Best Guitar Slides in 2020



Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar, Chromed Brass Review:


I love this tuning bar. I chose it for its design and weight distribution. Many years ago I severely injured my left hand and lost the ability to play my guitar. As I grew older I found that I still had the desire to play so I started using a lap steel guitar. I tried several tone bars before I bought this one. This one has just the right feel and fit for my decreased mobility of my left hand. It does not cause my fingers to become fatigued to where I have to stop playing. I would recommend it to anyone who may have the same problem where injury prevents fingers to function normally.



Dunlop 218 Tempered Glass Slide, Heavy Wall Thickness, Medium/Short Review:


Dunlop slides and tone bars are reasonably priced and well made, and are easy to find, so if you lose or break one you can always get another. That's the reason Duane Allman used to use the legendary Coricidin bottle, and Lowell George a Craftsman long socket wrench - availability and consistency. The rest is in the player's hands.

The 218 is my go-to slide for electric guitar. This is a very personal decision, and I like the smooth feel and tone of glass, and the mass is low enough that it's easy to move quickly, but high enough to give great sustain. It covers about 4 strings, enough for lead playing.

If you're new to slide guitar and looking for some free advice, here's mine:
1. Get one metal and one glass slide. I suggest the 213 or 218 for glass, and the 231 brass slide for metal. The 231 has curved sides that better match the fretboard radius of a round neck guitar.
2. Get a clip-on tuner if you don't already have one. It can set you back as little as $10 and makes it easy to get into an open tuning
3. Tune your guitar to an "open tuning". It's easy with a digital tuner. Start with open G (DGDGBD) - it's a blast.
4. Do a web search for videos on "open G tuning" as a way to get started



Planet Waves Glass Slide, Small Review:


I bought this slide for a second guitar, open tuned. I wanted to be able to have a small slide in
each guitar case for convenience. I already had a Planet Waves Glass Slide and have enjoyed
using it for most of my open tuning blues songs as well as other genre.

-- Stats -------------------------------------
Length: 1-15/16 inch [ 49.2mm ]
Inside Diameter: 5/8 inch [ 15.87mm ]
Outside Diameter: 1 Inch [ 25.4mm ]

The glass slide, more precisely a 'boron silicate' slide, can be worn on my hand, on the pinky and
third fingers, almost to the second knuckle. It fits securely and has never come loose or fallen off.
I can not get the slide on the index or middle fingers and this was expected.

I use a small slide instead of a full length for two reasons. First; I am able to move the small light
glass slide around the fingerboard much faster. It is less cumbersome and lighter than a full length
brass or steel slide. Second; I like the short slide for lead playing and, if need be, can move faster
with more accuracy on the strings. I don't need to unnecessarily mute the other strings that are
not in contact with the slide. I just feel more agile using the smaller slide for lead.

I like the tone of the glass slide on my strings. Generally it sounds more crisp and bright even with
Nickel strings on my electric and Phosphor-bronze on my Resonator. I recommend for those who
have not tried other types of slides to also get a steel slide and a brass slide. Both tones are very
different from the glass, which tends to provide a more clean tone in comparison. Steel can give a
nasty old blues sound and brass has a mellow sound, all things being equal among the three.

I give this slide 5 stars because simply works well. It is nicely polished, there are no sharp edges
anywhere on the slide, and has a smooth inside surface. I have purchased other Planet Waves
items and find their workmanship very good to excellent. I believe this slide will follow in the
footsteps of my other purchases.
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NOTE: Want a small slide for your index or middle fingers? Try the Dunlop C218 below.
Dunlop C218 Glass Moonshine, Heavy Wall Thickness, Medium/Short.



Mr.Power Guitar Slide Glass Slider Review:


I rec. this today. It came in a loose package but was not damaged . The box it was in kept it in great condition. The fit is good and works very well on all my guitars. I am very happy with this and now my guitars will have a new and different sounds that I can play with. Deff. worth 5 ***** and a good value for the money. Thanks Amazon for another great Product.



Dunlop 222 Brass Slide, Medium Wall Thickness, Medium Review:


This just fits my ring finger barely & stops at the bottom knuckle. Some argue which finger to use a slide with but I've seen people mainly use their pinky or ring finger. Some are able to push the slide all the way down those two fingers, I can get the slide on my ring finger down to the last knuckle where it rests snugly. I tried to push it ALL the way down but not only does it hurt, it gets stuck as well. Just a heads up to those wondering how it fits. Other than that this is a great buy for the price & according to the back of the packaging it gives you a little info on what materials work best. It states brass chimes brighter with the strings & sustains longer than glass, plastic, steel chrome or porcelain.



Ernie Ball Glass slide, Medium Review:


I once had someone ask me if I could be any more annoying with my electric guitar. Figured, why not. So I got this Ernie Ball glass slide, and now they are begging me to play real songs again. This is so annoying, it brings a smile to my face from ear to ear every time I bring it out. You see, I have never used one of these before, so as a result, I am so far clueless. I just plug in, turn up, and slide this in no particular pattern. The tunelessness of 5 minutes of this will shake your brain out of your head.

But, let’s say for a minute that I know what I am doing. It fits my fingers fine and the glass seems plenty thick enough. No problems I can see with this glass slide. Might like it even better when I learn the right way to use it!



Ernie Ball Glass slide, Large Review:


I once had someone ask me if I could be any more annoying with my electric guitar. Figured, why not. So I got this Ernie Ball glass slide, and now they are begging me to play real songs again. This is so annoying, it brings a smile to my face from ear to ear every time I bring it out. You see, I have never used one of these before, so as a result, I am so far clueless. I just plug in, turn up, and slide this in no particular pattern. The tunelessness of 5 minutes of this will shake your brain out of your head.

But, let’s say for a minute that I know what I am doing. It fits my fingers fine and the glass seems plenty thick enough. No problems I can see with this glass slide. Might like it even better when I learn the right way to use it!



Ernie Ball Glass slide, Small Review:


I once had someone ask me if I could be any more annoying with my electric guitar. Figured, why not. So I got this Ernie Ball glass slide, and now they are begging me to play real songs again. This is so annoying, it brings a smile to my face from ear to ear every time I bring it out. You see, I have never used one of these before, so as a result, I am so far clueless. I just plug in, turn up, and slide this in no particular pattern. The tunelessness of 5 minutes of this will shake your brain out of your head.

But, let’s say for a minute that I know what I am doing. It fits my fingers fine and the glass seems plenty thick enough. No problems I can see with this glass slide. Might like it even better when I learn the right way to use it!



Guitar Slide, Set of 1 Glass Slide, 1 Steel Slide and 1 Brass Guitar Slide, Bonus 6 Pcs Guitar Picks, and 4 Finger Picks Review:


so I really thought these slides might be cheap and on the thin side, because they sent three of them. But upon initial inspection, they were as thick as any slides I have ever seen. At first I thought the brass slide was colored steel, but it is a bit thicker making it quite strong. They came in a nice case that will keep them safe from drops and packing into gear. I have little use for the finger picks, but I might go pull out a banjo every now and then. The other picks were of various colors and sizes.
I have pretty large hands and the slides fit ok, but were snug at the first finger joint. I usually play with them right about there anyways. but if you slide them all the way down your middle finger and have big hands they will get stuck. They went all the way onto all of my other fingers.
Very happy with this purchase. Arrived in two days. You can buy one slide and pay the same amount or get these and have a wide range of sounds to explore.