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."
If you are into tweed and worn out looking gear these are for you. Tonally they sound like a standard brass Rock Slide®, but they resemble something from the bottom of the Bayou. We individually hand age these using a multi-step recipe of destruction. They have a perfectly smooth finish for playability.
Each slide is aged by hand. Appearance WILL vary from slide to slide. Some look like the picture, some come out with more black, some come out with gold or leopard spots.
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.
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.