Something you don't see everyday - Clarence White's PROTOTYPE B Bender Tele on Ebay?

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  1. Dana Olsen

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    Interesting!

    Marty should add it to the collection.
     
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    Wow ... great story, presented warts & all (the Gene Parsons disclaimer to any connection, etc.) ... I have been lucky enough to touch Marty's real "Clarence" and the pegboard detail is accurate there, so who knows?

    Having said that and spent some quality time w/ a Crook Marty-inspired guit w/ a McVay bender, I'll say that the current technology (McVay) is quite wonderful... but this is very cool if at all close to what it claims.

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    It all seems quite legit. What a unique piece of guitar history.
     
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    Doesn't Marty Stuart had his b-bender tele.
     
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    Well, your incisive observations convinced me!
     
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    The seller removed it from eBay.

    Never saw a b bender looking like that.
     
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    Yes, Marty Stuart has the one Clarence played with the Byrds. He plays it on gigs occasionally - he fantastic at it!

    The one pictured above DOES NOT purport to be that one - this one's advertised as an early prototype.

    I just posted the link because I thought it was interesting, and something you don't see everyday.

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
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    So, to summarize the argument from bbenderguitars.com-an older gentleman, and the wife of someone who MAY have played drums for the Byrds once during their later years vouch for the authenticity of this guitar.

    Parsons, the other members of the Byrds, the other makers of B-benders and anyone else connected with White deny all the most important aspects of the story. Seems fairly straight forward, it's not likely real.

    I still remember the sincere 70 year old gentleman in coveralls at the Arlington Guitar show in 2004 shopping around an "excellent condition, untouched 1957 strat" that even I could see had at least been refinished and had parts changed. He earnestly insisted to every dealer and every interested punter at the show that he'd owned it since new and it had never been touched. Being older and seeming sincere doesn't make you honest or accurate!
     
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