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The History of the B-Bender: You Read It Here First!

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My article on the Stringbender, an electric guitar modifcation designed by Gene Parsons and the late Clarence White of the Byrds, is the cover story for the February issue of Vintage Guitar magazine, along with a sidebar by veteran music journalist Dan Forte. If you’ve ever heard the bent note, pedal steel-like guitar solos on “All of My Love” by Led Zeppelin, or “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” by the Eagles, you’ve heard the Stringbender in action.

To get you in the mood while you’re warming up the car before you head out to your local Borders or Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy, or waiting for your first issue to arrive from Amazon, here’s a post I wrote for Blogcritics last April, which was built around some of the research I did on the Stringbender, as well as photos of my own B-Bender equipped guitar.

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  • B-Bender’s are alot of fun to play.
    The only thing to keep in mind is
    that you need to have a strap on
    and be standing for it to work properly.

    Similar bends and effects can be accomplished
    by using behind the nut bends like Jerry Donahue.

    He can bend multiple strings up a full step
    with ease.