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Ted Crocker's Blog

Florida shop 3 - before

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:00pm 13 Comments

Building the Newgrange CBG

Posted on January 25, 2013 at 8:00pm 11 Comments

The Coalhouse Project - Part 2

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 8:30pm 21 Comments

The Coalhouse Project

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 9:30pm 15 Comments

Building the Back Porch'r

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

Building the Armageddon Flux Guitar

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 11:00pm 1 Comment

Building the Goose Lap Steel Guitar

Posted on January 8, 2012 at 1:00pm 12 Comments

Building the Delta Box CBG

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 10:00pm 5 Comments


Posted on August 16, 2010 at 10:30pm 9 Comments

Building the Gris-Gris Guitar

Posted on August 1, 2010 at 6:30pm 32 Comments

Building the Hitchhiker Guitar

Posted on July 30, 2010 at 2:30pm 23 Comments

Building the Hot Rod Guitar

Posted on May 22, 2010 at 7:30pm 79 Comments

Building the La Flor CBG

Posted on May 15, 2010 at 11:30pm 2 Comments

Building the Honey Dripper Movie Guitar

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 12:00pm 7 Comments

Ted Crocker's Discussions

After over a thousand instruments, I still screw up

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Smith Jun 8, 2017. 7 Replies

16 facts about Muddy Waters

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shane Hopkins Apr 22, 2015. 1 Reply

An evening with Seasick Steve

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wichita Sam Apr 28, 2014. 2 Replies

Harpo Marx - Broken piano, no problem!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ragtimelil Jan 28, 2014. 3 Replies

Hey, Did You Know Bob Dylan Is A Steampunk Metalworker?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ted Crocker Nov 22, 2013. 3 Replies

Roert Plant and his gas can guitar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Martin Newbery Oct 25, 2013. 2 Replies


Ted Crocker: Guitars & Gear

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Welcome to Ted's Mad Scientist Laboratory

I'm a luthier and inventor of weird instruments, pickups, mics, stompers and other gear for musicians, luthiers & CBG builders. I enjoy helping people build and repair their own instruments. I can make a custom guitar or pickup or other gear for you.

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)

Keith Urban playing his Crocker Honey Dripper guitar in concert!  

No band, just Keith and his Crocker...

Want one of your own?

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."

Some of my weird creations:

Custom Pickups:

More Custom Pickups



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

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At 11:29am on October 13, 2019, Len said…

Thanks. I'm getting older but certainly not wiser!

At 5:41pm on September 29, 2019, George Ferris said…

Thank you VERY much Ted.

At 11:23am on September 24, 2019, George Miller said…

Thanks Ted!

At 12:56pm on September 14, 2019, Jason Russell said…

Thanks Ted!

At 10:15am on September 9, 2019, Hervé Desormeaux said…

Thank you Ted

At 5:26pm on September 2, 2019, Marianna13 said…


At 10:01am on September 1, 2019, Tommy Jonsson said…

Thank’s Ted.

At 2:46pm on August 22, 2019, Seppo O. Valjakka said…

Hi Ted,

   I'm ass deep with custom orders and have not had time to work on my dulcimer scale CBG. Now that you remind me that building should be fun as well as profitable, I'll dust off the project and "git 'er done". Will send pics once complete.

Cheers, Seppo

At 9:06am on August 19, 2019, jack stepick said…

Thank, Ted.

At 6:53am on August 18, 2019, Nathan Harris said…

Thanks for the welcome Ted, I am looking forward to delving deep into this forum, I've already come across some inspiring projects. I came here initially looking for a wiring diagram to help me with my build, alas I have not found it. Either that means it won't work or it's an innovative original... Do you do custom diagrams?

At 6:26pm on August 7, 2019, Pete Litterski said…

Thanks for the birthday wishes. Sorry I missed them the last few years. But this one matters more anyway since I cross the line to full Social Security elgibility. I've got a question. My kit guitar came with a bridge that is hardwood and a screw as the nut. After I got it all together, I have found that the strings ride too close to the frets and my sound is ruined. Would yhou suggest I raise the nut, the bridge or both. The bridge is hardwood with no notches and I have bought some bone bridges that I am trying to figure out how to add to the wood, which is already securely glued to the guitar/ Any ideas?

At 10:11pm on July 22, 2019, Dave Strain said…

Thanks Ted for the Birthday Wish !!! Im now a OLD GEEZER !!!

At 11:00pm on July 10, 2019, Paul Alexander said…
Thank you!
At 12:41pm on June 28, 2019, BrianQ. said…

Happy Birthday, thanx for all you’ve done for the handmade community!!!

At 10:22am on June 25, 2019, Howling Dick said…

Thanks ted

At 3:38pm on June 15, 2019, Tim Skyrme said…


Thanks for the thought.


At 6:47pm on June 14, 2019, Mark Bernhard said…

Best birthday ever!  Woot!

At 9:47pm on June 13, 2019, Glenn Reither said…
Thanks Ted. I spent my birthday in Tokyo watching the Giants play at Tokyo Dome.
At 5:32pm on June 13, 2019, Thomas (Doc) said…
Thanks for the Birthday shout out Ted.. Hope your well
At 4:39am on June 11, 2019, Elmar Zeilhofer said…

Thanks for the birthday wishes Ted

Latest Activity

Ted Crocker commented on Len's photo

First build (1)

"AWESOME!   Great first build Len!"
10 hours ago
Ted Crocker commented on Len's photo

Diddly Bow (1)

"Nice build Len!!"
10 hours ago
Ted Crocker commented on Chuck Bouwens's photo


"WOW Chuck, great builds!!!  Cool boxes!!"
10 hours ago
Len left a comment for Ted Crocker
"Thanks. I'm getting older but certainly not wiser!"
BrianQ. commented on Ted Crocker's photo
Ted Crocker commented on Ted Crocker's photo

Pickup Vol Tone Jack

"I use audio taper for both."
Oct 8
Wiel Mulders commented on Ted Crocker's photo

Pickup Vol Tone Jack

"One more question on this issue still lives. Is it then the A potmeter voor volume and the B potmeter for tone? Tom’s reaction brings up the question what is the best way for volume and tone control on piezo?"
Oct 8
Ted Crocker commented on Chuck Bouwens's photo
Oct 7
Ted Crocker commented on Chuck Bouwens's photo


"Cool Chuck!  What are the specs?"
Oct 7
Tom Temple commented on Ted Crocker's photo

Pickup Vol Tone Jack

"I'm with Ted. I tried 0.022 uF caps and 25o k pots, but always go back to the 0.047 uF cap and 500k audio taper pot. This combination seems to give a big range of tones (single coil or humbucker). A piezo pickup is a whole other story."
Oct 5
Ted Crocker commented on Ted Crocker's photo

Pickup Vol Tone Jack

"Somehow I missed this question, sorry guys.  Most people use 250k pots and .023 caps for a single coil and 500k pots and .047 caps for a humbucker. I prefer 500k/.047 for everything, it sems to give me a wider range of adjustment. Good luck!"
Oct 4
Wiel Mulders commented on Ted Crocker's photo

Pickup Vol Tone Jack

"I have the same question as TerryB. Where can I find answers to bis question?"
Oct 4
Ted Crocker commented on BrianQ.'s photo

Mock up

"I love builds like this, great job Brian!!"
Oct 1
George Ferris left a comment for Ted Crocker
"Thank you VERY much Ted."
Sep 29
George Miller left a comment for Ted Crocker
"Thanks Ted!"
Sep 24
Ted Crocker commented on Red Hot's video

Gotta Boogie

"Sounds great!!"
Sep 22
Ted Crocker commented on Red Hot's video
Sep 22
Ted Crocker commented on Chuck Bouwens's photo


"Nice build Chuck!"
Sep 18
Ted Crocker replied to Chuck Bouwens's discussion My name is Chuck in the group - Hello - My Name Is...
"Welcome to your new addiction!!"
Sep 17
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