Inventing The Rock Slide guitar slide; A Brief History
Author: Mark Morse, Founder/Inventor
"While playing the club circuit in the late seventies, I was always less than satisfied with the guitar slides available at music stores. It always bugged me how slides would pinch the inside of my 2nd knuckle. While home on a break I decided to grind out the cutaway section of a chrome slide I had at the time. It immediately made a big difference in the comfort & stability. This got me thinking some years later that the concept could be taken much further.While the cutaway was convenient the interior was still “pipe like”. My research led me to a creative metal manufacturing company in Spokane, Washington that utilized computer driven Swiss screw machine technology. I decided to utilize CNC and CAD drawings to take my project to the next level. Once the design was finalized and patented, we loaded our design into the computers and The Rock Slide was born.
This type of manufacturing is common in the automotive and aerospace industries and produces consistent, identical slides. We have now sold over 55,000 slides and the feedback from players is always great."
We met Joey Landreth through our website. Joey eventually sent us a copy of his album “Let it Lie”. When we listened to it we were floored by 4 part vocal harmonies, acoustic, dobro, and straight up rock with a hint of country. It’s no wonder they are Juno Award winners and touring internationally. Over the years, we have become friends and recently developed a signature slide for him.
Joey’s guitar slide is a modified version of our original small brass slide. We stretched it out to 2 1/8 – inch length compared to the original 1 3/4 – inch length. This gives some added weight and full string coverage.