Your favorite slide

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  1. zachman

    zachman Well-Known Member

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    Craftsman Spark Plug Socket. Lifetime warranty against rusting, chipping, etc... BIC lighter in a pinch
     
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    Travelin, usually the brass ones you buy over the counter .....they dont break
    Most of the last 42 years ,Ive played with my pinky, but now if Im ONLY playing slide ...a slide solo or slide fill throught a song , I'll use the ring finger (electric)

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    Better believe it .....saved my ass many a time where ,"I FORGOT MY SLIDE". In fact, there's probably one in the glove box of my van
     
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    That's what Lowell George used as well.
     
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    I use my wife’s tile saw and cut my own slides from bottles . I suck at it but it sounds good at times
     
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    I like to try..:rolleyes:

    I've had a bunch over the years and tried everything from socket wrenches to Coricidin bottles, wound up preferring glass over metal, except for my lap steel. I like the solid metal ones for that. Coricidin bottles worked for me for a time, then my fingers got too big to fit into them.


    I bought one of the "Rockslides" a year or so ago, and it's OK, but my favorite is a little 2" Dunlop..I used to wear it on my little finger, but took a cue from Joe Walsh and now like to wear it on the birdie finger so I can still do some chording.

    An old hometown friend of mine has a pretty good book on slide playing: "The Warren Haynes guide to slide guitar" From Cherry Lane Music..Warren likes to mostly play in standard tuning, which I like myself. I think Duane liked doing that as well.

    Another great learning aid if one can still find them, is "Ron Greene's Slide Guitar Dial". It's a really clever setup in which one can dial in any key, major or minor, and shows all the positions in any given tuning by just turning the dial..It's just a simple cardboard thingie with a ton of info packed into it, and doesn't cost a lot of $$ either! :thumb:
     
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    I am by no means an accomplished slide player, but my ears strongly prefer the warm tone of ceramic or porcelain over metal, glass, or brass. That said I do have a Derek Trucks heavy glass slide en route to try that one next.
     
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    On the technique side of things, I always thought slide players' slides always go all the way to the base of their finger. That's how I've always done it. But I recently noticed some only going down to the knuckle to allow their finger to bend. A very old technique for many, but a new one for me!
     
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    Exactly correct!!!
     
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    I think I read once that Leslie West used a spark plug socket..Tried that one too till I discovered I like glass better, glass seems to have a smoother tone.
     
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    Sorry couldn’t help myself...,
     
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    I got one.. Glass Dunlop 210
     

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    Perhaps that is the exact reason that Duane and Derek use Coricidin. The surface is similar to Crystal which is lead infused and how it gets to feel soo densely smooth, but it is a softer annealed glass which makes it smooth and why they like using that particular type of slide.
     
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    Had chrome. Glass? A buddy stepped on it that was it's end of life. Brass with radius, meh. Settled now using this aluminum slide on top of the Major, works for me.

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    Per @zachman and @AlvisX I scampered to the garage and grabbed a Craftsman 11/16 socket. Boom. Popped it on my pinky finger and now have another slide in the collection.

    Thanks guys!
     
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    Awesome!!! I love it when someone makes good use out of a suggestion
     
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