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Synonymous with slide guitar, Cooder’s chilling bottleneck part on The Rolling Stones’ Sister Morphine found itself at number 47 in Guitarist magazine’s 2008 list of the 50 greatest guitar tones of all time.
Cooder’s gear is a weird and wonderful assortment of vintage pieces, often heavily modified. His blue ’67 Stratocaster is unusual for its bound rosewood neck, and was retrofitted with a Bigsby vibrato – which he believes increases high-end and harmonics – along with Guyatone and replica Bigsby eight-string steel guitar pickups.
Cooder’s #1 bottleneck guitar is another ‘60s Strat – a sunburst – with an Oahu lap steel pickup assembly and Tiesco neck pickup.
Didn’t anyone tell him those Strats are worth far more in all-original condition? Ahem…