Non-Defacing, Affordable String Benders For Electric and Acoustic Guitars

Ashtray 6 Saddle Front Adapter

Ashtray 3 Saddle Front Adapter


It should provide you with years of trouble-free use. As always, if you encounter a problem of any nature, immediately contact the inventor at or call the Inventor, Richard Bowden, using the number included on the business card with your order. We guarantee that there is a solution to any and every problem you might encounter or you may return the unit for a refund, paying only for shipping and handling. 

3. Take the Front Adapter Assembly and insert the Tailpiece Slot over the lip of the tailpiece between the two bridge saddle adjustment screws (with the string you wish to bend to the right of the bender, looking from the rear of the guitar) and PRESS DOWN FIRMLY until adapter bottoms out (the back leg of the adapter should almost touch the face of the guitar).

4. PLEASE FOLLOW THIS STEP CAREFULLY: While FIRMLY HOLDING THE ADAPTER DOWN ON THE TAILPIECE LIP and up against the adjustment screw spring to the right of the bender, tighten the Top Mounting Screw very snugly, but using only the power of your finger strength.

5. Now, tighten the Bottom Mounting Screw lightly,  getting firmer until the Adapter is solid. (NOTE: The mounting screws will cause a slight circular indentation on the back of your tailpiece lip. Also be careful not to over tighten the bottom screw … Watch the Tailpiece Slot carefully while tightening the bottom Mounting Screw and if you see the Tailpiece Slot starting to spread, you are going too tight!) Make sure the Adapter did not slide up or get out of position when tightening the screws. Now, tighten the Top Mounting Screw again ½ turn using the short end of the wrench in the screw head and using the long end for leverage.

6. Slide the handle back on to the Pivot Pin, seating it in the Chevron Joint.
Place a new string ball on the Top Pin at the rear of the Bender and wrap it around the Rear Groove (see parts diagram).

For 6 Saddle model, Align the string OVER the rear Adapter Roller and UNDER the Pressure Roller (a specially designed guide roller for the purpose of putting string pressure on the bridge saddle) and attach the other end to your tuning key.

For 3 Saddle model, Insert a new string through the rear of the bender in the tiny hole just above the Mounting Screws, directly under the Bender Handle. Make sure the string comes out OVER the Adapter Roller and UNDER the Pressure Roller. Leave about six or eight inches of string sticking out behind the bender Adapter and hook the ball end of the string over the Top Pin of the bender and attach the other end to your tuning key.

7. Making sure that the string stays in the Rear Groove and the groove of Adapter Roller (behind the Pressure Roller), tighten the string to pitch and stretch the string several times until it stays in tune after a stretch. Then, lower the pitch about a whole tone.
With the included ball-end hex key Allen wrench in one hand, with your other thumb, push down on the top of the Pressure Roller until the string makes good contact with the bridge saddle. Holding the Pressure Roller in place, tighten the Pressure Screw just enough to maintain the pressure on the string when you let go with your thumb.  You do not need excessive pressure here.

8. You will now need to retune your string to pitch. (NOTE: Once installation is complete, if your string comes back sharp after a bend, slightly loosen the Pressure Screw until each bend returns to pitch, as too much pressure will cause that to happen). Also, occasionally there is enough drag under the little Tree-nut string retainer on the headstock of the guitar to cause the problem. You may use the optional enclosed Teflon tubing to slide over your string and put under the Tree-nut to reduce friction.

9. An electronic tuner is helpful in this next step: With the string stretched and back in tune, flip the Adjustment Screw Lock out in a clockwise direction (looking down on it from the rear) to adjust the pitch “travel” of the Bender Handle. With the string in tune, turn the Adjustment Screw until the handle, when depressed all the way down, raises the pitch of the string to the desired pitch, usually one whole tone. Alternately release the Bender Handle, adjust the Screw, and depress the Handle to check pitch until you have reached the desired pitch. Holding the Bender Handle down while adjusting the screw will not always get you to the desired pitch. Once you have attained the desired pitch, hold the Adjustment Screw in place and tuck the Adjustment Screw Lock back under the Bender Handle, locking the Adjustment Screw.

10. Now that you have properly mounted the Bender and adjusted the pitch, you should have trouble free string bending indefinitely. Over 40 years of use by the inventor has proven that the original Bowden B Bender does not break strings. On this new model, if you have a problem with string breakage, make a note of where the string broke and advise or call 903-814-1482 if the break appears to be at the bender. If the break is not at the bender, you may need to look for a burr on the bridge saddle or a bind in the guitar nut or elsewhere and take the proper action to remove it with sandpaper or a small file.

ALSO NOTE: When changing strings, if you use a different gauge than the previous string, you will have to readjust the Adjustment Screw, as different gauges require different “travels” of the Bender Handle, the heavier the gauge, the less “travel” and vice versa.

ADDITIONAL TIPS: An occasional drop of lubricant (silicone spray is good) on the bridge saddle, the Rollers, the nut, and the Hinge Pin at the rear of the Bender Handle should be all the maintenance required to keep the Bender working perfectly. With heavy use, the Mounting Adapter Assembly may loosen a bit and need re-tightening. This doesn’t happen often, but keep these instructions handy in case.

You will notice a piece of fuzzy material at the rear of the Bender Handle where it comes to rest against the Handle Rest Pin. This serves to dampen any clicking sound when releasing the Bender. If this material should deteriorate or come off, it is simply the “loop side” of self-adhesive Velcro and can be replaced by cutting a small piece to replace it, available at most hardware or fabric stores. A small pad of the same material can also be used to replace the little round “landing pad” where the Adjustment Screw touches down, should it become damaged or come off.

NOTE: There should be a slight sideways movement of the Bender Handle in the body of the Handle Assembly to assure that the Handle is not too tight. Without a string in place the Bender Handle should easily flop down into its “depressed” position. If the Bender Handle is too tight, simply take a small screw driver, ice pick, your Allen wrench or other suitable device to spread the rear of the Handle Assembly slightly apart to allow the Bender Handle to move up and down freely with no binding.

CASE STORAGE: By lightly loosening the string and pulling the handle back out of the Chevron Joint, you can lay the bender over on its side for fitting into tight cases.

1. Remove and discard the B String (and/or G) from your guitar. You will need a new string for the extra length. A gauge of .012 or .013 is recommended for B string. For G string benders, a .016, .017 or .018 is recommended, the lighter the better for best action.

2. Take Bender in hand and remove Handle Assembly (See Parts Diagram above) from Mounting Adapter by gently twisting and pulling back on the Handle Assembly, taking it all the way off the Pivot Pin. Put it aside for later use. You will be working with this part for the time being. ​

Here is the TELE14 model the way it should look mounted.
(3 saddle Astray Tele shown here)

Please read through these instructions to the end and familiarize yourself with all the parts before beginning to install your Bowden B Bender. It installs in much less time than it takes to read these instructions, but it’s best to read them before you try, because you can damage your guitar or the bender if you haven’t read them.

Instructions for mounting the

TELE14 for 6 Saddle & 3 Saddle Ashtray models