Diamond Bottlenecks 'The Ultimate' Lead Crystal Slide
'The Ultimate'. A pretty bold name right?! Well it deserves it, these hand-blown lead crystal glass slides are truly stunning, I personally own three and have used them for over 10 years now. Totally seamless with perfectly smooth sidewalls, available in a variety of wall thicknesses (4mm up to 7mm) colour options and specifications, these lovely slides great if you struggle to find just the right fit.
Such a lovely model of slide and I really do adore the tone from them. My personal two are so different, one super thick side wall, one much finer results in a variety of quality tone.
We currently have a range of Ultimate slide in stock which I personally selected from Diamond Bottlenecks for my stock, and each one is absolutely stunning. All open ended slides for versatility. Here are the specs of each to help you decide.
Emerald - 58.4mm Length - 18.2mm ID - 4mm Sidewall thickness
Blackberry #1 (darker in colour version) - 63.25mm Length - 18.2 to 19.3mm Tapered ID - 5.5mm Sidewall thickness
Blackberry #2 (lighter in colour version) - 68.48mm Length - 18mm to 19 mm Tapered ID - 5.3mm Sidewall thickness
Brian Kramer Signature - 61.7mm Length - 18.2mm ID - 5.5mm Sidewall thickness
Turquoise - 65mm Length - 17.mm ID - 4.25mm Sidewall thickness
Smoked - 63.8mm Length - 19.3mm to 17.8mm Tapered ID - 4.4mm Sidewall thickness
Here is a guide from our blog to help you find the right sized slide
About Lead Crystal
Here's a bit of extra info about Lead Crystal slides, which I'm sure will help cement your decision of ordering one:
Hand-Blown Lead Crystal slides are considered by many to offer the sweetest, most 'hi-fi' tonal response of any currently available glass guitar slide for all electric, acoustic & resonator instruments.
Although crystal is the softest glass produced in the glass industry, the pure resonance, weight & density of true lead crystal allows the player a quality & clarity of tone not found with soda-lime (commercial bottling glass) or 'Pyrex' (boro-silicate) slides.....if you tap boro-silicate or soda-lime glass tumblers with a nail, then do the same with a lead crystal glass tumbler of similar size - you'll find the 'ring' & smooth sustain of lead crystal will be sweeter & last far longer.
Durability is applied to lead crystal by 'annealing' the blown glass tube in the 'Lehr' and allowed to slowly cool over several days, providing the required necessary hardness against knocks & string wear.