|Necessity being the mother of invention, Tom designed and created the prototype of this featured slide & asked the team at Diamond Bottlenecks to produce his idea of what we consider to be the perfect all-round guitar slide.
Tom uses his slide constantly, proclaiming it combines perfect weight & balance without the bulkiness of other ‘traditional’ slides – and after two years & thousands of hours of playing in both live & recording situations the slide still performs to Tom’s exacting expectations giving awesome tonal range, speed & pitch which no other slide can possibly allow.
Having the weight of heavy stainless steel & the tonal textures of pure glass in one complete package, this slide is perfect for intricate, balanced runs & has proved both rugged & hard wearing – as Tom says “I’ve dropped it a dozen times so far and it’s still in one piece – the sure sign of a hard working slide player!”.
Tom’s first two C.D.’s, ‘The Bell’ and ‘Running Free’ received rave reviews, and his eagerly-awaited third album, ‘Have A Taste Of This!’ was launched in November 2008 to equally stunning reviews. To complete a fantastic year for Tom, ‘Have A Taste Of This’ recently won the prestigious ‘Nobby’ award from the Cheshire Pie-Men’s guitar appreciation society!
All three C.D’s and links to Tom’s MySpace site & YouTube video’s can be found on Tom’s excellent & informative website – www.tomdoughty.com
This is such a truly unique slide we call it “Evolution” – comprising both the weight of steel & the tone of glass – one half being heavy, highly-polished stainless steel & the other half being a toughened glass insert bonded together as a tube, offering two playing surfaces from a single slide using the weight of the steel to offer a smooth, sustaining glass tone from one ‘face’, and a sweet, biting steel tone from the other ~ a true “Evolution”!
The “Evolution” is available in one length – 60mm (2.3/8″), with an internal diameter of 20mm. (3/4″). Premium quality highly-polished stainless steel is used for the one half of ‘Evolution’ ~ the other half comprises of a specially-formulated toughened ‘industrial standard’ glass, created to stand the rigours of playing & touring – and if you crack or smash the glass insert accidentally we’ll replace it for free!
We leave the internal walls ‘unfinished’, this allows the player to pad-out the slide to their individual preferences in regards to reducing the I.D. & general ‘feel’ of the slide internals. Our “Evolution” slides are individually packed with a free C.D. of Tom talking about his slide & playing a selection of tunes, and are shipped with their own monogrammed satin ‘Mojo Bag’ for constant protection.