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- Mar 19, 2010
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@LtDave32 Can you clue me in on where to get a nice bender setup like the one you've shown? WD Music used to sell the Parsons' Bender kits, but they have been out of stock for a couple years and removed it entirely from the website, recently. The one you show looks to be about the nicest version I've ever seen. Missing a grommet / cowl for the strap button slot, though?
I finished this er... "inspired by" last Spring. I actually do not like the design of this B-Bender. It's got one serious flaw and a few lesser ones.
The flamey arm that connects to the string cam does so via a slot in the arm and a flat portion of the cam that fits inside that slot. The steel is thin on either side of that slot in the arm and, after this guitar was in the hands of a touring pro for a couple years, it started to stretch out around the cam and will one day give and crack, or at least fail to operate the cam and just rotate around it.
The other thing I didn't like is that the other end of that arm, as well as the other arm, both mount to the connecting bar and spring via a few fixed position holes to choose from for adjustment of feel (tuning is done via a set screw on the top bout of the guitar which you can't see in these photos). A slot would have worked better in the location of those holes for infinite adjustment, instead of just a few fixed choices. At least one slot on either side of the connecting bar.
So, I guess I wish the slots were where the holes are and the holes were where the slot is. lol! The one Dave posted above looks like it has a turnbuckle type thing in the connecting bar, which would also do exactly what I'm talking about (and probably better).
It does look cool and the rest of it works well. I was terrified I was going to rip through the top though. There's not much wood left between the route and top.