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When I bought my first guitar (or was bought it rather) the first thing I wanted to buy for it was a guitar slide - one which would give my acoustic that hard-core deliverance tone (though I hadn't seen the film of course). I knew it was an easy way to play, and had been recommended using a slide to gain that subconscious knowledge of the sounds of the frets, and the different ringing textures of the strings - all information which could be transferred and used to play normally.
The 'Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide' is another example of a great product from Dunlop which stands the test of time, and preforms excellently over that long period. The product is fantastic (no question), but it just wasn't what I was after as a child of 14 - it simply wasn't the sound I had in mind and this lowered what I thought of it. As a result I hardly used the thing, and it wasn't until later that I realised the distinctive sound I was after came from use of a metal product, not a glass one.
I never did get a metal slide, because after giving this Dunlop glass model another try on a new guitar I found its true sound, and I loved it. The device is a wonder to use - It slips along the strings with ease and allows for the accurate manoeuvrability of your chosen finger to find whatever note it seeks. Your finger is able to find its grip within the slide, and despite its slippery inner surface it seems to stick well. This isn't because of the width of your finger, rather the pressure applied between finger, glass and string - gravity also plays as role, as your index (or other) will always be pointed upwards when using one of these guitar manipulators.
The glass is incredibly tough. It's thick - possibility a little too thick - but that becomes unnoticeable once you're adjusted to playing with it - and the thickness provides increased durability and longevity to the product. If (or when) dropped, the slide will bounce off relatively hard surfaces, but if pelted at concrete you can't expect any miracles.
As I've already mentioned, the sound this thing makes is not like that of a metal alternative. It is less twangy, more soft, less scratchy, more subdued. But that doesn't mean you can't get a great rock and roll sound from it. Use it on an electric, wack the distortion/sustain up and this device will perform well. It is more suited to acoustics, but the application of this product spreads across many guitar types - if you have the nack.
If you have read any of my recent reviews you will know that I play guitar. I have been playing since I was 16. These days I play acoustic to a reasonable standard and I have a sing along every now and again. When I first started out though I basically wanted something loud and exciting. The first guitar I bought was a Tanglewood Electric guitar. As well as a guitar a bought a whole load of accessories, many of which I have never really used. One of these was what as known as a slide. A slide is basically a tube that you put onto your finger, then you press this down on the strings and slide it up and down. You often see blues guitarists using these and when used properly they can make a very good sound.
This particular slide then is the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide. I bought quite a few Jim Dunlop items back in the day and as it was a name I recognised I assumed this would be a decent enough slide to purchase. These comes in a simple packet and is easy to spot as you can find it in most decent guitar or music shops. The slide itself is around 2 inches long and will fit pretty much any bodies fingers. I have never had any problems with getting this stuck on my finger and yet at the same time it never really slips off when I'm using it.
One thing that makes this slide a little more interesting is that it is made from glass. This obviously makes it see through which adds a nice effect. However, for me personally I find the glass to be a slightly odd sound on the strings. I have also used a metal slide and I would say I prefer the sound the metal makes over the glass version of the slide.
The fact is that I pretty much never use this slide anymore. Not really because there is anything wrong with it, it's more a case of I simply don't play the kind of music that needs a slide. Even though I have not really used it all that much over the years it is still in very good condition, it shows no real serious signs of wear and I could probably use this for a good few more years if I wanted to. You might worry that it would easily be broken due to it being glass, but due to it's shape it is pretty solid and I have dropped it several times over the years and it has never smashed or cracked.
Another plus point of the Jim Dunlop slide is the price. To be honest I have no idea how much I actually paid for this, but having a quick look round online I can see a few place that offer this one for around £3. So quite a decent price and as it lasts very well you would also have to say that it is very good value. So overall, even though this is not something I would use all that often, I would say that it is a decent enough slide. Admittedly I prefer a metal slide but that probably just down to personal preference more than anything. Jim Dunlop is a very good brand when it comes to guitars and guitar accessories, if you want a decent slide at a good low price then you should be more than happy with this one.
The art of sliding is one of the latest tricks I have been learning on my beloved guitar and the item I have been using to play with is this Jim Dunlop Pyrex Guitar Slide and it has been nothing but a positive experience.
Of course, it goes without saying, that Jim Dunlop is one of the leading brands in this field and usually there logo on a product is a sure sign of quality. The trend continues here as this slide is a cracking little device.
Some guitar players may go through their entire life without ever having the want or need to slide but I like to be as versatile and experimental as possible when playing to keep things fresh and so a slide seemed the best option. I searched around online at the front end of this year and after seeing many positive reviews for this product gave it a go and have been happy ever since.
The device comes in a variety of sizes so it may be handy to try before you buy, or at least measure your finger. I managed to get a size that fitted like a glove and it is just the right balance between being tight and comfy for my finger. It means that the comfort element is there and it doesn't impact my playing.
The device is made of a special glass material which enables you to slide up and down the strings to produce various different notes and slides. It's a fairly light but very solid piece of material and I have no fears this will smash or start to wear down. Its well made and you can see the quality oozing out of it. It feels like something that will last a lifetime.
It is suitable for all types of guitars and providing you learn how to use this and get the bets effects, it works like a dream. Its consistent, easy to use and tough. There is no sweating on the finger, its comfortable and after a while feels so natural. A slide will really enhance your guitar playing and this item is one of, if no the best on the market.
This cost me £7.99 although it can be had cheaper and I feel for the hours of fun and playing pleasure it has given me then it is well worth the punt.
~Slip sliding away~
The Jim Dunlop name is one known to guitarists all over the world with a wonderful range of products for axe players that begin with simple yet durable guitar picks right up to the famous Cry Bay Wah Pedal, used and modified by legends such as Slash and Dimebag Darrell. The use of a Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide can seriously enhance your guitar playing and once you get the hang of using it you will be able to use the slide to add style and texture to your guitar techniques.
My Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide is a medium sized fit and when I use it I feel that the fit and feel is quite snug although it doesn't feel too tight on my finger. I feel that the fit allows a good depth of movement and control when I use the slide and I have no worries that the slide will fly off during use. Getting the right sized Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide is a matter of choosing the slide size that will suit your fingers. My Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide being a medium sized one is 20mms x 29mms x 69mms and it will fit a finger with an average ring size of around 10.5.
~A durable glass slide~
The glass used to make up the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide is heated treated and annealed to make sure it is cooled more slowly so as to give the slide a greater amount of strength and durability when in use and avoid the glass cracking or breaking under pressure when its on your finger. I feel that the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide has a good deal of stability and I have had no issues with the glass cracking at all, which I feel is very pleasing to see as I have found that some cheaper glass slides can tend to get small wire hair cracks over time.
The Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide is easy to get used to using and I haven't found that I have any difficulties using it with both electric and electro acoustic guitars to give a variety of effects. I feel that the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide has a good deal of versatility about it that means I am able to create many effects and am able to play a good number of styles using it. For instance the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide can be used to enhance country, rock, folk, blues and even metal which means that it really can be not only a jack of all trades, it can be the master of them all too.
When my Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide was purchased it arrived packed in Jim Dunlop USA packing, which came with a clear plastic fronted casing on a cardboard backing. Whilst it may not seem obvious to everyone that a little plasticy fronted casing with a cardboard backing will be a useful item to keep (in which to store your slide), I have found that keeping my Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide in its original casing really does help to protect it when its not in use.
~What kind of tones can you get with this?~
The makers of the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide say that when using the slide you will get 'a warmer, thicker tone accentuating the middle harmonics of your sound' and I can whole heartedly agree with that statement as the slide works like a dream as it slides over the strings of my guitars. Whilst many guitarists favour metal slides I prefer the glass slides such as my Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide for general play, as I get a more natural and thicker tone for all round guitar playing styles, although I do sometimes use a metal guitar slide for a more metallic sound when I want it.
~Price and rating~
The price of the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide is reasonable as it retails at just slightly over £6, which I feel is good value for a well made and durable glass slide such as this one. When buying a slide be it metal or glass, you really do need to get the fit and feel right as you can only achieve the best results when you feel comfortable with your slide. In rating this product I feel that after having used the Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide and liked the way it works, it deserves a 4 star rating based on versatility, durability, ease of use and price.
This review is my own opinion about a slide that I feel works well and I do feel that has to be taken into consideration when reading this review. Every guitarist has their own way of playing and whilst this slide suits my requirements, it may not be ideal for everyones needs. I feel that my best advice would be to check out what is available to you and ask to try out a number of slides so that you get a feel for the one that best suits your needs.