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Photo showing detail of the bender lever installed in my 1985 Alvarez-Yairi DY90 by Gene Parsons
Wow. I have never seen one on an acoustic. Didn't know they could do that.
Cool... although I'd be worried about sticking all that hardware in an acoustic guitar.
It looks like that guitar with equipment is top notch. That is a very expensive instrument, IMO.
Yeah.....I can understand your concern, as I deliberated for years, whether or not to have that done to my beloved dreadnought.
It is such a beautiful piece to begin with....you do feel a bit apprehensive about someone using steel tools to cut the lever opening! ...\(^_^)/
Gene Parsons is truly a craftsman and his designs are time tested though. There's actually very few invasive alterations to the guitar itself.
Only a standard end-pin jack, which serves as one point of spring attachment. And only the opening where the lever exits the upper bout. The third point of contact within the guitar cavity is a small metal foot, about the size of a quarter. It is held by pressure against the inner curve.
That's it! Everything "floats" inside, and is made from precision machined aircraft grade aluminum. It's a marvel of engineering.
But I am SO glad I had it done...you must put a bender in an axe you love to play!