What does the current slide offer? Nothing, just a piece of pipe. Dozens of manufacturers, all charging a fortune for what the home center sells for pennies.
While trying to keep the slide from dropping past the second knuckle, your inspired solo distracts you and your slide moves, pinching your finger as you go to use it again.
It's either thin & comfortable, but has no tone - or - it is a bulky slide that sounds good, but is cumbersome.
No matter what slide you buy, it wobbles. Sure, it's snug at the 2nd knuckle, but loose across the rest of the finger.
Solution? Don't cut, carve the perfect slide! We made a slide that tapers inside to maintain a snug feel all the way down your finger. The added benefit is thicker walls for extra weight and sustain. A cutaway at the second knuckle helps maintain finger bendability and prevents pinching. Lastly, the flat finger rest is more stable than resting on a round surface.
From Design to Existence
In order to make these slides a reality, we employ CNC driven Swiss screw machines utilizing 3D CAD drawings. It's the ONLY way to achieve the tapered interior, the finger contour at the base of the slide, and a very intuitive finger rest. Your non-slide digits can aid in controlling your next riff rather than fumbling around with a wobbly slide. These features allow you to play at a new level regardless of current skill.
Getting the Right Fit
The small Rock Slide is the sports car of the bottleneck world and fits comfortably on the pinky finger. The tapered interior helps it stay on by itself so you don't have to focus on bending your finger in the slide to prevent it from moving around or falling off. This gives the index, middle and ring finger freedom to play.
I.D. at Opening: U.S. 11/16" or 17.5mm
Weight: 1.3oz or 36g
U.S. Measurements: Cutaway side, 1 9/16 " - Overall length, 1 7/8 "
Metric Measurements: Cutaway side, 40.5mm - Overall length, 47.8mm
The medium slide fits the ring finger comfortably and can be worn on the pinky finger of players with larger fingers or who want full six string coverage with a slide on the pinky finger. The tapered interior is extremely comfortable and prevents wobbling.
I.D. at Opening: U.S. 3/4 " or 19.5mm
Weight: 2oz or 58g
U.S. Measurements: Cutaway side, 1 15/16" - Overall length, 2 1/4 "
Metric Measurements: Cutaway side, 49.5mm - Overall length, 57.8mm
The large slide also fits comfortably on the ring finger, but its weight is beast-like. The weight and thickness of this slide produce HUGE sustain and dark, rich tone.
I.D. at Opening: U.S. 13/16" or 20.7mm
Weight: 3.45oz or 100g, almost a quarter pound. A roll of pennies weighs 4.41oz
Length: Cutaway side, 2 1/32" - Overall length, 2 5/16"
Length: Cutaway side, 51.8mm - Overall length, 58.8mm
Way more comfortable than a Spark Plug socket!!
Rock Slide Finishes
Original Brass Rock Slide:
The original Rock Slide is made of plain brass, which is preferred by many musicians because of its rich, warm tone & golden glow.
Nickel Plated Rock Slide:
Nickel plated Rock Slides will naturally age over time like a vintage guitar with nickel parts. They produce a tone that is a bit darker than the chrome plated slides, and slightly brighter than plain brass.
Chrome Plated Rock Slide:
Limited Edition Chrome plated Rock Slides are the brightest in the family. They have a true showroom grade triple plate chrome finish, which is much harder than nickel or brass. Like all Rock Slides, they feature the tapered interior, knuckle cutaway and flat finger rest, and are machined out of solid brass.
Aged Brass Rock Slide:
If you are into tweed and worn out looking gear these are for you. Tonally they sound like a standard brass Rock Slide, but they resemble something from the bottom of the Bayou. We individually hand age these using a multi-step recipe of destruction. They have a perfectly smooth finish for playability.
Aged Nickel Rock Slide:
Aged Nickel Rock Slides appear to be pulled from the hull of a 1700's shipwreck. Aged in the way you might age replacement tuning pegs or pickup covers that are to be installed on a vintage piece, but on a more extreme level. These have a perfectly smooth finish for playability.
Rock Slide Sound
RockSlides have unparalleled sustain.
Why so much sustain? Because the heart of The Rock Slide is the solid "bronzed brass" rod that is CNC carved to fit your finger. We are now utilizing a new formula of "Bronzed Brass" for the slides. This particular brass formula has a lot of nickel content which is the best for tone, sustain and plating. The walls are thick and get thicker towards the end of the slide. We intentionally added mass to them. Like a Hawaiian slide players bar cuts through the mix with more weight and mass, so does The Rock Slide. NOT JUST A PIECE OF PIPE.