I’ve been asked many times why I use different metals for my bridge saddles on guitars. 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
Many Crook hybrid guitars start out the same way. Players aren’t sure what they want, they just know what they have isn’t quite cutting it. A hybrid isn’t just about focusing on one feature. The guitar comes about because a customer is looking for the right feel and a particular sound they haven’t been able to find in one guitar. 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
This as close as you’ll get to an original ’68 paisley bass, but with a few modern features to make a better sounding and playing guitar.
This Blonde T-Style guitar sports my favorite pickup combination.
This Butterscotch Blackguard T-style guitar is one of the better sounding guitars I have ever built. A real classic.