Workshop Spotlight - Diamond Bottlenecks glass guitar slides with Ian McWee

Workshop Spotlight - Diamond Bottlenecks glass guitar slides with Ian McWee

I have known Ian McWee of Diamond Bottlenecks for many years. When I first became interested in slide guitar, I was reading an issue of Guitarist Magazine and a review of some beautiful glass slides caught my eye. After reading I realised these were made local to me, and knew I had to pay a visit. This must have been over 15 years ago now, and Ian was as enthusiastic about his slides and slide guitar in general as he is today. 
Seth Lee Jones - Hipshot Slider.

Seth Lee Jones - Hipshot Slider.

If by any chance you haven't listened to Seth Lee Jones play guitar yet, be sure to check out his page along with this nice article spotlighting his unique playing and slj guitar.

I can't hide that I'm a big fan, and it's always great for me to see Seth using the Diamond Bottlenecks 'Ultimate' slide that we sent over to Tulsa for him. Once of the finest slide players around, and incredible all round player to give credit where it's due. He's also a great luthier, so check out his work and have a look at this article.
The slide Seth is using is a Blue w/Yellow Swirl Lead Crystal 'Diamond Bottlenecks Ultimate', we spent a while making sure the dimensions of the slide were suitable to him. But once I had one that matched his requirements to the mm, I sent it over and he's always posting up videos and photos of his using it, which is a great feeling for me as a fan.


How to Guide: Helping you get the right size Diamond Bottlenecks slide

How to Guide: Helping you get the right size Diamond Bottlenecks slide

One common question I get asked when players are looking to order their Diamond Bottlenecks Slide is, 'How do I make sure I order the right size for my finger?'. I hope to help with that question with this little guide, it's simple don't worry!

With generic music shop pyrex slides, most are just sized Small, Medium, Large etc, with a lot of players struggling to find one that's just right from those general sizing's. That's where it becomes very handy that Diamond Bottlenecks do what they do! As sizing options becomes much more refined meaning you're more likely to find the exact size that will see you playing much more comfortably, therefore helping you with your playing!
Only a couple days to wait until The Guitar Show 2016!

Only a couple days to wait until The Guitar Show 2016!

It's almost time! 
This has come along very quickly, which to be honest is a great thing as we're itching to get started. We've got so many things planned for this and it's shaping up to be a great show.

We're taking along a real nice array of new and vintage guitars, even Mandolins & Lap Steels too! Amplifiers, Slides, Straps & accessories too.

Some of the guitars we're taking have been fitted up with a range of McNelly Pickups for you folks to get stuck into, I'm really looking forward to seeing and hearing your reactions to them, it's going to be fun! I also have a wide array pickups to have a look at, see the quality and the detail that makes them so special. 
Two of the guitars fitted up with McNelly's, are our own shop built guitars! The HoT 'Fifty & 'FiftyFour. Those I'm excited to share!

We're proudly showcasing the awesome Overdrive Straps. These retro vibe straps have caused a stir and are gathering a huge following. We're taking a nice range of their designs so pop by and have a look!

Shows like this are great to get your hands on items you've heard lots about, but are yet to see in person. One of those items may well be Gravity Picks, and we'll have hundreds with us! 

Diamond Bottlenecks have been super super busy making lots of their beautiful Lead Crystal 'Ultimate' model guitar slides for us to showcase, so if you're after a quality slide and want to try a few to see which fit nicely. Come and visit us! We have lots to try, and also some demo models of my own to try out on the variety of slide guitars we'll have with us.

We're also proudly housing the great hand forged items from 'Elder Sign Forge'. All of these items are unique, hand crafted & forged locally and Jake, the owner & maker has put together some great music/guitar related items for us to showcase! 

We're really looking forward to hanging out with everyone, meeting new people and sharing what we do. It means a great deal to us to be there, amongst the sea of fantastic names in the guitar world. It's going to be a great experience! Make sure you pop along to meet us and see what we do here, I promise we'll make you feel at home! (We have coffee & biscuits, we know how to look after us both!)

Tickets are still available in advance direct from The Guitar Show website or on the door on either day. 

See you Saturday & Sunday!

James, Emma & the Home of Tone team!