Picking the right slide for your guitar can be challenging when you have several choices. Here are some characteristics to look for when choosing the right slide:
Bamboo guitar slides
These slides are made from seasoned, aged bamboo stalks. They may be crafted in detail with engraving, wood burning, painted or as organic as simply a cut off slide to finger length. Bamboo slides produce more of a muffled tone than other slides but still have an “earthy” feel and unique sound. Slides like this may be purchased online via sites like Etsy. Some vendors like CMB Guitars & More customize slides to your personal taste or as gifts.
Bottle neck glass slides
Slides may also be produced by cutting off an old bottle neck from a wine, coke or beer bottle. Not only does it produce a warmer tone when sliding it up and down the strings; it also is a great way to re-purpose old materials for an everyday use. Careful! Since they are made of recycled glass, bottle neck slides should be sanded to avoid injury.
Brass guitar slides
These slides can be found at Guitar center or online for around 15 bucks. The ones that have received the best rating are the Peaceland Guitar Ring 3/4” Brass Guitar ring slides. For a wider variety, visit the Guitar Center online store.
The ceramic slides that are best rated on Guitar Center are the Rocky Mountain Slides. According to them, these slides were made for electric guitars and “It gives you all the sustain and volume you need, but with a tone that stands alone. Glass-like, but with “warm back-end tones,” it gives you more volume than glass! Rocky Mountain makes each ceramic slide by hand.”
Other interesting guitar slides you may be want to give a try are those made out of bone. Mojobone Works makes custom slides to specifications with intricate detail.
Other materials that slides are being made of are porcelain, coke bottles, glass spice bottles, old liquor bottles, metal rods and other recycled materials. The best way to know which one works for you is by playing them at a local guitar store.
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