As many of you know I have a fairly large bender "quiver". But one thing I always wanted was a b-bender on a REALLY good Strat. I've played a few DIY Strat benders and the mechanisms were awful - and the guitars cheap partscasters. My "go-to" benders have been Evans Pull Strings - a '69 Thinline reissue, a Baritone Tele, and a Fender solid-body mandolin (plus a Glaser/Gibson Music City Jr., a hybrid PW/Pull String, several McEwen Slingshots, a Higgins Peg Bender...and one Hipshot (yes Will - I STILL use it! ). But a good Strat bender had eluded me. So I decided to see if Joe Glaser would work with me on something a little different, as Dave Evans doesn't do Strats. I found a reasonably light "butcher block" ash/mahogany body with rear-loaded electronics, and took the "Abby" pickups and Chris Fleming '54-spec Custom Shop neck from a Strat built with *some* parts from a '54 Anniversary; 70's Fender hardtail bridge/saddles; nickel Klusons plus Keith banjo "D" Tuners on the A and high E strings (like my Clarence White setups)... ...and Joe, after some friendly arm twisting, installed a B (convertible to G) bender with normal adjustable spring tension - AND with adjustable throw. He will NOT make the throw adjustable as general practice - it was a special favor because of my guitar and pedal steel tech background (the latter quite important because of the cable mechanism, which is somewhat similar to the early Fender pedal steels I service and play (an 8-string, 9 pedal/2 knee lever 400 and a 10 string, 6 pedal/3 knee lever 800). It's now my other "go-to" bender, with a finely-balanced mechanism that just takes a light press to pull a full step - and pops right back to pitch when released. And with the "Louisville Slugger" '54-profile neck and '54 spec pickups it plays/sounds very close to a '54! And a big plus - after some final tweaking of the pickup mounts it weighs just 7# 14oz. It's a bit of a throwback - Dave Evans' original bodies were "butcher block" style, and it took me months to find one with quality wood, light weight, and I really like the clean lines of "back loading" with no pickguard. And it took some extra "arm twisting" to get Joe to mount the bender on a "laminated" body (his term) - I even sent one "normal" body in case I couldn't twist far enough! You can see the Keith tuners on the headstock; the straplock attachment hole on the lever; and the "wire rope" type cable.... The thumbwheel adjusts the tuning of the stop, and below this pic you can clearly see the wire. Then the following pic shows the back of the mechanism - small, compact and extremely precise! If you own one DO NOT TAKE IT APART!! Without Joe's guidance you'd likely break it - and most do not have multiple throw options anyway, so there's no reason to open them up. Even looking at them can pop things apart. The next pic shows the phillips-head tension adjusting screw; the last one the saddle that can be converted to a G bender (sorry for the focus issue!). Although IMO you can manually play most G bends, most B bends are physically impossible to pull off when holding a partial chord without a mechanism - which is why I normally keep my Glasers in "B" configuration.