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Higgins Peg Bender

The Higgins Peg Bender

February 4, 2020 by Alex Storrie in Alex's Blog, Guitars & Gear

The Higgins Peg Bender completely flips the typical B-Bender design on its head(stock)!

Most vibrato units (Bigsby, B-Benders, Tremolos) all come in the form of some kind of guitar tailpiece. Hipshot’s B-Bender, for example, sits on the strap button behind the bridge and uses a hip lever to bend the string. It’s only really the Parsons/Green B-Bender that deviates from this format as it’s fitted within the body of the guitar.

The Higgins is unique in a couple of ways; where it installs and how it bends the string. The part entirely replaces the existing B string machine head. I assume right and left handed versions are available depending on whether you have a 6 In Line or 3 by 3 headstock. The device bends the string using a wire attached to the guitar strap. As you push the guitar downwards, string device rotates and bends the string. It acts similarly to the Parsons/Green B-Bender where you also push the guitar downwards.

 

 

It appears that the Higgins is now no longer available to buy. There’s a few second hand models and a handful of guitars that have them fitted knocking about. Have you owned or used one? What did you think of it?



About Alex Storrie

Owner and Director of BTN Music UK. A drummer running a guitar parts store.