Re: Having to bend further to achieve the same note
Does the guitar in question and the guitars that you are comparing it to have the same specs? A trem with springs that give easier will require a larger bend to reach pitch because the trem is giving while you bend the string and you have to reach a point where the springs are providing enough resistance to provide enough string tension. Bla Bla Bla
There are other obvious reasons that will change the way that a string feels like scale length and string gauge. However, a less often thought about factor is locking nut versus non locking nut. With a non locking nut you are dealing with a longer amount of string that needs to stretch before you sufficiently raise the pitch.
Other than one of those few reasons I am not aware of any reason why your guitar should require a larger bend than any other.