Earlier this year you learned how to make a perfect wine bottle cut, now you can use it to make your own glass guitar slide that would make Robert Johnson proud.
The original guitar slides weren’t the machined metal tubes that many people now use; they were carefully cut and smoothed from glass bottle necks. Many people still swear by the smoothness of glass slides, and you can make your own the same way they were made a century ago. If you’re unfamiliar with slide guitar playing—although you’ve certain heard it before and just don’t know the name of the technique—check out the recording of travelling Riverside Blues by Robert Johnson in the YouTube clip below. While not the definitive “first” use of the guitar slide it’s certainly the best known early example.
At Slideplayer.com they detail two different ways of cutting a bottle to separate the neck into a slide. While both techniques are workable they involve a fairly high chance of flying glass and the use of power tools or fire. We’d highly recommend trying the glass cutter and boiling water technique we previously shared with you before busting out the disc grinder or blow torch.
Check out the link below for more information at Slideplayer.com. If you have experience making your own slides or even just playing slide guitar, sound off in the comments!