2009 Six Banger Electric Guitar by Ted Crocker

Updated: Jan 10

Showcased at the Cigar Box Guitar Museum in Speal's Tavern from its re-opening until 2019.

Handmade electric guitar, built by Ted Crocker in New Jersey, 2009.

Currently in private curation. Part of the Shane Speal Collection.

  • Honduran Mahogany body with import neck featuring a custom leather headstock face.

  • Handwound pickup with purpleheart wood bobbin.

  • Wraparound bridge. Handmade wood volume & tone knobs.

  • Dimensions: 42 x 10.75 x 1.75

Ted Crocker (1955-2021) was a guitar and folk instrument builder, most notably known for creating the guitars used in the 2007 John Sayles movie The Honeydripper. Here is a clip with Guy Clark Jr. playing Crocker's Honeydripper.

Shane Speal commissioned this instrument to incorporate elements of The Honeydripper guitar along with a wrap around tailpiece for more sustain. A rounded cutaway was added for a hot rod look. Unlike the three part pickup in the movie guitar, Speal requested a single coil pickup placed in the neck position.

The body was made from a beautiful, 1.75" thick, one-piece mahogany slab. Crocker used minimal finish without grain filler, allowing the various shades of brown, tan and orange to be highlighted.