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Dunlop 1" Shy Slide
N Stuff Price$7.69
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Dunlop Large Pyrex Glass Slide
N Stuff Price$7.99
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Dunlop Large Pyrex Glass Slide
N Stuff Price$6.15
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Dunlop Medium Chromed Steel SlideDunlop Medium Chromed Steel Slide
N Stuff Price$6.69
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Dunlop Medium Pyrex Glass Slide
N Stuff Price$6.15
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Dunlop Medium Pyrex Glass Slide
N Stuff Price$8.49
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Dunlop Medium Pyrex Glass Slide
N Stuff Price$6.15
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Dunlop Medium Solid Brass Slide
N Stuff Price$8.15
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Dunlop Small Pyrex Glass Slide
N Stuff Price$7.19
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Stevens Steel Bar Slide
N Stuff Price$21.84
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Taylor 11/16" Ebony Guitar Slide
Coming Soon$19.99
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Taylor 13/16" Ebony Guitar Slide
Coming Soon$19.99
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Slide guitar has been consistently one of the most exciting styles of guitar. It has been the source of some of the most iconic sounds on all-time great records and has also been the feature of many of history’s most famous guitarists. Guitarist Derek Trucks is one of the foremost slide guitarists today and has used the slide in combination with his virtuoso-level skill to become one of the best guitarists to ever employ the slide.

Slide guitar was first used by blues musicians in the early half of the 20th century often in delta blues and the Mississippi hills blues music. The slide helped create a very vocal-like quality for the guitar but also in conjunction with an open chord tuning can be used for chords to create a unique accompaniment. Early blues guitarists such as Robert Johnson and Elmore James were among the first to use the slide for blues guitar and it became a sound that artists would seek for decades to come. R.L. Burnside took inspiration from James and Johnson and began using slide a more powerful blues/rock type setting. During the 60s and early 70s Duane Allman in a short period of time became the epitome of slide guitar. His solo on Derek and Dominos recording of “Layla”, which went on to be one of the most played songs in popular music history, features Duane Allman’s slide playing throughout the entire recording and brought Allman to the very top of the world of slide guitar and music.

Slide guitar is a totally different approach than playing without a slide. When using a slide you do not want to press the string down to the fret, but instead rest the slide on top of the guitar and it will behave as if it is fretless. By acting as though it is fretless you often need to have the slide right behind the fret in order to achieve the proper intonation. Many guitars that are being used for slide are set up with much higher action in order to accommodate the slide and prevent fret buzz.

Finding the right slide is a major step in helping you develop into a good slide player. At N Stuff Music our variety of slides is meant to provide you with a wide enough selection to determine which slide is most comfortable to play and has a sound that appeals to you. A glass slide is typically used for players who would like a warmer slide sound and can often be seen being used on an electric guitar. Metal slides are often a much louder sound and are commonly used when playing chords. Metal slides are also often used for acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and also sometimes electric guitar. A steel bar slide is made to be used with dobro guitar as well as lap steel and pedal steel guitar as its size allows it to consistently reach across all strings and is to be held instead of being placed on a finger.

At N Stuff Music we are happy to answer any questions about finding the right slide for you to continue your journey playing slide guitar. Chat with us online for any questions about our selection of slides as well as how to set up a guitar for ideal slide playing. Thank you for visiting our website and for shopping at N Stuff Music!

 
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