Frequenty Asked Questions
Q: Will the Rolling Bender fit on my guitar?
A: We have Rolling Bender replacement bridge saddles to fit most Fender style Telecaster and Stratocaster 6 saddle and 3 barrel bridges.
Q: Will I have to modify my guitar or any of its parts to install a Rolling Bender?
A: The Rolling Bender is a true “Drop-in” bridge replacement that requires no modification to your guitar or any of its parts. The one exception is for top loading 6 saddle Telecaster style bridges. On this style bridge, the Rolling Bender is actually mounted using the string’s loading hole rather than the original saddle mounting hole and some (not all) will require that the string loading hole be opened up by a very small amount.
Q: Can I still set intonation with Rolling Bender?
A: Yes, the Rolling Bender bridge saddle is adjustable for height and effective string length just like your original bridge saddles.
Q: Is the 3 barrel bridge version of the Rolling Bender compensated for intonation?
A: Yes, the 3 barrel version is compensated to a degree similar to most popular compensated regular bridge saddles.
Q: Does activating the lever of the Rolling Bender change the intonation?
A: No. Effective string length (and therefore intonation) and string height do not change whatsoever through the whole range of movement of the bender lever.
Q: Can I put the Rolling Bender on any string?
A: Yes. The through hole where the string passes through the bender lever will accommodate plain strings up to .021” in diameter and wound strings up to .042 in diameter. (Those numbers seem odd but it is due to wound strings being wrapped differently at the ball end) If you have a larger diameter string you would like to use, let us know and we can likely get you set up to use the heavier gauge string.
Q: If I install the Rolling Bender on my Stratocaster, can I still use the tremolo?
A: Yes! The Rolling Bender can be installed on Stratocaster style guitars equipped with original Fender Stratocaster style tremolo bridges. You will need to make sure the tremolo is not “floating” and is set up so that the at-rest position of the tremolo is against the guitar body. Press on the Rolling Bender lever and that one string’s pitch goes up, press down on the tremolo arm and all the string’s pitch goes down!
Q: I already have a bender on my guitar but would like to add another. Is the Rolling Bender compatible with other benders?
A: The Rolling Bender is compatible with most other benders and can be installed along side your existing bender. For Parsons/Green, McVay or Glaser equipped guitars, adding a Rolling Bender would be a seamless installation and the Rolling Bender could be set up to meet the player’s preferences. For Parsons/White, Forrest Lee Jr., Bill Bores, Evans, or Hipshot equipped guitars, the installation would be the same but it may be necessary to set the Rolling Bender so that the travel range leaves the lever at the higher end of its set-up range.
Q: Can I put 2 Rolling Benders on the same guitar?
A: Yes… But keep reading.
On a guitar equipped with a 3 barrel bridge, you could add 1 bender to each string pair. For example, you can easily put a bender on the B and G strings. On a guitar equipped with a 6 saddle bridge, any saddle can be replaced by a Rolling Bender but putting 2 Rolling Benders next to each other would require a modification to the base which we would gladly do for you. The only problem is that having 2 benders on adjacent strings creates the problem of how do you activate one bender without activating the other. For this, you would want to have one of the benders be activated by the Rolling Bender Puller. The bender with the puller will be set with a very low travel arch and the palm activated bender will be set with a higher travel arch allowing activation of the palm bender without activating the pulled bender.