Years in the making, and it’s FINALLY here!

STEWMAC ACOUSTIC GUITAR
SIDE BENDING SYSTEM

StewMac Acoustic Guitar Side Bending System

Years in the making, and it’s FINALLY here!

Your patience is appreciated as we work to make this long-awaited tool release absolutely perfect. We’ve had tremendous interest in the new Side Bender, all thanks to the testing, feedback, and suggestions from luthiers around the world. You help us push the craft forward!

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Hands down, this bender from StewMac is light years better than what I’ve been using. Plus, all my current forms are all adaptable to fit the bender.
— Jeff Jewitt, Jewitt Guitars

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ONLY AVAILABLE FROM STEWMAC

Complete Acoustic Guitar Side Bending System

Cutaway Ram
SOLD SEPARATELY

Body Forms
ADDITIONAL FORMS SOLD SEPARATELY

Side Bending Machine Only

Temperature Controller Only

Heating Blanket Only

Straps Only

Next generation side bender

Over the past 10 years we’ve worked closely with Charles Fox, the original creator for the Fox Bender, developing a new and improved version. We’ve refined countless prototypes, and improved every aspect of the original design. We wanted to make bending consistent, predictable, and approachable for every builder.

Open-sided design

Unlike other benders out there, our open-sided design gives you full access to load your side, no more clumsy maneuvering—and hoping your straps and sides stay aligned. This makes it so easy to get your waist bent exactly where you want with no surprises.

Ready to use, luthier-designed system

We've done the R&D for you, and found the best method and tools for the job. This single system adapts for most popular guitar body shapes AND cutaways. No need for a separate system or multiple jigs. We have forms for Dreadnought, OM, 000, and J-45, but even your custom shapes will work.

Precision crafted for precise results

No guesswork on temperature, clamps, or materials—just consistent and repeatable results. Gain extreme control of your heat with the programmable temperature controller. Set your range for far less chance of scorching, overheating, or ruining your sides.

Backed by our Lifetime Promise—not a DIY Frankenstein, it's backed by our 50 years of experience and support for every build. Built like a tank for decades of use.

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The main considering factor is "How much is your time worth?" If you're building more than a couple of guitars, starting to take this seriously and selling your guitars, or if you just want to build as accurately as you can with as little risk of messing things up, then this machine is absolutely worth it. — Chris Alvarado, Driftwood Guitars

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WATCH IT WORK

Chris Alvarado of Driftwood Guitars demos the StewMac Acoustic Guitar Side Bender and shares the advantages versus an old school bending iron.

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WATCH IT WORK

Explore the new StewMac guitar side bending machine with Tom Bills. Learn how to use it step-by-step.

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Built to last a lifetime.

Our promise to you is simple and uncomplicated. If any of our products ever break, wear out, or fail to exceed your every expectation simply return it for a replacement.

Quality you can trust. For life.

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