Watch the Slide Considerations online guitar lesson by Sonny Landreth from Slide Supernatural
Let’s talk about slides and the many types. When I was a kid, and I was first reading about it, and I didn’t even know what it was, and I didn’t have a whole lot of resources to find out, but the more I dug into it, the more I was fascinated. I’d heard about how the old delta cats would take a wine bottle, with a piece of thread, lighter fluid, tie it around the top of the bottle and light it, forming a crease. That way they could break it off easier, and use sandpaper to smooth out the rough spots on the edge. What’s really great about those old bottlenecks is there’s a flare at the top, which, I think, makes for an easier, faster, better vibrato. My first slide was made from some handlebars using a hacksaw. I like the metal, it’s a harder sound, has more impact. But once I started using glass, I fell in love with the sound, harmonics, and feel of it. Glass produces a smoother sound to me. The one I use is the Jim Dunlop 215. The reason I ended up sticking with these for all these years is the fact that a lot of what I’m trying to do is play multiple parts, harmonies, melodies and rhythm, and it’s really important to keep that in tune and in check. Having the linear shape is really helps. At times on particular tunes, or to create a different sound or vibe, I'll use a bottleneck, or a metal slide. But for the most part I stick to the Dunlop 215.