The Bob Warford & Clarence White Telecaster - The Second B-Bender Tele

April 17, 2020

Today we spotlight Clarence White's former #1 Telecaster, which he used on some of The Byrd's "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" tracks, and likely the "Nashville West" recordings. After Gene Parsons installed the B-Bender on his sunburst backup Tele, it knocked the white Tele to the #2 position, and it was soon traded to his bandmate Bob Warford for a Nobel acoustic guitar.  Wanting to also use a B-Bender, Warford & his dad engineered their own system based on Gene's original design, but with a few improvements including the allowance for a slimmer body to fit in a standard guitar case. Once learning the ropes of the mechanism, Bob would feature the B-Bender-equipped Tele with such greats as the Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Herb Pedersen, and Chris Hillman. Today's video drills down on the modifications done to it, and we look at the ingredients to his rig to produce the memorable tones he featured on Ronstadt's "Willin'" and "Dark End Of The Street."

Spotify Playlist

Bender plans and photos

Gear Used:

Crook Paisley Tele.

Strings: Webstrings pure nickel 9-42

Pick: Blue Chip TPR 35

Amp: 2021 Fender Hand wired 64 Princeton Reverb with a Jensen Neo 10-100 speaker.

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