Our Nashville B-Bender Telecaster® guitar was inspired by the customized instruments of top Nashville players, and produces those plaintive country bends and spine-tingling steel guitar glissandos. This model features a Texas Special™ Strat pickup in the middle position, five-way Strat-o-Tele switching, and the B-Bender string bending system, which puts those beguiling pedal steel licks right at your fingertips.
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I bought my 3TSB B-Bender two months ago from my favorite local dealer. I had gone in intending to buy a Modern Player Telecaster (a great guitar which I will someday own) and saw this beauty on the wall. Being mostly a country player, but never having owned a B-Bender, I had to give it a go. I sat with it for 30 minutes or so. Played it through a couple of different amps and tried all of the tonal options, and I was sold.
After actually owning the guitar for a few weeks, I really came to appreciate just how special this one is. The workmanship is absolutely spot on. The set up could not have been better. This thing fits me like a glove! The finish is a gorgeous sunburst (not normally my favorite, but this one is exceptional) and everything just fits together perfectly. The neck is a dream to play. Take the bender mechanism out of the picture and it'd STILL be my favorite. It's on the heavy side, but that is to be expected from a B-Bender with all that metal happening.
Simply stated, I have seven Fender guitars. A Jeff Beck signature Strat, An American Deluxe Strat and an American Standard Strat, an American Standard Tele, an American Deluxe Thinline Tele, a Classic Player Baja Tele and my B-Bender.
If I could keep only one, it would be the Bender.
elbohead owns this item
Bought the 2014 Fender American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster a few weeks ago after YEARS of deliberation and I'm blown away. This guitar is aimed at your country/western types obviously but the tones and string bending mechanism are really interesting if used for other styles of playing. The great thing about these traditional style Fender guitars is that functionality takes top priority and the form naturally falls into line in a truly beautiful way. The build quality is as perfect as you'd expect, playability is superb and again, the tones are exactly what you want them to be. Im a middle pickup enthusiast and the Texas Special installed in this guitar has the honk that a great old strat provides with a little extra character. The bending mechanism is built extremely heavy and I expect it to stand up to anything thrown at it. It does add a fair amount of weight but its still comfortable enough to not be an issue in the least. THE BENDER IN NO WAY INHIBITS THE TONE OR SUSTAIN OF THE B STRING. Let me stress that, this was a main concern to me before purchasing. Once you've got your new strings properly stretched, which is imperative with any guitar bender or not THE BENDER STAYS IN TUNE QUITE WELL. BUY THIS GUITAR.
CarsonG owns this item
So, I had a big hole in my guitar collection, and that was for a Tele. This B-Bender Tele caught my eye at Austin Vintage Guitars and after spending 30 minutes with it, I was hooked.
First off, the playability is off the charts. I had forgotten how easy to play Teles and Strats are. The setup was perfect and the fit and finish what I expected from an American Standard-level guitar from Fender.
Yes, the sucker is heavy - as heavy as my Les Paul Trad Pro, and I thought that was a heavy guitar. But with a decent Levy strap (and you're going to need one for the Bender control), the guitar feels great. No cutouts or belly relief here - this is pure Tele all the way thru.
Having the Strat PUP gives the guitar some nice versatility. I wish there was a sixth spot on the selector to just have the middle pick up, but every other combo is well covered. And the sound thru a tube - it's swell.
The Fender folks did a great job on this one, and the Bender gives the guitar some versatility that I didn't have before. Very pleased with my purchase.
adamcb owns this item
I wrote an earlier review on a '07 model I bought new. I wound up selling that one.
I just picked up a '96 Am Std version of the B Bender with the standard PUP.
I like it a lot better.
Dave Ferrell owns this item
I have owned over the years a Jazzmaster, 3 or 4 Strats, 3 hybrid Telestrats, a couple of Fender basses and a single Tele. When I decided to purchase this Tele bender I had no idea the quality level had gone so high. Normally , i have to rework a guitar to get it to a higher level of playing ability. Not this guy. This is the best I have ever played on in my 50 years of playing. The b string bender is just a part of what this can do. The tones this thing makes, the ease of playing, the pure sound, the tightness, the feel is thru the roof. I play this thru a tube amp . oh my goodness. this kicks ass. I have not even used the bender yet.. I don't care. This guitar is the best I have ever played on.
Guitarman8057 owns this item
I absolutely love this guitar! I got rid of my Squier Strat because I wasn't playing my b-bender. Now it's the only electric I play with the Fender Mustang V. I also use a Fender Mustang lll, I should have bought the lV. I also use a Marshall Stack. From what I understand, the treble strings have #6 magnets, and the bass strings have #3 magnets. I'm going to replace those with pickups that have an even tone and even number magnets. I use Bullet 9's, but moving to 10's for experiment because I play acoustic twice daily and will test for comfort and tone. I have strong hands and callus' and I think 9's might be to light for me because I play harder than the average. I had to tighten up the machines because they would go out of tune but good now. All the nuts and screws needed tightening as well, especially the b-bender lever. Normally the shop you purchase your guitar from does a setup but I had to do my own, they did not provide that. I love the weight of it because again I'm a strong person, I use the factory strap. Actually, I don't know any difference because this is my second electric guitar and it's all I play on...LOL. I just wanted a b-bender so bad, I shopped and researched for two years then accidentally bought one. I'm going to master this thing...chicken pickin' is what I will be famous for, I think?
Elktones owns this item
I have already put a review but that was just my first impression. After about a month of playing the guitar now, there are three little imperfections I thought I should share if you were thinking about purchasing this instrument, keep in mind that the guitar is still very worth it. First of all I would like to mention the intonation screws in the bridge saddle, I will be replacing them because they are easily twisted. Two of the ones on my guitar went haywire re-switching the pickups. Second thing would have to be the B-Bender buzzing. I find myself being a little disappointed with the buzzing on the string while putting threw the B-Bender contraption. Third is more of a personal problem, but I still think it is worth bringing up. I no longer string my strings with the normal package. I need two sets of strings to meet my requirements the high E and the G string are no longer put to use instead I string my guitar with two D strings and two B strings, reason being because I have found that the G string goes out of tune very easily (not the B string the G string). Same with the high E - it goes out very easily, both of these string problems occur every single time you bend the string. However this guitar is quite incredible all these problems were probably half the guitar and my laziness to fix it. Still a great buy.
I bought this guitar new in 1994. I was a studio session player in Germany then and I needed a guitar that was versatile enough so that I didn't have to take a truckload of instruments. The three pickups and the 5-way switch give me the best sounds of both the Strat and the Tele world. The B-Bender works fine, you only have to check the tuning of the B-string more often...
The guitar is a bit heavy, but that's normal, since the mechanical parts are so solidly built. The tuners are impeccable (Schaller?), only the pots start showing signs of old age.
Playability is good, though the feel of the neck is still a bit sticky, even after 20 years of playing. Setting up the intonation is easier than on most Teles because of the fine 6-saddle bridge.
The only thing I would change is the control plate with a larger distance between the switch and the volume knob.
Look forward to playing this beautiful Tele for the next 20 years...
charlymusic owns this item
I bought and then returned because of poor workmanship. Scratches, gooped varnish on frets, screws driven in at angles. Returned and ordered a second time. Same issues, horrible workmanship. Very disappointed.
paulsnapp owns this item
This is an excellent Telecaster with great sound and playability. I've been playing it for 12+ years and used it on many gigs. The fully adjustable neck, bridge saddles/intonation, and pickups make it easy to set up for your comfort, style & sound. I did initially have a problem with the B string breaking, but was able to fix with some adjustment of the bender. The B puller mechanical parts are very heavy duty and well built. Support and troubleshooting of the B-Bender adjustment was easily available from the Fender website and printable for reference. The range of Strat/Tele tones is a plus. I've owned numerous Strats and Teles over the years...this Tele B-Bender has been my favorite.
mmdsherrell owns this item
This is a fun guitar, especially if you're a fan of Clarence White, who literally wrote the book on b-bending. I've had this guitar for several years, and while I enjoy it, I've struggled a little to get it set up like I like it. I took out the middle PUP, and swapped in a set of Fender CS Nocaster PUPs. As previously stated, it's a little heavy, but a wide strap helps. The bending mechanism works just fine, although there are probably better ways to skin that cat. I suspect that's in part why I've been unable to dial in the set-up like I usually can. All that being said, it's a good guitar, and and excellent introduction to the world of b-bending! If I get another bender, it'll most likely not be another this one - I'd like to have one installed in an existing guitar. Definitely worth checking out - pull out your old Byrds and Marty Stuart LPs, and dive in!
jimboturbo owns this item
I've owned this guitar for about 5 years and it's everything I've ever wanted in a country lead guitar. I've changed the setup to use medium strings as I tend to squeeze the neck a little to tight. It stays in tune and the B bender mechanisim is easy to adjust. One draw back is the guitar is heavy. A good wide guitar strap helps prevent a soar neck/shoulder. The action is great and easily adjustable. The B Bender is a must for all those hot steel guitar licks and will add another dimension to your playing. If you're looking for a Telecaster and want that Nashville sound, consider the B Bender. You'll be glad you did.
scooter6 owns this item
I bought this guitar in 2006. It has became my main guitar, after I had it customized. The only complaint about this guitar is it's hard to not engage the bender while playing. I tried to get a shorter spring with no luck, so I kinda did some hillbilly engineering to make the throw stiffer. I LOVE this guitar.
Edward Hylton owns this item
|Model Name:||American Nashville B-Bender Telecaster®, Maple Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.6875" (42.8 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||American Standard Single-Coil Tele|
|Middle Pickup:||Texas Special™ Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||American Standard Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|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|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle American Series Strings-Thru-Body Strat with Block-Style Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250R, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|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|
|Included Accessories:||Molded Rectangular SKB® Case, Strap, Cable|
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