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guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

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Nov 12th, 2006 09:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Electron, I think you and I both feel Fender would be making a huge mistake in discontinuing the sunburst with the Cray. Nothing against Inca Silver or violet (??), but the sunburst Cray is absolutely boo-tee-ful.

Regarding Abigail, I think SMarks's right. I think (hope)that Fender would have a big public send off when the "Queen of Pickups" (that didn't sound right...but you know what I mean) calls it quits.

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Nov 12th, 2006 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree 100%, the sunburst Cray should be continued. I could live with Inca Silver, it's just about the only opaque finish I like, but I'm a woodgrain guy from way back. The burst finish pushed me over the edge.

You got a great deal at GuitarTrader, gg. I shoulda shopped around! What the heck, I'm still happy. This RC is a honey. :-)

bubbanutha
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there ain't no guru,

can see through your eyes.
Nov 12th, 2006 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

lairee,

Looked under the pearl pick guard, confirming my memory on this, to find a standard HSS route. No problems with the pg change. Everything fit 'like it was made to'. :O) The neck is a kinda thin modern 'C' with 9 1/2" radius and vintage frets. The tint is slightly darker than my '00 JV Strat's neck.

Right now it has either a li'l '59 or a li'l JB (the natural ash Classic '70s has the other) in the bridge position and I wired the bottom tone control to the bridge p'up on both of these.

Terry



DD Bluz

Tucson, Arizona USA

tone is (almost) everything
Nov 12th, 2006 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, we love Abbigail. I believe that Electron's logic is correct...if she retired we would have heard something...

Like I said,,,"I was told"...knew you guys would pick up on that one...

reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

Yeah, but do I REALLY need it...?
Nov 12th, 2006 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Has anyone's Inca Silver Cray started to turn 'greenish' yet? I love that faded color more than the brand spankin' new Inca, but Inca's still definitely my favorite of the three colors it's offered in.

Is there another color 'new' that's close to the faded greenish Inca Silver?

(I'll be building a lefty Cray soon...since Fender doesn't offer it...I'm even thinking of just getting an AV62 and getting a Warmoth hardtail body for it...so I'm doing some thinking about the best color to go with...I've also thought of going with the Ice Metallic Blue on a hardtail body; that's a standard AV62 color for righties - we lefties only get 3 color sunburst, my least favorite sb.)

guitargeezer
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Nov 12th, 2006 07:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>>we lefties only get 3 color sunburst, my least favorite sb


I'll say a prayer for you, Rev. Maybe you'll see the light...


;-)



Abbys Kid

usa

Yes I am Abby's Kid!
Nov 14th, 2006 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Relax everyone, Abby hasn't retired...yet. She diligently awakes every morning at 2:00 a.m. to arrive at work by 4:00 a.m.



DD Bluz

Tucson, Arizona USA

tone is (almost) everything
Nov 14th, 2006 04:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tell Abby we want her to keep "winding the magic".

Abbys Kid

usa

Yes I am Abby's Kid!
Nov 14th, 2006 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tell Abby we want her to keep "winding the magic".

OK will do...

SMark
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Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Nov 14th, 2006 10:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Abbys Kid...

I feel a whole lot better now. Thank you.

Welcome BTW. Good to have you around here. I'll avoid asking you the million questions that I'd probably ask your mom if she showed up here.

;^)

Abbys Kid

usa

Yes I am Abby's Kid!
Nov 15th, 2006 09:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the welcome SMark. I sometimes look around the internet to see what's going on with Mom and tell her about what I've seen. I'm her oldest child and I remember back in the day, I used to go to the Fullerton plant with her sometimes - pre CBS. Wow, I'm dating myself here. Ask what ever you'd like, but, unfortunately, I don't know any technical stuff.

Electron
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Heart of Darkness

There's a light, that never shone on me.
Nov 15th, 2006 09:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw a short TV documentary on the Fender company, the highlight for me was the scene with your mom. She's a sweet lady.

Abbys Kid

usa

Yes I am Abby's Kid!
Nov 15th, 2006 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Electron,

Thank you. Abby is a very sweet lady - a bit shy though. She was a little apprehensive about the 'Made in America' show. But she says John Ratzenburger is a very down to earth person and put her at ease during filming.

(This message was last edited by Abbys Kid at 10:21 AM, Nov 15th, 2006)

SMark
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Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Nov 15th, 2006 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay... Here's one question (in a million) for you Abbys Kid, and I will make it such that it doesn't amount to a total hijack of this Robert Cray Strat thread...

The Robert Cray Strat, according to what I have seen and read, is or at least has been supplied with Texas Special pickups. When Texas Specials are spec'd-in to a specific model Strat, often we will see a custom magnet stagger. But when we buy Texas Specials as an aftermarket replacement Custom Shop pickup set, they always have this extreme vintage magnet stagger that was developed back in the 50s to accommodate a wound G-string and a neck radius of 7.25".

Why do Custom Shop pickups maintain this magnet stagger when the vast majority of players today use unwound G-strings and flatter radius necks?

I've heard it said that "the vintage snobs demand it" but that's a cop out IMO. Vintage snobs don't buy Texas Specials. And I have noticed on my set of Abby Masterwounds, that Abby did a wonderful job of setting the magnet stagger on these to give a perfect string-to-string balance. I wish the Custom Shop would make that magnet stagger standard on all their pickups.




If this falls under technical stuff, I understand. This is probably more of a rant than a question anyway...

Abbys Kid

usa

Yes I am Abby's Kid!
Nov 15th, 2006 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

SMark,

Yikes - yes a tekkie question...sorry don't know, but I can ask Mom and see what I can find out.

SMark
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Atlanta, GA USA

"Life is good when you love your tone."
Nov 15th, 2006 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanx.

Sorry about that. I won't do this again. I really would rather that you just feel welcome here.

Those 300 Masterwound sets your mom wound a few years ago are somewhat legendary already. I wish all Custom Shop pickups were made like those.

(This message was last edited by SMark at 10:49 PM, Nov 15th, 2006)

Abbys Kid

usa

Yes I am Abby's Kid!
Nov 16th, 2006 09:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No prob SMark - Are those the pickups that are going for like $800 on eBay? I went to your web page and listened to some of your playing - wow, nice. If you ever get to the West Coast, I'll have Mom give you a tour of the Custom Shop - :)

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

Dawg Fan
Nov 16th, 2006 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>>If you ever get to the West Coast, I'll have Mom give you a tour of the Custom Shop - :)


Hey, SMark...need somebody to carry your luggage????

Back to Crays for a moment. I had a busy day, and didn't get a chance to play my RC yesterday. But I did go to the basement this morning for a little early morning quality time with my baby before I left for work. I didn't plug it in (my wife worked very late last night), just played it for a few minutes unplugged. And looked at it. Dang, I love this guitar.

reverend mikey
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Omaha, USA

Yeah, but do I REALLY need it...?
Nov 16th, 2006 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

guitargeezer,

Love the pic of Walter Trout's hardtail in your profile...that would make a(nother) sweet signature model; too bad Trout isn't better known (he puts the Kenny Waynes and some others to shame...JMHO, please don't flame!).

guitargeezer
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Hotlanta/Jawja

Dawg Fan
Nov 16th, 2006 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

>Love the pic of Walter Trout's hardtail in your profile...that would make a(nother) sweet signature model; too bad Trout isn't better known (he puts the Kenny Waynes and some others to shame


Thanks, Rev. Walter's '73 hardtail is one beat up guitar, but he beats some great sounds out of it, and puts on a great show. I took a ton of pics that night--it was in a small blues club with the stage on the floor, and I was within a few feet of Walter for most of the night.

By the way, I don't know if you've heard his Full Circle CD, but he plays with a lot of his friends on it, including Coco Montoya, Jeff Healy, Eric Sardinas and--my favorite cut...his duo with Joe Bonamassa. There's some fine playin' goin' on there.

I like Kenny Wayne...saw him and Joe B. opening for B.B.King...but I agree with you. I think Walter blows away a lot of very good guitarist...if you like "shred blues". But he's better known in Europe than he is back home.

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