In 2010, Brad Paisley called me from Guitar Center in Los Angeles saying he had found a great-sounding 1963 Telecaster, but someone had finished it with glue and gold glitter. He was sending it to me for a refinish. Continue reading
Guest Post by Zac Childs —
Brad’s Salsa Paisley
2004 was a busy time of promoting the Mud on the Tires album with tour dates, television appearances and music videos. All the guitars, including the Buckocaster, were seeing much use, but Brad was interested in having Bill build a 60s vibe guitar with a rounder tone. They tossed around ideas and settled on a T-style with a rosewood fingerboard and a fiesta red and white paisley finish. The guitar was a real stunner, and Brad nicknamed it “Salsa.” Continue reading
Guest Post by Zac Childs — The making of the Mud on the Tires album was a bit of a grueling process. Brad was under the gun to turn in a record to Arista, and we were in the middle of heavy touring. So we recorded during the week and toured on the weekends. In the midst of this, we performed at the CMA Awards, where Brad used the Crook charcoal paisley to perform his summer hit, “I’m Gonna Miss Her.” While recording the “Mud” album, my only breaks were mainly when Brad recorded vocals or did media interviews. One such break will always stay with me. Continue reading
Guest Post by Zac Childs — Many of you have seen Brad Paisley on stage or on TV playing a variety of colorful and certainly toneful Crook Custom Guitars. A little over a decade ago, there was only one Crook paisley in Brad’s collection of gear. With its stellar performance, it wasn’t long before the guitar was joined by two more that would become very important tools in Brad’s climb to superstardom. Continue reading
I have talked to a lot of players that think a custom guitar has to be a whole new creation from top to bottom. But often, a custom build can have many familiar features with just a few specific specs that fit the player’s desires. Continue reading
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
I have four pink paisley guitars for sale as examples of my new vintage accurate pink paisley paper with the textured silver background that has eluded me for years. The guitars are not meant to be exact reproductions of the original paisleys. These instruments are inspired by the look of the past built with the modern features that I use on my custom guitars. Continue reading
This guitar has that classic look and features my favorite set of pickups: the APC neck and the Voodoo TE-59 bridge pickup. It sounds the way I think a T-style guitar should sound.
This is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. Featuring a Spanish cedar body, custom Rutters bridge with compensated saddles and a custom wound Voodoo pickup, this bass has a focused punchy sound with a clarity not usually associated with this style of bass.
Here’s a guitar that was never made in the 60’s but should have been. Wth the Voodoo Te-50 and custom wiring, it makes a very versitile one pickup guitar. Simplicity at its best.