Nashville B-Bender Telecaster

You may have heard of the Nashville Tele with a Texas Special™  or normal Strat pickup in the middle position, and a five-way pick up selector but this instrument takes it a step further.  With the addition of a device linked to the strap button that enables a player to mechanically bend the B-string up a whole tone to C-sharp.

Originally called the pull string, this dates back to 1967 when a couple of enterprising Nashville musicians modified a Tele to bend a number of strings to get a country style slide guitar sound a bit like a pedal steel. Finally settling on the B string it became the B-Bender.

Albert Lee, (with dark hair) demos it in the video below

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