It depends on the tone you want and the slide you're using. I use a brass slide because I like the weight and I broke all my glass ones (lol), so I like neck pickup position to give the tone fullness, a slightly more vocal quality, and to take the edge off the highs. The Firebird pickups are a classic for bluesly slide (think Johnny Winter), but Duane Allman used a brige humbucker with a corcidian slide. The lipstick pickups from Danelectros are also supposed to sound great too (see Led Zep's "In My Time of Dying" and "Traveling Riverside Blues"). P-90s are also supposed to be great for a raw rock 'n' roll sound.
Basically, you can use any kind of pickup, it just depends on your style and the sound you want.
Post by benttop (Steve) on Apr 29, 2007 19:23:58 GMT -7
Skydog's got it right - it depends. One of the coolest slide tones around is the sound Bonnie Raitt gets with her Strat. But I can't make mine sound like that to save my soul - she's obviously got some time into the setup, and some chops to back it up.
I have always liked glass slides, but they do break so easily. I tried several kinds of metal ones, but didn't like the tone as well, so now I use a Mudslide which is ceramic. Works great!
My slider is a PRS bolt neck with original PRS pups. I typically use the bridge pup for my slide work. The only down side to that is that it's pretty hard to tame for non-full-tilt soloing. I think the sound Bonnie Raitt gets is perfect for between the lines runs, but you can't get there with a PRS!
Post by billyguitar on Apr 29, 2007 20:04:26 GMT -7
Bonnie uses a boatload of compression. I can hear the pump. Sonny Landreth uses distortion instead. He also strings his guitars with .013s. I use to play a lot of slide, even when I used .009s! Then I got into lap steels with a volume pedal. It's a different sound but much easier to get a good singing note with a lap steel and a bar. When i was playing slide I found that every guitar needed a different slide. Some liked glass, some liked brass and some liked chromed brass. If you're really into slide you'll need a variety of them to see which works best with your particular. The worst example of slide playing I've seen recently was Billy Gibbons doing Tush on some bogus CMT Crossroads show with Brooks and Dunne. Billy G. just pressed the slide right down on the frets. It was totally lame! Why play slide if you can't get the microtones? That show was so lame! They spent a lot of time interviewing B & D and about 6 seconds with Z Z Top. How wrong is that? You really don't need to get one built. Just take about any guitar and raise the action a bit and find the right slide. Or do what I like, find a lap steel with legs, find a tuning you like and do it better than slide guitar. Listen to David Lindley doing Mercury Blues and hear a good Fender steel thru a Dumble!
77 guitars and 75 amps! "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man." Jebediah Springfield www.luckysoandsos.com
The Bad Poodle: I bought airline tickets online... now every few days i get emails that read "Your trip is almost here but aren't you forgetting something?? You don't have trip insurance!" and i'm thinking..."is there something i should know about your plane maintenance?"
Jun 21, 2019 16:02:32 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Reminds me of buying my Honda. When they tried to sell me the maintenance package, I said "Is your car not reliable?" Long story short my wife teamed up with the sales lady to buy the maint package. Never again!
Jun 21, 2019 16:16:53 GMT -7
roscoenyc: I have never in my life experienced tube rattle. That said, I've only been playing electric guitar for 49 years.
Aug 2, 2019 6:39:37 GMT -7
The Bad Poodle: What cures tube SHAKE and tube RATTLE? A tube ROLL?
Aug 11, 2019 17:22:10 GMT -7
capofirstfret: I've experienced tube rattle in two different amps that I've had. In both cases I bought the rubber rings from Eurotubes and it fixed it for me.
Aug 14, 2019 12:57:35 GMT -7
roscoenyc: Guitar amps on carpet make me sad.
Aug 16, 2019 5:23:37 GMT -7
The Bad Poodle: Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Aug 16, 2019 14:12:09 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Thank you for neighbors with gardens. Fresh veggies and no hassle!
Aug 17, 2019 18:12:08 GMT -7
"Z" Steve: Sunshine Superman? Call any vegetable - call it by name!
Aug 19, 2019 11:53:09 GMT -7
GuitarZ: Idiot! I wanted to put a little air on my Zoom H1's circuit board to clear out any residual Deoxit from spraying the input connector. Guess which can I picked up to spray. Yup! Not the air can.
Aug 23, 2019 10:07:40 GMT -7
premiumplus (Dave): I was wondering why a Frisbee gets larger the closer it gets. Then it hit me.
Aug 24, 2019 6:14:55 GMT -7
easyed: Call any vegetable - call it by name! And the chances are good, that the vegetable will respond to you. F-Zappa.
Oct 1, 2019 19:49:10 GMT -7
The Bad Poodle: rutabay-ayga... rutabay-ayga
Oct 2, 2019 12:33:25 GMT -7
"Z" Steve: I'm losing status at the high school - I used to think that is was MY school
Oct 8, 2019 15:01:34 GMT -7
The Bad Poodle: A bunch of pom-pom girls, Looked down their nose at me. They had painted tons of posters, I had painted three. I hear the secret whispers Everywhere I go, My school spirit is at an All time low...
Oct 8, 2019 17:11:32 GMT -7
"Z" Steve: Oh Look! My hair is getting good in the back!
Oct 10, 2019 20:48:05 GMT -7