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Old 01-17-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Why should I use a concave bottleneck?

I'm getting a bottleneck (my first one) and I noticed Jim Dunlop sells Concave bottlenecks (i.e. a bottle neck that's thinner in the middle than the edges). Why is this? Should I get it? I've never used a slide before, can you help me here?
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:11 PM   #2
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I would think to accommodate some of the less flat fretboard radiuses.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:43 PM   #3
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i might recommend getting a glass and a metal slide for two reasons:
each provide different tones, and they aren't that expensive, also glass one break really easy, so if you have pets/siblings/children, then metal is (i've found) to be a more viable option.

just some advice since you said it's your first.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:34 AM   #4
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A straight glass slide is the easiest way to learn. Once you're proficient with that then try steel, brass and oddball profiles until you work out what you prefer. A toddler doesn't need Reebocks.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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A straight glass slide is the easiest way to learn. Once you're proficient with that then try steel, brass and oddball profiles until you work out what you prefer. A toddler doesn't need Reebocks.

Whats a Reebocks?
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:40 AM   #6
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http://www.amazon.com/Reebok-Toddle...rds=baby+reebok hahaha

anyway, that's why I suggested both. i got sick of sweeping up the mess and dishing out another 5 bucks for a new slide every week

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Whats a Reebocks?
Ok, smartarse - Reeboks.
I'm still on my first cup of coffee, don't spelling Nazi me or I'll jump out of your monitor and tear your bloody arms off.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:50 AM   #8
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Ok, smartarse - Reeboks.
I'm still on my first cup of coffee, don't spelling Nazi me or I'll jump out of your monitor and tear your bloody arms off.



i was actually alluding to the fact that you are old and no one even says the word reebok anymore. i reckon if you ask a 12 year old what they are they'll be like

Also, i ain't no keyboard warrior, i'll fight armless and dirty to get those arms back.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:01 AM   #9
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:05 AM   #10
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The only time I run is when I'm chasing 12 yo's off my lawn.

the only time i run is when grease starts flowing from meat on the BBQ and i have to run to move the meat so i'm not eating charcoal from the fire i have produced.

/being a manly man from australia.

also it is boiling here in sydney, must be super hot out there in the sticks.
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Yeah, man. It's been friggin boiling. Been hovering just under 40C for days. I've been sleeping through most of the day with the air con on.


But back on topic. TS, make sure you get one that fits properly. You want it small enough that it doesn't flop around but not so small that you can't just flick it off.
The Jim Dunlop glass slides are quite good. I've had mine for maybe 20 years and dropped it heaps. Still going strong. I actually use a steel one now though.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #12
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TS - In simplest terms; because some fretboards are convex.

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the only time i run is when grease starts flowing from meat on the BBQ and i have to run to move the meat so i'm not eating charcoal from the fire i have produced.

/being a manly man from australia.

also it is boiling here in sydney, must be super hot out there in the sticks.

When you say 'meat' you mean shrimp, and when you say 'BBQ' you mean barbie... Right?
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:21 PM   #14
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Yeah, man. It's been friggin boiling. Been hovering just under 40C for days. I've been sleeping through most of the day with the air con on.


Oh you Australians, its -25c up in my part of Quebec right now.

Also on a more relevant note if you've never played slide before be patient I found it very difficult at first and still kinda do. If your buying your first slide I'd just get a regular old brass slide. I've had a Dunlop one for years.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:28 PM   #15
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I found brass ones to be too heavy to learn with. Glass is easier when starting out.
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I found brass ones to be too heavy to learn with. Glass is easier when starting out.


He should probably just buy both to find which one he likes. Slides , like strings, can be a personal thing.Plus slides are only like 5-10$.
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