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. (opens in new tab) 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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.