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Project by mountain934 posted 08-10-2011 03:29 AM 4072 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of my past custom full bone guitar slides. I`ve done well over 50 of this type so far. Some players prefer the heavier weighted slides then my half wood -half bone slides. Like I always say….the tone is in the bone.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.





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LRMc112060

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#1 posted 08-11-2011 02:46 PM

Those are beautiful! How long does it take to carve one? I was thinking I might try it for myself because I really want an all bone guitar slide and apparently no one makes them unless you still do. Any tips on making one?

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mountain934

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 04:29 PM

Hello, yes I still make them. Those are the only ones that I will sell through me, the half wood and hlaf bone ones I let my distributor sell for me. There`s two ways to go about making your own. You can go to any pet store and buy the already cleaned marrow bone and start to make a slide [ but they tend to be alittle more brittle cause their boiled to get cleaned] or my way, which is to buy the meaty marrow bone from a butcher and let a my dog clean it up. Then I let it dry out for a few days before I cut it up on my bandsaw. Then start to work the cut piece with my dremel. Takes me about 3 days and alot of sanding to get them as smooth as glass.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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Bertha

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#3 posted 08-11-2011 04:34 PM

This is so incredibly cool. I bet these are in very high demand. If makes me want to start playing. I bet the dog enjoys your strategy;) Do you mind posting a link for purchase? I hope I can afford one, as I have a friend in mind that I know would appreciate it.

I’m ASKING for the link, so you’re not spamming or self-promo’g ;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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LRMc112060

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#4 posted 08-11-2011 06:39 PM

I would like a link as well please.

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JJohnston

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 01:53 AM

How do they wear?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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mountain934

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#6 posted 08-12-2011 02:59 PM

The full bone slides can only be ordered through me. It usually takes me 3-5 days to make one. Depending on how much ingraving and carving a customer wants done to it. The half wood and half bone slides can be purchased through C.B. Gitty.com he`s a homemade stringed instrument parts supplier who handles my bone guitar slides. As far as how they wear…The very first one I made 5 years ago I sold to a customer who uses it everday. He said it looks as good as it did when he first got it. If by chance one would get deep scratches on the bone from excessive wear, the bone can be sanded back to an overall smoothness with 320 grit sandpaper then buffed back to it`s first glass like finish.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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DocHamm

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#7 posted 08-15-2011 10:45 PM

Excellent stuff! I play guitar a little (very) and have always admired the slide sound and players. These are beauties and something I can see dedicated players loving a lifetime.

I’ve been woodcarving for almost 2 years and have thought about carving other materials. I like the natural beauty of bone and wondered what/where the best way to obtain bone. Since it would take my tiny chihuahua weeks to clean a bone, I’ll try out one from the pet shop first.

Thanks for sharing your work, ideas and information!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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LRMc112060

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#8 posted 09-10-2011 06:57 PM

I inquired about ording one of your all bone guitar slides from C.B. Gitty.com and I got a response that they are not taking custom orders at this time. I would really like to get one for my boyfriend for Christmas :) Is there any way I can get you to make one for me? If so, please direct me on how to get in touch with you. Thank you so much.

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mountain934

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#9 posted 09-10-2011 07:03 PM

Sorry I`m not taking any orders at this time. I just got my right knee replaced and won`t be back in the shop till next year.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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LRMc112060

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#10 posted 09-10-2011 08:15 PM

Awww, I’m sorry to here that you had to have your knee replaced! I hope it heals well for you and I’ll try again next year :)

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