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The Next Bend: Brad Paisley Explains and Demos His Guitar's G-Bender

In the pro-shot video below, country shredder Brad Paisley discusses and demos his G-bender-equipped Fender Telecaster.

In the clip, which was shot at the Nashville Guitar Center, Paisley talks about his decision to install a McVay G-bender, as opposed to the much more common B-bender (as used by Clarence White, Jimmy Page and 1,257 other people, etc.). The G-bender bends the G string up a whole step.

It's worth noting that, while there are a few B-bender-equipped guitars available today, in 2013, Gibson introduced its Music City Jr. model, a P90-equipped Les Paul Jr. with a lightweight Joe Glaser B-bender. With a few simple changes, however, it can become a G-bender.

Of course, let's not forget Fender's B-Bender-equipped model, the American Nashville B-Bender Tele. I happen to own both of these models, plus a third (or is it fourth?) B-bender-equipped guitar—and I'm working on modifying another guitar into a bending model. Once you've gotten used to B-benders, it's sort of hard to go back ...

For more about Gibson's Music City Jr. with B-Bender, check out For more about McVay Benders (the benders Paisley uses), visit

For more about the late, great Clarence White, head HERE.

Damian Fanelli is the online managing editor at Guitar World. He's a B-bending guitarist who collects B-bender-equipped guitars. He has four at the moment. Follow him on Twitter if you dare.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.