The Cobendent Premise
Cobendent is a term used to describe the tuning and multiple bender arrangement on a guitar. Like a pedal steel players copedent, it is expressed in the form of a table or chart. The word is a portmanteau to describe when a guitar player is using multiple string benders: Cobendent = “chord bender arrangement.”
Below you will find links to the cobendent of several bender players that utilize multiple devices. (Please remember, the 3Bender uses a single actuator/strap lever to bend 3 strings. All other devices mentioned require the use of an actuator to bend each individual string.) To help explain the information logged into the cobendent charts, we have started a list of manufacturers and categorized them into types of actuators. If you want to submit a cobendent or have suggestions to help us organize this info, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our goals are:
To properly identify the nomenclature that string benders use.
To properly identify for the historical record all means of mechanical string bending that are associated with 6 string guitars. (I am using “6 string guitar” as a general term.; a string bender could be applied to 7 or 8 string guitar.)
To properly document for the historical record, the cobendents used by artist, in general, and/or on a specific song.
To inspire string bending creativity; especially related to alternate tunings, new string pitch changes, chord construction and chordal bending.
To improve the way we communicate this form of music.
To document the varied guitar accessory devices used to bend strings on electric and acoustic guitars. Note: (The list of bender manufacturers may not be comprehensive. If your favorite bender manufacturer, assembler or designer is not listed, please let me know their name and I will consider adding them. The list of bender manufacturers is simply a compilation for historical reference only. The buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before any purchase is made from people or businesses listed below. )
Downloadable Cobendent Charts
Types of Actuators
Parsons/White, 3Bender, Glaser
Bill Keith, Hipshot D-Tuner, Timara
Dean Porter, Bigsby, Hipshot
Dean Porter, Timara
List of Bender Manufacturers
Fender (Parsons-Green - Nashville Tele)
Forrest Lee, Jr.
Gibson (Joe Glaser: Music City Junior)
Jackson Steel Guitar Co.
Muscle Shoals Bender Co.
Pullstring Systems (Paul McEwen)