Crews Maniac Sound Guitars Thread

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  1. wulfman

    wulfman ABB Fan Premium Member

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    Someone was asking for some pics and info on Crews guitars so why not a thread on them.

    They are made in Japan and as far as I can tell and based on information from people at KEY Musicland the LPs at least have been made by Terada and Deviser (Bacchus). The list prices range from 98,000 yen to 520,000 yen for this brand.

    Here are some closeups of the Crews I have. Three for sale on YJ right now.
    Crews (Terada made)
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    K&T pickups handwound by Jun Takano, the guy who designed and prototyped the DRY-Z.
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    Neck is 30-year old South American Mahogany matched with a newer African Mahogany back. Grain and colour are quite different.
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    Nice grainy back. Nitro finish.
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    Here is a link of a video demo of some Crews LPS.
    From the youtube explanation:

    The first one is the KTR-LS01 with standard KTR (non-handwound) pickups. Made by Deviser, 2-piece body.

    The second one is a LTR LTD has 'Not For Sale" NFS Pickups. Gain is lower compared to the LS-01 pickups with extremely good definition. 1-piece body.

    Third is the KTR STD. Very-low tension NFS handwound pickups.More complex sound.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQDe1emzKco[/ame]

    The next vid starts with a LTR-STD then goes to a couple of different LTR fm59J (Brazilian boards)

    Last guitar is LED Premium with NOS wire pickups, Honduran neck/back and Brazilian boards.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Keqt8c-CrGA[/ame]
     
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    JDB Senior Member

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    Have you any full shots of the bridge cav Wulf?
     
  3. wulfman

    wulfman ABB Fan Premium Member

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    I'll see if I can get some this weekend but in the meantime, here is a link to a nice page that shows the Terada factory and has some great production shots and intros of the workers. In Japanese unfortunately but lots of pics. You should be able to see the cavity shots there.

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    Halfway down there is a video of the wood shed and tone tapping of body and neck blanks. Does it mean anything? You be the judge.
     
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    Olds442 Senior Member

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    i tone tap everything.
     
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    Nice thread Wulf. There's not enough info on those.
     
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    Slick Willy Senior Member

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    Never heard of these, but you have my attention. Tone tapping and hand working, this sounds like the making of a great guitar. Please post some pics of the models, colors, or what ever you got.
     
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    Matty Senior Member

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    Good stuff Harold, that one of yours looks sweet. :thumb:

    What model is yours? :hmm:
     
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    Interesting thread. Could you post the neck thickness at the first fret? That was one of the reasons I sold this guitar (although more because I was panicking at the impending move and needed a huge purge), that I didn't love the neck profile. It was a bit thinner than I like. Probably still in the 59 range, but on the lower end.

    Another thing about this series is that most (all?) seem to be extremely light, quite a few under 3.5kg even.
     
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    wulfman ABB Fan Premium Member

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    It is 22.3 mm behind the first fret and 24 mm behind the 11th fret. I find it perfect for me. I guess that is close to a 59 profile.
     
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    Great looking guitars! A lot of their models are weight relieved, though. I have no clue wich....
     
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    wulfman ABB Fan Premium Member

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    This Crews OSL-L/FM is, and has an "L" in the model name with the specs as follows:

    Neck : Mahogany
    Fingerboard : Madagascar Rosewood
    Body : Flame Maple Top/Solid Mahogany(Weight control)
    Finish : Cloudy Lacquer
    Pickup : SAYTONE "SLEDGE"
    Circuit : 2 VOL / 2 TONE / 3 WAY TOGGLE SW

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PU8zfJVmhUM[/ame]

    It has the Deviser greenish inlays like the Bacchus Classics:
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    Serial font is also the same as for the Bacchus Classics:
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    Guitars sound great! Especially higher end guitars in the clips have great tone.
    Do you notice much difference between K&T pickups and dry-Z?
     
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    There are a lot of variations of K&T pickups on their site. There is even a form where you can custom order your pickups :)
    What are the NFS, only made for Crews guitars?
     
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    no nibs ;)
     
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    say-tone pu are also from K/T ?
     
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    wulfman ABB Fan Premium Member

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    The K&T NFS pickups in my Crews remind me a bit of DRY-Z but the bridge is a hotter wind in the mid 8k range and has more bite and treble with tone on 10. I turn the tone down to about 5-6 but in the middle position with the bridge tone on 10 you get a great sound.


    Saytone are a different winder. Homepage here. There are some sample videos on the pickup page. They are half the price of the K&T pickups.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBUQ0Mp78cs]Crews Maniac Sound [OSL-LIGHT SB] - YouTube[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7BxtCxKUbU]Crews OSL-GOLD TOP- - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    thanks a lot. i do the same with my dry-z: bridge vol on 10 an neck on 5/6 in the middle position
     
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    so they put the model on the headstock with the serial, that's helpful.

    is the serial number coded with the date of mfg? do we know?

    seeing a lot of deviser in these, which again goes to show what a great bang for the buck the classic and vintage series are.

    great thread harold, but i was serious when i said i tone tap everything. you've seen my tailpiece vid right. :D
     
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    Nice tread, thanks, I'm a bit confused with all models looking at Jguitar, Digimart, YJ. It seems to have many special features ans special models. Harold which model is yours, STD?
     
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    wulfman ABB Fan Premium Member

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    You are right about the number of runs they do with different features. Here is the spec sheet for mine.

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    Like so many things I think "Limited" ended up becoming "Standard".

    Here is one with the same specs but a STD model.

    The list price is 240k on the Std models as it was for this one. They seem to be between 100 to 150k yen used.
     

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