SETTING UP ELECTRIC GUITAR FOR SLIDE
Posted 06 July 2004 - 11:24 AM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 11:31 PM
Would be possible to turn off the caps in your posts? It's very hard to read when it's all caps...
I'm not really qualified to answer, as I know very little about setting up guitars. I just use heavy strings on my Strat and they tend to pull the action up enough to make playing comfortable. the heavy strings are nice and tense too, so I don't seem to need extra height.
If anybody else can help, drop a line.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 05:21 PM
I play slide on all my guitars, electric and acoustic.
I have never raised the nut on any of them.
I do use heavier strings, and I usually raise the action on the bridge quite a bit.
I think if you bump up at least one guage in strings and raise the bridge you should be OK
In the beginning its all about touch and damping more than string height.
Just keep at it.
Posted 06 September 2004 - 11:39 AM
Some guitars (like Fenders) have a narrow, very arched string layout. A bottleneck that's got a slight concave curve on the sides works a lot better on these than a straight-sided slide.
Posted 07 September 2004 - 09:16 AM
I tend to think of a slide much in the way a fiddler thinks of his bow. It's a rare thing you're playing ALL the strings at the same time and the straight slide allows you to "bow" the strings, even though it's with your left hand, something like a fiddler bows the fiddle strings.
Of course everybody's different and if concave floats your boat, by all means use it, but this is another way of approaching it.
Posted 07 September 2004 - 09:18 AM
When you put the heavy strings on, I hope you got the truss rod adjusted. That extra tension will bow the heck out of your guitar's neck.
Posted 07 September 2004 - 06:47 PM
Posted 29 November 2004 - 10:26 PM
Something I have thought about is a replacable top section for a Les Paul style bridge with the strings in a level line. The top section come off when the strings are removed anyway so it would be easy, if such a thing was made, to do a conversion of an electric to a good slice guitar without making any permanent changes.
Posted 30 November 2004 - 06:26 PM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:00 PM
That sounds like you would get a fatter sound with heavier strings..
So, What gauge of heavy strings do you use?
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:31 PM
Make sure your guitar can take the extra tension on that top E. I use my Strat and it's never had any problems, but some necks are glued on and might not like it.
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Posted 21 September 2013 - 05:50 AM
worked a treat...
Posted 23 September 2013 - 09:21 AM
I use a zero fret on the Strat for better intonation that makes for a slightly raised nut, but otherwise it is perfectly playable fretted. I fret and slide whenever it seems appropriate.
Sometimes you have to be careful on the lower frets for not to touch them, but no problem on the higher frets.
I have an acoustic guitar which is optimized for fretted playing using .012 string sets, but this one is unplayable for slide. The action overall is too low.
I gather if you were very good at sliding you may even play that one, but a beginner is IMHO better advised to perfect his/her technique on a guitar that helps you.
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