I found this interesting. A short history of benders

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  1. Buckocaster51

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    I watched the other day. I'm really enjoying all of Zac Childs video's.
     
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    Thank YOU, Zac. I'm planning on some serious woodshedding on my P-W bender the next little while -- enjoyed the history and licks!!
     
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    I was acquainted with a very interesting guy named Boomer Castleman.
    I met him around 2007.
    I did a gig or two with him, at Poodie’s.
    The late Mr. Castleman played a self-designed bender assembly with 6, count em’ 6 benders.
    He said he invented the Palm Pedal.
    His device did have commonalities with it.
    He was a successful musician in his youth and played with Michael (Martin) Murphy.
    He had a hit of his own in the 7Os.
    Boomer was a showman, and had a larger-than-life personality.
    Anyone know more about him?
    Upon further research, according to his wiki page, he did indeed invent the Bigsby Palm Pedal, circa 1968.
    He also co-wrote the Monkees’ hit What Am I Doing Hangin’ Round with MM Murphy.
    He was a very memorable guy!
     
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    Great post - and thanks to Zac for the kind comments. I actually learned some history I never knew about - particularly about the bender used by Grady Martin - one of my all time favorite players. Is there any particular track that is currently available where he used it? Also, one minor correction - the guitar that I have (which was built with a lot of input from my dad, who was a quality assurance engineer and former machinist), is not actually a copy of Clarence's - there were a number of changes that made the overall guitar significantly thinner, so it fits into a standard Fender case for a Telecaster, and to avoid a problem that cropped up in Clarence's guitar with the way the actuating lever was attached to the guitar body. If anybody is interested in details, either send a message here, or email me at guitlaw@gmail.com (guitlaw is for guitar and law - some have thought it said quitlaw, for quitting law...)
     
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    I knew Boomer, and liked him a lot. He deserves to be remembered.
     
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    Very interested, Bob. OK to post, or do you prefer a PM?
     
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    I’m interested also. Count me in.
    Thanks.
     
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    I'm interested. Or interested in a DIY bender made from Box Store components.
     
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    Hello All,

    First, very honored that Bob chimed in. Thank you. I think there will need to be a Part 2, covering some additional info and the Palm Bender, which I ignored before but should have included. I am going to see what I can find of Grady using the bender. I found out the info interviewing Jerry Kennedy's son, Gordon.

    Zac
     
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    Excellent post and video! I love the sound of B benders and pedal steel! A couple months ago I bit the bullet and ordered one of these:

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    Ok, it's not quite like a "real" B-bender and it has drawbacks...most notably the awkwardness of pulling up on the lever with your little finger and the difficulty of controlling the speed at which you pull the lever (due to the low resistance on the lever, which is necessary to avoid pinky finger fatigue).

    On the plus side, though, it's very lightweight (all aluminum), mounts easily with no need to modify the body at all, has a set screw for the lever throw so you can adjust the extent of the pitch change, and, well, it looks cool.

    And, yes, it delivers the twang.

    I should point out that when I ordered mine, the total cost was around $250 and it was delivered very promptly. Took about 4 days to arrive from Sweden. That's not cheap, but as a novice bender I wanted something that could be easily installed and removed. I didn't care for the hip gyration needed to activate the Hipshot, and everything else seemed either similarly awkward or more expensive.

    This guy's got the hang of it pretty good:


    I'm sure someone else here will chime in about the Handbender.
     
  13. Bob Warford

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    Either way is okay, as well as the email. I'll check this site daily (which is about as often as I check the email address.
     
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    oh man. I saw Boomer back in the 70's at the palomino.. I think he was playing with Michael Murphey back then... great player and super funny... I think he sat in with Jimmy Snyder's band too...
     
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