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 info@3bender.com.

 

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. 

Downloadable Cobendent Charts

Actuator Categories

Types of Actuators
Examples
Strap Lever
Parsons/White, 3Bender, Glaser
Lanyard
Glaser, Stafford
Tuner
Bill Keith, Hipshot D-Tuner, Timara
Palm Lever
Dean Porter, Bigsby, Hipshot
Arm Lever
Dean Porter, Timara
Hip Lever
Hipshot
Headstock Lever
Sherwin Linton
Plunger
Ralph Mooney
List of Bender Manufacturers
3Bender
B-Blender
Bigsby
Bill Keith
Bowden
CWKshop
Certano
Dean Porter
Dekley
Dobrato
Duesenberg
Evans PullString
Forrest Lee, Jr.
Hipshot
Joe Glaser
MSA
MSP (McKenzie)
McEwen
McVay
Parsons/White
Ralph Mooney
Rolling Bender
Servo
Sherwin Linton
Stafford
Stafford
Steve Hennig
Timara