Open Tunings for B-Bender Guitars

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I’m getting more interested in open tunings for my B Bender Tele. They are still new to my playing so I‘m still figuring how to solo in open tuning and thinking too if I should just take the leap into learning slide guitar. So I’m reaching out here to see what others find works best with a bender guitar in open tuning. I’m guessing the answer is Open G (DGDGBD) but I don’t want to assume and I’d like to see what others find works best with the ability to pull the B string up a whole tone. Especially since I’m seriously considering a dedicated guitar for open tuning.
 

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I’m not aware of anyone using a bender with alternative tunings.
Adrian Legg did/does a lot of interesting stuff with tuning machines.
There’s bound to be someone else.
Perhaps you could be “that guy” with the new idea!
 

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I’m guessing the answer is Open G (DGDGBD) but I don’t want to assume and I’d like to see what others find works best with the ability to pull the B string up a whole tone.

I wonder what use a B to C# pull would have in that tuning? A half step pull is useful there. In open E, a whole step pull on the B string would give you the 6th.
 

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whole step bends on B string in G, seems like there might be stuff that would work in the right place.
Fret 1, 4th-5th
Fret 3, 5th-6th
Fret 5, 6th-maj7
Fret 7, maj7 to b2
Fret 9, b2 to b3
Fret 11, b3 to 4

I think this is right?
 

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Open D or E. May be more useful .. a 6th or I to IV.

Open G give a #4 on the classic bend. Guess if you want Lydian stuff.
 

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So I’m reaching out here to see what others find works best with a bender guitar in open tuning.
Why over complicate things?

I play quite a bit of slide with a B bender and either in standard tuning or I drop the high-E to D via a Keith tuner.

I mostly play electric slide out of the "Allman Brothers School" and don't need anything more complicated - I save those for my Melobar or lap steels. If you're used to open-D and other lap steel tunings I've never seen a reason for a bender - which sounds like a crippled pedal steel in those tunings.
 

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I ended up dedicating two guitars for alternate tunings.

A CW Tele set for Open G and easily adjustable for DADGAD, Double Drop D or even Open D.

Then a Tele Deluxe set for D Standard for additional use in C# Standard, D#/Eb Standard and Open D.

In the case of the Open G Tele, I‘ve raise the action more than I normally would to better facilitate slide. That said, I’ve got a few things to learn to play slide adequately. I’m still pretty fresh at it.
 




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