NGD: Debated adding a bender to one of my Teles and then found this

Discussion in 'B-Bender Forum' started by holndav, May 23, 2019.

  1. holndav

    holndav Friend of Leo's

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    Classic Vibe Tele with a Forrest Lee, Jr. Bender installed.

    Woo Hoo!

    So much for deciding which of my other Teles to mod!

    Now to learn more licks and how to really incorporate the bender into my playing

    Cheers!

    :D

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  2. tfarny

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    Super cool! Nice find.
     
  3. Toadtele

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    That’s really cool man! Now there’s a lot of work to do. Enjoy
     
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    Congrats and welcome to the club - Keep it Bent!
     
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    Yeah!
     
  6. memorex

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    That's actually beautiful, but I'm too lazy to learn how to use something like that.
     
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  7. holndav

    holndav Friend of Leo's

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    Lots (and lots) more to learn but the basics have not been so hard to pick up so far.

    Thankfully, there are far more resources online than there were even a couple of years ago now.

    Cheers!
     
  8. Kid Telecaster

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    Now that is awesome but when could you ever use it, I mean it must weigh heavy so you would have to sit down to play it! My CV Tele weights 4.2 kg (something like 9lbs) so I shudder to think how much the B bender added to yours.
    If I want to march around the house pretending I am Keef I do it with my Roadworn (a more reasonable 3.2 kilo or 7 lbs)
    Just interested, how much does your guitar weigh now? No hurry, just next time you're driving past a truck station...
     
  9. Bergy

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    Wow, nice snag man! That grain is pretty intense.
     
  10. holndav

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    It's actually right at about 9lbs.

    Not as bad as I expected at all.

    I have other Teles that are 7lbs +/- and was pleasantly surprised that this is not really what I would call heavy.

    :)
     
  11. Kid Telecaster

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    That's a good weight for the extra hardware so I suspect they selected the body carefully, given the variation in wood densities etc. It's a neat unit, just been reading up on b benders in Balmer's Tele manual.
    Enjoy, that B was born to be bent
     
  12. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    if you talk to FL Jr, you will learn that the weight of wood removed EQUALS the amount of hardware installed. Its not a ADD.

    I also know this first hand with a 2008 USA Tele with a FL jr system installed.

    Just remember, pulling or releasing the B is a technique which adds to your playing, what you already know and do. Pulling or releasing the B is based on varied root chord shapes up and down the fretboard. Those varied shapes come first, the pull or release of the B comes after that. Otherwise you will be stuck trying to figure out why you even own a B Bender ! :)
     
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    Doh!!! Ok, makes sense that wood needs to be routed to make space for mechanism, and that the end result fairly much might nett off to zero.
     
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    I have a CV also with a Forrest Lee B Bender that I purchased from him. I've had it probably 6 years now and I use it when gigging 95% of the time. It quickly replaced my other teles and strat. Plays great and sounds great ( in spite of my playing).
     
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    I have a nice Tele that I shipped to Forrest a year or two ago to have a B-bender installed along with a phase switch installed between the volume and tone control. Later I installed a Rolling bender on the G string. It also has a reversed control plate. This is one fine guitar which I'm proud to own and play. Forrest Jr. does as good or better work than you can find out there and I'd recommend him to anyone. Here's some shots of my guitar...JH in Va. 100_2359.JPG 100_2360.JPG 100_2361.JPG 100_2363.JPG 100_2359.JPG 100_2360.JPG 100_2361.JPG 100_2363.JPG
     
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  16. T Prior

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    ????

    Doesn't matter how much the guitar weighed before the FL jr Bender installation. The removal of the wood and the addition of the parts is a zero sum. In fact, it may weigh a tad less now. FL Jr is a genius, he totally understands and executes the installation and parts so that it is NOT adding to the total weight.

    In my many discussions with FL jr, we have discussed weight, I could be wrong with the exact weight but I think he said the parts weigh in the 14 or 15 oz range, while the wood removed is near the same or can exceed that weight.
     
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