Crocker creates guitars and musician gear. He says
it's his 'therapy'. He makes them as much for himself as for his
clients who desire an instrument that's hand crafted and one of a
kind. There is a deep satisfaction from creating something by
hand. Something that sings...
Crocker Custom Guitars was chosen over other custom guitar builders to
Dripper', the starring guitar in the upcoming film
'Honeydripper'. The movie, written and directed by John
and starring Danny Glover, Keb Mo, Ruth Brown and Gary Clark Jr, takes
place in 1950 Alabama. The
guitar is spotlighted as the first
electric guitar seen in the small town of Harmony. Handmade
Sonny (Clark), it was described as 'a neck nailed to a plank with
strange wires'. In the hands of Sonny, it saves the
owned by Tyrone (Glover), which
is on the verge of closing due to a competing club with a
jukebox. A blurb about the movie says "it evokes that magic
Diddley moment when music fused the blues with rock & roll".
With little more knowledge than that, Crocker submitted a design, which
was ultimately chosen. Given 14 days to design and produce
the guitar (and a
copy for backup), he wowed the producer, director and musicians with
his interpretation of an instrument homemade by a young WW2 Radio
Technician in 1950. Working around the clock, Crocker hand
odd pickups, guitar and hardware, keeping in mind that it had to be an
instrument up to the task of recording a movie soundtrack in a 21st
century studio and surviving a movie set and location shoot.
The guitar(s) surpassed the expectations of
The movie, scheduled for filming in September, is slotted for an early
2007 release. The guitar is currently at work in a Los
recording studio shaping the soundtrack. Your Honey Dripper guitar is
now available from Crocker Custom Guitars.
Mr Crocker is also feverishly working to complete another guitar called
'Armageddon'. It is a goth inspired design and is needed by
commissioning artist for a Japan tour.
is shooting for a design and tone he describes as 'Satan Growling'.
This will also be available as a production model.
Another project currently in his shop is 'the Delta Box', an Old Blues
inspired instrument with a double broomstick neck and inlayed
fingerboard. This production guitar will be available in a
limited quantity and should appeal to blues artists who play slide as
well as chords. Playable both acoustic and electric, this
will be a showpiece for any artist who wants a unique instrument and
Mr Crocker is planning on sending a Delta Box on a 'blog tour', where
it will spend time with various musicians who will document it in
performance with MP3s, video and pictures before sending it to the next
musician on the list. The tour will be posted on it's own
for anyone to see and hear and comment on. Yes, there are
slots available for interested musicians.
A signature guitar from the Crocker shop is 'Taser', a unique double
cutaway, quad horn, double humbucker, sensual beauty. Like
Crocker's instruments, it has a look and sound that is undeniably his
own. No one will ever accuse Mr Crocker of copying another
design, and those in the know will readily spot a Crocker.
Mr Crocker is also part of the growing Cigar Box Guitar
Revolution. His designs run the gamut from CBGs with modern
hardware and electronics to those that could have been made over a
hundred years ago, those played early in the careers of numerous
successful musicians. Ted oversees Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters.
Crocker, an avid blues harmonica player, also designed and produces the
'Jawbone' and 'Mississippi Stinger' wood harp microphones. Similar to an old
design, but made with Crocker's eye for detail and tone.
also markets his own guitar stands and hangers and produces artistic
wood wall hangings from photos of musicians playing their instrument.
Crocker operates a one man, one bird shop. His sidekick Taxi
cockateil), happily provides a feather to add mojo to every project
that goes out the door. Crocker also has an in house photo
where he documents the step by step progress of his custom
projects. Known for his close communication with clients,
toils long into the night to produce original, handcrafted instruments
with a much quicker delivery time than the major name shops that merely
churn out machine cut variations of the same old shape. He
offer one of his designs, or work closely with a client on their own
If indeed this is his 'therapy', Crocker should be one very well
adjusted individual. Or so severely twisted that he requires
continual therapy. He certainly has a passion for his craft
genuinely cares that his instruments help an artist to express their
And look great doing it.