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Which tuning? (topic)
I came across this while surfing Youtube: I like it at both the technical and melodic levels, and I'm wondering what tuning it is. What I have figured out so far is that it is in C, and the 6th string is tuned to a "middle" C, not as...
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Tony Done

05/25/15 11:25 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
There are cork repair kits for clarinet on ebay that self adhere. I have a good collection of different slides with some ceramic slides called mud slides that look pretty much the same as the rocky mountain slides. They are a bit to thin...
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gjohnson

05/24/15 3:49 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
The piston pin sounds promising. The ones I've seen have a nice thick wall. Do you have any pictures of yours? steve
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scook

05/20/15 7:53 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
After using all kinds of steel, glass, and brass slides I discovered case-hardened steel---the best for tone, feel, and sustain.  I went through a box of discarded piston pins at a machine shop and found one that fit.  It cost a few...
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Rockradstone

05/16/15 8:48 AM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
Thanks for all the replies! I've got some good info now to build upon in my search for what works best for me. steve
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scook

05/01/15 5:14 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
find a good backyard engineer (usually some old guy in a shed who likes tinkering with vintage car parts and fixing lawnmowers) who has a metal lathe. Measure the OD of your slide finger, work out the length you want, then buy some...
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skipster

04/28/15 9:57 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
After lots of purchases, I think the slides that Ian McWee makes are as good as it gets. http://www.diamondbottlenecks.com/Main.html
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longboardsurfing

04/28/15 6:40 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
I've glued felt inside one or two slides before to get a good fit, never thought of cork. Great idea, Tony!
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Jim Behnke

04/25/15 3:12 AM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
The cork rings are made from bottle corks, and are just a friction fit so you can get them in the right place. I add a spot of superglue dropped on the joint if they are too loose.I use a cork borer to make them, but I guess you could...
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Tony Done

04/21/15 8:07 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
Thanks for all the replies. Tony, the cork on the inside is an interesting feature. I might try that to see if it gives me more control and "grab" with my pinky. What type of adhesive do you use for this and does the cork form a ring all...
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scook

04/21/15 6:34 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
^^^^^Nice collection. I play about 50-50 slide and acoustic, and slide exclusively on electric. I have experimented over the years with many different materials, shapes and sizes. I've come down to two, thick-walled brass and genuine...
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Tony Done

04/19/15 12:23 AM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
I've had/tried many materials/weights of bottleneck since the late '60s. Coricidin bottles didn't, uhh, "resonate" for me - too thin-sounding. My long-term favorites are the heaviest brass slides I can lay hands on. For how I play, tone...
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Jim Behnke

04/18/15 5:49 AM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
Thanks for the replies. Anyone have experience with Rocky Mountain slides? They look kind of interesting. I think my slide search is going to be the long quest like string, pick, guitar, amp, etc choices....
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scook

04/17/15 1:34 PM
RIP Tut Taylor (topic)
Already posted on the Bluegrass page but I figured not everyone here frequents both pages.http://bluegrasstoday.com/tut-taylor-passes/steve
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scook

04/17/15 1:31 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
An old, small, antique codeine bottle. Can't get bluesier than that.
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jscio

04/16/15 9:36 PM
Re: slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (reply)
I don't play a lot of slide, but for acoustic I generally use a stainless steel socket, it's heavy but has a nice tone. The brass slide I have is OK but a bit light. I don't play much electric but usually use glass. I wanted to try one...
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nilejam

04/16/15 8:45 PM
slide materials for bottleneck, opinions (topic)
I've been getting a bit serious about playing bottleneck after years of dabbling in it here and there. Probably as a result of finally having time to explore alternate tunings and finally able to fingerpick somewhat after only playing...
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scook

04/16/15 5:24 PM
Re: NRP: one of a kind (reply)
Indeed :-) I've swapped the medium for light and I found it suits the guitar perfectly for fingerstyle. Trebles really sing, and you get a great tone altogether. The 12 is just a bit thin for slide playing, but you can get away with...
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laurent

12/03/14 4:24 PM
Re: NRP: one of a kind (reply)
I was also thinking a 12 fret vintage steel NRP with rolled f holes would look cool with a vintage steel collegian coverplate.
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Michael Segui

12/02/14 1:10 AM
Re: NRP: one of a kind (reply)
Well Michael, in order to even things out, it might be possible that the top of my NRP with flat cut f-holes found its way on a vintage steel body... :-) When I asked Jason if it would make any difference tonewise, he said yes but it...
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laurent

11/28/14 10:31 PM

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