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 many of Ian's handmade slides and have used them for well 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.
Choosing the right fit
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. To help make choosing which will suit you best, I have measured each slide with digital calipers. Internal Diameters are stated at the smallest measurement, as it can vary a little around the diameter due to the nature of how the glass tubes are blown.
Here are the specs of each to help you decide which will fit best -
Ruby Red - 55.44mm length - 20.76mm ID - 4.88mm Sidewall thickness
Ruby Red Prism - 62.12mm length - 21.28mm ID - 4.25mm Sidewall thickness
Blackberry - 63.86mm length, one end has a slightly tapered edge - 20.88mm ID - 5.1mm Sidewall thickness
Emerald - 64.13mm length - 21.8mm to 21.11mm tapered ID - 4.37mm Sidewall thickness
Need more help gauging the size? 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.