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Join date: Mar 2007
20 IQ
Hey guys, Im looking to possibly purchase a new guitar and have it setup specifically for slide/open tunings. Ive got a nice Les Paul but I dont want to keep mesing with its settings and figure i need some higher action for nice slide. Im not looking at anything crazy priced, maybe around 500 or so. Trying to get the classic slide sound of skynyrd/black crowes/allmans. I was looking at the gibson sgj, its about 600 right now. Any thoughts or recommendations?
stuntman chris
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Join date: Feb 2013
20 IQ
An SG or another les paul would be great, just set it up with some high action and it'll be a breeze to play. But once you get good at slide, all your friends will be bugging you to play slide on their records
Finding the Pattern
Join date: Jul 2010
110 IQ
Pretty much anything that will stay in tune can be set up to play slide, since a higher action is actually desirable (up to a point of course...).

In general anything you find for $500 (especially used) will work quite nicely. This is one time where you might as well go for how it looks...
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Join date: Mar 2010
50 IQ
You could always try to find a used PRS se 245 soapbar, or really almost any mahogany guitar with p90's. Those ones specifically run $650 new. Good luck.
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Join date: May 2011
10 IQ
I would buy a squire tele,or a used MIM tele or strat.You should experiment with a slide on your LP just to see if you like hum buckers,most people prefer single coils for slide.A guitar with issues like worn out frets or bowed neck can be a great slide guitar.I would go cheap and used like $200-$250.
Battery Chicken
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Join date: Aug 2006
60 IQ
Derek Trucks is rarely seen without an SG strapped around his neck. Slide can sound a little raspy, particularly if your using brass and humbuckers can warm that up a little. Single coils can sound a little thin, but have more of a country tone, so it really depends if your after that incendiary blues sound, or the laid back country tones.
Black Cherry Jello
Join date: Dec 2008
250 IQ
A used Godin Belmont would work well: they have a SD '59 in the bridge and SD Lipsticks in the middle & neck positions- plenty of classic R&R tones.
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