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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Recalcitrant, Jan 17, 2021.
You forgot MFM
Yes, of course. You can too. It’s easy, just press the start button.
Yes. For 50 years plus. On electric, almost always open E. I use a parts tele. Alder body, roasted maple neck, Don Mare Joel Foy p/us. D'addario EXL 115 strings, as with most of my guitars. I do mess with the action ... raised just a touch, with radius flattened so that notes can ring under the slide on the treble strings.
That's one reason I prefer teles for slide. Aside from the quite beautiful sounds. Cause you can fine tune the action quite effectively with the 3 barrel vintage saddles. Getting it right is a balancing act. I play in open E just as much w/o the slide (rhythm and lead) as with the slide, so it has to be easily playable for everything.
Though teles are my main choice for slide, I'm missing the P90 sound. As in this one, using an Orville LP Special:
Could you post a closeup shot of your slide? Also, how did you smooth out the ends of it? When I've looked into copper tubing, the ends appear much too sharp to be usable for a slide. Especially if you cut a piece of it down.
I have a bunch of slides, steel, brass, glass, even a couple of sockets a la Lowell George. I REALLY like my Tone Dome slide above anything else I've ever tried. The taper at the bottom makes it really comfortable and it has enough mass to deliver a nice tone. The rounded top makes it easy to grab a single note off a lower string. The little hole at the top keeps it from creating a vacuum so it's easy to take off quickly.
Edit: This slide is primarily for pinky players
$40!!! That's one pricey slide. I think the most I've paid for one was a Big Heart Slides Robert Johnson signature for $27.
Copper is very soft and easily filed down
I use a tapered reamer to smooth the inside edges and roll the outside edges on sandpaper. 0000 steel wool polishes the whole thing to make it shine like a new penny.
I like slide playing, either on lap steel or acoustic guitar.
My main slide guitar for acoustic is this 1940s Harmony with a nut extender (not shown).
I keep a 3 ring binder notebook that’s dedicated to slide guitar. It includes many open tunings that I have collected over the years.
Some favorites: (all low to high)
D,A,D,F,A,D: Open Dm. Very haunting indeed. Fun for minor blues.
C,G,C,G,C,E: Open C. Just because it sounds so full and rich.
A,C#,E,A,C#,E: Open A, high bass. This tuning quenches my Hawaiian thirst, among others.
D,G,D,G,B,D: Open G or “Spanish” tuning. Great for blues (Robert Johnson, Rolling Stones).
Each of my lap steels are tuned to different keys. I keep a note in each case what they are tuned to so I don’t forget. I usually run them through a Blues Jr.
I use a brass bar almost exclusively with the left hand. For the right, it depends. Sometimes I use a pick and just strum. Other times I just fingerpick or use actual finger picks.
I dabble in it. Can’t say I’m competent though.
there are a few songs I do in open D.
I have a 12 string acoustic set up in D5 tuning, bass to treble, D-A-D-x-d-d. G string is removed. That’s fun to play!
and I noodle around in open tuning.
I use a reverend willy’s porcelain slide, and a Fender aluminum.
Nice line up there! I took to slide only in recent years and I think lap steel could be my next challenge. Here in the UK I came across this builder whose prices look pretty tempting.
Open D or E. Sometimes just drop High E to D.
Psychedelic colored glass slides.
The most impressive slide I own is a Mr B's. Has a great weight. Clear wine bottle look. THHHich glass!. Glass , brass, steel, ;depends on the guitar, the weather, and you.
aside from some fahey pieces, not really. i'm not sure i have a big interest in blues slide for the most part. but i do often entertain getting a lap steel and learning C6 since it's so cheap to get started. always wanted to learn the western swing or hawaiian bag.
I can’t. That following finger just doesn’t happen. Maybe try again. I have a collection of slides that look cool if I could only use them. Lol
EJ is the man that got me to buy my first slide:
Thanks, and very cool! I like the idea of copper tubing because it's so light, but it always seemed to me as though the more mass you have, the better the sustain and tone. Do you like the tone of the thin-ish copper tubing better than a thicker brass?
I play a couple Elmore James slide tunes in my trio, dedicated guitar with heavy strings in open D, and a few on my reso in open G when doing an acoustic gig. I use a small glass slide on my pinky. I'm a hack at it, and not good enough at damping that I would even think about doing one in open tuning.
I play lap steel, if that counts. I keep trying on armpit guitar, but without much success.
I thank respondents for the wealth of slide wisdom and lore. Mysteries await when we leave frets behind.
I once spent a summer putting pearl into this thing, but never could make it sound good as a Tele, so it's my designated slide for now. No, I take that back, the Duncan Phat Cat can make any guitar sound good!