If you love show cars and hot rods, you’ve seen engine turned aluminum used on everything from truck beds to tailgates. I found a paper that looks just like the swirled pattern so that you can get the engine turned look on your guitar while preserving the traditional wooden guitar tone. For my first experiment, I took the finish a step further by spraying a transparent candy apple red over the pattern to get a holographic look that really jumps. It ended up being my top attention-getter at the Nashville guitar show. Continue reading
Having been a mechanic for 25 years, Don was troubled with hand flexibility issues that made it hard to continue playing his 34” 4-string bass. He was looking for a short scale bass that would still sound like a long scale and would be comfortable and lightweight enough to play from his favorite chair. We talked about how to customize a bass that would fit his needs. Continue reading
Here’s four new Crook Custom Guitar colors. Continue reading
Order a Crook Guitar for Christmas 2013
It’s that time of year, and folks are calling to order a guitar for Christmas. With a 10–12 month turnaround on all custom guitars, it’s a good time to contact me to get your order in for Christmas 2013. Get the low-down on ordering a custom guitar.
New guitar alert! Here’s four new features that you haven’t seen before in a Crook Custom Guitar: carbon fiber finish, unique stamped bridge, angled control plate and a newly redesigned McVay bender. Continue reading
In the spring of 2003, Brad Paisley called me with a question. “How can we combine your paisley design with Buck and Don’s sparkle guitars?” We decided a great foundation would be his heroes’ coolest guitars: the silver sparkle Telecaster with black binding. I had built a few guitars with black paisley print on white paper, and we felt the black and silver would make a great combination. Of course, the guitar must have black binding, too. It sounded like a great idea, but I wasn’t sure I could pull this off.
Matt Beckley is a talented LA music producer, engineer and songwriter and has toured as a guitarist with Katy Perry. He needed a versatile custom guitar that would cover a multitude of sounds on-the fly in the studio or on the road. Continue reading
I built this Silver Sparkle T-Style tribute to Buck Owens and Don Rich for my dear friend and world-class guitarist, Roger Hoard. Read the background on the guitar directly from Rog.