Hipshot B-Bender with Drop D Lever in Chrome
Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to get the lead guitar part to The Eagles “Peaceful Easy Feeling” to sound right? The reason – the part was written on a B-Bender guitar!
The original B-Bender mechanisms were designed by Gene Parsons and Clarence White of The Byrds and were fitted inside a Fender Telecaster.
Fender were licensed by Parsons/White to mass produce the B-Bender Telecaster model, with a current model costing around £1,700 or so. Alternatively, if you already have a Telecaster-type guitar, you can buy and have fitted the Parsons/White system for around £400.
If you don’t want to make irreversible changes to your guitar, then the Hipshot B-Bender is the product to use. It takes around 20 minutes to fit and, providing your bridge is top-loading*, makes no permanent modification to your instrument. Pictures of our own installation is shown on a Squire Telecaster (minus the hip lever).
This “Standard” version also incorporates the Drop-D mechanism which you can remove this from the device if not needed. You can also add a G Bender Palm Lever!
You can view the rest of the Hipshot range of guitar parts and accessories HERE
- Hipshot B-Bender – Hip Lever
- Drop-D Lever
- Mounting Screws
- Plastic Tubing
- Installation Instructions – HERE
*For the device to work, the ball end of the B string must pass directly through the back of the bridge to the B-Bender. If your bridge has a string-through setup, holes will need to be drilled next to the intonation screws. Plastic tubing is included to guide the string through the bridge.