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

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  1. RichSZ

    RichSZ Member

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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
     
  2. mojocaster.com

    mojocaster.com Member

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  3. supersonic1414

    supersonic1414 Silver Supporting Member

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    haha, I was going to tell you to talk to Mojo :)
     
  4. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Haha. Me too. That's the reason I opened the thread.
     
  5. Last Nerve

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    Nothing against Crook at all.
    Since you were asking, I would put a call into Suhr.
     
  6. AJ Love

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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)
     
  7. John Bell

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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.
     
  8. Lowlands Erik

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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
     
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    I recommend Ron Kirn. Can build anything, is an absolute gem of a man, and his prices are great
     
  10. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold 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.
     
  11. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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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.
     
  12. Jazztone

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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.
     
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    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.
     
  14. supersonic1414

    supersonic1414 Silver Supporting Member

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    +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
     
  15. Scott Auld

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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.
     
  16. AJ Love

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    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
     
  17. Rebel-Guitars

    Rebel-Guitars Antique Silver Member

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    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.
     
  18. gtrs

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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.
     
  19. Matticus

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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:

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  20. therhodeo

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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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