slide guitar (effects)

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by popinvasion, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. popinvasion

    popinvasion Supporting Member

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    I love slide guitar. I am learning to be ok at it. I love players more like george harrison. In fact he is what I like in slide. What pedals are fun for slide?
     
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    A compressor seems to be everyone's first choice. Two of them, if you're Lowell George.

    I've heard David Lindley recordings where he seems to be playing through a really widely detuned chorus or vibrato or vibe pedal - not quite sure what exactly, but it's definitely in the modulation family. Sounded killer, and like something I intend to steal.

    Some verb or delay really helps too. Or it helps me, anyway.
     
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    compresser and reverb. I really like the dirty surf-style in slack key. Lots of fun!
     
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    From an OD perspective, the Honey Bee is my go to pedal for slide - often stacked with either a Java Boost or Sun Face - guitar volume rolled back (or up) to taste.
     
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    Mojo vibe & delay of choice
     
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    I like tremolo and delay with a booster

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  7. popinvasion

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    ok so the mention of slide with a phaser or vibe is interesting. I can't quite picture how that would sound.

    I think a good comp is a good idea. I am going to look into that.

    delay as well.
     
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    Or some fuzz and reverb for some burrito bros type stuff
     
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    why no compressor adam?
     
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    I'm really into the Duane Allman style slide so I rarely add anything besides overdrive while sliding. If I do I like some slapback delay and some Deja Vibe.

    Joe Walsh does some real cool stuff with a slide and delay.
     
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    A bit off topic--who's making the best new production slide guitars these days? Would love to pick one up to play around with.
     
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    for me, a good slide guitar is one that looks cool but plays terribly :), so calling a guitar "good for slide" is not a compliment.

    all kidding aside, anything with a fixed bridge and easy access to high frets will do. i like a pickup that's past the 24th fret, like a strat middle pickup, or the neck pickup of the old gretch corvette i use. (huge neck, tiny frets, high action, plays terribly, i.e., perfect).
     
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    I have never been able to use a slide very well so I do it with just my fingers kinda different and meaty no as much highs or steel sound to it.
     
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    My approach to slide and lap steel is no different than how I look at "traditional" playing. I'll use effects with it for certain moods just like anything else. Ironically, though I have a ton of pedals I find most of the time I'm guitar to cable to amp. The only MUST have for me is a bit of grit to the tone when my volume is maxed on the guitar. In that scenario my volume and tone knobs are my effects. You get tremolo, boost and wah right there at your fingertips ;)

    It's funny this thread is up here because last night on whim I brought my phase 90 out with my lapsteel to last nights blues jam. It was fun, especially during rhythm parts but definitely not a must have.

    My philosophy...if you think you'd like it, try it - odds are you will.

    Someone above asked about slide guitars. I think any guitar can be a good one and disagree that a good slide guitar is a bad guitar. I set my action just a little higher than normal and it works great for everything. It just takes a light touch with the slide.
     
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    Sometimes I like a little low octave ala Warren....
     
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    A Red Llama and a tremolo sound killer with a thick ceramic slide.
     
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    Compressor for certain, to get the sustain. For slide I even use a comp/sustainer in front of high gain settings on my amp. That wouldn't work for fretted playing but it does for slide.

    Before I got a programmable amp with high-gain settings I liked a Big Muff on slide. Especially with the tone set fairly bright. It sounds really sleazy.

    If your amp's got reverb and tremolo, kick 'em on over a basically clean sound and slide gives you a real swamp-rock vibe.

    You can get a sort of big-arena sound if you use a very short delay with no regen. I mean shorter than slapback. It sounds kind of double-tracked.
     
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    I tend to use decent compression and my fave is probably a doubler - in fact I use two in series.
    If you go to 5:42 in this demo there is a brief section:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ5do5sGJt8

    sonds huge in stereo
     
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    I don't really see why you wouldn't use anything that works with 'normal' guitar. I will say that e-bow-slide-fuzz-touch of delay can get really interesting.
     
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    If I use humbuckers, I just use amp overdrive. If I use my strat for slide, then I kick in the compressor (Analog Man Dyna Ross).
     

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