The open Slide Guitar thead....

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by so1om, May 7, 2018.

  1. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Feb 10, 2010
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    also, where's @fadetoz ? He's a slide player!
     
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  2. fadetoz

    fadetoz Squier-holic

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    Hey there... Well I'm far from any kind of expert on the subject.... I ended up setting up my 1945 Harmony arch top in open E tuning for slide.
    That way I have a dedicated guitar for it and it has high action so it works out great. I currently use a metal slide on my ring finger. I would like to use my pinky but it's just not comfortable or natural at all for me. I practice every few days and i'm always looking on youtube for some videos with tips and tricks.
    For a regular electric like the Bullet I was using I raised the action and used 10's and it worked pretty good.
    I still have allot to learn before I would say I'm a slide player.
    This is the only video I have done from when I started.
     
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  3. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Chicago
    My NOS glass slide arrived on Saturday. It's identical in size to the metal one (same brand/distributer).

    While I used to use an old, real Coricidin bottle, the newer Dunlop is slightly larger -just enough to make a difference, length and diameter.

    Where this smaller glass slide comes in, it's like a thin sleeve over my ring finger. It allows more precise control and accuracy without the larger bottle flopping all around and falling passed the middle knuckle (which I did not want).

    It's the little things and it made all the difference in the world. There's also a subtle difference in the feel and slide of the glass I prefer.

    slide.jpg
     
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  4. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Squier-Meister

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    Use moleskin to pad your finger to get a better fit and to prevent slipping. Some people use duct tape or other stuff but I've found moleskin to be the most comfortable and easiest to work with.
     
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  5. so1om

    so1om Dr. Squier

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    Feb 10, 2010
    Chicago
    Good tip for sure.

    I used to use a piece of cloth or tissue, then I didn't, yes/no, off/on... (as did Duane Allman, et, al from time to time..) But that didn't take into account the bulk outer diameter.

    I also believe the Dunlop OD is not true. There seems to be a bit of a wave or variance on the surface. The smaller glass slide is more like a test tube where it has straight and parallel sides, truer concentricity as well.

    Fun stuff to explore.