How rubber bridge guitars became the hottest trend for the next generation of players: 10 songs that tell the story of its unstoppable rise

(from left) Phoebe Bridgers, Ariel Posen, Taylor Swift and Jeff Tweedy
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When LA-based luthier Reuben Cox began fitting acoustic guitars with rubber bridges – a unique mod that, especially when accompanied by flat-wound strings, gives guitars a muted, almost deadened sound – he probably couldn’t have imagined just how far the rubber bridge would go.

By the dawn of the 2020s, though, the rubber bridge sound had begun making its way onto some of alt-rock’s biggest releases, from which it then caught the ears of a number of pop’s biggest stars.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.