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ServoBender Hybrid Guitar: A Pedal Steel Soundalike?

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Below, check out a recently posted demo video for the ServoBender guitar.

What is it? It's the latest — and perhaps the most successful — attempt at replicating the sound of a 10-string pedal steel guitar using the six-string variety (You know, the thing most of us play). One could even call it a guitar/pedal steel hybrid.

While there are guitars with B-benders and G-benders (and both benders at the same time), the ServoBender uses four servos, all of which are mounted to a metal plate below the bridge. Each one has a spring-and-cam system made from 3D-printed parts.

The de-tuning is controlled by an Arduino and sustain pedals retrofitted with hall-effect sensors.

If you want (a lot) more info about the project, plus photos documenting the building process, head here, here and here. Also, be sure to let us know what you think of this guitar in the comments or on Facebook!

Online Managing Editor Damian Fanelli collects guitars equipped with B-benders; he has three at the moment, and now he thinks he needs this one.