Since the late 2010s, rubber bridge guitars have been multiplying throughout indie rock music, even making notable appearances in pop music. Although people have been using various approaches throughout history to give guitars a more muted sound, the concept of using a rubber bridge is thanks to Reuben Cox, luthier and owner of Old Style Guitar Shop in Los Angeles, California. His unique addition of a rubber bridge tastefully dampens the guitar's sustain, giving notes a prominent/plucky attack with a swift, yet pure, decay.
Evolution Rubber Bridge was recorded using a nearly century-old parlor guitar, converted into a rubber bridge guitar and fitted with a classic Tokyo-style gold foil pickup. The pickup and stereo mic signals were recorded separately so that you can blend between them. Evolution Rubber Bridge was recorded with the guitar tuned down a whole step from standard tuning for a deeper tone and lower playable range.
Evolution Rubber Bridge is outfitted with our Evolution guitar engine which provides you with a strumming pattern editor, automatic chord detection, and a comprehensive collection of built-in effects. The library includes ready-to-use factory presets for a variety of rubber bridge guitar tones.
Evolution Rubber Bridge was developed in collaboration with Rosewood Recording Company in Utah. Guy Randle, the owner and recording engineer at Rosewood Recording Company, incorporated analog audio equipment to emphasize desirable tonal qualities of the guitar. Evolution Rubber Bridge includes both the as-recorded signal as well as an enhanced signal.
- Nearly 23,000 samples totaling 6.9 GB of uncompressed samples.
- Articulations such as sustains, palm mutes, mutes, natural harmonics, plus special effects like string slaps, muted strums, and others.
- Legato samples for slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.
- Built-in pattern editor for strumming and picking.
- Adjustable pick position using our proprietary physical modeling technology.
Intro Price: $139 until May 31st, 2022 (Reg. $179). Evolution Rubber Bridge is powered by the free Kontakt Player.
Video Demonstration: YouTube.com/watch?v=xN8WsIIMUf8