing models more desired, IMO.

(This message was last edited by hideawayblues at 12:40 AM, Aug 1st, 2017)

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Aug 9th, 2017 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Robert Cray neck on the homebrew Strat I built several years ago. One of the most comfortable Strat necks I've ever played.

I think I like it even more than the one on my Jimmie Vaughan Strat. And I like that one a lot. (;^D)

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