Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

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Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby skeetercaster » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:26 pm

Hi guys,Yes I'm a newbe at all this slide stuff, and my question is; I bought a Hamer double cutaway,it's chinese nothing special,I want to set it up for strictly bottle neck, but still be able to finger notes,I play mostly in Open D, and Open G. The 10's I normally play on my strat just don't work they are way too slack, my Dobro has 16-58's and they just wear my fingers out after a short time of playing.I have an appointment with the Guitar Doc' to install a new Bone nut tomorrow, was just needing some ammo..so I kinda know what I'm talking about
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby maxx england » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:51 pm

My personal taste is 13s in open E with a moderate action. 10 to me is much too low a gauge. Try 12s as a starting point. I also use a plain 3rd as I kept breaking wound strings when I bent them.
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby zhyla » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:54 pm

Yeah, 12's are probably what you want. 11's on a Gibson scale length will still be too floppy for beginning slide. And raise that bridge up a schmidge.
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby bottleneck » Sat Feb 05, 2011 7:41 pm

i use martin reso strings,16-56 on my electrics and acoustics.in a pinch though,darco makes a cheap string in 12-52 that is usable ,they have them at my nearest music store.a little light,but alright!
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby texas blues » Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:41 pm

I use DAD's 10.5's on all my LP's with the action set just high enough not to buzz. No worries with a slide.
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby skeetercaster » Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:00 pm

Hi guys,just got my cheap Hamer from my guitar tech,he adjusted the neck,installed a bone nut,raised the bridge a little,and put me some 12's on it.......the set up is perfect for me,thanks for all the information, I have a little over 250 bucks invested so far,not bad for a pawnshop guitar.
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby maxx england » Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:27 pm

Looks good to me. You don't need a £$5,000 guitar, just £$5,000 hands. Enjoy!
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby bek1 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:03 pm

It seems like that would be a good setup; I use 12s or 13s, myself, depending on scale length. Fairly low action and fairly stiff strings, a good slide and not too many notes. That's it, for me.
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby rustyslide » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:12 pm

I find .011s are good enough for me on a 24.75" scale and open E.
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby JQR » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:26 am

Hello, same here mr.skeetercaster im a newbie also in this sliding stuff. I kinda tired of watching the lessons of sliding on youtube, can someone tell me how to practice electric slide here?
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby skeetercaster » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:41 pm

I just found some songs on youtube in several open tunings,D , G, E, and descoverd a whole new world,songs I had learned in standard ,started sounding like the record,and it became a learning experience which I enjoyed and is rewarding..I was gonna reply "Just tune open G ,grab a slide and go" have fun....and maybe thats what you should do,it's workin' for me, got alot of people fooled
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby Jakeblues » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:34 pm

When I played out, I had no money for a dedicated slide guitar, so I dealt with 8's in standard tuning. I have 11's now on a tele, and find it makes a world of difference. It's really a matter of preference and how much of the time you need to use your fingers on the fretboard. Having hte action a little higher helps, but if it's really high at the nut, your low end intonation will suffer. I'd start with heavier strings, then raise the bridge, then new nut as the last option. Have fun experimenting!
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby michael segui » Wed Jul 24, 2013 3:53 pm

I use 13s for open G and D and 12s for open A and E
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Re: Elecric Slide Guitar Setup

Postby Jakeblues » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:20 pm

After seeing Sonny Landreth this spring, I broke down and had one of my tele's set up for slide...or maybe "more for slide". The tech cut a bone nut with a pretty wide radius..not quite flat, raised both ends, but not sky high...intonation is still good fretting frets 1-3, strung it with .12's and plain 3rd. I'm actually very happy with it. I think in part because I've played for so long "lower and lighter", this is "wicked easy" to play (as we say here in New England).

I forgot who asked about practice (can't see it while I'm posting): 1. Practice plugged in. 2.Try basic boring things like scales, Arpegiated triads (1,3,5) on the same string (improves intonation when "jumping" up the neck 3. Sing along to your playing, 4. Practice a little every day...don't over do it.
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