How do I know what size slide I need?
Do you guys blow your own glass?
Are you the ones who supply Husk Restaurant in Charleston, SC with their bourbon glasses?
What does the number on the inside represent?
How long does it take to make each slide?
Did you come up with the idea to use a bottleneck for a slide? And if so, how?
Which end of the slide is supposed to be facing up?
Where do the bottles come from?
Q: How do I know what size slide I need?
A: We have recently employed a ring sizing system to inventory, store and sell our slides. When purchasing a slide from us, you will see a pull-down menu containing the ring size beside it's equivalent in mm as well as inches. If you do not know your size and are unable to measure your finger at the largest knuckle, go to a jeweler (if one is available) and have the finger you wear a slide on sized.
Otherwise, try these suggestions and remember, if it doesn't fit we will be happy to work with you to find one that works perfectly for you (or the person whom you are purchasing one for if it a gift). Our mission is to provide you with a perfect slide and we will not rest until we do so.
*These recommendations are for an average-sized adult male:
For use on ring (3rd) finger: Medium to Large
For use on pinky (4th) finger: Extra Small to Small.
Q: Do you guys blow your own glass?
A: Mr. B's Slides are made from 100% recycled glass, wine and liquor bottles. ...That is why they are Authentic bottleneck slides! In addition, we are the only company to utilize a completely "cold process", using water with diamond and other abrasives, rather than fire and heat. Mr. B's does this for several reasons: First, the chemistry of the glass remains unchanged, resulting in a truly authentic sounding bottleneck. Secondly, our cold process allows us to skilfully manipulate the inner diameter, length and other factors in a precise manner so we can provide you with a more perfect slide. You will never see a Mr. B's slide with the unsightly (and uncomfortable) bulges left over from large scale fire process. Though "flame polishing" is a tempting shortcut for some other companies, Mr. B refuses to compromise the quality of the slides that bear his signature. top
If you are looking for a discount bottleneck slide, or a slide made from new glass, containing metal, you are probably looking at the wrong place. Our specialty is providing you with the finest TRUE bottleneck slides available. We spend more time and attention per slide than anyone else, anywhere!
Q: Are you the ones who supply Husk Restaurant in Charleston, SC with their bourbon glasses?
A: We sure are! It has been an honor to supply Husk with glassware.
If you have not yet had a chance to dine at Husk, or visit their unique bar for your choice of spirits from one the finest bourbon selections available in a Mr. B's glass, you need to check these guys out! Located at 76 Queen st. in Charleston, Husk offers an impressive menu featuring all local and regional ingredients. Lately, they have been receiving attention from some pretty important folks (New York Times, Bon Apetit Magazine and others). Tell Them Mr. B sent you. top
Q: What does the number on the inside represent?
A: The number opposite the signature is a serial number. Each slide we create is numbered in the order in which it was made rendering it a truly one of a kind article. Our Original Series and Deluxe Series slides also have a second part to their serial number, a system unlike any other in the world that allows multiples and replacement slides to be ordered once you have found "The one". This revolutionary system was introduced in 2009. The chart below explains the second second sequence of numbers in the serial number of a Mr. B's Slide. top
So much time and attention is put into our slides that they have been described to be just as much a piece of art as they are a guitar slide. In fact, our slides are the only guitar slides in the world that are worthy of a serial number.
Q: How long does it take to make each slide?
A: The current process employed in producing our Original Series slides consists of around 38 steps (if everything goes right)! Each step is done by hand.
Our Deluxe Series slides take a bit longer however. We spend a great deal of time on each slide to ensure that we live up to our reputation and provide you with the finest bottleneck slide available anywhere - and we take great pride in doing so. It is truly a labor of love for us. top
Q: Did you come up with the idea to use a bottleneck for a slide? And if so, how?
A: Actually, we have taken a fresh approach to the tradition of crafting a guitar slide from the neck of a bottle - a practice that was born right here in the American South. The neck of a bottle was first popularized as a slide material in the Mississippi Delta during The Great Depression. It is safe to assume that the widespread popularity of bottlenecks among these blues singers can largely be attributed to their convenience and availability around the country juke joints where these musicians often performed and frequented. The common usage of the term 'bottleneck' in modern guitar lingo, to refer to any type of slide playing is evidence of the immediate popularity of these early slides. Fortunately, the glass types used in the bottling industry still produce the best sounding slides available!
Mr. B's was started when founder Brenton Sadreameli, a devoted fan of the blues, history and a guitar player, discovered slide guitar and began experimenting with making some bottlenecks. They sounded so good that he tried to sell a few in a local music store. The response Brenton received was so positive that he began expanding his operation and before long had dealers in several states.
To read more about why you should use a bottleneck for a slide go here! top
Q: Which end of the slide is supposed to be facing up?
A: Although we recommend the large end (or the end opposite the numbered and signed end) to be facing up to more easily reach the top (5th and 6th) strings, this is mostly a preferential decision. In our experience wearing the large end up makes playing much more enjoyable and easy. However, we have met many very satisfied customers who rave about our slides before putting on upside down (to us) and create some pretty impressive sounds. Many such players have also told us they actually prefer the slide to be facing this way. So in the end, it is your decision! Whatever works for you, the player.
NOTE: The small end, bearing the signature and serial number is the end which is sized. top
Q: Where do the bottles come from?
A: Our bottles are obtained from a number of willing restaurants, bars and winos in Columbia, SC. Unlike other Slide Companies who claim to use only a handful of bottles in producing their slides, Mr. B's uses hundreds of bottle types and glass colors to provide you with the largest variety of slides anywhere in the world. That being said, we make every effort to further diversify our selection so if you are interested in saving bottles for us and are in South Carolina, please contact us!