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Post Posted 3 Aug 2018 7:20 pm     Reply with quote

Gene Parsons describes the genesis of his string bender invention.

https://youtu.be/zxQhbvke44I

Marty Stuart tells the story of Clarence White, and how he (Marty) ended up with the first string bender guitar.

https://youtu.be/r8H08Xs_w8A
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John De Maille


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On a Mountain in Upstate Halcottsville, N.Y.
Post Posted 3 Aug 2018 7:59 pm     Reply with quote

I had the rare pleasure of meeting Clarence at a Byrds concert at Hofstra U. on Long Island. I guess it was about 1971 or so. My friend and I went outside back to a tent where they, the Byrds, were all hanging out. We went over to Clarence to ask about his Tele and he was as gracious as could be. We both played it, without an amp of course, but, it was just great to do. The best part was when we asked him if we could see how it worked. He actually took the back off and showed us the mechanism. We had no camera, but, my friend quickly made a drawing with some rude dimensions. He was really great about it and wished us luck in building one. Ha!
Little did he know what a monster he had started because that's what we did. I did the woodwork and my friend and his father fabricated the metal work. After some trial and error, we had a working, good sounding, reliable B bender Telecaster.
I sent my 68' Tele out to Gene sometime around 73' or 74' to have a B bender put on it. Gene had refined the process without adding any extra wood on the back and the device was more accurate and precise. So..... that's my little story.
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scott murray


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Asheville, NC
Post Posted 4 Aug 2018 5:29 am     Reply with quote

love it guys! Clarence is one of my heroes
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 4 Aug 2018 8:02 am     Reply with quote


I'm pretty sure that Clarence got the sticker on the guitar in Frankfurt in '71 (or 1970), when they played as headliner on the first day of a Festival at the Radstadion.
Maybe it's name changed during the years into some kind of so and so arena.
Anyway, a friend bummed a B&H cigarette from Mr. Parsons and gave it to me.
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scott murray


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Asheville, NC
Post Posted 5 Aug 2018 7:45 pm     Reply with quote

very interesting to note that Boomer Castleman devised his 'palm pedal' string bending device right around the same time as Parsons & White came up with the B-bender.

and when did Buck Trent first add benders to his electric banjo?
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Brett Day


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Pickens, SC
Post Posted 8 Aug 2018 12:51 pm     Reply with quote

scott murray wrote:
very interesting to note that Boomer Castleman devised his 'palm pedal' string bending device right around the same time as Parsons & White came up with the B-bender.

and when did Buck Trent first add benders to his electric banjo?


In late 1961 into 1962, when Buck was in Porter Wagoner's band, Porter liked Buck's picking style, so they took Buck's banjo to Shot Jackson. Shot said the setup of the instrument needed to be changed, so they added a smaller set of fingers and a five-pole Sho-Bud pickup, which resulted in the electric banjo. He started out using a silver dollar that was given to him by Jimmy Dean, but it got broken off, so round 1966, Shot installed new benders on the banjo for Buck.
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