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Gibson Music City Jr with B-Bender Electric Guitar with Case

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Gibson and B-Bender innovator Joe Glaser join forces to create an all new beast, the Gibson Music City Jr with B-Bender Electric Guitar! This incredible guitar is designed to be a country and rock player’s dream. The Music City Jr. with B-Bender guitar gives a new look, voice, and feel to the world of faux pedal-steel bending, while loaded for fat, driving Gibson P-90 tone - along with coil-tap switching to access brighter single-coil tones.

The Music City Jr. with B-Bender is constructed a traditional Gibson 24 3/4 inch scale length, a glued-in neck, a 12 inch fingerboard radius, and a 1 11/16 inch neck width at the nut. Gibson also gave this guitar crucial elements from traditional B-Bender guitars such as a light ash body, a maple neck and fingerboard, and through-body stringing courtesy of a converted Gibson Nighthawk bridge. The result blends elements of classic twang tone with Gibson’s legendary thick, rich voice. To top it off, the Music City Jr B-Bender is superb to play and adaptable to a wide range of musical styles!

Gibson Music City Jr B-Bender Electric Guitar Features
Solid grade-A Ash body with high-gloss nitrocellulose finish
Solid Maple neck with slim '60s profile
Maple fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
Pair of split-coil P-90 pickups in the neck and bridge positions
Built-in lightweight B-Bender system with adjustable bridge, can be converted to a G-Bender
Grover kidney tuners with 14:01 tuning ration
Body
Legendary for its gutsy lows, punchy midrange, and silky highs, in addition to its comfortably light weight, ash has been acclaimed as a tone wood for more than six decades. The Gibson Music City Jr. with B-Bender begins with a body of solid Grade-A ash, which is crafted in the shape of the single-cutaway Les Paul Jr., and minimally routed to accept the lightweight bender mechanism and through-body bridge. A distinctive tortoiseshell patterned pick guard beautifully tops off the visuals.

Neck
A solid maple neck is glued in traditional Gibson style, carved to a fast, slim ’60s profile that measures .800 inch deep at the 1st fret and .875 inch at the 12th, and topped with a Grade-A fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and black dot position markers.

B-Bender/G-Bender
What sets this guitar apart is the lightweight B-Bender mechanism hidden within the back of the guitar’s body: put downward pressure on the guitar so the strap pulls the neck-end strap button upward, and an internal lever-and-gear system bends your B string anywhere from a half tone to a full tone sharp, as determined by the player. With a few simple changes it can be a G-Bender, and a set of high-quality Grover tuners make tune-ups a breeze.

Pickups
Two of Gibson’s fat, growling P-90s yield a sound beloved by guitarists since these iconic pickups first hit the scene in the pre-rock’n’roll days, but this guitar holds further surprises: lift the push-pull switch on either pickup’s volume knob to access a coil tap that bleeds off a portion of the P-90’s coil windings, accessing a brighter, snappier tone more reminiscent of thinner single-coil styles. Between this switching, the independent volume and master tone controls, and Gibson’s classic three-way pickup switch, the Music City Jr. with B-Bender is packed with a tonal versatility that belies its outward simplicity, primed for blues, rock, jazz, or country.

B-Bender History
The ‘B-Bender’ has been an essential part of the Nashville sound ever since legendary guitarist Clarence White and drummer friend Gene Parsons installed their wild new invention, a B-string bender operated by pulling down on the strap button, in White’s old guitar back in 1965. The B-Bender gave guitarists the ability to imitate pedal-steel bends mid-flow on a standard guitar, and broadened the country vocabulary enormously. In the early 80’s Joe Glaser developed a new style B-Bender that was only installed at his personal ‘shop of the stars’ in Nashville.

Product Specifications
Gibson Les Paul Jr B-Bender Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Swamp ash back routed for B-bender
  • Top: Swamp ash
  • Neck: Maple 60’s slim
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Electronics: 2 P-90 pickups with 2 volume and master tone
  • Hardware: Joe Glaser B-Bender system Chrome Grover kidney keys
  • Special Notes: B-bender is easily convertible to a G-bender
  • Case: Custom Western design hard shell case
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-444-2766 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
Slimbo from Texas
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Great Tone
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Great guitar. I didnt give it 5 stars for two reasons. 1. The fretboard is not sealed. It stains from the oils in your fingers very easily. 2. The fret ends could be dressed better. Not bad but not what I expect from a Gibson.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I very much like the guitar. Even with the afformentioned problems it is very comfortable to play.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The action came set up great.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
This is where I believe it shines. The dual P90s are great. The telecasterish wood combo gives it all the twang you could want but you can still get some great grit out of the P90s. The coil tap gives a very acceptable fenderish single coil tone.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The guitar looks better live than in the picture. It is somewhat strange looking because of the difference in the color of the neck and body. I would like the fretboard better if it had some sealer on it.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
All in all I really like this guitar. I have never played a string bender before but I picking it up pretty well.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Action was good
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