Fender American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster with Case

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A country player's delight! The Fender American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster Electric Guitar was inspired by the customized instruments of top Nashville players. The B-Bender string system allows you to produce those plaintive country bends and spine-tingling steel guitar glissandos with ease. A Texas Special Strat pickup in the middle position gives the Nashville B-Bender Tele added versatility and punch.

Fender American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster Features

  • 5-way Strat-o-Tele switching for a variety of tonal options
  • B-Bender string bending system puts beguiling pedal steel licks right at your fingertips
  • Rolled fingerboard edges for great playing comfort
  • Original Tele body shape with sharper body radius
  • Texas Special Strat pickup in the middle position
Rear of B-Bender Tele What is the B-Bender?
Occasionally, Fender is asked if it still offers a Telecaster model equipped with something called a B-Bender. The answer is yes. It's called the American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster. Released in 2000, it incorporates the latest version of an unusual device with an interesting history that dates to the late 1960s.

The B-Bender is a mechanical device that is adjustable to not raise the pitch of the Telecaster's B string at all, raise it by a half step (up to C), or raise the Telecaster's B string by a whole tone (up to C#), producing plaintive, sinuous bends very much like those produced on a pedal steel guitar. This is accomplished by spring-loaded levers inside the guitar’s body, which connect the bridge to the strap button on the upper bout. The strap button itself is attached to a lever that moves up and down about an inch. When you wear the guitar over your shoulder and you push the neck downward, the guitar strap pulls the strap button upward, activating the lever system and raising the pitch of the B string.

If the whole concept of the B-Bender sounds a bit strange, keep in mind that you’ve very likely heard it before. You might not own a copy of the Byrds’ Live at the Fillmore: February 1969, which features Clarence White’s sterling use of the B-Bender, but you probably have heard All My Love by Led Zeppelin and Peaceful Easy Feeling by the Eagles, both of which feature a B-Bender. Other guitarists who have put a B-Bender to good use include James Hetfield, Pete Townshend, Albert Lee, Rich Robinson (Black Crowes), Mike Campbell, Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and David Gilmour.

Product Specifications
Fender American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster Specifications
  • Model Name: American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster
  • Series: American Standard
  • Body
    • Wood: Poplar
    • Shape: Telecaster
    • Finish: Urethane
  • Neck
    • Shape: Modern C Shape
    • Frets: 22
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    • Position Inlays: Black Dot
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 inch (24.1 cm)
    • Fingerboard: Maple
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
    • Nut Width: 1.6875 inch (43 mm)
    • Scale Length: 25.5 inch (64.8 cm)
    • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt
    • Truss Rod Nut: 1/8 inch American Series Nut
  • Electronics
    • Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
    • Bridge Pickup: American Tele Single-Coil Pickup
    • Middle Pickup: Texas Special Single-Coil Middle Pickup
    • Neck Pickup: American Tele Single-Coil Pickup
    • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
    • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware
    • Hardware: Chrome
    • Bridge: American Tele with 6 Stainless Steel Saddles
    • Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
    • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
    • Switch Tip: Barrel Style
  • Unique Features: Original Tele Body Shape with Sharper Body Radius, Rolled Fingerboard Edges, Custom Fender/Parsons/Green B-Bender System, Fender/Schaller Straplock Strap Buttons
  • Accessories
    • Pickguard: 4-Ply White Pearloid
    • Included Accessories: Molded Rectangular Case, Strap, Cable
    • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
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