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|Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slides
are made from recycled materials (wine bottles) in four main varieties:
Curved, Straight, Single Cut, and Double Cut.
has been the so-called "Martin/Taylor"
subtly curved ("so subtle you can hear the "b" in the
word") Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck slide, designed to accommodate today's
fine hand-built steel-stringed guitars. Available in Single or Double
Cut. Lately there has been quite a fuss over our "Cobalt blues"
model: available in all the same styles as our other models, but made
from hard-to-find cobalt blue glass! Cobalt blue ring slides are
readily available. Contact
Rick for availability of other styles of cobalt blue slides before
ordering. Lately, Rick has been getting "smoky blue" (a dark blue
glass) and occasional "powder (pale) blue" bottles. He is planning to
fix a separate new price for those, in between the regular colors and
the cobalt blue.See
a photo of 4 colors of bottleneck slides: pale green, pale blue, cobalt
blue, and traditional dark green.
|Many steel-stringed guitars have a curved
fingerboard and hence a curved string-plane, with the middle strings
upraised. The Curved Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide allows
the simultaneous playing of all six strings by compensating for the
fret board "radius". It allows the player to produce true chords,
without distortion and buzz, and to fingerpick while sliding.
|The Straight Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck
guitar slide may be used with flat necked guitars or when the
guitar player wants only one or two strings to sound, as with lead
guitar styles, whether in open or standard tuning. It may also be used
for chordal or multi-stringed applications on guitars with flat
string-panes, e.g. classical (nylon-stringed) guitars, some
Dobro-guitars, and 20's parlor style guitars. For lap-style guitars,
you'll need a Gen-U-Wine "Long Boy" guitar slide to span the
wider neck. Contact Rick
for price and availability of long boy guitar slide before ordering.
||Any Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck may be either Single
Cut (i.e., with lip still attached) or Double Cut (with
both the lip and the container part of the bottle removed). Single-Cut
users must practice to avoid playing with the lip of the bottleneck.
Double-Cut users pay a a little extra to avoid this learning process.
|One of Bonnie's Raitt's teachers,
Mississippi Fred McDowell, used a ½ - inch "Ring" guitar
slide. We can make them short, too, whatever length you request. As
for the width, most bottlenecks are slightly bigger around than a cork,
with the lower end a little bit larger around. Some bottle openings,
especially European bottles, may vary due to irregular glass thickness.
If you have a special style guitar slide in mind, please ask, and we
will try to accommodate you.
|Meanwhile, just crook your finger inside
your Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide, and it isn't going anywhere.
Or if you're totally hard-core about the fit, try a bit of cotton
wadding and some double-stick tape.
Other Leading Brand.
GUITAR SLIDE TIPS:
1. Your Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide is a
moving fret. Don't use it to press strings all the way down onto the
fretboard. A light but definite pressure over the strings is needed.
Avoid bumps and rattles against the regular frets.
2. Play directly over, and parallel to, the fret wire, not just behind
it as in fingerstyle.
3. "Damping" means using a trailing finger to mute
scratches, string-buzzes, and unwanted vibrations, especially at
takeoff and landing of the slide. Properly matching your Gen-U-Wine
Bottleneck guitar slide to the fret board radius is the other major
factor in avoiding excess noise.
4. In Open Tunings, expect "I-IV-V" song constructions to involve the
"open" strings and twelfth fret ( I chord), fifth fret (IV) and seventh
For example, G(I)-C(IV)-D(V).
5. Some common Open Tunings:
"C": CGCGCE (used by John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and many more)
"G": DGDGBD (Robert Johnson, much country Dobro music, Hawaiian "Taro
"D": DADF#AD (John Hurt, many others including Rick Park)
Rick Park enthusiastically recommends Mark
Hanson's books The Complete Book of Alternate Tunings and Alternate Tunings Picture Chords for detailed
information on a great many possible guitar alternative tunings. Mark
lists Rick Park as a source of 3 unusual open tunings: G minor, G major
seventh, and CGCGBflatD, which might be a C7plus9 or a Gminor sus4,
depending on how you use it.
| SLIDES ENDORSEMENTS:
Gen-U-Wine is privileged to have cultivated at least two celebrity
Proctor, a National Fingerpicking Champion, uses the double-cut
Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide. Bonnie Raitt, the Grammy
Award-winning singer and guitarist, uses a single-cut straight
Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide to produce her unique slide
Vintage Nationals Guitar website has a nice little entry of Rick's
slides, with a nice photo: http://www.nationalguitar.com/guitar-slides/GenUWine
Email from musician, Eric Hartshorn,
meant to thank you for the slides- I LOVE THEM ! The Cobalt glass
really adds to the entire experience, but the weight also provides just
the right amount of substance I felt sorely lacked in all the other
slides I have tried to date. I can honestly say it is one of the most
enjoyable things I have ever stuck my little finger into!"
Watch a video of David Reo
playing a slide guitar composition entitled "Relax" on a wood body
Johnson dobro guitar using his favorite blue Gen-U-Wine slide made by
Rick Park. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dtlc2iiVjw.
Rick received a nice note from Two Street Music in Eureka, one of his
long-time customers: "Thanks, Eric,
Your slides are the best we carry!!" - John Mrotzek, Store
Buyer. May 2008
Rik Elswit, of
"Bananas at Large," a music store in San Rafael, plays lead guitar with
a Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide. His band, "Gayle Lynn and the
Hired Hands", is set to release their self-titled CD
soon. April 2008
Email from musician, Ray Porter, who wrote: "Just
the great slides. I have been
playing them for years and have made gifts of them all over the world.
Whenever they are in stock here in Ashland, Oregon, I buy as many as I
can as I don't always know where I can find them elsewhere. I have
tried other slides by other makers but I always come back to the ones
you make. I play a 1934 National Trojan and I use the basic green (or
blue) ones with the smooth ends (Double-cut.) and they are consistently
the best slides I have ever played with. You can hear me using them on
the album "Freedoming" by Free Dominguez, on the first track. Everyone who
uses these loves them which is why I cannot keep them for very
long." August 2005
In a second email, Ray wrote: "Incidentally, one of
your slides is in a movie. I am an actor and a few years ago I was
working all summer long on a movie. I went to Nashville and bought my
1934 National and brought it back to L.A. with me. When I played it the
first time with your slide it was heaven. I was playing a roadie in the
movie and asked the director if I could have the guitar be in one of
the scenes and he said yes. If you watch "Almost Famous" and watch the
scene between Billy Crudup and Patrick Fugit where Patrick is
interviewing Billy on the bus while he plays slide, you will see a
genuine Gen-U-Wine slide making it big in Hollywood." Rick Park
added that "The slide used in the movie 'Crossroads' was also one
of mine." September 2005
Rick Park received a call and a CD and card from a
musician named Steve White out of Leucadia, near San
Diego, CA. He's a blues guy with some reputation in that area. He
wrote, "Taking your slides to Europe... Great gifts. Great
product." June 2005
Seth Stimson, aka Slidecat Royale
said that "His Gen-U-Wine slide feels like family to him." May
you are a fan of the Violent Femmes, the Rolling Stones, or Pink Floyd,
Seth Stimson has a total of 10 videos available on YouTube! Slidecat
does his own take on some classic rock tunes - bottleneck slide guitar
style, of course, using Gen-u-Wine guitar
slides! June 2007.
In Sept 2001, Rick received an email and photo of a pro player, Les
Johnson, playing guitar with a Gen-U-Wine Bottleneck guitar slide.
He wrote "This picture was taken at Camp Eagle Base in Tuzla,
Bosnia, during our second Dep't of Defense USO show." Unfortunately,
the end of the show, but he
replaced it as soon as he got back.