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Many of my new customers or folks that don’t really know me have the mistaken belief that I am the president of a large operation here at StringBender Products which includes a large manufacturing facility and custom shop with employees that handle all functions of the business.
This assumption would be incorrect to say the least. My shop is a small affair that covers little more than 500 square feet. It is packed full of the machines that I use to carefully manufacture the parts and components that I will be personally installing in your Telecaster or acoustic guitar.
There are 22 component parts that make up a Parsons/White long stroke ‘B’ StringBender mechanism for installation in your Telecaster. These parts are made from stainless steel, aluminum and brass and are carefully machined, finished, and polished and assembled by ‘yours truly’. The only major component that I do not make these days is the Plexiglas back cover plate which is made by my talented friend Morgan Daniel. ( Morgan also builds fine electric and acoustic guitars and basses, google Morgan Daniel Guitars )
In addition I order all the materials necessary for manufacture, package and schedule the out going instruments for shipping and personally take care of all correspondence with my customers.
I have been manufacturing and installing StringBenders for my customers for over 50 years now and have established the product’s excellent reputation on quality, innovation, attention to detail and attentive, caring service for my customers.
At the age of 78 years, (at this writing), I continue to enjoy the work here and the connection with so many wonderful musicians, however I must say that with the ever increasing volume of orders I do at times find the pace somewhat daunting. I have had to extend the delivery time of 4 to 6 weeks for installations increasing it now to from 8 to 10 weeks and sometimes as long as 12 weeks. It is very important to me to get your guitar and StringBender back in your hands as quickly as is humanly possible. My customers have been un-waveringly patient and understanding and I extend my gratitude for that.
I am healthy and able at this writing, and certainly will be happy to accept your orders in the immediate future, however, I realize there will come a time when I will have to shut down the shop and go on to other endeavors.
– Gene Parsons