I have 2 telecasters. I played each one at band practice this week, taking one for one night and the other for the second night of practice. I found that one of the tele's just sounded better and responded better for slide. So I'm thinking of just dedicating this tele for slide playing and open tunings. So I'm thinking of tweaking the relief just very slightly to attain a slightly higher action. It doesn't need to be much higher, maybe just a hair. Also thinking of increasing the string gauge just slightly, which also might bring the action up just slightly. Right now I have a custom set on 10, 13, 17, 18, 38, 48. I'm thinking of just a regular medium set 11, 14, 18, 28, 38, 49. So my question, will these changes improve clarity and ease for slide playing? I play a bluesy slide with medium to low gain and sometimes even clean (slight dirt with a kingsley page) Playing cleaner its a bit tougher to get it smooth sounding. The frets seem to make a bit of noise if I'm not careful which is why I was thinking a bit higher action would help. Not sure if the bigger gauge strings will help with that but I do like the sound of bigger gauge strings. The custom set I already use is the biggest I can go and still able to do some of the bends I do for non slide playing so I'll keep my other tele as is. Maybe my most important question is, is it an acceptable way of getting the action slightly higher just to increase the string height slightly. I don't want to get in to raising each individual string from the 3 barell saddles because I know I'll just screw it up. So a 14 to half turn of the neck relief would raise it enough.