WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
Our slides fit the same across all materials. If a small glass fits you, so will a small ceramic or small brass and on and on. 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, pinky finger will take a small slide. Ring finger will take a medium or Large slide. If you have very large hands, medium usually works for the pinky and XL for the ring. If you have smaller hands, check out our XS glass.
Method 1: Jewelry Store
The most accurate way to size your finger is to stop by your neighborhood jeweler and get your ring size which should be free and takes about 90 seconds. We have gone to dozens of jewelry sellers ranging from high end, mall stores and even box stores like WalMart or Fred Meyer. None of them have ever charged us to measure and have given us the same result.
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 of the wrench. DO NOT use the ring end of the wrench as it could get stuck on your finger. Find the size that slides over the large knuckle snugly like how a ring fits. If it goes over your knuckle without touching the skin then try the next size down.
How Should a Rock Slide Guitar Slide Fit?
Forget everything you’ve read in slide books or heard from your guitar teacher saying you need giant slide with full string coverage. That’s old news. Ideally these should fit snug enough that you can point your finger straight down at the ground without the slide falling off. The proper fit is for the slide to stop at the large knuckle creating a 2/3 finger slide. This allows you for bending of the finger with the slide on which makes, playing, fretting and chording MUCH easier. Full finger slides feel like wearing a cast which is limiting and not recommended unless you already have this habit and know you like it this way.
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 – NOT JUST A PIECE OF PIPE
Polished Brass & Nickel Plated Brass Rock Slides 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.
Aged Brass Rock Slides 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. It sounds the same as the polished version and the patina will wear off with use.
Moulded Glass Rock Slides also have 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.
Ceramic Rock Slides
Ceramic Rock Slides have an ultra hard/smooth finish similar to glass but produce more sustain and low end since they outweigh the glass, and even our brass slides. They are much more durable than glass being made out of high heat industrial ceramic rather than coffee mug/studio clay. Hi-tech injection moulding allows us to create the same tapered interior and other Rock Slide features you’ve come to love.