Cowbell by Misadventure
- Mar 10, 2009
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hmm...i totally agree with paisly! If your playing a tele, bend the neck! He also went on to say not to bend the neck on a les paul (boldface added)
i should have loaned Brad my Les Paul Custom (see below) which i bent the neck (at the headstock and the top of the body near the toggle switch) probably hundreds and hundreds of times over the years - with nary a problem
although, it took lots of practice in coordinating the exact hand pressure and locating specific areas to push down on without cracking the neck, and, simultaneously creating a variety of pitch lowering effects because i did not want this technique to become a "one trick pony"
however, had Brad said the least vulnerable Lester (compared to other models) to do this would be a Custom, he would have been correct
it may have something to do with the wood or the ebony finger board - i am uneducated about that kind of guitar expertise, yet, having tried it on a variety of models, the only one which felt sturdy enough was the Custom
btw, have you ever seen it done on any other Lester model but a Custom? probably not (although, there is always an exception to the rule which 50 of you will point out :~)
once, there was a guy who asked me show him how to do that little "trick" - of course, i showed him... as a matter of fact, on youtube there have been over one hundred thousand viewers who have seen him do it
well, Brad need not worry about bending Les Pauls, he is way wicked already...
(this is the Custom)
i do two bends on the above Custom during this old song of mine: 00:23 and 01:53
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