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Advice needed: B&W vs McVay and others

Discussion in 'B-Bender Forum' started by Rockerfeller, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Rockerfeller

    Rockerfeller Tele-Meister

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Denver, co
    I am getting ready to pull the lever on a strap activated B-Bender. I have narrowed it down to either a McVay, McEwen or a B&W. The McEwen I could get the quickest. The B&W comes in a close second and they are both in the same basic price range. The McVay is far more costly and I don't know their turn around time.

    I figured out the B&W is easy to adjust the tension and I now like the way it feels. I am not sure about the quality of the newer ones.

    Any advice by those who have owned more than one of these would be appreciated
     

  2. milocj

    milocj Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Aug 21, 2005
    Michigan
    Does B&W still make them? I thought that the owner/builder had had health issues (or worse) last year? Forrest Lee Jr, Bill Bores, and one of the members here (gapping on the name) also do strap benders with a decent turnaround time and cost.
     

  3. Rockerfeller

    Rockerfeller Tele-Meister

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Denver, co
    Yes. Bill died but his son-in-law who use to build Benders with him, kept the business going. They don't have a website but they are still being built.
     

  4. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    How did you get in touch with B&W? I used to check out the website every now and then--but last time I looked, it was pretty out dated.

    Paul is great to deal with if you decide to go for the Slingshot. He's a member here too.

    I've heard good things about Forrest Lee Jr., too.
     

  5. Weeman333

    Weeman333 TDPRI Member

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    Steve Powell on Facebook is how I found them. They have a fb page too
     

  6. Rockerfeller

    Rockerfeller Tele-Meister

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Denver, co
    I had an old email address... but then I too found him on Facebook
     

  7. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    I realize I didn't answer any of the questions you actually asked. Unfortunately, the Slingshot is the only bender you mentioned that I have used. Fortunatley, there are a few guys here that have vastly more experience than I do. Mr. Hayes comes to mind. I believe he has both a B &W and a few Slingshots.
     
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  8. Rockerfeller

    Rockerfeller Tele-Meister

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Denver, co
    Did you get a bender put in your guitar? If you did, what do you think of the new B & W?
     

  9. Weeman333

    Weeman333 TDPRI Member

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    No, but I’ve done extensive research on the b&w. Enough that I’m making one similar with some parts I’ve machined, and bicycle spokes. They’re the cleanest and least invasive design, and I’ve only heard great things about them. Steve was super helpful when I had talked to him and was really trying to help me out. I’d give him a shout man! Or at least check out their Facebook page. There’s great pics there.
     

  10. Chet Johnson

    Chet Johnson Tele-Afflicted

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    Dec 17, 2008
    Woodsfield, OH
    I have had several different benders, Parsons white, Parsons Greene, Glaser , and several Mcvays. The McVay benders are hands down the smoothest operation , and rock solid tuning stability. The bender stop loin remains in tune even after a string change. Worth every penny. Flawless machining and an even Better guy.
     

  11. J. Hayes

    J. Hayes Friend of Leo's

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    May 18, 2005
    Virginia Beach, Va.
    I have three McEwen (Slingshot) benders, two on Strats and one on an LP Jr. They work fine and are pretty durable with enough adjustments on them... My B&W is on a Tele and I really like that one. It has the feature like a Glaser in that you can' t look at the front and see a pulling hub or anything as the string goes right into the body. It is also loaded from the back through the same ferrule you'd use if you didn't have a bender... The good thing is it has that slot like the P/W where you hook the strap right onto the strap peg instead of that lever down by the neck plate like the Glaser uses. It also has a tension adjustment on the side of the guitar between the rear strap peg and the input jack which is a nice feature... The best feature of the McEwen is that it doesn't require any routing out of the guitar body. You just slip the attached plate right under the inside edge of the neck plate and tighten it down. The puller attaches with your rear strap peg.............JH in Va.
     
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  12. Rockerfeller

    Rockerfeller Tele-Meister

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    Feb 14, 2014
    Denver, co
    Hi JH, I just packed up my tele body and shipped it off to the new B&W. Should have it back end of March. I will post my review when I get it.
     

  13. bendercaster

    bendercaster Tele-Holic

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    Sep 20, 2011
    Sacramento
    I'm looking forward to your review. I have an American Special Tele with a rolling bender on it. It is very reliable and low maintenance, but I can't help but wonder how much better I could be with a strap actuated. I've been anxious to hack up this tele as I keep thinking that some day I'll trade up for something nicer, but I've come to the realization that it sounds great, intonates well, stays in tune, and is easy to play. The B&W looks really interesting.
     

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