Question: Bender players

Discussion in 'B-Bender Forum' started by T Prior, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    G or B, doesn't matter. Curious .

    When you play out or practice, do you play other guitars or now JUST the Bender ?

    For the past 3 or more years I have played nothing but B Bender guitars , for the last year the same one, every gig, every practice session, whatever. Its the guitar I pick up all the time.

    My other guitars are sad , very sad, especially my 89 /52RI which has been my best friend for over 15 years !


    So...
     
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  2. Rick Towne

    Rick Towne Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a 12 string which I usually take with me, but my two G&L strat style guitars; Legacy and S-500, get played maybe once a year since 1997. And so it’s the early ‘90’s ASAT Classic benders, one a Glaser b/g (90%) or the other, a Parsons b (10%) that are played every time everywhere. It helps that both have strat middle-neck pickups and 5-ways.
     
  3. ChrisLarcombe

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    I have three 'working' guitars; a strat, my beloved tele, and an acoustic. I hardly pick up the strat now, and only do so if I'm doing pop-orientated stuff that requires it, or funk for example. Even then, I enjoy sneaking the bender work into those fields, seeing how much i can get away with it before people ask me to put a lock on it. Obviously I don't go overboard, but you'd be surprised how just the movement from one note to the next through a bend instead of two plucks grinds some people's gears. Anyway, to answer your question, not much at all!
     
  4. ReverendRevolver

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    I've been looking for an '89 tele, if you aren't using it anymore.....
    ;)

    I've been impressed by benders since I saw a VHS of a guy playing one when I was 11.
    From what you're saying, I need to steer clear, or my other electrics will collect dust.
     
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    The more I read about benders the more I become convinced I want one.
     
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  6. brookdalebill

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    I use one of my B bender guitars, usually my avatar guitar on all my “all country, all night” gigs.
    I’m using it as we speak (sorta-I’m on break).
    I don’t have, want or need a G bender.
    The trio gig I’m doing is a 50/50 rock/country gig.
    I used the avatar guitar for the first set.
    I’m going to use my PRS Singlecut for the last set.
    I feel sorta “naked” without a bender guitar on most gigs.
    My lounge gig “likes” my Chet.
    My other electric guitars don’t get nearly as much exercise as the avatar critter.
     
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  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Hipshots, particularly the Will Ray model is a comparatively inexpensive introductory model.
    I have two guitars with them.
    My third has the slightly more expensive standard model.
    I’ve had lots of different model benders, but the ‘shots work for me.
     
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  8. Informal

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    I have a Crook tele with a G-bender, and 6-7 other guitars.... I play the Crook way more than the others, but the rest of the herd is far from abandoned.
     
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    Thanks for that info. I’m gonna look into it and maybe try it out in my Squier CV first before I consider making any permanent alterations to the AmPro. The Squier is already an experimental guitar.
     
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  10. dickey

    dickey Friend of Leo's

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    I had a bender, then sold it, figuring since I play pedal steel, why bother?
     
  11. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I'm an on-and-off bender player (just the hipshot kind so far). So it's definitely not the only guitar I play, but when you need it, you need it! I play a hollowbody with Bigsby and a tele with Hipshot B/G (I don't use the G) most of the time.
    I find that G bending is mostly doable with good old fingers, it's the B bending that really adds character.
     
  12. Catatafish

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    After seeing Jimmy play 10 Years Gone on one it's on my list of must haves.
     
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    I feel limited if I don’t have a B bender on a guitar. The G is fun too but I can get by without it.
     
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    Except for some acoustic now and then, just play the B Bender for years now. Got rid of my Strat. Need to let my other Tele go and add another B Bender.
     
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    B.
    I treat a b bender like a whole other instrument and practice it separately...and usually just country stuff. Its too easy to over-use a bender.
     
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    Actually my Nashville West string bender guitar has been in the case for about the last month...I have been working on my flatpicking, so my D-18 gets the practice time...I also have an Epiphone Sorrento I keep out on the stand when I feel like playing electric....

    Ive been thru these cycles before....One of these days I'll hear something...or come across something that will induce me to pull out the b bender....
     
  17. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    why bother ?

    I own and play 2 x Emmons Steels , been on Steel since the mid 70's.

    BUT ... The Bender and the Steel are not the same Instrument, totally different. Sure some players can indeed mimic a PS but that gets old after 3 or 4 licks ! Very old. We can't play Mud on the Tires on the Steel ! Heck, we can hardly play it on the Bender !
     
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    I got the bender bug big time and now I hardly pick up a "non-bender" 6 string. It's deep enough that it's got me considering selling off a few "non-bender" guitars.
     
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    I own a 1999 Fender MIA Nashville B bender and love it. Along with my MIM Jazzmaster, I get most of my Fender tones ( No need for a Strat)
    My main guitar is my Black Falcon.
    And I play a little pedal steel guitar when asked.
    But .. my B bender will see some time in a few weeks ( playing outdoor church service in a tent)
    I was looking at used prices for B benders .. wow they have gone up.
    I try to play "clawhammer" style with my b bender, to get that pedal steel guitar sound.
    No plans to sell my B bender .. love this guitar.
     
  20. asatfan

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    I play either my 89 Asat with an Evans Pull String or my 92? Asat Classic with an Evans Pull String. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm constantly bending. I actually use it very selectively. We have a really good steel player and I don't step on his toes. But, the only time I play a non-bender is when we're playing acoustic sets.
     
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