Lowell George would probably just shake his head

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  1. FLHT

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    I've seen ceramic slides in stores for as much as $25, and they're just glazed clay. The $55 one looks quite a bit more difficult to make, so I don't think the price is way out of line for that. Not to mention, it's magnesium, which I haven't seen used in a slide before, so I'm curious what it sounds like. The fact that it's so light is quite appealing to me. The thing that turns me off about it is the thickness, it seems unnecessarily bulky.

    I may have him confused with somebody else, but I could swear I remember reading an interview, many years ago, with Johnny Winter where he talked about his slide. He said he saw a guy playing a real thin chrome slide and he asked him about it. The guy said he made it from a broken piece of a some kind of stand, a cymbal stand, if memory serves. Johnny really liked it, so the guy made one for him.

    I looked for that story online, but I couldn't find it. I found some interviews where he said he used a piece of electrical conduit, and others where he said he used a Dunlop, so who knows, maybe I'm thinking of somebody else.

    In regard to the slide in the OP, has anybody here tried a magnesium slide before? If so, how did you like the sound of it compared to brass, steel, or titanium?
     
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    I have a stainless slide that was milled out of a solid billet rod.

    Not one of those cheap ones that rust.

    Back in the mid 70's I attended a UFO concert and was right in front of the stage.

    The opening act was Rocky Hill (Dusty Hill's brother, bass player in ZZ Top)

    Anyway after their last song, he dropped his slide on the stage and exited to the back to wait to be called out for the encore.

    They band did get called back, and he walked up and stood looking on the stage for his slide.

    Well when the band went to the back, I reached up on the stage and snagged his slide.

    I still have it and have used it on many shows.

    It's THE best slide I've ever owned, and I've owned quite a few.
     
  3. rolandson

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    I would think magnesium would be a bit lite?

    But I don't play slide using a guitar, I use a pedal and lap steel. My slide is rather heavy, which I happen to like.

    And then, I also string them with 14's so....
     
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    Over the years I have made and used several different slides a bottle neck from a heavy walled clear glass wine bottle, it took a couple of attempts but I eventually got it off using the string soaked in petrol method but found that this worked best when I had managed to scrape away a circle of the really hard external glass around the break off point using a small gauge file.

    I use my grinder with a cutting disc to trim the socket parts off of appropriate sized sockets ala Lowell George, but my favourite slides are made from the inlet pipes on two old water taps I took off when I put in a new kitchen a few years back which are made from what looks like heavy walled chromed brass I think?.
     
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    Wow...
     
  6. Wally

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    I wonder how it would have felt to have handed it back to him for the encore? Imho, that is like taking a tool away from a working man.
     
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    That Lowell clip gave me chills! Man I miss him!!!!
     
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    When I saw Little Feat back in the early 70's, Lowell George was wearing that same white jump suit as in the video. I used to play slide back in the day, but I broke so many glass slides and lost so many metal ones, that I gave up on slide. Now, when I need a little slide effect, I use digital pitch bender. It's not quite the same, but it works, and it beats remembering where my slide is, and retuning, and all.
     
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    fwiw, Lowell George is wearing a pair of white overalls.
     
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    I believe the word is "stole" you ****ing thief.
     
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    You saw him looking around for it, and - you snatched it.

    Hmmmmm...

    I’ve never heard a stolen car referred to as a “souvenir” but maybe I just wasn’t talking to the right people?
     
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    I feel strangely compelled to get one.
    I’m the lamest slide player on the planet.
    I use 1 Duane lick, 2 Walsh licks, and 3 Billy Gibbons licks.
    Maybe a posh slide would up my game!




    Nah!
     
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    Dentists need a slide too, doncha know.
     
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    I meant overalls, but it was the exact same outfit he was wearing when I saw them in Cleveland in the early 70's. He played well, but he left the stage frequently and returned each time rubbing his nose, if you know what I mean.
     
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    He had allergies??? The train don’t roll when there is no track to Ride......
     
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    You're one of those guys that talks tough on a forum because it's done.
    Anonymously.

    That's pretty pathetic.

    For the record, I did this 42 years ago at 17 years of age.

    Back then, I did dumb things like drink and smoke dope, and that night I did both.

    I was just eager to get a souvenir, and was brave enough to snag it off the stage.


    I did quite a few stupid and regrettable things during my teenage years.

    I'm sure you did some dumb things in your teenage days as well.

    Unless your God and have lived a perfect life, you just need to ****, and keep your remarks to yourself.
     
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    I'd call you the same to your face, and it would be the truth. Would you deny it?

    I think most of us here that have performed on stage have had gear stolen and can put ourselves in that man's shoes. Consider that before you show your ass.
     
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    You posted a story on a forum full of musicians about how you took something that belonged to a musician, then stood there watching him look for it on stage. You shouldn't be surprised when people take issue with that. Maybe you should keep that story to yourself, rather than expect everybody else to keep their remarks to themselves.
     
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    Why would you call your theft "Brave" and why would you post about it now?

    You should be ashamed rather than making excuses for yourself.

     
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    It's your comprehension I question.

    The slide in question is Magnesium
     
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