Tips for choosing which guitar to dedicate...

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  1. Tommy Biggs

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    My .02 is something with 2 pickups and 2 pickup volume/tone controls, so you can blend your sound.
    It’s not critical though.
    I’d plug in all 3, tune em to your favorite open settings and see which one speaks to you. That fat vocal sound can come from anywhere once you start twisting those knobs.
     
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    Martian Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    That guitar is new to me...cool!
     
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    P90s - the rest is irrelevant!!!!
     
  4. Martian

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    I tend to wait until I open a case that’s been hiding out for a while, usually a cheaper old archtop or hollow body. If the action has gone up a bit, that’s my slide guitar.
     
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    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The two that play the best should be kept that way.
    #3 becomes your Slide guitar.
    Get some slightly heavier Round Wound Strings, raise the action just a tad and, have at it.

    In a pinch, I have had good luck with a standard tuning but, with the Hugh E dropped to D.

    There are more Tunings than you can shake a whammy bar at.
     
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    For a long time I used an LP Special Epi I got in a trade. I set the bridge up flat and raised the action. The cheesier humbuckers worked well with overdrive.

    I wound up abandoning slide and went to lap steel for those sounds.
     
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    Strats and teles, and a PRs one. Now with 11-48 strings, highish action, open E. I can sing ok in E, that’s why.
     
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    41144 Friend of Leo's

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    Flattish fretboard, pref 12" rad helps avoid any special setup adjustments. So....
    SG with 11s (+) is ideal and, for me a must play for songs that I need to pick and slide in Standard tuning.
    I can use my AV64 for pick and slide and a Strat.

    But, my main electric slide is a G&L Bluesboy semi - 12s on this, 9" rad neck, so saddles are adjusted to compensate...
    So, for a slide only song, even given the SG neck access, I'd always prefer the Bluesboy semi, which I'll play in Standard and open G & D...

    But.... What slide do you like to use?
    I'm a glass guy but... To get a good clean sound, no knocks or pings...
    Tele and Strat I can only use 2mm thick walls.
    The SG I can use a 3mm wall...
    But the Bluesboy I can use 4mm walls.. Giving the best tone!

    Of course that's comparing apples and oranges but, regardless of the guitar, strings etc.... The slide itself, let alone how well its played, will have a big impact on the sound!
     
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    My ‘74 Les Paul Special was used as a slide guitar when I bought it. Fairly high action, 13s, and overwound DiMarzio humbucker pickups. That combo was a killer slide monster.
    I’m converting it back to a “real” guitar with low action, 10s, and converting back to P90s

    If I was going to dedicate one guitar for slide it would be the one with the worst neck if everything else was playable
     
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  10. soundchaser59

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    Interesting. My Reverend Double Agent has both.
     
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    I gravitate to the brass. Good idea to go find out what Derek uses, and maybe Jack Pearson.
     
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    That's what I thought as soon as I started reading your comment. A flatter radius would seem to work better. The slide doesn't bend, it's a straight edge.
     
  13. bgmacaw

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    You can get a slide that's not a straight edge. As you can see below, I used this one from Big Heart Slides for a while before I switched to mostly playing in standard tuning and went with a smaller, thick copper, slide. Also, a lot of wine bottle type slides aren't straight although I find them unwieldy.

    20210801_113411.jpg
     
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