"Clarence" The Guitar - How Is The B String Installed?

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  1. tonytrout

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    Ok, here's something that's been bugging the crap out of me lately:

    I know that all of the "Clarence" replica guitars 'B' strings are all "top-loaded" - but is the 'B' string on THE guitar routed through the back of the body through that metal plate/puller behind the bridge??

    I hope this makes a bit of sense.....
     
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    The bender mechanism on "Clarence" is half of the changer of a Fender 400 8 string pedal steel that Gene Parsons got from Sneaky Pete Kleinow so it'd have to be a top loader with the string going right through the back of the changer piece... Those pieces are unlike the standard P/W changer of today in that they "rock" backwards and pull the string straight back instead of being a hub that turns like the ones of todaiy do.......... JH in Va.
     
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    Thanks, Jerry. I wasn't quite sure because even in looking at photos of the changer/puller, I can't see the end of the string (if it's there) so.....that's why I was curious.
     
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    Thanks, Mur!!! That's a big help!!!
     
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    Yep - that pic is from Mur's clone built by Gene; My semi-clone and Brian Friend's (that we cooked up from a spare 400 changer I had) load exactly the same way.

    With a good design - and Gene came up with one - the bender action is very smooth and linear. The mechanism Brian came up with for ours is also excellent.
     
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    Thanks, Jim (and Mur, & Jerry) for the replies. They've been a big help, fellas. BTW, Happy Memorial Day weekend!!
     
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