How Bottleneck Slides Were Made - The Burning String Method

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  1. 33db

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    Not sure why but I really enjoyed this video, old blues lore I guess.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I've made many that way. Just be sure to sand the edges by hand after it sits for a while to cool across the entire neck so you don't crack it.

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    How to video? Let's discuss.

    Otherwise, take a bottle, wear proper safety equipment, and cut the glass manually with a 'fine hand saw' at slow speed? Polish the sharp edges by hand with a dry/wet sandpaper, and call it done?
     
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    I have a Dremel, I bet that could do the job.
     
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    @TJ Muzza once made a bottleneck in the middle of a song. His band were on stage performing a number where he played slide in the middle section only. As he turned to his AC-30, he realised the bottle neck must have fallen off and rolled across the stage. Undaunted, he smashed a beer bottle across the top of his amp and played the slide solo with the remains. Of course, the audience thought it was part of the act, and went totally ape! :D:D:D

    Not a recommended technique but needs as needs must...
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    I tried that method once before, I was probably 13...failed miserably. after watching the video I'm pretty certain I didn't hold the bottle horizontal.
    My first "slide" was a Phillips screwdriver. I've used pretty much everything that came down the pike for a slide, but I've always preferred glass. I haven't played slide for 10 or 15 years. Like the rest of my playing I was not a master of the slide, I am or was a utility grade slideplayer.
     
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    Youtube recommended me that too, I'll have to check it out.
     
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    My first slide was a bic lighter.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    Since I have a rather thick wedding ring made from tungsten carbide, I sometimes adjust it on my finger and use it in a pinch. Not as warm as glass but gets the job done. Also makes me very deliberate in my playing.

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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Bic, Zippo...

    Coricidin bottles were all the rage in the 90s, and getting more scarce since OTC drugs moved to foil blister packs.
     
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    The problem with the glass slides is the fumble ending in powdery glass bits and nothing to finish the set with.

    Much more stable is use a 3/4in copper pipe scrap.

    I made some bottle neck slides using a tile saw I have. You need to make a 'sled' so the bottle doesn't twist while cutting and shatter. Make another cut a little further down the bottle and you have a nice flower vase for the wife. Throw a few flowers you found around the yard in there with water and your guitar playing hobby just got bonus points.

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