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Ry Cooder

Artist Bio

Ryland "Ry" Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947) is a US guitarist, singer and composer.

He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in blues-rock, roots music from his native North America, and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.

Cooder's solo work has been an eclectic mix, taking in dust bowl folk, blues, Tex-Mex, soul, gospel, rock, and much else. He has collaborated with many important musicians, including The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Earl Hines, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker, Pops, Mavis Staples, Gabby Pahinui, Flaco Jiménez, Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club), Freddy Fender and Ali Farka Touré. He formed the Little Village supergroup with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, and Jim Keltner.

Cooder was ranked 8th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." A 2010 ranking by Gibson placed him at #32.

Check out Ry Cooder’s gear setup! From his favorite acoustic guitars to his favorite effects - and all the gear details in between - we have all the info you need to start rocking like Ry Cooder himself!


  • F-4 Mandolin Acoustic
  • Favino Gypsy Acoustic '64
  • Fender Stratocaster Electric '60s
  • Fender Stratocaster Electric '67
  • Fender Telecaster Electric
  • Gibson ES-9 Electric '49
  • Gibson Roy Smeck Acoustic
  • Gibson SJ-200 Acoustic
  • Guyatone Electric '59
  • Guyatone Electric '60s
  • H-4 Mandola Acoustic
  • K-4 Mondocello Acoustic
  • Kay Electric '49
  • Martin 000-18 Acoustic
  • Stromberg Kay Kraft Acoustic
  • Venetian - Style B Acoustic



  • Fender Tweed Deluxe
  • Fender Vibroverb
  • Gibson GA-40 With a 12" Jensen Speaker
  • Magnatone Custom 280 High Fidelity
  • Standel 25L 15 Vintage Plus amp



  • Ampex MX-35 4-channel tube mixer
  • Dan Armstrong Orange Squeezer
  • DBX 160x compressor
  • Demeter HXC-1 tube optical compressor
  • Demeter HXM-1 Tube Mic Preamp
  • Demeter RV-1 Real Reverb
  • Demeter Tube Mic Preamp
  • Demeter VTCL-2 Tube Compressor/Limiter
  • Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer
  • Flot-a-Tone '50s amp
  • Furman PL-8 power conditioner
  • Gates Sta-Level broadcast compressor
  • Mutronics Mutator
  • Neve '70s preamp/equalizer modules

Check out the gear we carry that this artist uses to get their amazing sound!

FENDER 50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

FENDER 50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
Starting at: $799.99

FENDER 60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

FENDER 60s Stratocaster Electric Guitar
Starting at: $799.99

FENDER 50s Telecaster Electric Guitar

FENDER 50s Telecaster Electric Guitar
Starting at: $799.99

FENDER Custom Vibrolux Reverb

FENDER Custom Vibrolux Reverb

MSRP: $1,599.99

Your Savings: -$400.00

PAL Price: $1,199.99

DBX 160A Compressor/Limiter

DBX 160A Compressor/Limiter

MSRP: $649.95

Your Savings: -$220.00

PAL Price: $429.95


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