Ted Crocker
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Ted Crocker's Discussions

After over a thousand instruments, I still screw up

Started this discussion. Last reply by JL May 22, 2017. 5 Replies

Well, I had a serious brain fart today.  I'm making the Mini Taser Teddley Bow.  I made the one string humbucker and cut the mounting holes for it and made the rear cavity to access the pup.  Next…Continue

A couple of 2X4 instruments, in progress

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Crocker May 16, 2017. 2 Replies

There's a few more instruments on my page here built using 2X4s over the years.  Here's a couple more in progress now (coincidence the 2X4 challenge).  6 string headless travel guitar, one 2X4, razor…Continue

Does anyone know what happened to Bairfoot Cajun (Brian Romero). He cut off all contact with a lot of folks about a year ago. Just wondering if anything happened???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Delvero Mar 27, 2017. 2 Replies

Does anyone know what happened to Bairfoot Cajun (Brian Romero).  He cut off all contact with a lot of folks about a year ago.  Just wondering if anything happened???Continue


Started Jul 26, 2013 0 Replies

 THE UGLY DUCKLING/BEAUTIFUL SWAN IS UP FOR SALE!!!   Many of you remember this instrument I…Continue

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Ted Crocker's Mad Scientist Lab

I'm a luthier and inventor of weird instruments, pickups, mics, stompers and other gear for musicians and luthiers. I also enjoy helping people build and repair their own instruments and have been online every day since 2003 giving advice and encouragement. Need a hand with something?  Just ask!!

I host the Handmade Music Clubhouse, a forum similar to this for builders and players of all types of handmade instruments.  I'm member # 1 at the Nation and helped shape it here until I founded the Clubhouse to include every instrument and builder.

Visit TedCrocker.com to learn more.

See my interview in Modern Guitars Magazine!

Check out my Facebook page, MySpace page and Cigar Box Guitar Headquarters (CBG HQ)

I've put together instructional videos plus performance vids of a lot of artists filmed all over the country on TedTV / CBG TV.  


Keith Urban playing his Crocker Honey Dripper guitar in concert!  

No band, just Keith and his Crocker...

Want one?

From email with Keith:

"Ted, I looked on your web site and just fell in love with this guitar...  Can’t remember for the life of me how I stumbled upon the Honey Dripper but serendipity is a splendid thing.  Guitars like yours keep me connected with the basics, the simplicity, the earthiness and undeniable sexiness that is the electric guitar.  Yes, I have had a good play on the Honeydripper and it’s certainly got some serious mojo. I love it.  Cheers for now brother."

Find more videos like this on Handmade Music Clubhouse


Some of my weird creations:

Custom Pickups:

More Custom Pickups

My current Clubhouse latest pics

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Ask me about my hand crafted gear for builders or visit my store to see everything currently available. I can customize anything you need, just ask!


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Mella Miante liked Ted Crocker's group CB Nation Recording Studio
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Ted Crocker commented on the anonymous pick's video

swamp witch guitar the honey flipper 1 stringer

"Awesome build, insane creativity!  Hints of my Honey Dripper.  Sounds groovy!!!  Thanks for the shoutout and donation.  Wish I could get back in my shop to create stuff again, maybe someday..."
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Ted Crocker commented on the anonymous pick's video

swamp witch guitar the honey flipper 1 stringer

"Pick, this thing is insane!   Thanks for the shout out!  I miss being able to create cool stuff anymore, sucks being old and sick."
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"Great poetry.  Sad world sometimes."
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I wrote this as it was going down on 9/11/01
Sep 11, 2020
Ted Crocker and Poorness Studios are now friends
Sep 10, 2020
Ted Crocker commented on Cigar Box Nation's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"If you can't play yet, check out this ultimate bestest first learning video from KnotLenny at my Clubhouse, Next up go to the 7 from LJ. then checked the many, many others that are designed for newbies and easy to follow..."
Jun 6, 2020
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Jun 6, 2020
Ted Crocker commented on Cigar Box Nation's group Building a Cigar Box Guitar 101
"Without actually seeing your circuit, here's a wiring diagram I made and you can ensure yours is wired correctly.  http://handmademusic.ning.com/photo/piezo-volume-jack?context=album&albumId=4519676%3AAlbum%3A1244 One thought is that…"
Jun 5, 2020
Ted Crocker is now friends with Jethro Helmbrecht, David Pfeiffer and David Long
May 26, 2020
Jerry Colton liked Ted Crocker's profile
Jan 8, 2020
Ted Crocker replied to Cigar Box Nation's discussion VIDEO: Songs Inside the Box, the Cigar Box Guitar Documentary
"I was there!  2007 !  I even got some screen time on Max's flick. But my real interview got scrapped and left on the cutting room floor..,( me and my one string electric diddley cane assembly and jam.  We even reshot stuff so…"
Oct 25, 2019

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How did you learn about Cigar Box Nation?
I'm member # 2
How many instruments have you built so far?
Almost 2,000
What do you find most interesting about cigar box guitars? (If you do not enter something meaningful here, your membership may be rejected).
Primitive simplicity and the friendly CBG community

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At 2:39am on January 2, 2016, Bristol Blue said…

Hi Ted,  Happy New Year . Took your advice and visited Harbor Freight .Apologies if I slowed their computer system down! For fun I entered my partial UK postcode into the Zipcode .... Hey Presto I'm now aware that I'm only 200 miles away from 41 USA stores LOL! mmmm, how about visiting the Des Moines ,Iowa store... just enter my UK address for driving directions....35 minutes later .... asked me to re-enter my home address :-D 

At 5:41pm on May 14, 2014, Daniel Walter said…

hi ted. thank you for your previous advice. i have a new question. i bought some old switches from ebay, from a jeep, just on/off. i'd like to use them for pickups, two electric, two piezo. can i run the grounds to all four switches, with a master going to the jack, and the four hots to the switches? will this create a ground loop or any other problems? i'd like to create a unique way of mixing the pickups. the switches are perfect for a cbg, with nice threaded collars. thank you for any feedback. dan.

At 11:11am on March 9, 2014, Bobby O'Neal said…

Ted, I have a question.

I recently received a 4x4 rafter that was hand hewn by my great great grandfather and used in his log house.  I'd like to use some of it for a CBG neck.  It's made of loblolly pine.  Is there any reason I shouldn't use it?

I'm planning to laminate either a purpleheart or lacewood fretboard to it.

At 6:16pm on March 3, 2014, Colin Bell said…

this is a great video ted!  i'm still having an issue with the solder taking to the piezo!  Not sure i have the right solder.  Also the piezo i have is out of a new smoke detector,  it had a green film over the ceramic centre and the outside is bare metal. I'm not sure if its the piezo or the solder. any in put as rookie as it may be, i am all ears.  

At 1:44am on December 3, 2013, Steve Mattox said…



THANKS MAN.....................


At 12:34pm on May 19, 2013, Carleen Sam Talamo said…
Geez..I don't know what I did wrong but I can't find the message you sent with the friend request. My cbg has EAD strings & was wondering what to tune it to without the fear of breaking something. I was thinking of dad....that way I'm dropping down only I step on the E.
At 10:35am on February 15, 2013, Wayne Sorbelli said…

Thanx for the friend request!

At 11:36am on January 24, 2013, Diglydog said…

Thanks for the friend add Ted :-)

At 2:10pm on January 23, 2013, Dave Lynas said…
Thanks Ted, i sure value your friendship. I love your big project and great ideas generated by the 71 guits for the Coalhouse Project. I am honored to get to know you more. ... Dave
At 6:18pm on January 22, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

thanx Ted, looking forward to learning from you , you build superb stuff, pal, and you like Ben Prestage , who I think is just plain badass

Ted Crocker's Blog

Building the Newgrange CBG

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:44pm 3 Comments

This is a commission instrument for John Campbell.  It's name is Newgrange, inspired by the prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland.  

Stay tuned...

Here's a pic of the progress so far - a Las Cabrillas box, and some maple


I decided to put a strip of…


The Coalhouse Project - Part 2

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 9:00pm 11 Comments

Hey Ted, can you make me 70 unique Crocker instruments in 5 weeks?

"No problem…"

(See the first 36 instruments HERE)…


The Coalhouse Project

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 10:00pm 11 Comments

Hey Ted, can you make me 70 unique Crocker instruments in 5 weeks?

"No problem…"

(See the next 35 instruments HERE)…


Building the Tennessee Thunder harp mic and gig case

Posted on August 26, 2012 at 8:30pm 3 Comments

Tennessee Thunder.  

Here we go, a harp mic for Tennessee Toddy.  

It starts with an old slab…


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