^^^^^ This, without question. And when you learn how to play it I suggest a few things: 1. Don't try to imitate a pedal steel. It usually sounds like...errrr...poo. It' NOT the same thing, and despite Gene's early Stringbender ads none of the early Stringbender players - nor Clarence White or Bob Warford, the two pre-commercial bender players - ever played/play fake steel. 2. If you learn other bender players' solos, learn them as exercises in technique - and then never play them again. Be your OWN player, not a musical Xerox machine. Even in a cover band you can play solos that are close - but are still "you". 3. Don't approach the instrument as a guitar with a bender that you use for some songs, like an effects pedal. When you play a b-bender guitar, play it like a completely different instrument. If you want to "bend strings on a guitar" do it by hand. Or just buy a Hipshot. However, if you're going to invest in a high quality bender listen to Clarence White and Bob Warford's studio work (and Clarence's later work with the Byrds, primarily bootlegs from '71-72)and Bob's live recordings with Linda Ronstadt and the Everly Brothers. Don't pay so much attention to "licks" as "integration". Make the bender as much a normal part of the instrument as a pickup or tone knob. Several have done this because the like another instrument better; Albert Lee had his re-mounted in the original Evans body (he'd had it transplanted to a '53 Tele years ago).