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SoundAsEver



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:04 pm    Post subject: Bender Pics Thread Reply with quote

In the spirit of patdaddy's Rickenbacker pics thread and Brian posting pics of his beautiful new Clarence clone I thought maybe a bender pics thread would be appropriate and inevitable.
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Matt



Joined: 23 Aug 2006
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Location: St Louis, MO

PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's mine.

Started out as a stock 52RI. I stripped it and had it repainted with a thin Sonic Blue nitro finish. Callaham Bridge/Saddles. Duncan Broadcaster Bridge and a Lollar Special T in the neck.



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SoundAsEver



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats beautiful, I seem to remember this having a white pickguard on it in an earlier post. The black guard looks fantastic!
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Matt



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoundAsEver wrote:
Thats beautiful, I seem to remember this having a white pickguard on it in an earlier post. The black guard looks fantastic!


It was an esquire then. I'm still trying to decide if I like the white or black guard on it better.
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Dogbear



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Location: Florida

PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nashville P/G with aluminum back plate, 50's reissue with long throw P/W (B. Friend install), Muddy Waters aluminum P/G with medium throw clevis.



Home built thinline P/G with aluminum back plate aand faux string bender cover.


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Don Miller



Joined: 23 Aug 2006
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Location: Anchorage, Alaska

PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Stringpull Guitar Shops Nashville West #41 on the job at the Bearpaw Festival in Eagle River Alaska


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rballister



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Location: New York City

PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 1977 (Parsons White serial 0049) long throw Parsons White Bender and my Santa Cruz Parsons White Acoustic Bender. Sitting next to my 1967 Pro Reverb and 1967 Vibro Champ. Fred Stuart custom pickups in the tele --- I pulled out the Velvet Hammers a couple of years ago.

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Brian



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking gear Ron!!....BTW what did you replace the Velvet Hammers with?
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rballister



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of years ago I was able to get to Fred Stuart. I have a preference for Clarence's Sweetheart of the Rodeo sound and wanted to go more in that direction. As usual, you never quite know what you're going to get when you change pickups---interplay between the rest of the instrument and the pickups. It worked out pretty good though (despite my messy unsolderinging/soldering!). The old tele has gone through a lot of changes. Initially I had Gene but in a humbucker in the neck, two Scruggs tuners and a phase switch when he did the bender (I sent it back to him several years ago for the long throw conversion). Later had the neck shaved (it was a baseball bat) and had it refretted with Phil Petillo frets. The refret improved intonation but the frets were very hard to play---very high and triangular. Later had them filed down. Took off the Scruggs tuners---just didn't use them enough (and fit better in the case without them!). Later put in Seymour Duncan Fifties tele and strat pickups---these were actually pretty good--kept it that way for a long time. Tried those Fender Texas Specials for awhile---way to much high end for this particular instrument. Then just happened to see an ad on e-bay from Stringpull for VHs. Kept them for a long time but it seemed I was always twiddling with the controls to get what I wanted. I really like Fred's pickups.
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patdaddy



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Muttcaster



Joined: 03 Sep 2006
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Location: New Mexico

PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine's been thru a lot of incarnations. It started out as a James Burton Standard. I installed the Bender and I got lazy and routed it out by hand AND it was my first time with a router. It works anyway. Very Happy

Started out like this. Allparts neck.




Then I added this, courtesy of a friend:



Tried an El Dorado pickguard:


But then I moved to a humbucker in the neck:


And moved to a new Allparts neck with 9.5" radius, refretted with Evo wire:


I also tried a GFS Mean 90:


Went back to the humbucker.

Current setup, and the one that's resisted change the longest: Fender Nocaster bridge/Stew Mac Golden Era neck bucker, Allparts 9.5" radius neck, Stew Mac compensated saddles, 500k tone pot, 5 way switch (full bucker, bucker/Tele, Tele, split/Tele, split)
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Don Miller



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brief segue...

how do you like the Stew Mac Humbucker? I have a lower end Gibson LP and am thinking about swapping some stuff out...including the pickups...
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Brian



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll repost my latest CW Bender pix here



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Muttcaster



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don Miller wrote:
how do you like the Stew Mac Humbucker? I have a lower end Gibson LP and am thinking about swapping some stuff out...including the pickups...


I like it a lot. Every time I take it out and try something else and then put it back in, it just feels like home. Wanna hear it?

http://www.youtube.com/embed/SXp_ksprPBM
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Don Miller



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!
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