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Re: flared slides?

Postby La.Blue » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:44 pm

Yeah, I think that that's the idea. The curving side of the slide follows the arch of the strings on the fingerboard.

On the other hand, I read in an interview with Sonny Landreth (a fairly recent issue of Guitar Player, sorry I don't remember which issue) that he sets the strings on his Strats at all the same height and uses a straight slide.

Different strokes...
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Re: flared slides?

Postby kr236rk » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:21 pm

agree: think it's 'strokes for folks' - Rory Gallagher was experimenting with straight-edge slides before he became unwell, i can now see why, those diagonal chord shapes on tuned guitar (G)

have started using the capo a lot recently, now that i find awkward because my hand keeps colliding with it at the nut end of the guitar

never mind!

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Re: flared slides?

Postby The Breeze » Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:45 pm

My opinion is flared slides are a symptom of music gear companies lack of experience with slide guitar.


Sounds more reasonable. How do you tilt to play single strings or double stops on the middle strings?

Sure they're not just a throwback to seventies fashion?
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Re: flared slides?

Postby kr236rk » Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:35 pm

The Breeze wrote:
My opinion is flared slides are a symptom of music gear companies lack of experience with slide guitar.


Sounds more reasonable. How do you tilt to play single strings or double stops on the middle strings?

Sure they're not just a throwback to seventies fashion?


let you know when my pair of retro-70's flares turn up :D

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Re: flared slides?

Postby Neal » Mon Feb 22, 2010 9:38 pm

I previously had a brain fart that just begat a logic fart. Before I said:
Neal wrote:Well, I just got a Diamond Redhouse in the mail all the way from sunny England yesterday. This one has slightly conical shape with straight sides. I also use an Ultimate that is straight. Both are excellent, the Redhouse allows for a sloppier wrist to avoid fret-bumping (knock-knock-knock), but I like 'em both.


but actually, the sides are straight, so it wouldn't really matter how conical it was, as it's straight, and my wrist has to bend anyway, the angle of my pinky hasn't changed, so disregard the above. For that matter, be suspect at anything I post!
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Re: flared slides?

Postby kr236rk » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:47 am

have to admit these look absolutely dandy!

http://www.diamondbottlenecks.com/DB08/index.asp?n=12

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Re: flared slides?

Postby Neal » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:49 am

And they're really nice too. Smoothest thing next to polished brass. Some imitation looking ones on ebay, which I bought, not the same league. I have one more on it's way from Diamond.
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Re: flared slides?

Postby kr236rk » Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:59 am

love the sound of glass - makes sense really

they never did find out who that dude was playing slide with a knife though - guy that W C Handy heard?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slide_guitar#Equipment
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Re: flared slides?

Postby Bournio » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:03 am

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say it was a heavy folding pocket knife.

It's got mass and you can use the back end of the knife as an edge. Voilà you have a slide.
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Re: flared slides?

Postby kr236rk » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:42 am

Thanks; also Handy doesn't really say whether the guitar was being played flat or across the chest, although the inference is that it was being played upright style?

http://www.celticguitarmusic.com/bluesbottleneck.htm
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Re: flared slides?

Postby Bournio » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:51 am

I don't know! I wasn't there, the reference to Hawaiian styles suggest it was played on the lap, but Son House, and I think Charley Patton played in the normal style...
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Re: flared slides?

Postby NEONMOONY » Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:28 am

Doesn't Eric Sardinas use a flared slide?
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Re: flared slides?

Postby The Breeze » Tue Feb 23, 2010 12:54 pm

I cut mine from bottles, found my best one at the top of a champagne bottle. I'm always on the lookout for something better.

Of course the bottle has to be empty first...
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Re: flared slides?

Postby kr236rk » Tue Feb 23, 2010 1:33 pm

Bournio wrote:I don't know! I wasn't there


you're kidding? :D

the reference to Hawaiian styles suggest it was played on the lap, but Son House, and I think Charley Patton played in the normal style...


yep, gotta be normal style - wonder who though?

Henry Sloan?

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Re: flared slides?

Postby Bournio » Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:08 pm

it doesn't "have" to be the normal way! I'm sure if iI put any amount of effort in I could find an early slide blues guy who played lap style.

I don't know, it could be Henry Sloan, it could've been someone else!
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