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Crocker Guitars was chosen over other custom guitar builders to create “Honey Dripper”, the guitar featured in the currently playing film, “Honeydripper”. The movie, written and directed by John Sayles and starring Danny Glover, Keb Mo, Stacy Keach 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 by Sonny (Clark), it was described in the script as “a neck screwed to a plank with strange wires.” In the hands of Sonny, it helps save the Honeydripper Lounge 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 Bo Diddley moment when music fused the blues with rock & roll".


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Sonny (GaryClark Jr.) playing Ted Crocker's “Honey Dripper” guitar in the new John Sayles film, “Honeydripper”

 

 

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Crocker crafted his interpretation of what a homemade, electric guitar built by a 1950 Bluesman would be. He designed his own pickups and hardware to appear period correct, yet stand up to the demands of recording a movie soundtrack in a 21st century recording studio and survive shooting on location in a Juke Joint. Of course the tone had to drip mojo. Because it's a Crocker, it was up to the task. Because it's Hollywood, a stand-in was also ordered.

The guitar(s) surpassed the expectations of everyone involved.

Crocker used a one piece slab of Honduras Mahogany for the body (finished with tung oil) and Leopardwood for the bridge, string base, bobbin bottoms and volume cavity cover. He chose Purpleheart for the bobbin tops. Even with such a basic shape, there was quite a bit more work than on an 'ordinary' Crocker guitar. The finished guitars ship in a tweed case and include a custom-made vintage leather guitar strap, a  tweed guitar cable and two Crocker Wood Shed™ guitar picks.

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The script noted that Sonny was a WW2 Radio Technician, and the pickups were odd, with exposed wires. Crocker designed 3 two string pickups which sit in a recess with exposed windings and cloth wires. The pickup windings are saturated with lacquer to avoid microphonics & feedback and he engineered a ground circuit to keep the guitar SUPRISINGLY quiet (the cavities and routes are painted with black, conductive shielding paint).


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Honey Dripper

 

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Body: Original Crocker Rusty Nail™ Design (modified)
1 Piece Honduras Mahogany
Tung Oil Finish
Neck: Maple/Rosewood
Scale: 24.75
Tuners: Vintage Nickel Kluson Style
Pickups: Crocker Custom Stonehenge™ Pickups
(3) Two String Pickups
Scatter Wound by Hand
Optimized Output
Purpleheart Bobbin Tops
Leopardwood Bobbin Bases
Alnico V Magnet Poles
Hand Crafted Leopardwood Bridge
Hand Crafted Leopardwood String Base

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Here's Ben Prestage playing a Honey Dripper guitar. Ben is an awesome, award winning blues musician, and a friend. Ben was voted “one of the three best unsigned performers in the world” at the 2006 International Blues Challenge and is the only two-time recipient of the prestigious “Lyons/Pitchford Award" for 'Best Diddley-Bow Player'. Check out Ben's web site and MySpace for more of his unique 'one man band' style of blues.

 

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Honeydripper Movie Website!

 

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