SMALL ROCK SLIDES are the sports car of the slide world, very light weight and extremely fast. Ideal for the guitarist who needs to play chords but wants to throw in pinky slide chops. It also works well on the ring finger of many women.
MEDIUM ROCK SLIDES are a perfect weight for most styles, heavy enough for long sustain on acoustic guitars, but light enough to easily control for fast electric playing.
LARGE ROCK SLIDES are one of the heaviest on the scene. This makes for killer sustain on the thickest of string gauges and a down-right dark sound.
WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
First and foremost, you can always email or call Danny for help. He’ll talk your ear off and knows all about these. Not all situations and fingers are the same and there is also a degree of personal preference that can’t always be figured out with a measurement. For the majority of customers, these processes below will work.
Method 1: Jewelry Store
The most accurate way to size your finger is to stop by your neighborhood jeweler and get your ring size and also the diameter of the ring in Metric or USA. If you find that your large knuckle is somewhere around 19mm a medium will be a great choice. We have personally gone to dozens of jewelry sellers ranging from high end, mall stores and even Fred Meyer. None of them have ever charged for the service which takes about 60 seconds. More importantly they have all given us the same size on a given finger.
Method 2: Measure with Wrenches
If you have access to a set of Metric or USA box wrenches you can very quickly measure your finger. To measure any finger size, use the OPEN END (not the ring end as it could get stuck) of the wrench. Find the size that slides over the large knuckle snugly like how a ring fits. If it floats over your knuckle without touching the skin then go the next size down.
Method 3: Paper Wrap
Alternately, you can measure with the good ol’ paper and ruler trick. To do this you’ll need a sharpened pencil, a 3-4″ long strip of tape or paper and a ruler. Snugly wrap the tape or paper around the largest knuckle on the subject finger. With the pencil make a mark where the paper or tape overlaps. Measure the length to get the circumference of your finger. Use a circle calculator, punch in the measurement i.e. 2.5″ into the circumference field and solve for the radius which in this case will be .79″. Next, go to the conversion chart (link below) to convert to Metric or a USA fraction.
Circle Calculator: http://www.onlineconversion.com/circlesolve.htm
Decimal Conversion Chart: https://mdmetric.com/tech/cvtchtfdm.htm
MOULDED GLASS ROCK SLIDE
BRASS & NICKEL ROCK SLIDES
Balltip Rock Slide
The Rock Slide Difference
Slides tend to go two ways, they feel like a cast in the way they restrict your finger, or they have too much wiggle room forcing you to cramp your fingers all night to keep the slide from falling off.
It’s either thin & comfortable, but has no tone – or – it is a bulky slide that sounds good, but is cumbersome.
No matter what slide you buy, it wobbles. Sure, it’s snug at the 2nd knuckle, but loose across the rest of the finger.
Don’t cut, carve the perfect slide! We made a slide that tapers inside to maintain a snug feel all the way down your finger. The added benefit is thicker walls for extra weight and sustain. A cutaway at the second knuckle helps maintain finger bendability and prevents pinching. Lastly, the flat finger rest is more stable than resting on a round surface.
Rock Slide Sound
The Polished Brass & Aged Brass Rock Slide have huge sustain. Why so much sustain? Because the heart of The Rock Slide is the solid brass rod that is CNC carved to fit your finger. This particular brass formula is very heavy which is the best for tone and sustain. The walls are thick and get thicker towards the end of the slide because of the internal taper design. We intentionally added a tone ring at the fingertip end which adds mass and helps secure your finger. Like a Hawaiian tone bar cuts through the mix with more weight and mass, so does The Rock Slide. NOT JUST A PIECE OF PIPE.
The Aged Brass Rock Slide is done with a 3 step recipe of destruction. They are all done by hand so no two look alike. There is no sanding, dinging, or scuffing involved so the surface is smooth, not scratchy. It’s a satin finish vs. the high gloss polished finish. Basically it sounds like a brass slide that has been played for a few years.
The Moulded Glass Rock Slide also has very thick walls because of the internal taper, in fact, the walls at the opening are 4mm and 6-8mm thick at the fingertip end. That’s about twice the thickness of a typical heavy wall glass slide at the end. A baseball bat has a sweet spot for hitting a home run, The Rock Slide® has a sweet spot too. While it is thick enough everywhere to light up the strings, the extra thick end almost acts as a gain knob which helps bring out the low notes, and makes for killer lead playing.