Whether you’re after your own slide guitar sound, or chasing the elusive slide tones of Duane Allman, Derek Trucks, Sonny Landreth, Lowell George and others, a guitarist’s slide is a very personal thing. Your choice of materials usually comes down to brass or glass, however there’s no reason you can’t experiment either. Lowell George was known for using a socket (from a socket wrench) for playing his searing electric guitar slide tones (his Dumble amp and MXR Dyna Comp compressor were a big part of his tone as well). But, your decision doesn’t stop at the material. You also need to consider fit, density, weight, what finger you’ll wear it on, etc. All of these factors affect how the slide feels and sounds for your particular style. Here are some of the most well-respected guitar slide manufacturers making the best slides on the market. Take some time to research their slides and contact them!
The Rock Slide, from Songhurst Guitars, offers an innovative approach to fit. The tapered interior, cuataway for your knuckle and finger rest provide superior comfort. These slides are produced using CNC technology and come in glass, various types of brass. They offer a sizing chart on their website, but you can also contact them with your ring size to have them handpick the perfect slide for your finger.