Bowden B Benders
Non-Defacing, Affordable String Benders For Electric and Acoustic Guitars
IF YOU ORDERED A DOUBLE BENDER SET UP or a SINGLE WITH a SWIVEL HANDLE, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
You will receive the hex key Allen wrenches necessary for mounting and maintaining your bender set up. Use the enclosed large stubby 9/64” Allen wrench to adjust the swivel tips of your handles. You can experiment to find the best positions. Then, tighten the socket screws snugly, then tighten the Acorn Nut under the handle to lock everything in place. The Acorn Nut requires a 5/16” or an adjustable (Crescent) wrench. If you don't have those, you can use pliers, but they may marr the nut a bit. If the Acorn Nut causes a Bender to bottom out, you can replace it with the enclosed 8-32 nut which uses an 11/32” wrench. If the screw then bottoms out, file or grind it off or get a shorter 8-32 Socket Head Cap Screw at your hardware store. Pliers can also be used to tighten the nut beneath the handle.
Double benders come with a ¼” spacer and a ½” spacer to raise one or both handle tips. Additional screws are included to accommodate or remove the spacers.
A new feature has been added to the Bowden Bender Double set up units. Because G benders use a heavier string requiring harder down pressure on the bender handle, especially when swiveled out to the side, it can cause the handle assembly to slightly twist on the Pivot Pin (in the Chevron Joint), causing the bender to not return all the way to pitch. A Stabilizer Screw has been added to the side of the Handle Assemblies to prevent the twisting. When the handle is fully seated in the Chevron Joint, the Stabilizer Screw can then be tightened down tightly. CAUTION: Only use hand pressure to tighten to avoid stripping the threads in the bender handle.
If the Bender needs to be laid over for putting the instrument in its case, tune the string down a few notes and loosen the Stabilizer Screw just enough to pull the Handle Assembly back out of the Chevron Joint and lay it over. A .016 thru .018 gauge plain (unwound) string on the G is recommended, the lighter the better for best action. Thanks and enjoy your Bowden Bender.
Double Acoustic String-thru model shown here
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In March of 2015 Bowden Benders perfected an attachment to quick-change the bender's tuning from a whole step to a half step with the flip of an adjustable screw lever. It is an additional $25.00 to add it to your bender. It is especially advantageous to have it with a double set-up, as it opens up two different ranges of bender licks. If you use just one Half-Stepper on a double set-up, we recommend having it on the G string. However, a Half-Stepper on both benders expands the range to an even new level.
If you already own a Bowden Bender and would like to get a Half-Stepper it can retro fitted to your bender if you send it to us. You would need to plan to be without it for a couple of weeks.
If you are ordering the Half-Stepper with a new order the cost is $25.00 each. You may add to your bender order by clicking the Add to Cart button above and selecting the quantity you want.. This will add $25.00 per device to your order and you will automatically receive your bender with the Half-Stepper(s) installed.
Any Bowden B Bender can be ordered with the Swivel Adjustable handle by adding $25.00 to the price of the bender. When you add your Single Bender choice to the cart, then click on this Add to Cart button to automatically have your bender come equipped with the Swivel Adjustable Handle.No need to use the add to cart button here if you ordered a double bender set up.
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Doubles automatically come with Swivel Handles.