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guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 15th, 2006 03:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>It fits my hand like a glove, but note that I'm 6'5".


I knew that there was something I liked about you, Electron...beyond our affection for sunburst(I also had a tweed LE Blues Junior for a while, too). I'm in that size neighborhood, as well. And my Cray Strat (sunburst, of course) should be delivered tomorrow. I'll give a report soon.

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Oct 16th, 2006 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're gonna love it. Mine came with the default factory setup, which was too high for me to stick with, but really showed off the clean tones of this guitar. Enjoy!

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 16th, 2006 08:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I got my Cray today and while it's too early for a real review, I can give some first thoughts. The guitar arrived in perfect shape, the neck pocket is tight and the finish is absolutely beautiful and flawless. The neck--which is the most comfortable Strat neck I've ever played--is a gorgeous amber and the fretboard a slightly reddish rosewood.

Like Electron noted, the setup out of the box is probably a little high but I like it. I played it for a few minutes this afternoon through my Microcube and it sounded good, but through my Pro Junior, even at lower volumes, it sounded great. I haven't cranked it yet, but these pups sound fine to me.

The only issue I've got with this guitar at all is that it doesn't stay perfectly in tune, but it hasn't had a full day in this climate and is still settling in. All in all, this is one more fine guitar. I'm very pleased, and very pleased with my first purchase from GuitarTrader.

I'll post some pics soon.

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Hendersonville, TN

If It Don't Fit....Don't Force It
Oct 17th, 2006 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>>The only issue I've got with this guitar at all is that it doesn't stay perfectly in tune.

Try stretching the strings at the 12th fret and
retuning 3-4 times. Just raise each one upward
~1/2" using finger tips.
Usually new guitars never have strings set in
at the factory.

Inca RC

(This message was last edited by geocaster at 03:55 PM, Oct 17th, 2006)

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 17th, 2006 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>Try stretching the strings at the 12th fret and
retuning 3-4 times.


Yeah, I've done all that. I think I'm getting a little binding at the nut, but I'll try some Graphitall tonight and see if that helps.

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Oct 17th, 2006 10:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good luck with that binding prob. Mine's stable as a rock, so I'm sure your's can be, too.

hmbmason
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CA, USA

Oct 18th, 2006 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just ordered an Inca Silver one. I was reading some reviews on another side and a few people were saying that the bridge saddles were tone killers. They had replaced them with the Graph Tech saddles.

I always thought that the saddles were for string breakers, which I am not, and may add some sustain. Has anyone noticed a difference in tone by using these?

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Oct 18th, 2006 11:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Tone killers?" I don't know what the hell they're talking about. The tones from my RC are fantastic, I'm not changing a damn thing.

If it ain't broke, I sure as hell ain't gonna fix it.

geocaster
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Hendersonville, TN

If It Don't Fit....Don't Force It
Oct 18th, 2006 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't have a problem with the saddles either
but in Dan Erlewine's book he reviewed the set up
measurements etc. of one of Robert Crays CS models and noted his using Graph Tech saddles
and plastic wire insullation strips on the B
and E strings.

This was 5 or so years ago though.
Think those GTs would change the sound some
depending on the density of the material.






PappaRay
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B.C. Canada

Do your best, fake the rest
Oct 20th, 2006 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitargeezer. Put niew strings on the thing. My Cray stays in tune forever.

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 20th, 2006 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

PappaRay, et al...I ultimately will swap out the strings, but more stretching and some Graphitall has really helped. It's staying in tune much better now. And I really love how this thing plays and sounds...

mortar
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Tulsa, Ok.

Oct 20th, 2006 02:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just picked up a set of the RC pups off the E-bay.
The number on the back correspond with the PDF file of the listed parts.

They test around.

Neck: 6.38
Middle: 6.78
Bridge: 7.08

The bridge has flat poles also.

Anyone ever measure theirs,,,PUPS?
;`)

(This message was last edited by mortar at 05:49 PM, Oct 20th, 2006)

DD Bluz

Tucson, Arizona USA

tone is (almost) everything
Oct 20th, 2006 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine stays in tune no matter how hard I play it. Tone...for days...these are great guitars!

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 22nd, 2006 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What does the rosewood look like on your Cray Strats? Mine has a distinctly reddish cast to it, rather than the really dark rosewood I'm used to seeing on Strats. It's actually kind of striking against the sunburst body, but a little different.

I realize that wood is wood, so finish or stain can take differently on different pieces of wood, but do any of you have similar necks? This may be more common than I realize, not that it really matters...dang thing sounds and plays great.

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Oct 22nd, 2006 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mine is like black coffee, with an almost glossy sheen to it. Looks marvelous.

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 25th, 2006 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, it's been a week and I'm still having a love affair with my Cray. Beautiful finish, great neck and sounds really good. The only thing I would pssibly change is to have one with a darker rosewood neck, like Electron's pic. But I'm not even sure about that.

I never could find one, much less several to choose from, at the local stores, so I ordered online from GT (best price I found BTW)and got what I got. But this one is so good in every other way, I don't think that it's worth the risk of returning this one and taking the chance on getting one with a darker board but potential flaws elsewhere.

I really should just "shut up and play" and not even worry about it. It'll darken with playing over time, anyway.

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Oct 25th, 2006 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You've got a honey there gg, I'd stick with it. I think the rosewood will darken over time, as you say, but I'd bet it's pretty nice as is.


I can't get over the tone of this thing. My JV has more presence, but the RC is smooooth! :-)

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Oct 25th, 2006 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Electron, I think that you're right--this one's a keeper. I'll try to add a pic in the next day or so and let you see the "real thing".

I'm with you on the tone of these babies. It really sounds great through my Pro Junior and I've got a Li'l Dawg D-Lux being made for me right now, and I can't wait to hear how the Cray sounds through it. When I get a chance, I'm going to have the bridge tone control wired like your's. I've had the bridge and middle pups' tone control wired together, before, on other Strats, but I like your combo better.

If I liked maple, I'd have a JV (again...had one for a week or two before I took it back), too. I really think Fender has some jewels with the reasonably-priced Artist models.

geocaster
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Hendersonville, TN

If It Don't Fit....Don't Force It
Oct 25th, 2006 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitargeezer, Use some Linseed on the fretboard
cleaning wise when changing strings and it
will get darker. The wood really needs it
anyway and the Linseed makes the RW surface
very smooth to the feel.

Otherwise there is a stain or dye Stew-Mac has
that is for darkening RW boards. I haven't
used it though just the raw Linseed.


mortar
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Tulsa, Ok.

Oct 25th, 2006 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I put the Cray pups in my project guitar.
When driven these things scream.

Electron, I see you have a JV and an RC how do the pups compare? If you don't mind me asking.

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