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Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide
Member Name: andyoz
Jim Dunlop Pyrex Glass Slide
Advantages: Cheap, Reliable
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.
Summary: A Good Value Slide