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rballister



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Washburn Acoustic Bender Reply with quote

Wonder if they copped Gene's design.

http://www.guitarplayer.com/article/washburn-debuts-acoustic-bender-guitar/147424

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrZIrC3kuRA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phOtgLjVliI
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patdaddy



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i believe this bender is Forrest Lee Jr's design...
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rballister



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very hard to tell what's going on inside the guitar. He describes it in the video but you can't see what's going on inside. Before this version he installed a more conventional bender in a Washburn (see video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_ELdCnpBP8

I believe Casper Rawls has something similar to this early version. I think Gene installed it early on before he fully developed his current acoustic bender. The patent for the original bender has long since expired (which is why you see other guys promoting benders that are very similar to Gene's original design for teles (Forest Lee for instance). Don't know if Gene's patent for his acoustic bender has expired. The one Forest Lee is now demoing looks very similar to Gene's (at least in regard to how the mechanism works). There are only so many ways you can skin this particular cat!
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Bill Hisle



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another Namm clip;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJwQvJ0HxYE&feature=relmfu

Gald to see this. Several years ago Brad Davis was supposed to have his version coming out in a Takamine, but I don't think that ever reached the market.
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Brian



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was at NAMM and have played this guitar and spoken to Forrest about it. It is not anything like Gene's acoustic bender. The only similarities to a Parsons electric bender is the tiny string hub installed in the bridge and the fact that it has an internal connecting rod and a strap lever. Other than the entire mechanism is completely different and installed in a sealed black box located inside the body right behind where the strap lever comes out. The rod actually pushes the string hub instead of pulling it. It works great! and I will probably get one...
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Brian



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Washburn Acoustic Bender Reply with quote

rballister wrote:
Wonder if they copped Gene's design.

The answer is no...it is nothing like Gene's acoustic bender

This was the prototype from last years NAMM 2011



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Brian



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a couple of pix I took from this years NAMM 2012



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Bill Hisle



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is the tone of the Washburn?
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Brian



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Hisle wrote:
How is the tone of the Washburn?


Honestly its not a Martin if you know what I mean... But if your going to plug it in it wont matter too much I guess...
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Rick Towne



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was with Brian when he played it and spoke to Forrest. It seemed to play very well. Re the tone, it's not a traditionalist instrument in the first place, but it would definitely catch the ear. A good guitar to 'sandbag' with.

And, Forrest will do a lefty install.
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Hot_Water



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Rick Towne"]I was with Brian when he played it and spoke to Forrest. It seemed to play very well. Re the tone, it's not a traditionalist instrument in the first place, but it would definitely catch the ear. A good guitar to 'sandbag' with.

And, Forrest will do a lefty install.

The lefty install was the first thing popped into my head thanks Rick. My other question would be how long before the saddle gets a groove cut into it? I do think it be a fun guitar
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Bill Hisle



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stopped by one of local stores yesterday and they had about a dozen Washburns on the wall. I thought for the most part they were pretty nice ranging in price from $199 to about a grand on the upper end. They appeared to be well constructed and even the lower end models were playable. You are right Brian, the tone was not a Martin (but what else is?), but they were very decent sounding guitars IMO.
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