Glass Slide vs Metal Slide

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons' started by dylan.rocks.all.nite.long, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. dylan.rocks.all.nite.long

    dylan.rocks.all.nite.long Senior Member

    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2009
    I recently purchased a Glass Dunlop slide, and have been working on some songs that use a slide, after youtubing the songs to see live performances/covers/lessons/etc, I found that almost all of them are using a metal slide.

    Is there a tonal difference or a reason they use a metal one compared to a glass slide?
     
  2. River

    River Senior Member

    Messages:
    57,250
    Likes Received:
    91,228
    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    There's a big tonal difference, especially between glass and brass. Compare your glass slide to something handy, like a wrench socket or a table knife.
     
  3. mudfinger

    mudfinger Thanks for the memories! V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    17,219
    Likes Received:
    50,325
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2010
    Very different tonality. I really, really, really prefer glass to any of the metal slides I've played. I think alotta guys prefer the sound of metal; it's way more rockin', for lack of a better term. And, usually the metal slides are smaller and thinner, so they're a bit easier for some folks to wield. :thumb:
     
  4. Lampens

    Lampens Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,028
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2007
    Glass sounds smoother. I prefer glass. I actually think the metal ones are heavier. Thinner indeed but I find em not handier because of the weight.
     
    So What likes this.
  5. Toris93

    Toris93 Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,054
    Likes Received:
    701
    Joined:
    May 4, 2008
    if you are a beginner i would suggest glass, its lighter and i find alot easier to play than metal ones. the dunlop blues bottle is great, i keep mine on the ring finger above the knuckle, the Derek Trucks/Duane Allman way.
     
  6. ext1jdh

    ext1jdh Senior Member

    Messages:
    9,522
    Likes Received:
    6,191
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2010
    I prefer glass but it needs to have a lot of mass to it. If it doesnt have mass it just sounds too thin to me.
     
  7. zontar

    zontar Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,209
    Likes Received:
    3,903
    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Glass slides sound great, metal slides sound great--it comes down to personal preference, and there's no rule saying you can't use both.

    Personally I use a brass slide for two reasons
    1-I would break glass slides all the time, so the cost would add up.
    2-As far as metal slides I have a chrome slide as well, but I prefer the sound and feel of the brass slide.
     
  8. PINKBITS

    PINKBITS Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,583
    Likes Received:
    466
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    I've only just started learning slide and am using glass.
     
  9. snaredrum

    snaredrum V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    23,053
    Likes Received:
    13,755
    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2009
    i use brass for resonator slide, glass for acoustic slide and either glass or ceramic for electric slide. all of them make different sounds on each guitar.
     
  10. BluesHowler

    BluesHowler Senior Member

    Messages:
    481
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    I use glass for electric and acoustic guitars. To me it just sounds better than any metal slide I've used. I also play a lap steel and use a metal bar on it so my suggestion is to go figure out which sound you like on your guitar.
     
  11. PINKBITS

    PINKBITS Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,583
    Likes Received:
    466
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Using slide on middle finger and am "trying" to use a pic/finger combo.

    However at the moment I am mainly just concentraing on pic alone and trying to get a feel for the slide.

    I am enjoying it very much thus far. :thumb:
     
  12. PINKBITS

    PINKBITS Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,583
    Likes Received:
    466
    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    I should also note that I went with using the slide on my middle finger for a couple of reasons.

    Firstly, it is the most comfortable finger for me.

    I can still use my index and ring finger to fret notes.

    I find it easiest to mute the strings behind the slide with my index.
     
  13. Drew224

    Drew224 "Obvious BS Artist" V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    16,575
    Likes Received:
    7,765
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2009
    i've got a metal slide because page used one. i think he used chrome and brass. i've already rusted out my metal slide, and i can't play slide for my life.
     
  14. Mookakian

    Mookakian Senior Member

    Messages:
    5,961
    Likes Received:
    2,131
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Slide is hard!! I love a good slide track. Do the glass ones break easily? Meaning if u were to drop id from say waist height, ur needing a new slide?
     
  15. QuicksilverSS

    QuicksilverSS Senior Member

    Messages:
    12,685
    Likes Received:
    10,685
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2009
    I have broken 2 glass slides on a hardwood floor. I want a metal one just because of tonal differences. I like to use it on my middle finger,but i need more practice with my technic.:rolleyes:
     
  16. Lampens

    Lampens Senior Member

    Messages:
    7,028
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2007
    On an open tuned guitar you can get a good slide tune very easily. If you want to play smooth you really got to learn the right hand dampening thing. That's the hardest part to master.
     
  17. River

    River Senior Member

    Messages:
    57,250
    Likes Received:
    91,228
    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    You been playing that long, or do you live in a swamp?
     
  18. geochem1st

    geochem1st V.I.P. Member

    Messages:
    27,428
    Likes Received:
    39,917
    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008

    Playing slide makes him sweat a lot. :laugh2:
     
  19. california1967

    california1967 Senior Member

    Messages:
    723
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    It's all personal preference.

    I pretty much use glass for when I want a "clean" type of slide sound - think of the intro to "Free Bird" by Skynyrd.[Look at video around 45sec]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-_8xivRTsY]YouTube - Lynyrd Skynyrd - FreeBird [Live][/ame]

    I use a metal when I want something with some grit - think of "Bad to the Bone" by George Thorogood.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VsoxT_FUY]YouTube - GEORGE THOROGOOD "Bad To The Bone"[/ame]
     
  20. Mookakian

    Mookakian Senior Member

    Messages:
    5,961
    Likes Received:
    2,131
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2010
    Well, i actually got a steel lap slide!? I really like it! Next ill grab a glass;) Also picked up a set of flatwound strings, big difference:wow:
     

Share This Page