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Is the Crook Tele all it's cracked up to be?

RichSZ

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Been searching for a great Tele...I need it to be versatile, not just the tele twang (I do want that) but other stuff too.

The Crook looks like it could be it. There are lots of other nice ones out there too...so what do you guys think?

Oh, my basic specs that I'm looking for:

Big neck
Alder body
Rosewood board

What say you, oh TGP-ers?

-Rich
 

Last Nerve

Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart.
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Nothing against Crook at all.
Since you were asking, I would put a call into Suhr.
 

AJ Love

Senior Member
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Crook guitars are great, but theres some stiff competition at that level. I prefer Lentz and GVCG (though GVCG's are MUCH more expensive)... I've played some Fender Custom Shop Telecasters I like better than Crook too (but in my experience Fender is all over the place quality wise)
 

John Bell

Silver Supporting Member
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Hahn for more vintage

Suhr for more modern.

I prefer the Suhrs myself,but keep in mind I could never get around on the vintage radius and frets.

Never played a Crook so I can't say.
 

Lowlands Erik

Member
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Crooks are great quality guitars.
They offer all the possible sounds of a good telecaster and some visual spectacle as well.
Depending on the pickups, fret size etc you choose they can sound twangy or modern.
I love 'em.

Erik
 

shallbe

Deputy Plankspanker
Platinum Supporting Member
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Suhr T types are special guitars, IMO. I have two already and am looking at #3. They give me twang and versatility.
 

sanhozay

klon free since 2009
Gold Supporting Member
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There's way too many great builders making great Tele's. I'm glad I'm not in the market for one. I do like what Fano does with his version.
 

Jazztone

Member
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The Lentz Tele is a very special instrument... amongst the best for a long time and available at an extreemly reasonable price.
 

Csgband

Senior Member
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2,044
Creston Lea, I dig them, I own a bunch of teles vintage and custom and the Creston's Kill!
Now I have to say I have never played a Crook so maybe I should not be posting.
 
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I recommend Ron Kirn. Can build anything, is an absolute gem of a man, and his prices are great
+1 here. Ron makes the best teles I have ever played...Amazing, plus he can pretty much make anything you want:beer

Crooks do look cool too, and ole Mr. Paisley seems to dig them
 

Scott Auld

Administrator
Staff member
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I'm a huge fan of the way Ron Kirn carries himself on TDPRI, and hope to own one of his someday, but you also couldn't go wrong ordering a Crook Tele.
 

AJ Love

Senior Member
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4,370
With due respect to Crook (I sincerely do think they are cool, great guitars) I always dig the tone of Brad Paisley's vintage Fender over his Crook
 

Rebel-Guitars

Antique Silver Member
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920
Bill Crook can build it you a Tele to fit all your needs. I love all of mine. I can get twang when I want to, but I use them out in a rock band setting too. Very versatile.
 

gtrs

Member
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I recently played a Custom Shop Fender Tele and it was great.
But man was it EXPENSIVE!!!!!!

The guy who owns the CS Fender Tele also owns a Crook and I think it's easily as good an instrument at half the price of what his Fender goes for.

I'll also throw in Anderson guitars. Lot's of guys are twangin' away on one of those.

I own a Old World Esquire and it's one of the very best guitars I've ever played. Something very magical about it. Everyone who's played it has had the same opinion, it just rings.

But the Crook I played really knocked me out and I'll probably go with him or get another Old World when I finally get around to ordering another Tele.
 

Matticus

Member
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Yep.

Had some of the greatest clean and light crunch tones I've ever had through a custom Crook and 2061x about this time last year. I think it was Brad Paisley's at one point or something like that. Friend got it from Zac Childs. It's not mine but I was fortunate enough to play it. It has an Adder (now called APC pickups) neck pickup buried underneath an Esquire guard and had a Voodoo in the bridge. 4-way selector with series/parallel options for the neck pickup. I think the Voodoo was a Broadcaster type? B-bender too.

Relic Mary Kay with sweet checking sorta like this one:

 

therhodeo

Member
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If I had the extra cash I would be torn between Creston and Crook. I'd probably go with Crook to get a McVay B-Bender though.
 




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