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  posted on 11/7/2005 at 07:40 PM
I recently traded my Epiphone Les Paul for a Line-6 Flextone 3.

I am in the market for another guitar to play slide on...

I was pretty much settled on a LP Black Beauty, but wanted to know what other guitars you guys have experienced good slide response on?



 
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  posted on 11/7/2005 at 09:17 PM
I play slide on my American Standard Stratocaster and I like it - Sonny Landreth, Ry Cooder, Lowell George, George Harrison and Bonnie Raitt all get (or got, unfortunately in George and Lowell's case) a pretty good slide response from Stratocasters.
 

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  posted on 11/7/2005 at 09:45 PM
Same with Telecasters, SG's and Flying V's.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2005 at 09:49 PM
I have both a strat and a tele, but neither really compared to the humbuckers of the Paul...I thought about an SG...don't get mad SG dudes...I think they're ugly...anyway...I guess I'll take a trip to Guitar Center to find out...I've hit all the local Pawn shops with no luck...I did pick up a Mexican strat for $140 today though
 

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  posted on 11/7/2005 at 10:15 PM
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don't get mad SG dudes...I think they're ugly...anyway...I guess I'll take a trip to Guitar Center to find out...


So did Les Paul ....They became SG after the first year of production was a Les Paul model and he told gibson to not use his name with that guitar

 

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  posted on 11/7/2005 at 10:45 PM
one of the all time great blues slide players was hound dog taylor who played, if i remember correctly, a teisco which was one of the cheapest guitars you could buy in the 60's. one guitar will not help you play better slide than another. the real secret is no secret - it's practice, practice and more practice. at first you're going to sound like dog s#*t - you have to keep at it. don't get discouraged - play for the pleasure of making music and enjoy.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2005 at 09:23 AM
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one guitar will not help you play better slide than another



I understand that...I'm not looking for a guitar to make me sound better as far as the literal slide playing...

I'm exploring the possibility of getting something other than a Les Paul, that together with the amp/effects, will get the deep, warm tone that I'm looking for.

I have 14 other guitars and none can match the LP in one area or another for my slide preference

I'll probably snag another Les Paul...all comments appreciated

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 12:47 AM
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one guitar will not help you play better slide than another



I understand that...I'm not looking for a guitar to make me sound better as far as the literal slide playing...

I'm exploring the possibility of getting something other than a Les Paul, that together with the amp/effects, will get the deep, warm tone that I'm looking for.


sorry - i misunderstood your question. there are lots of variables that go into tone - guitar, pickups, amp, effects if any and type of slide used. i have played slide on my les pauls and on a srv strat, each with their own distinct tone. the best thing to do is experiment - what sounds good to me may not sound good to you or what sounds good to you and me may not sound good to someone else. half of the fun is trying new things. i always liked the tone i got from my srv with a glass slide played through my mesa nomad with a tube screamer. it bites a little bit more than the paul but i can still make it warm by turning the tone switch down on the guitar. a friend of mine plays slide on 70's walnut 335 in standard tuning and a early 80's sg special in g tuning through a dr z maz jr with a tube screamer and gets a monster tone. experiment and find what works and sounds best for you. happy hunting!

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 04:29 PM
no harm, no foul...

I went to guitar center today and played a bunch of guitars...

It'll probably be a Epi LP, Gibson flyin V, or Epi Wildkat

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 06:47 PM
I've never tried slide on a single coil guitar, or a guitar with less sustain than HB's. What's it like? Probably less sustain. Any different techniques to use?
 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 07:17 PM


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I did pick up a Mexican strat for $140 today though

decent price, way to go.


The Weight, Duane played a strat on it and has some high volume stinging slide geetar work on it.
End of the line, I believe Warren is playing a Strat, on that.
I'm playing a strat right now and jonesin for the blast of a humbucker.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2005 at 09:43 PM
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I've never tried slide on a single coil guitar, or a guitar with less sustain than HB's. What's it like? Probably less sustain. Any different techniques to use?


i don't play slide as much as i used to but i use no different technique on single coil as opposed to humbuckers. part of the secret to controlling your sustain is controlling your volume and gain. some great slide players play on single coil guitars. i was lucky enough to see rory gallagher live and he just tore it up on slide on a telecaster. try everything once. if you like it try it twice.

 

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  posted on 11/10/2005 at 11:51 AM
I think guitars with adjustable bridge heights (like the gibson tune-o-matic) are best
for setting up for slide.

That said I have a Hammer Echotone (355 copy) set up for slide.

 

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  posted on 11/11/2005 at 02:18 PM
I have an Epi goldtop 1956 reissue les paul that I use as my main guitar so I frequently tune it up to open-E for slide, and it has an awesome tone, but that's the tone I like, bright, thin and sustained. If you want something warm perhaps something like an Es-335 would suit you good.
 

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  posted on 11/12/2005 at 08:13 PM
i think les pauls are pretty good for slide but i like SG's for slide better than les pauls because of the easier access to all frets
 

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  posted on 11/13/2005 at 05:58 PM


I'm using a yamaha Sg400 for slide - the strange thing is...............it has a sickeningly low action!! And it works a treat - i usually use a strat with a high action! Took the 400 to practice the other night and it was superb! But the action thing is very odd though!! I have a 71 gibson sg, but i don't like it for slide - more of an ornament

 

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  posted on 11/13/2005 at 06:01 PM
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the strange thing is...............it has a sickeningly low action!!



Right on...I'd have it no other way for fingers or slide !

 

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  posted on 11/18/2005 at 11:55 AM
I don't think anyone has mentioned a Gibson or Epiphone Firebird. The Epiphone 1963 Firebird VII reissue is ~$500. Johnny Winter used and Warren Haynes uses them to great effect. The tone is kind of in between strat and humbucker.

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  posted on 11/18/2005 at 06:59 PM
I have been using my Paul Reed Smith for some of my slide playing, but I always end up going back to the SG.

 

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  posted on 11/29/2005 at 06:46 PM
I appreciate all of the help...I have re-acquired my Epiphone and have had it professionally setup for me...here's a pic...I also stripped the pick guard for that full beauty look...

 
 


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