It seems to us that a musician's best music should come from playing their best slide, and that's the slide we want to make: it should have balance, an agreeable weight, an appealing color, a length that suits the guitar being played and size(s) that fit your finger. If I left something out, maybe it should have a little carrying bag too, so it won't scratch or be scratched. This is a really a simple formula for success, and one that we feel should ring true in every player's hand, "My slide is better because it fits. Hot or cold..."; but more on that another day.
Today I'd like to share some of our feedback from new customers, beginning with a great link to a tune played on a new Emerald Green slide (in Tennessee); then a note sent from a very happy cigar box guitar player (in Alabama); a bit more of the Eric Kallio performance at Muddy Rudder (in Portland, OR); and a note sent from a fellow (in Honolulu, HI) who lost his first slide but remembered its measurements! He ordered a replacement and sent us this note when it arrived. These notes from our customers give us a really good feeling about our company, it's customers, our products, and on this one year anniversary -and our second Labor Day in business- our work. Thank You, one and all.
>>> Mean ol' World
>>> This note came following an order for one each Black Ninja and Emerald Green slides (Bessemer, Alabama):
Thank you for your kind note, and I do look forward to trying these beautiful slides- they are highly recommended. Also, I enjoy doing business with the 'regular folks' who start or run their own businesses. I hope you will have great success in your venture.
I have used slides only sparingly in the past, mostly because I could never get a size that did not have to be padded, cut down, or otherwise altered. Most of them are made pretty much only for six stringers and / or people with long, meaty digits... but like a lot of other people, I play three and four string cigar box guitars. And for the foreseeable future I expect I will ONLY be playing slide.
A couple of months ago, while slicing up some meaty treats for my kids ( all my kids have four feet ) I managed to slip and cut my left middle finger to the bone. It was the inside ( the fatty pad) and it fileted it in an epic way. The kitchen looked like an outtake from a slasher film, there was blood all over the place. Now it is pretty much healed, but since the nerves were all cut, the finger is numb unless I press the tip on a string - which manages to hurt somehow. I don't know if the finger will ever be OK to use for fretting again, so it seems I am going to be sliding along for the months / years to come. Then, like a miracle, a friend mentioned that he had seen your website and that you actually offered slides in differing lengths, and they were affordable!!!! So - here I am! And be assured I will take as good care of the slides as I do any musical instrument, because that is what I consider them.
So I close, wishing you and your loved ones all the best.
>>> And J3 sent this note when the new slides arrivedslides arrived:
"Hi -Short note for Bill -
Slides arrived today, they are Beautiful!!
I don't know if there is some kind of hoodoo spell on them but they sound incredible, maybe it is the fit, maybe some of the love of the makers, I really don't know.
Logically it makes no sense that one batch of glass would perform differently than another, but I have had Dunlop and other glass slides and these honestly have a better sound and feel! The Ninja Black is glamorous, and the emerald or "bottle " green is a total classic - .
Full disclosure - for those with thinner fingers I would probably recommend getting one half size smaller on the ring sizing, but every finger is made differently and without making a cast of fingers, I don't think anything can fit like a second skin. BUT - I added two thin strips of molefoam, running top to bottom, in these, and they honestly fit like gloves!! Or finger gloves or whatever the best comparison would be.
I look forward to learning and bonding with these on all of my CBGs and will recommend your slides to anyone who wants the best at an honest price.
>>> A note sent after receiving a replacement for a lost slide (Honolulu, HI):
I wanted to thank you for sending me that size 9 in Jade. I picked up on of your slides visiting Portland a few years back and absolutely loved it. I grew really attached to it but I lost on the road. After losing it, I searched for a slide that inspired me like yours did but had no luck. The one you sent feels and plays identical to the one I lost and I couldn’t be happier.
Thanks a million,
>>> Also, a hearty Thank You to TradeUp Music on Alberta Street in Portland, who believed in us and our products goin' waaay back! You folks really ROCK!
>>> Thanks too, to Music Caravan for the hard work, taking product to folks at music festivals all over the country, and displaying it to sell so well! Nice job!
>>> And our thanks to Crossroads Music in Port Townsend, WA, a great store with a huge selection of amazing string instruments, including dobros, lap steels, tri-cone and lefty guitars! Oh yes, and Rocky Butte Guitar Slides, too!
It's been a good first year start for us; it's because of folks like these, and YOU! Beginner or expert, if you get a guitar slide, please let us know how you like it. We care..
Bill Larson, Owner/Manager