Slides are a small hollow cylindrical pipe used to slide along the strings of a guitar, producing a very distinct and expressive tone that regular fretting cannot quickly provide. But before getting one, let us look at the key considerations. To figure out what you want, search based on the type of your guitar and its action, string gauge, and tuning. Once you have that down, look for the variations below that suit your category.
Checking for different tonal qualities
Glass varieties are made from Pyrex or borosilicate, heat-treated, and annealed for a smooth performance. They accentuate the middle harmonics and provides a warm and soft slide sound. Stainless-steel varieties offer a great resonance, intonation, and a clear, bright sound. Brass and nickel varieties provide a bright tone and provide maximum sustain. That gives the tone more treble and a more stable bass, for longer stretches and a full tone. Ceramic falls between Glass and brass for tone, and depending on the glaze, can create brighter or darker tones.
What sizing to go for?
Typically, slides come in multiple sizes. According to ring sizes - S is 4-7.5, M is 8-10.5, L is 11-13.5, and XL is 14-16. These are approximate and may vary with brands. For an accurate measure, figure out the finger you will be using, measure its ring size, decide on the material, and then find the closest fit possible.
How to choose a suitable length?
Short ones are recommended if you want to switch between sliding and fretting if you need to bend your finger. Long ones are best to cover all the strings and slide across the fretboard. Try to find a fit that is snug yet has a little space to be comfortable.
What weight is comfortable?
Weight mainly depends on the material but can vary with sizes. Glass is the lightest, but a large, long, and thick one would be heavier than a short, small, and thin brass one. Ceramic weighs more consistently with variations depending on sizes. Also, more significant strings & higher action require a heavier slide. Lighter for lighter strings and low action. So, choose a slide according to the tone and sustain you'd desire while playing.
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