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Double D

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Post Re: Slides and steels
on: September 9, 2012, 01:43
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Quote from el reclusa on August 13, 2012, 14:59
I used a wine bottle neck I cut myself...but I can't seem to find it. I have probably 20 slides, from bits of conduit to a Coricidin bottle, but that wine bottle was the BEST!

Certainly the best weighted and richest sounding glass slides I've come across were true bottlenecks. I'm just too lazy to make 'em myself, and Lord knows, I don't want to start selecting wine for purchase based on bottle dimensions; you know deep in your heart of hearts that bottles of plonk are more likely to be armed with a slide-friendly bottle than, say, good wine. Life just works that way... But if anyone knows a wino with a bandsaw, let me know! 😉

mwseniff

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Post Re: Slides and steels
on: September 9, 2012, 05:41
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I love glass slides but some times I break them when I get carried away in the musical moment. I do a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs that can be fairly energetic. Second choice is brass for me, I use the Dunlop brass slides that have a curvature along the long axis(like a bottle neck). I do have some slides made of 1" solid pyrex glass rods that I use for lapsteel and sometimes on guitar they are very sweet sounding indeed! The oddest slides I have are made of 1" solid Teflon, they make no noise on the strings and have zero friction makes them sound very eerie, they are great for doing theremin imitatioons. I would love to have a slide shaped like a bottle neck but made of Teflon but unfortunately the guy that made my Teflon solid slides is retired and no longer has access to the machines he needs to do the job. Teflon is difficult to work and needs to be polished carefully to work well.

Double D

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Post Re: Slides and steels
on: September 9, 2012, 16:57
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Teflon!? Who'da' thunk it?

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rsgoldfish

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Post Re: Slides and steels
on: September 9, 2012, 19:07
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The space age has gotten into our bottleneck blues!

mwseniff

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Post Re: Slides and steels
on: September 10, 2012, 06:02
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Although I certainly have listened to and been influenced by blues (Muddy was my big hero) my style is not very blues sounding for the most part (it was a jumping off point for me tho'). I sort of start at Tony McPhee (The Groundhogs) and go off on a sort of punk/prog/psychedelic/improv direction. But I hardly ever play without a slide anymore even for decidedly non-slide sounds. Heck I am influenced by the glissando guitars of Gong as much as by Sonny Sharrock. I especially like to play slide on what would seem to be inappropriate tunes or genres. I just love slide and always have, frets seem very limiting to me anymore sort of like playing with your finger taped up. When I play slide I can play all the notes not just the chromatic scale we are limited to by the western scale. I have explored many alternate scales but it is hard to find players that are like minded and even most of them seem a bit limited to me.

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