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Phoebe Bridgers performs live on stage / a DIY rubber bridge on an acoustic guitar
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Rubber bridges are all the rage. By most accounts, the first rubber bridges began popping up in the early 2000s after Reuben Cox noticed a modified banjo with a wood and metal wedge beneath the strings. The result was a muted but clear sound.

It wasn’t long before Cox introduced this concept into his own guitar shop, creating a style of guitar that would eventually be adopted by artists including Bob Dylan, Wilco and Phoebe Bridgers – check out our rundown of rubber bridge guitar songs for more songs recorded using the mod.

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