April 27th, 2012, 07:50 PM
I can only afford to have one bender installed so which should I go for, a G or a B? I posted this question a while back but I thought it would be interesting to see the results in a poll format.
April 28th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Funny because I'm deciding the same thing! I had a B-bender I parted with a few years back. I'm wanting a G-bender though to add a little dimension to my playing. I've been looking at Forrest Lee website.
April 28th, 2012, 09:55 PM
I have both,,,, but if I could only have one,,, it would be the G bender. You can play every B bender move with a G bender, just in a different position. And the G bender offers a lot more, as far as being able to have the root on top, or the 3rd on top. Much more versatile, IMO. I use the G much, much more than the B. But, YMMV.
April 30th, 2012, 12:52 PM
Until Brad Paisley came along I'd never heard of anyone having just a G-bender.
It was always a B-bender, B & G-bender, maybe more than 2 or 3 or 4 benders.
With a B-bender you can always add some manual bends on the G string to do some double bends.
Whatever you want to get used to I guess.
April 30th, 2012, 02:39 PM
"With a B-bender you can always add some manual bends on the G string to do some double bends."
But you can't do manual bends if the G string is an "inside" string. That's one of the benefits of a G Bender.
April 30th, 2012, 03:30 PM
I bought and installed a hipshot b and g bender with drop d about a year ago. Last month I took the b bender completely off as I found I hardly used it at all and used the g bender much more. It's sort of funny because I bought the hipshot for the b bender and drop d but thought it would be nice to have the g bender as well just to try it out.
April 30th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Another point; Manual bends don't sound the same as "Bender" bends. Like I said above,,, if I could only have one,,,,,,,,,,G.
April 30th, 2012, 04:21 PM
You guys are not making it easy! :-)
April 30th, 2012, 04:28 PM
I started with a B bender because of Clarence, Bernie, and others.....guess I've never even tried a G bender....I think I've got my hands full with the B.....think I'll stick with it.....just the B for me.
April 30th, 2012, 06:17 PM
I'm sure you're aware that you are getting what we like, and what fits our particular playing. I voted for a B. Like asatfan, I've only used a B-bender, but after reading replies from jmiles for example, he brings up a very valid point about why to use a G Bender. Dang, I thought I knew what I liked, now I gotta try playing with a G Bender alone to see if I can hang with that. I just so happen to have a hipshot sitting on top of my work bench with a lever on the G. Guess I know what I'm going to do with one of those SX or Douglas Tele-copies I've bought....
April 30th, 2012, 06:25 PM
I've never tried a bender at all, but if I did, it would be the G. I bend the G a lot more than the B, which is one reason why the damn thing goes out of tune so much.
April 30th, 2012, 06:52 PM
April 30th, 2012, 08:51 PM
About manual bends, see Gene's quote on page 113 of the book Desperados. He makes it clear, via a James Burton reference, that manual, and bender bends, do not sound the same!