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Brian



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:20 am    Post subject: Clarence Bender Project Reply with quote

I've been working on a bender project over a long period of time with special assistance from Dogbear (Mike McCullough... for providing the routing of a blank Tele body and fake back for me) and Silverface (for providing the original Fender 800 parts). I did all the original machining of the metal parts to piece it together...Here it is in it's un-finished state .

The pickups are noiseless Cool Laughing




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patdaddy



Joined: 09 Jan 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

freaking AWESOME!!!!!!

is that a custom shop Clarence White neck?
Is it gonna have the hump on the false back like "Clarence"?
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Raybob



Joined: 26 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good Brian. I'd think with all that wood gone, it should end up relatively light weight.
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Dogbear



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raybob, there really is no wood gone..... This is a tele body with a second 1" thick back. The only difference between this body and Clarence's is that I made the back out of laminated pine instead of plywood. I did make a second plywood back, but Brian likes the pine one better and so do I. Note the grain on the body..... Brian had them match up the blank to the grain structure on the original. When finished, the back will be painted black and the body will be sunburst.... also like the original. This is a tough project and Brian should be commended for even attempting it. Remember, that Clarence's was a one off and Brian is doing this off photographs. Yes, there were other clones, but all were slightly different as will Brian's be to some extent. Lots of hours in this one…….
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Raybob



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess I have no depth perception viewing 2-D photos. Wow, that will be heavy. Wink
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rballister



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brian, the progress on this will be interesting to watch (we all wanna be Clarence---you wanna be Clarence AND Gene!). I guess the point of this is to get as close to Gene's original as you can, but Clarence never used (although he tried) the other pieces of the Fender steel mechanism to bend strings, just the B. Do you have any plans for those bender sections on other strings? Or do you feel just having them there (additional density?) will make a difference?
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Dogbear



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raybob, this pic might help......

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Raybob



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure does Brian. I was under the impression that the one Gene made had two tele bodies. Your pic shows the 'extension' body on the back wasn't quite as thick as a second body. The final guitar shouldn't be that much heavier than a P/G bender.

Raybob
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Don Miller



Joined: 23 Aug 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a very cool project Brian...

Yeah the extension is about 2/3s the thickness of a tele body...at least thats the case on my Nashville West...the space created by the extension adds an acoustic sort of resonance. Again...on my NW there is an "extension " over the ferrules so they are even with the back that fits over the back of the guitar...no need to remove the back...or to thread the string down through a hole in the back to change strings.
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Bill Hisle



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any updates/photo's you can provide Brian. Very cool!
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Brian



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing new to report...I have been swamped with daytime work lately...I'll get back on it though...Thanks!
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Brian



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well there is something new to report.... Mike McCullough (Dogbear) built the fake back and did the beautiful finish work on this Clarence Bender project Tele body...The ball is in my court now to finish it...


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Raybob



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin' purdy there, Brian!
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Brian



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Raybob wrote:
Lookin' purdy there, Brian!


The raw wood came from USA Custom Guitars.... I talked to the guy up there and showed him pics of Clarence's Tele and he bookmatched some ash and Mike McCullough cut it out and shaped and finished it for me...Great Job Mike!!!
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patdaddy



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats beyond awesome, cant wait to see the finished project!
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