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What are the players saying about Paloma Stone Guitar Slides?

I'm thrilled to say that slides have been shipped to Australia, France, England, British Colombia, Austria, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Alberta, Onatrio, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Greece, Guam, Japan, Scotland, Mexico, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and Spain... and many states including California, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Montana, Utah, Louisianna, Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Mississippi, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nevada, Connecticut, Vermont, and Illinois... Thanks so much for the fastastic support!

 

Player Comments and Reviews

Kirk Lorange, Australia... www.guitar.name ...

Hi, Jay. I just wanted to let you know that the slides all arrived safely. They're beautiful! They're thicker and lighter than I'm used to, but I just love the warm tone!  Thanks so much for sending them!

 

Jody Stecher... Folk Artist Extrodinaire... Mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo  Jody's web site 

Paloma Stone slides are unusually smooth and produce a big sound with little noise. The "bottlenecks" are comfortable and give a sustain I have only been able to get from heavier material and they produce neither the rattle and clang one usually gets from heavier bottlenecks nor the swarm-of-bees effect associated with slides of comparable lightness. For horizontal playing the large cylinders allow a rolling movement and a resulting musicality that I'd find hard to achieve with other slides. The white and cobalt slides feel and sound slightly different and both are very musical and comfortable. They feel so natural that a few hours after obtaining my first Paloma bottleneck which I had purchased for use on guitar   I was able to use it with confidence on my mandolin in a concert set with Peter Rowan Bluegrass band in which I had never before played with a slide. I hadn't been able to get a slide sound on mandolin that I liked. Now I have. 

 

Asher, Portland, OR...

Keep it up. I think you've got something the world needs!

 

Steve Bradley, Portland, OR... www.stevebradleymusic.info ...

Thanks very much for the slides.  It's really fun trying them out. I think you have something here.  Here are some observations after A/B ing the Stone Slides with some Shubb and Stevens steel and some original Nick Manoloff plastic steels.  I'm playing a 1960 Fender champ with a 6-string steel guitar with .10 thru .46 gauge strings to to E.

1. A very good alternative sound and feel to steel and plastic.

2. Slightly less high end than steel but fatter bottom.

3. Playing noise similar to steel.

4. Blue glaze is darker sounding than white.

5. The white feels faster.

6. Performance and sound of all shapes similar.

7. Rounded edges feel very comfortable.

8. Light weight but still sounds full.

9. They are fast.

 

Bruce Stimpson, Seattle, WA...

I'm digging the Stone Slide. It's sweet!

 

Tim H., Montana...

The slides look great, feel great, and sound great!  Glad I bought them!

 

Dan, Eugene OR...

Jay  I received my bar within two days of ordering, and must say I am very pleased with the quality.  I ordered the round nose bar measuring just short of 1 x 3 inches. It feels very nice in the hand; is fast, fairly quiet with very nice tone and sustain for such a light bar.  Evidently, weight is not the only aspect to good tone.  Thanks for offering these at just a resonable price.

 

Stu Schulman, Alaska...

Hi Jay,This is Stu Schulman the slide arrived today and it’s really beautiful. I should have ordered the longer one I was wondering if it would be possible to return this one for a longer one? I will pay the shipping both ways.Anyhow I switched between my Latchlake ”ChromeDome” metal slide and a “MudSlide” # 263 medium,and the “Paloma” for about an hour same amp settings same guitar,I know the metal is a whole different beast ,I was pleasantly surprised at how long the “Paloma” sustained  and upper harmonics seem to jump out of it with very little effort,Not to put the “Mudslide” down but the “Paloma “seems to have a much finer/glossier finish to it.I believe that you’ve got a winner with this slide…I have three gigs this weekend with a Soul/Blues band so I can really put it thru it’s paces.

Take care,Stu

 

Larry Robbins, Fort Edward, New York...

Hi Jay, I recieved my TB-2 in Cobalt Blue yesterday. Only had time to give it a quick try..about 20 minuets. So far: I was suprised at the light weight but full tone! a bit warmer than the Shubb SP-2 I am used to playing with. I really like the fact that the glaze does not cover the top of the bar. This makes it much easier to hold on to!! Another thing..it's a bit wider at the bottom than I am used to but to my surprise, I had no problem with intonation ( other than normal,hahaha! ) I will be ordering another soon!! Thanks for a well thought out product!

 

Birger Olsen, Portland, OR... www.townrill.com ...

"Being mostly a fingerstyle player, my guitars are set up with pretty low action and light strings. My lovely blue Paloma slide is light enough to control and not bang into the frets, but still produces a rich and full sound. It sounds similar to my wine bottle neck slide, but louder! Especially on the low strings. And it's just nice to look at too!"

 

Dick Chapple, Sr., Hardin, MT

I gave Kelly the small bullet nose formed blue bar.  She really likes it.  I do too, the weight difference is such a big relief, and I sure don't see any sustain drop, you're right too, I can feel the vibes come right through the bar into my hand.  I mentioned on the (Steel Guitar) forum, that I may try a formed bullet nose that's a bit longer, no problem with the standard length I got, but it would be too short I think on my 10 string pedal steel. We think these are winners.

 

Andy Sandoval, Bakersfield, CA...

I received my bullet and Stevens type bars today and gave them a good workout. They look and sound great with a tone all their own. They're lighter than what I'm used to but you get used to the feel real quick. A lot of guys experiment with hollowing out steel bars to get a lighter feel but these are pretty light so there's no need to ruin a good steel bar by experimenting any more. Another thing is that they're easy to hold with a sticky feel to them yet they glide effortlessly over the strings. Definitely something to add to your collection for a little different tone. I'm very happy with these bars. Good job Jay

BIg Dog Mercer, Joliet, IL...    

I found Paloma Stone Slides while searching the internet for a new slide. When I came across the name  "Paloma Stone Slides" , I was intrigued. I've been using another brand of ceramic slides & wasn't happy with the fact that they put their label on the side of the slide. (Moonshine Slides) It drags under the strings. Plus, the sizing wasn't quite correct for my finger. After looking at all the different types of slides, I decided to contact the company. I spoke with Jay Seibert & he sent two slides to me within a week. After playing the first few notes, I noticed a difference in tone immediately. I used the slide at a few gigs & fell in love with the weight & tone. Plus, no pesky label on the side!! The folks at Paloma Stone slides not only have the best product I've ever used, they're extremely friendly to work with. Communication was great & very timely. Paloma Stone Slides, I use nothing but your products! www.myspace.com/bigdogmercer , www.bigdogmercer.com   

 

Twayne Williams, Portland, OR...

I recently picked up a bullet bar type stone slide from Portland Music -- in Portland Smile -- and I'm using it on my lap steel for swing tunes. It's nice and speedy, has a good sound, light weight and good sustain. It's also about as thick around as a Mudslide which is something I prefer. Skinny little slides cause my hand to cramp up.   ecommended.

 

Roman Sonnleitner, Vienna , Austria...

I received my blue and white SP2-shaped tone bars this week - my first impressions:

The "nose" is more rounded than on an SP2, almost like a bullet bar - great for single note playing or slants.

There is a slight difference in tone between the two colors (the blue is slightly warmer/darker, the white slightly brighter), but it is minimal, you'll only notice if you are actually looking for it.

The difference in tone to an SP2 bar is quite noticeable, though - the ceramic bars sound warmer, they take those harsh treble frequencies off, that you can sometimes get.
I've also got a bullet bar made from acrylic glass, which is quite dark and makes my electric lap steel sound like a dobro - the Paloma ceramic bars don't have that quality, the tone is still like a lap steel, just a bit warmer.
I guess if you are looking for the ultimate in treble frequencies, brightness, chime (and maybe use a lot of harmonics in your playing style), you might prefer a metal bar, but if you like a warmer sound, and/or play with overdrive tones, the ceramic bars are great.

Both my SP2 and my Dunlop metal bullet bar have noticeably more sustain than the Paloma bars - but the ceramic ones are definitely NOT lacking in sustain, and should work well for 99% of all players (my acrylic bar, on the other hand, has a lot less sustain) - only if you need to squeeze out the last bit of sustain, eg. for pedal-steel-y stuff, you might go for a heavier metal bar.

 

Joel Meredith, Portland, OR...

Jay, got your tonebar a few weeks ago. I got the RB3...
great tone! Very mellow, smooth.
My new favorite! I'll be ordering another very shortly!

 

Matt Berg, Pennsylvania...

My Palomas just showed up, SP2 types. I like them both.

The longer one has the blue finish which gives great individual note definition. The white finish has a great ring, sounds more like a traditional metal bar, but still a bit mellower. As pictured, they have a tall profile, easily controlled. Powerful, even without the weight of metal.

Looking forward to playing with them.

 

Ken Yates...

Jay, I have had the bar for a couple of weeks now and I love it.  I  will probably order another one pretty shortly.  Later I might try ordering a few and take them to a steel show or two and see how they sell...if that's okay with you.

 

Christopher Walke...

I've had a little time to spend with my new bars (and thank you for sending the extra bar - greatly appreciated).  First off, I gotta tell you that I love, LOVE, the feel of these bars.  They are wonderfully lightweight.  I thought it might be an adjustment, but I took to it very naturally.  The finish is very smooth and glides across the strings with significantly less resistance than my SP-2.  The tone has something different than I get with the SP-2, but I haven't been able to figure out an accurate way to describe it.  Not necessarily warmer, not thicker (or thinner), just different in some manner.  Nice sustain from the bar.  Overall, the feel, tone & sustain are all fantastic... Keep up the good work, and please continue to refine your products based on the feedback you receive.  You've created a unique product that I suspect will continue generate a good deal of interest among steel guitarists and slide players.  Please keep us updated on the evolution of these bars & slides.

 

Teja Gerkin, Acoustic Guitar magazine...

Great, glad to hear you're getting noticed. They're nice slides. I don't play slide a whole lot myself, but I've had one of our other staffers who is a great slide player check a couple of them out, and he really liked them, especially on his vintage National.

 

Wes Barber, Houston, TX...

I walked into my local guitar shop today bent on getting a chrome steel bar.  They didn't have any but they did have your Paloma slides in stock and passionately pushed the products.  I had a pre-conceived idea of what I was looking for.  I took the chance on a round tone bar and whatever notions I had vanished after I got home and wailed with it.  I don't know if this "stone slide" is a new idea for lap steel but it's the first time I've come across it.  I'm very pleased.  You can thank Steve Perry, Great Southern Music, Houston, TX. 
Thanks a million.

"Ricochet", Bristol, Tennessee, Big Road Blues Forum

I was very interested in these slides when I first saw the announcement about them from Jay Seibert, the maker. Jay’s a musician himself, and is active on the Steel Guitar Forum. He and his wife have been making stoneware for ~30 years.

For any who don’t know, there are three main categories of pottery: Earthenware, which is a porous material fired at low temperatures and used for cheap stuff. Fragile and non watertight. Porcelain, which is made from fine particle sized clay and other materials and fired at a high temperature that pretty completely vitrifies it into a hard, glassy, translucent substance. If you hold a dish up to light and see light shining through it, it’s porcelain. Porcelain’s good hard stuff and can ring like a bell, but it also breaks very easily. Then there’s stoneware. Stoneware is made from mixtures of materials with a range of particle sizes and fusing temperatures like clay, feldspar, quartz, flint, or a mineral called nepheline syenite. It’s fired at very high temperatures, but some of it fuses to glass and some of it doesn’t. Think of it as resembling concrete on a microscopic scale, with the gravel and sand held together by the cement matrix. This structure makes it very tough and fracture resistant compared to porcelain. Unglazed or fractured stoneware surfaces have a somewhat rough, gritty texture. It’s usually still slightly porous and water absorbent, but glazing takes care of that. Some “high fire” stoneware glazes are as tough, hard and impervious as porcelain, and the glazes Jay uses are in that category. Think of porcelain as the fine china you got for wedding presents, keep in the cabinet on display and get out only for special occasions. Stoneware’s the stuff you eat off of all your life. It survives lots of bumps and drops, and doesn’t get scratched up with stainless steel utensils sawing against it for decades. Jay uses two glazes, a clear one and a cobalt blue, that are fired to a final temperature of 2460° F. Experience has shown they’re reliably hard and tough.

I got two of the Paloma “bottleneck” slides, in the Large size with 22mm inside diameter so I can use them on either my pinky or ring finger (if I were exclusively a ring finger slider I’d have to go to 24mm) in the 69mm length, and two of the SP3BN shaped tone bars with a bullet nose in 90mm length. (I have 8 string as well as 6 string lap steels.) In both styles I got a clear glazed one and a blue glazed one so I could see if there was a tonal difference.

The clear glazed one is not quite white. It’s a pleasant, slightly beige off white, a bone color. The blue is a deep cobalt blue, a familiar color on many stoneware objects. It immediately reminded me of the decorative bands on my stoneware churn in which I used to make muscadine wine. ;-)Whatever Jay uses to hold one end of the bisque fired slides when he dips them in the glaze leaves a ring of unglazed stone at one end. The inside of the tube is glazed. For such large slides, they’re very light. I don’t have a glass slide of identical dimensions for comparison weighing, but I think the stoneware might be a little lighter. The surface glaze is very smooth in both colors, but not quite as glassy slick as my Diamond Ultimate leaded crystal glass slides. They’re like a good bottleneck, with a little fine texture. I don’t always want a super slick surface. A rough slide makes all kinds of scratchy noise and isn’t good for a lot of playing, but a super slick one won’t excite the string when the slide’s slid back and forth on the string for vibrato. There’s a nice medium where the surface gets a little “bite” on the string for vibrato sustain but doesn’t sound noisy. That’s a reason why many players like bottlenecks. Well, the Paloma stone slides got that happy medium just right. Stoneware’s very rigid structure doesn’t absorb sustain by flexing in the slide, either. I was surprised by this, and I may be wrong, but I think the blue glaze is slicker than the clear, which has a little more of the “bite” I’m talking about. But it’s very close, and even A/Bing back and forth a lot over a week of playing I don’t think I could tell for sure which was which with my eyes closed. Other than this subtle textural difference, I can’t hear a tonal difference. Get the one you like the looks of best! These slides are comfortable, sound great, and make for terrific sustain without scratchy noise. I’m not going to deliberately drop them on the floor (as Jay recently did in response to a question, finding that even on concrete they’re surprisingly resistant to breakage), but I’m not quite as worried about dropping one as I am about my crystal slides. I can’t make up my mind which I like best, the bone-colored clear glaze or the cobalt blue. After a week of playing, I remain deeply ambivalent. The best solution is to get both! I’m not about to quit using my old favorite Ultimate, Craftsman socket, Dunlop #224 brass or Bronze Bomber, but they all have their own special pluses and minuses for different things. These Paloma Stone Slides are going to be new favorites of mine! I love having different options. Slide Acquisition Syndrome is better than GAS, it’s cheaper and doesn’t take up as much space!

The same observations about the glaze texture and sustain apply here. To someone used to using a metal slide, like the Shubb Pearse SP-1 I’ve been mainly sliding with since playing 8-strings, what’s immediately noticeable is how very light these slides are! I had to make an adjustment to applying a little more downforce to the slide, whereas the weight alone of the SP-1 or especially of my big round bullet bar (a Dunlop stainless steel one) will keep them in firm contact with the strings. It’s more like the wood handled Gary Swallow and Snakeslide slides I have, made for bluegrass players who do lots of pulloffs and jumping up and down the fretboard. The bullet nose is excellently radiused and smooth. A very nice feature is that the top surface of the bar is left unglazed, helping with a easy, secure grip on the bar. Aids control. The squared off end of the bar isn’t as sharp as a metal bar with a sharp edge, which may be important to those who do a lot of pulloffs with the edge. It won’t give the string quite as sharp a snap as a metal bar would. Those who suffer from hand fatigue or control problems will appreciate the light weight of the bar. Tonally, I think I don’t hear quite as much of the very high harmonics with the stone bars as with metal. It’s not a dramatic difference. If you’re playing with slide vibrato, sustain goes on as long as you want it to, with no scratchy noise. I think these tone bars are a really nice alternative to the all metal and wood handled shaped bars for lap playing. Paloma also makes round bullet bars, which would be quite different from the metal ones in use due to their lighter weight. I haven’t tried one, and really don’t play that much with a round bar.

Jay’s a musician, and he’ll listen to what you want and make some custom alterations like length if you ask him. He extrudes the tubes for the bottleneck slides and the bars, cuts them to length and does final shaping like the beveled ends and bullet noses by hand. I recommend all of these as quality products, that you’ll like playing with.

 

Al Stone,  Blues Hall of Fame inductee and recording Blues / Rock artist on Paloma Slides .

I been Playing Slide for a long time , and  have to say with Paloma Stone Slides I get the warmest sound I ever had . no other type of Slide begins to compare to " Paloma Stone Slides " .  
Wish I had them before  recording my last slide song.  I got a real kick out of handing it to a friend of mine that also plays slide, and Just watched the look on his face , he looked at me and said wow that is it , that's the one !! I am sure he will never play any thing other than Paloma Stone Slides from now on ....I KNOW I WILL EXCLUSIVELY PLAY PALOMA STONE SLIDES , Thanks, Jay
Al Stone
http://myPPK.com/get/alstone
 

Barry Brenner, Big Road Blues Forum
Beautiful Slides! Just got back from a Gig using my new BLUE GLAZED PFS20 47mm Bottleneck. Felt really fine on pinky, sounded fab and sustained like crazy. Nice TONE y'all!!! Thanks a Mil.

Ricochet, Big Road Blues Forum

Weight, feel, length and diameter are all things that obviously differ, and different slides feel better for different styles of playing and different string tensions. I have several favorite slides, but don't have just one I'd use for everything. I believe I've said before that I changed out from my good old Diamond Ultimate to my Craftsman socket just before playing "Dark Was The Night" in church Good Friday because the Craftsman's texture lent itself to better sustain with slide vibrato. Super slick surface texture isn't always the best. Rough and scratchy rarely is, which is the main reason why I wasted my money on the original aluminum Bigheart slide. And why I can't stand to play with a copper pipe section. Some materials absorb and damp vibrations. Try playing with a hambone. No good. Since I've gone to lighter strings than I used to play on, I don't use my super heavy Bigheart Bronze Bomber nearly as much, but sometimes I like it. I find the Paloma Stone Slides to be very comfortable, they have a very nice surface texture, and they sound great on my guitars. Very versatile all around, not something I just drag out on special occasions. But I'm not about to get rid of any of my other favorites, and I sure am glad I don't have to stick to just one slide. Can I tell what an old master was sliding with from listening to a recording? Of course not. I usually can't tell what guitar he's playing, either. But, I can tell a difference in which of my slides I'm using when I play, and that's what counts in my book.

 

Stumblin Andy, Big Road Blues Forum

I think there is a perceptible difference in tone between the blue & the white Paloma slides. Mine arrived today 8)
Call me crazy, but for my money, the blue sounds warmer or more rounded in tone, whereas the white seems to emphasize clear treble tones. I tried them on a Washburn Parlour, a Washburn 12-string and my Chinese tricone.
I expect I'll be playing quite a lot of guitar during the "honeymoon period."

Me & a bud performed an unscientific experiment this afternoon.
I brought in a parlour guitar tuned A Spanish and three slides:
1 a thin brown glass pill bottle
2 Paloma Blue glaze slide
3 Paloma White glaze slide
He turned away & closed his eyes and I played the same ( or nearly the same) phrase a couple of times with each slide.
After three repeats with each slide, my mate, who totally fixed my computer too, said he thought the pill bottle sounded weaker than the others, the Paloma blue had a warmer tone, he thought the Paloma white emphasized treble tones.
Just sayin' is all :)

P.S. I should say that he didn't know in which order I was going to use the slides. Otherwise it wouldn't even have approached "experimental" status. Hopefully we're all on the same page by now, but what the hell do I know?
'twas ever thus...

 

The Breeze, Big Road Blues Forum
I don't subscribe to the "old bluesmen use anything at hand and make it sound great" urban myth. Most old bluesmen seem to have definite favourites, and some seem to be even more pedantic than us!

Personally, and it is a sad tale, I went the authentic route. I thought I would have more kudos by cutting my own slides. During the long search for the perfect tone and many bottles later I became an alcoholic. It was at this stage I turned to the medicine cabinet. Things went from bad to worse and I ended up on the street foraging for old cigarette butts, (no tone or sustain). At this point I reached rock bottom and booked myself into the Betty Boo Slide clinic. I'm on the mend now but can never be left alone with a corcidine bottle again. I recommend Paloma, it's the safe route. 8)

 

Neal, Big Road Blues Forum
They are good slides. Different than glass from an inner feel, of course. Smooth enough to be counted among the quality makers. Comfortable to use, if this was your only slide, you'd be happy with it. Tone-wise I'm deaf, must be. Not a lot of difference between the white or black, or the glass and stone to my ear. A bit I suppose, but not significant as the difference between these and brass (different but great) or these and pyrex (crap).

All in all excellent work from Paloma.  Keepers.

 

Larry Robbins, Steel Guitar Forum

I use one of Jays' grooved bars for my dobro playing. The top is not glazed and it seems to help me in controlling it.
Love these bars!

 

Fred Rogan , Steel Guitar Forum

I got 2 of Jay's bars and am surprised at how anything so light can still deliver the tone. Just going from my old Ernie Ball steel to one of Jays bars, it is hard to tell a whole lot of difference, and that is a compliment. The big advantage to me is the lightness of these bars seems to really help in left hand movement. There also seems to be a reduction of string noise.
The cobalt blue that I ordered makes for a really cool looking bar and the sound and weight make it a bar that every player ought to have. 

 

 

Joel Merideth, Steel Guitar Forum
I had Jay make me a custom bar 1.23 inches in diameter and 3.6 inches in length...kind of a "copy" of my Sneaky Pete steel tonebar.  Not only was he super responsive, but he gave me a very, very fair price.  After a few weeks, a box came with four different (colored) tone bars, all the same size! That's cool, man.


I love the feel and the tone of the bars, and they all have subtle differences in the way they sound...but they're all great!  I've let a couple friends in town that play steel borrow them and they're blown away, too.

Thanks, Jay!

 

Mike Perlowin, Steel Guitar Forum

The bar arrived yesterday, but I was out all day and didn't get home till after my wife was asleep, so I did not turn on the amp, which would have woken her up, and played for a while unplugged, just to get a sense of how the bar feels. I still have not heard what it sounds like when played through an amp. I'll do that later today.

If I may make an analogy, if somebody has been driving a full size Hummer, and goes from that to one of those tiny Smart cars, chances are (s)he will think the Smart car will feel flimsy and unsubstantial by comparison. On the other hand, somebody who is used to driving the Smart car would find the Hummer to be clunky and awkward. It's all a matter of what you're used to.

I'm used to a substantially heavier bar. The Zirc bar weighs 8.8 oz. The ceramic weighs 3.9. Less than half as much.  And, I have used the Zirc bar since they were first introduced in 1997 or'98.  So my initial response was like that of the guy who is used to the Hummer and is driving the Smart car for the first time. My immediate first reaction was that the bar was too light, and not very substantial.

But then as I played with it more, I realized that the light weight makes it a lot faster. Just as the Smart car has a smaller turning radius than the Hummer, and is far easier to manipulate, so too, the ceramic bar is easier to manipulate than the Zirc bar.

I will have to play more with the bar and see just how much faster and easier to move it is in comparison with the Zirc bar. I need to see if I can get used to the way it feels, and whether I prefer the increased maneuverability it provides over the familiar feeling of substance of the heavier bar.

I still have not turned the amp on, and so I still don't know if there is any difference in the tone the 2 bars produce.

to be continued.......... 

 For this test I disconnected the volume pedal and went directly from the steel to the amp. The amp in question is a Crate Power Block with an Alesis Midiverb plugged into the effects loop, going into a Peavey 12" Black Widow speaker in an open back cabinet.

I was unable to notice any difference in tone between the two bars. I did notice that the Zirc bar produced a very slightly louder tone than the ceramic bar, and had a tiny bit more sustain. In terms of practical playing, these differences are so minute as to be insignificant. I'm pretty sure that if I were blindfolded and heard somebody else test the 2 bars, I would not be able to tell which was which. I will however bring both bars to another players house or gig, and ask him to play something with them both and see if I can tell.

I think the big factor is the weight. The question is whether one prefers a heavy bar with some meat on it (if you can call it that) or a lighter bar that is easier to manipulate, but doesn't have the solid feel of a heavier bar.

Personally, I'm still trying to decide.  (ed. The Zirc bar is $150, the Paloma bar is $20!)

 

Kevin Brown, United Kingdom

Hi Jay,  had some time now with the Paloma Slide,  and found it has a very nice 'niche' use.  I wear my slide on my pinky, this enables me to finger chords during my songs,  hence my action is quite low on a particular instrument I use for song orientated stuff,  because the Paloma is comparatively light its handles the low action very well, also helped greatly by its smooth finish. So if you use a regular guitar 'sometimes for slide'  the Paloma is perfect.  It has found a place in my slide rack and fits a particular need, considering I only have three slides on stage, thats a tall order well fitted out.
By the way I have just finished a slide lesson and my student forgot his slide, so I let him try a Paloma,  he  asked if he could keep it so he will email you when he gets a chance,  Gene Dunford is his name, first sale !!  Kev

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Geoff Cline...

Your Paloma bottleneck slide has replaced the Mudslide as my #1.  I am LOVING it.  Great fit, feel and just a tad lighter (and "slimmer") for better control and tone as good or better (both sound good).  The best part for me is that your (or is that my?) slide fits with no "velcro pad" and once everything is warmed up, the feel/control/tone is much more organic to me.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND this bottleneck.  It's a winner (and the cobalt blue is KILLER).


Hi Jay,
Thanks for the slide, received it yesterday. I love it, it is very smooth but gives just a faint biting tone that's perfect for my single cone reso. This is just what I was looking for. Thank you!

a.c. ware


Joan...

Jay,  I got the slides on Monday and really like them.  I have 2 other ceramic slides – a Moonslides and a Rocky Mtn.  The Rocky Mtn.  is thin-walled, not real comfortable, and thin-sounding.  The Moonslides is very much like yours but sounds dull in comparison.   I’m enjoying getting to know the differences between the clear & blue tones.  One’s not better than the other, just different.  They’re a little short for me but I’ll keep working with them and decide later whether to get longer versions.  Thanks for the prompt delivery – you’ve got a great product.


Lefty Blake, Strat Talk.com...

I love playing slide, and I've used quite a few different slides. The Rocky Mountain slides are decent, but I think they make too much noise. I think a lot of that comes from the glaze they use and the fact that they might not fire it high enough. I recently purchased a ceramic slide made by Paloma Stone Slides. His product is top notch and very light! The glaze is perfectly smooth and it makes virtually no noise, which is real nice. And Jay was a pleasure to do business with!

 

Brad’s Page of Steel,,,

Paloma Stone Slides are hand crafted ceramic tone bars, available in both Stevens and bullet styles. These are lightweight, high quality bars, and represent an excellent value for both the beginner and experienced player. The lighter weight of the ceramic makes them easier to hold over a long period, and the glazed surface makes them glide smoothly over the strings.

 

Leftyguitarman… Big Road Blues Forum

I got my Paloma slide last week and I dig it. 8)Many thanks to Jay for shipping it to my family's address in Washington while I'm up here on vacation. I've used the slide on several jams with some of my buddies, and it has outstanding tone on my Les Paul. It's the only guitar I have with me up here in Washington, but as soon as I get back to Phoenix, my resonator is gonna see a lot of Paloma action.

The construction of the slide is flawless and the glaze is absolutely perfect. The weight is absolutely perfect as well. Well worth the money I paid. If it got lost or broken, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to replace it.

 

Old Wailer, Big Road Blues Forum...

I got my slides today. WOW! They are great. I can't believe the tone and volume I can get from such a lightweight slide. My favorite used to be a hunk of brass--but it's heavy, and it tends to go it's own way sometimes when moving fast due to inertia. The stone slides are much more controllable and the tone and volume and sustain are great--I've got a new favorite slide now. 
Of course the old brass hunk and the two bottlenecks and the ceramic slides will still have their place--as a place to gather dust and something to clean now and then.  I guess I could say more--but I gotta go play my guitar.
Thank you very much Jay--I'll be telling everybody about your slides at Centrum Blues week--I hope you do well with such a great product. . .

 

Lefty Blake, Strat Talk Forum...

I love playing slide, and I've used quite a few different slides. The Rocky Mountain slides are decent, but I think they make too much noise. I think a lot of that comes from the glaze they use and the fact that they might not fire it high enough. I recently purchased a ceramic slide made by Paloma Stone Slides. His product is top notch and very light! The glaze is perfectly smooth and it makes virtually no noise, which is real nice. And Jay was a pleasure to do business with!

 

Slim Pickens, Reso Hangout...

I don't know if anyone here has ever tried these, but I thought I'd throw this out there. I'm not quite sure how I came across these, but after hearing about them, I searched and found a website. Now, Paloma Stone Slides are made by a man named Jay Seibert in Woodland, WA. They are stoneware slides, not porcelain or ceramic. I contacted Jay because I was skeptical about getting good tone out of a reso using a stonework bar. I told him I was interested in buying a bar from him, and he said he'd be glad to make one for me. The thing is, my custom Bradley heat-treated stainless steel bar is my favorite, and I wanted something that had very similar dimensions. This includes 10 degree sloped sides. Now, Jay's reso bars are made in the shape of a Stevens steel, including the flat sides. Jay, however, agreed to try something new and would make me a custom bar. I figured for $20, what could it hurt? So, after a couple of tries, Jay was able to get the slopes exactly right. Well, I just received my custom Paloma Stone Slide today and I couldn't be more pleased. I ordered the "Cobalt Blue" glaze and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the tone. Very warm and not scratchy at all, which is what I was expecting from a stone slide, regardless of any glaze. I don't know if I am quite ready to give up my Bradley as my main steel, but I am definitely willing to keep testing the Paloma. I don't know if it counts for much, but I highly recommend that you try one of Jay's bars if you get the chance. He makes the Stevens type bars for reso and lap steel players, but also makes bullet bars and bottleneck slides as well. Here's Jay's website: www.stoneslides.comI forgot to mention the weight in my post. It's definitely lighter than my Bradley SS. It will take some getting used to, but I do really like the feel of the Paloma. I'm not much for the Stevens steel itself, but there is just something different about the way these feel. It's probably the weight.

As far as slippage goes, I had no problems holding on to it. Unlike the website, which shows the whole slide covered with the glaze, my was only cover about halfway up. The top where you rest your index finger was left uncovered with the bare stonework exposed, giving it a gritty, sandblasted feel. However, if you're looking for something more, I'd ask Jay. He's more than willing to try something new as far as a custom bar. Tell him Brent Libhart sent you. ;-)



Pekka Pylvas, Finland...

Hi Jay,  A BIG thank you for the slides - both of them! Yeah, I only ordered one but I'm not complaining at all :))

They're everything your website promised they would be. Lightweight yet great sustain, smooth surface, excellent tone AND the damn thing feels very sexy on my finger! Almost like... well... you know... I don't think I have much use for my other slides after getting these beauties.   Oh, I just ordered some more stoneware from you - a bullnose tonebar... :)   Thank you again for a great product!  

Best regards, Pekka


Darrell Gray, Chicken Hot Rod...Say Hey Jay

I tried the slides yesterday on the lap steel and immediately enjoyed the feel, lightness, and warmer sound.  Played them both against my Stevens bar.  Oh, yeah.... I am now an official fan of yours, Knocks me out. 



Bosse Engzell, Sweden...

Hi Jay, I get a small package with mail today, YES I like my new Stone Slide: THANK YOU!!!

 

Scot Ray, Gutpuppet.com, Montana...

I am honored to endorse Paloma Stone Guitar Slides.

The large blue glazed bullet bar has turned out to be a dream on my lap stratocaster + duesenberg multibender.  There is a round rich centered warmth to the tone, a pleasant organic feel in hand, endless sustain, and the action betwix slide and string is quiet and silky smooth. I'm finding the slides particularly rewarding on my electric machines. I am also finding many dedicated uses for several of the Paloma slides on my acoustic boxes, particularly when I want to roll off the crisper highs of an sp2 or when a greasier full bar delta blues approach is desired. Also of note: the un-glazed end of the bar is great for avant scrapes, squiggles and textures!
Other exciting news is Jay at Paloma Slides is experimenting with what I think of as a Hindustani style slide - a kind of long thin 'pen' style slide that several slide players from India sometimes use (i.e. Bhattacharya and Bhatt). It is held like a pen, tip to string (not laid flat over the strings) to facilitate highly embellished hammer-on and pull-off single note lines. This promises to be another great Paloma slide innovation.
Read more: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=265089043&blogId=539241745#ixzz100FkeSPc

 

Stumblin, Big Road Blues Forum…
Me & a bud performed an unscientific experiment this afternoon.
I brought in a parlour guitar tuned A Spanish and three slides:
1 a thin brown glass pill bottle
2 Paloma Blue glaze slide
3 Paloma White glaze slide
He turned away & closed his eyes and I played the same ( or nearly the same) phrase a couple of times with each slide.
After three repeats with each slide, my mate, who totally fixed my computer too, said he thought the pill bottle sounded weaker than the others, the Paloma blue had a warmer tone, he thought the Paloma white emphasized treble tones.
Just sayin' is all :)
P.S. I should say that he didn't know in which order I was going to use the slides. Otherwise it wouldn't even have approached "experimental" status. Hopefully we're all on the same page by now, but what the hell do I know?
'twas ever thus...

 

Neal, Big Road Blues Forum...

They are good slides. Different than glass from an inner feel, of course. Smooth enough to be counted among the quality makers. Comfortable to use, if this was your only slide, you'd be happy with it. Tone-wise I'm deaf, must be. Not a lot of difference between the white or black, or the glass and stone to my ear. A bit I suppose, but not significant as the difference between these and brass (different but great) or these and pyrex (crap).
All in all excellent work from Paloma. Keepers.

 

2Slow, Big Road Blues Forum...

Well,got my slides last Friday.Had all weekend to try 'em out.I own a lot of slides.I've made them myself,had people make them for me,bought every one I saw that looked interesting.These are the best I own.I used them on my spider set-up and my biscuit bridge and i'm finally satisfied. If you're like I was,looking for the slide that has the right tone and comfortable feel.Give Jay a holler.he's got it for ya'. BTW Thanks Rico for the comprehensive low down on the Paloma slides. 'Turned out well for me.

 

Hi,

My name is Forest Wilson and I'm a guitar instructor in Palmer Alaska. I recently attended the Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp and I was using a Paloma slide when one of the Instructors Doug Cox asked to play it and really loved it. (So do I) He is interested in trying some out. Here is a link to his site with his contact information. I do my best to spread the word about your slides. I love them. I hope to see some at The Czar of Guitars Where I teach soon!

Brad

Slideman says: when Slim Pickins posted the info I decided to try it.He makes various models and lengths so it is important to study the website www.stoneslides.com and look at the choices.The customer deals direct with the maker - Jay Siebert--and choices include colors of white or cobalt blue.Prices are the SAME for all- $20 & 4 shipping and handling--any model or length. Squareneck Hawaiian style players would like SB285 (2 square ends) (like a Stevens bar) or SB285BN (one end square and one end rounded bulletnose).. ALSO there is a slightly fatter bar SB385BN--like a chubby Stevens bar with one end rounded bullet nose. They come with a cloth carrying pouch.It seems to be a good value and the weight of the bar is light.The tone is slightly different than a steel bar. Obviously I tried several and SB285BN in cobalt is my favorite. I carry both types and change off between steel and ceramic. I'm happy--the price is competitive, the quality is very good and for $20 it makes an interesting experiment since one would be buying a replacement bar at some time in the future anyway. Go for it--but ONLY AFTER you study the product list BY CODE # and don't order the wrong choice.

Just a mention about Jay Seibert's stone bars. I have one, I think it's 1" dia. When I first got it, the light weight seemed strange, but after using it more the lightness began to show its advantages in being able to move very quickly around the neck, and there is almost no drag on the strings at all. You have to put a little more pressure on it than a heavy bar, but there's very little difference, if any, in tone/sustain. Though the Zirc is still my favorite, For 20 bucks the stone bar is the best deal out there.

 

Hoang cung bao pham

 Hi Jay!!! I just receive this morning the bars that you send to me!!! And I loooooovvvvvvvve them!!!!!!! I really like the tone of them!!!

I usually play with a Shubb SP and the Dunlop 918 and seriuosly, your bars are much easier to play. And the fact that they are lighter than heavy brass bars, I can play much faster with a better control.

I've read that some say that you loose sustain a little bit but I think the difference is not that big. I prefer to loose a little bit but have a better handling and confort in my playing.

Also, since I also play lap style on my ukulele (it's a squareneck uke that I get build for me to play lap style) and that it is tune higher pitch, I found that your bars reaaly tone down the highs of my uke and really brings a nice warm sound to the sound that I found sometimes to bright with brass bars.

I didn't realize that you have some bull nose bars, if I would knew I would take a blue bull nose one also since I really like your product, I would save on shipping....

Anyway, I'm very happy to find you and your products and for sure I'll suggest to people that are looking for slide bars!!

Talk to you soon Jay!

Bao

Hi Jay

I received the slide, in perfect condition, in my mailbox this afternoon. What a nice product! Beautiful finish work, cute little bag to keep it safe.   I surely hope you're selling lots.

Thank you so much. I intend to make good with it!  

Mary

 

Hi Jay, 

I finally received my stone slide bar, and I love it. I like the way that it feels, light, fast, and smooth, and sounds warm and sustaining. I would recommend this bar to all the steel guitar players out there everywhere. And also they look great too! Thank you very much Jay, for making such a unique bar.

Best regards,   Rich Myers

 

Wes Barber

I walked into my local guitar shop today bent on getting a chrome steel bar.  They didn't have any but they did have your Paloma slides in stock and passionately pushed the products.  I had a pre-conceived idea of what I was looking for.  I took the chance on a round tone bar and whatever notions I had vanished after I got home and wailed with it.  I don't know if this "stone slide" is a new idea for lap steel but it's the first time I've come across it.  I'm very pleased.  You can thank Steve Perry, Great Southern Music, Houston, TX.

Thanks a million,

 

Dear Jay,

     I recently received my Paloma slide in the mail.  You shipped me a blue glazed version, though I requested a clear glazed version (see below).  I am Ok with the blue glaze, but I wanted to bring the error to your attention.

     As far as the slide is concerned, I'm very happy with it!  Size-wise, it reminds me of a thick-walled bottle slide, but the balance is far superior on the stone slide.  The stone is hefty enough to do a nice vibrato, but light enough for fast, electric slide work.  The inner diameter is perfect for my ring finger and the length is great as well.  I'm using the slide on a '52 Telecaster and getting some killer tones!

     Thank you for an excellent product and I hope to buy some more from you in the future.

Sincerely,

James Scime

 

Daniel Green,

I really liked the SB3 85 BN that I purchased several weeks ago and would like to purchase an additional (different) one. This is the first tone bar that doesn't bother my carpel tunnel problem and I can now play for hours. Please send me the SB3 85 clear tone bar (not a null nose). Thanks Dan

Jay- I never thanked you for the extra-extra bars that you sent to me- very generous!

I'm enjoying playing these. I tend to use them more on non-pedal Western Swing kind of stuff. One really nice feature is that because of their light weight, I can do bar-slams now. I never could really get it to work before. Steel bars are too massive. Also, the light weight makes getting around quickly easier.

 For country pedal steel, they are good for quick stuff, but maybe not so much for long sustain stuff.

When I get a moment, I'll post something on the steel forum about these.

 Cheers

Lynn Kasdorf


Hello Jay,

Have used your slide for some time on my MSA Vintage XL and I love it.

But last weekend I start to using your slide on my National Trojan Square Neck from the 1930’s somewhere. A complete new world open up for me this is MY slide on 6 strings. Have read about different steel bars for non pedal steel and so on and what I have got to using all my years is a some thing made of steel far away from your slides.

Best

Bosse Engzell in Sweden

 

Dear Jay

You nailed it! I have been playing fingerstyle blues guitar for over 35 years and I've tried every kind of slide imaginable from glass to brass. I can honestly say that I've not found a single one that has given me a better combination of warmth, volume, control and comfort than your Stone Slides. Whether the guitar is wood or metal, low action or high, old or new-- your stone slide works better for me than anything I've ever played.

They are a thing of beauty as well, a real work of art!  Congratulations on creating a winner.

Best regards,

Karl Dentino

karldentino.com

 

Hello Jay,

My slide has just arrived (thank you very much!). I've used it for ten minutes so far, and that is enough time to know that everything you said about it is true. It's the dogs nuts! Absolutely brilliant, lovely warm sound, and it gives you an instant distinct tone all of your own. Once again, thank you very much indeed, I love it! It is now going into town with me, to show off in the guitar shop, and I feel sure that orders will follow

I feel like there has been an instant improvement in my playing.

Keep up the good work, and keep your eye on  the Michael Messer forum (probably tonight)

Yours

A very happy bunny indeed

Pete. aka Bertie.


Hello Everybody,

Paloma stoneware slides have been mentioned (rather controvertially) on this forum before, as I've no doubt you know. I got one today, and feel it's only fair to let you know that it is absolutely brilliant.
I usually use glass winebottle slides, (clear, green and brown), that I make and polish for myself, and it takes yonks, they sound very nice, but I won't be making anymore because this new slide knocks them into a cocked hat!It has a sound all of it's own, very warm indeed, with no background slidey string noise. In my opinion, it's the best slide I've ever used. Mine is a cobolt blue one, which apparently gives a different tone to the white ones, (I can't testify to this yet, but will be ordering a white one soon to see for myself)

The glaze on these slides is a very deep glossy one, that seems to make them slide even easier than glass, and gives the impression that it has instantly improved my playing . It also looks beautiful, (does that make me sound like a weirdo?)

My lugs are not directly wired to an oscilloscope like some of yours are, but I love it already. I highly reccomend that you try one for yourselves, I'm sure most of you will be impressed.

Without prejudice or favour,

Bertie


HI, Jay, I’ve enjoyed using your slides.  Thank-you for the extra slide.

I’m wondering if you could add about .75 of a centimeter to the length of the small one?  If so I’d like  to order some.  As you know I’m just learning to play slide guitar. I’ve been a wannabe for several years, so before ever starting, I bought books and slides in preparation and had accumulated a variety of slides of glass and metals and ceramic--none of which fit my pinky.  Here's what I think:

The first thing I noticed about Jay’s slides is that they fit  snugly and gave me control for the first time.  For a woman with small hands, this was a break-through.  Most slide players are men,  so I could never find any slides with the right diameter.

The next thing that really impressed me is how light and easy it is to move the slide with control.

But what makes this slide most wonderful is the large sound; it feels light but acts like a heavy slide, pulling rich,  full tones that just blew me away.

I love this slide!

You can use any part of this.

Pam McCarl


Jay,

Thank you for being insightful enough to throw in an extra slide with a slightly smaller ID. I ordered the 26 mm because everything I had ever ordered was to small. Low and behold when I got your package you had thrown in a 24 mm bonus slide. After playing the 26 mm and then the 24 mm it was evident that the 24 mm was more suited to my playing because the slide rode higher up on my finger which is more comfortable for me. The only slide that I had found that fit me before this was a lead crystal dome slide and the dome kept the slide at the top of my finger but it weighed a ton and made fast transitions impossible. It had great tone though and I was afraid of losing that tone with something lighter. I am hear to say that the tone generated by your ceramic slide is freaking awesome. Fits my style perfectly. It has a warm tone with a nice growl when you slide it up and down the strings. It maintains depth and clarity, and with its lightness makes fast transitions from note to note much easier to nail. Thank you again and I will be ordering a back up  just in case I have something happen to this one

Sincerely,

Brad Cooper

Japan


Peter Bassett Just got my new blue slide in the post, it is absolutely brilliant, gorgeous tone, light weight and a thing of beauty! Thanks Jay, I'll be back!

Here’s an update for those of you that wonder how these tone bars help.
Keep in mind this is my experience with them.
For years on many different steels there has been an annoying metallic overtone on certain strings and locations on the neck. I sometimes sounded like a buzz but it wasn’t.
For the last few months I have been using one of Jay’s bars and I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it is that makes them different.
After listening to some recordings and many live gigs I think I have figured it out.
That unwanted metallic overtone I was so used to dealing with is gone.
At one live show I pulled out one of my metal bars and boom there it was again (the buzz thing).
Perhaps it is my bar pressure or inaccurate placement of the bar or something entirely different.
All I know is Jay’s bar does not act the same.
How and why this bar has kept this tone from bugging I don’t know, but they sure have made my attack and willingness to experiment up and down the neck a lot more pleasurable.
Thanks Jay

 

Michael  Robertson

Just wanted to say a fewe word about the "Paloma Stone" tone bars and I hope this is the place to do it. I had Jay make and extra long bar for me and I played part of a set with it last night at my theater. In the crowd was a good friend and, in my estimation, one of the best steel players there is, Jack Kondora. I asked him for his opinion. He told me that the tone was very rich and very much like his "zirconia" bar(hope that's right). Bar feel great and plays smooth. Great price and a great bargan.


Jay:

 Your stone slides are amazing, especially for an old geezer like me with damaged nerves, tendons and muscles in both hands. And like you say they have a much warmer sound than steel. I like having a 15/16" bar that weighs about half as much as a 7/8" steel bar.

 The only downside I see is that they are too light to be much help in a bar-room brawl. Whoa!(Not a problem for me since I head for the door whenever a fight starts.)

Thanks for offering such a great product at a reasonable price!

Steve Ahola


Mark Mansueto, Steel Guitar Forum…

I've been using a sculpted bar for years mainly because I lift a lot and I just never could get along with a round bar. I like the concept of a round bar for slants, etc, but I just never liked any that I tried.

Well, I chatted with Jay and ended up ordering one of his stone slides several months ago. I knew I wanted something larger that 3/4 but I was torn between getting a 7/8 or a 1". Jay was nice enough to send me both and as it turned out I really liked the 1". It's big but I was amazed at how easy it was to get used to and hold on to. Somehow the slick surface sticks to your hand and has lower string noise than my steel. I have a heavy hand so the weight hasn't been an issue with me. I timed the sustain and I couldn't discern a difference between stone and steel. The tone of the stone is a bit warmer but not in a bad way and by that I mean that the tone isn't dull, just different. I actually like the warmer tone.

 So I now have a bullet bar that I like.

 Thanks, Jay, and I apologize that it's taken me this long to say that.

 

 Dear Jay,

     I recently received my Paloma slide in the mail.  You shipped me a blue glazed version, though I requested a clear glazed version (see below).  I am Ok with the blue glaze, but I wanted to bring the error to your attention.

     As far as the slide is concerned, I'm very happy with it!  Size-wise, it reminds me of a thick-walled bottle slide, but the balance is far superior on the stone slide.  The stone is hefty enough to do a nice vibrato, but light enough for fast, electric slide work.  The inner diameter is perfect for my ring finger and the length is great as well.  I'm using the slide on a '52 Telecaster and getting some killer tones!

     Thank you for an excellent product and I hope to buy some more from you in the future.

Sincerely,

James Scime


Jay,

I was in your test group a while back. I have to say that the more I play this bar, the more I truly enjoy it. It certainly has its place in the steel guitar bar family. There are certain tones you get out of it that are unique.

So for the price I think you'd be surprised at how much you will enjoy this stoneware bar.

Al V.  comparing the Paloma bar to the Zirconia bar

Steven Angelo

 

Jay,

I've played guitar / slide guitar for over 30 years...I am always trying out different slide materials, etc.  I recently purchased a Paloma Bottleneck Slide...EXCELLENT!  A little thinner than the typical ceramic/porcelain slides...but very dense...super hard and smooth surface...works great with my National Steels and my electrics...highly recommended!!  In fact, I just ordered 2 more bottlenecks and 2 tone bars for my lap steels!!  Love 'em...they are my main slides now!!  Also great service...Jay Seibert is very responsive...

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Richblue… Big Road Blues Forum…


I'd like to congratulate you on your slides of which I have a couple. I find them really suitable for using with my self made Weissenborn teardrop style. It's a small (you might say parlor) sized instrument and lacks the power for the slightly noisey venues where I play occasionally without mic-ing. I tried to get around this by using one of my self made slides - stainless rod with wooden finger grip - and while it gave crisper and greater sustain on the bass strings, it was just too heavy for the featherweight Weissy. So I began using your slide and found that they "married" perfectly. The lightness of your slide made playing so much more fluent and brought out the subtle tones in my guitar. So I thank you for producing a very fine product. And my solution for the Weissy volume in the cafe courtyard or open market noise? My home converted resonator - loud as all get out and still all acoustic. :DPeace

 

Hi Jay,

I thought I would let you know I recieved my stoneslide a week or so ago, and I really love it.  It is about half the weight of my old Stevens bar, and with the unglazed part on top, It is super easy to hold on to especially on slants and vibratos. 

Keep on makin' em,

Thanks, Dave

I picked up a Paloma Stone Slide at American Music in Seattle.  Being a self-taught slide guitarist, I found that the slide brought an immediately pleasurable tone that seemed to jump right out of the strings.  The slide fits snug against my ring finger, so as to not slip around; a problem I've experienced with glass and metal pieces.  It's heavy but not cumbersome, which most likely accounts for the effortless sustain.  I'm a quick fan!

The name of my band is Andrew Vait & The Eternal Fair

Hi Jay,

Wanted to let you know that your slides scored a perfect 10!  Jim likes them better than his steel slide.  He especially prefers the rounded end for picking out single notes. Thought you might like to know.

Thanks again and Happy New Year!

Janet

 

SLIDE REVIE

I love my new Paloma Stone Slides and have been playing them every day since receiving them as Christmas presents!

Every musician is constantly looking for an edge to help improve their sound  (picks, strings capos etc.) and quite often ends up disappointed.  I can honestly say, that is not the case with your product.

Jay, it is a severe understatement when you say the slides reduce string noise - it is virtually eliminated.

The rounded nose allows for much cleaner single notes, riffs and runs.  The weight of the Stone is lighter than my "former" steel slide and therefore, also allows for greater ease of movement.

I'm betting that once my friends see these, you will have a few more coming to Nova Scotia!

Jiim

PS: Definitely will have these with me on stage this weekend

 

Jody Stecher...

Paloma Stone slides are unusually smooth and produce a big sound with little noise. The "bottlenecks" are comfortable and give a sustain I have only been able to get from heavier material and they produce neither the rattle and clang one usually gets from heavier bottlenecks nor the swarm-of-bees effect associated with slides of comparable lightness. For horizontal playing the large cylinders allow a rolling movement and a resulting musicality that I'd find hard to achieve with other slides. The white and cobalt slides feel and sound slightly different and both are very musical and comfortable. They feel so natural that a few hours after obtaining my first Paloma bottleneck —which I had purchased for use on guitar —  I was able to use it with confidence on my mandolin in a concert set with Peter Rowan Bluegrass band in which I had never before played with a slide. I hadn't been able to get a slide sound on mandolin that I liked. Now I have. 

 

Lonnie Zsigray…

Hello Jay,

I have been using my new bar almost 100% of the time to get use to it and I have to say that I really do enjoy the feel and the tone from it.The lighter weight makes it easier to manuver with although I have found that I have to apply just a little more pressure than I did with my steel bar especially at the first few frets because I play an older steel without gauged rollers.But overall,I'm very satisfied with it and would recommend it to my steeler buddies.

Best regards, Lonnie

Steelin'and lovin'it

 

Hi Jay,

The 2 slides arrived today in great condition.  Took them for a run on both the 6 string weissenborne acoustic and the 6 string electric lap steel.   When ordering I was concerned that the sound transmission would be substantially weaker perhaps flatter, my doubts are gone, these both produce a generous warm tone.  Each slide finish does have a distinctive flavor, and maintains heavier slide qualities (solid sustain, subtle vibrato, etc).  The light weight and great hand feel are nice attributes, makes playing very comfortable.  Fine product(s)!

Kudos from the Canadian West Coast!      Rob Russell

 

Mick Mills, Lincolnshire, England.

Hi Jay - a note to say how much I am enjoying using these stone slides of yours.  I started off with an SB3BN in 90mm cobalt and have since added an SB2BN in cobalt and an SB2BN in clear – both 90mm. I find all bars give that differing sound that you look for to add versatility to your playing and options are opened up for tailoring to certain songs needs.

I am using the big fat cobalt 3BN on a 1949 National double 8 which is about as beat up as I am, but it loves the big warm sound of the fat blue bar.  Sustain is ‘just right’. I tried a Shubb RR2 and found too much weight and too much sustain – this bar I can play forever, its weight to tone ratio is stunning.

The smaller 2BN cobalt plays better on my vintage Epi Electar 6 string – it has slightly less ‘weight’ to the sound as you might expect but is faster than the 3BN and very smooth.

The clear finish 2BN is a more delicate and possibly more ‘edgy’ sound – I am still working on this bar – may be a more bluesy edge than I am used to – I think I shall have to discover how it best likes to be played.  It does sound better on the little 1950 Fender Champ – so that could be its environment. Fast bar.

All in all these bars I find warm, easy on the hand, easier to slant and return, and easier on the wallet!

In these three bars I have loads of flexibility which, at these prices, I can afford now to have in my box.

Thanks for a great product, Jay. You deserve success with it.

 

Hello Jay,

Just a word to let you know how pleased I am with your stone slide bar. First time I tried it, I knew it was a keeper. Wow!  What a nifty product you have made. Thank you very kindly for the handy pouch and extra slide.  The way that thing glides over the strings at lightning speed is simply awesome!  It's easy to hang on to as well. Much better than a standard Stevens. 

I love my Dunlop Longdawg, but I'll be using your slides for that mellow tone and fast action.

Thanks,

Jim West

 

HI Jay.

Just wanted to let you know that I received the tone bars yesterday. I really do like them. I like the tone that they produce and I really like the weight of them. They are so much easier to hold and move. Thanks for a good product.   Jr. Watts

 

Mick Mills, Lincolnshire, England.

 

Hi Jay -

a note to say how much I am enjoying using these stone slides of yours.  I started off with an SB3BN in 90mm cobalt and have since added an SB2BN in cobalt and an SB2BN in clear – both 90mm.  I find all bars give that differing sound that you look for to add versatility to your playing and options are opened up for tailoring to certain songs needs.

I am using the big fat cobalt 3BN on a 1949 National double 8 which is about as beat up as I am, but it loves the big warm sound of the fat blue bar.  Sustain is ‘just right’. I tried a Shubb RR2 and found too much weight and too much sustain – this bar I can play forever, its weight to tone ratio is stunning.

The smaller 2BN cobalt plays better on my vintage Epi Electar 6 string – it has slightly less ‘weight’ to the sound as you might expect but is faster than the 3BN and very smooth.

The clear finish 2BN is a more delicate and possibly more ‘edgy’ sound – I am still working on this bar – may be a more bluesy edge than I am used to – I think I shall have to discover how it best likes to be played.  It does sound better on the little 1950 Fender Champ – so that could be its environment. Fast bar.

All in all these bars I find warm, easy on the hand, easier to slant and return, and easier on the wallet!  In these three bars I have loads of flexibility which, at these prices, I can afford now to have in my box.

Thanks for a great product, Jay. You deserve success with it.

Mick Mills  

 

Jay,

Got the slides, outstanding. I love the stones, they are exactly what I was looking for as far as length and weight. I want to thank you for your effort. In return, I will talk about your product to all I come in contact with. Again, thanks.

Gene Robinson

 

Jay, I received the slides yesterday and have been using them!!!  Love the weight and tone.

 

Doug Childress

 

hey jay - received the slides on monday, thank you so much man, that was really cool of you. 

 gotta say, these things sound amazing? the tone bar you sent is perfect - i'll be ordering at least one more from you soon; really saves my wrist on the fast stuff.

thanks again,

Justin Douglas … Shine Studios, Austin, TX

 

I was in Sam Ash and a guy was talking about stone slides, so I did some looking online and Paloma got really good reviews.  I bought a blue 20X69 from Sam Ash, but it was a bit too long for me.  Sounded great, though.  They didn’t have other lengths so I went right to the source.  I’ve been using a Dunlop 20X 50 glass slide – the shorter lengths feel more comfortable to me.

 

Looking forward to your slide.  Looks like you do really nice work.

 

Thanks and regards,

George Phipps

 

Jay, the slides are great, beautifully crafted and smooth as silk, I've been having a bit of lap steel thumb lately and I appreciate the lighter  weight, and slightly wider profile than the latch lake brozophonic i've been using on both electric and acoustic lap steel.  A bit different sounding than steel yes, but not in a negative way, big and rich sounding, and great feeling in the hand.

Thanks a bunch

Bill Walker

 

Jay,

I received the stone slides today and I’ve just finished a practice session with them……I like them. Don’t know if I prefer the darker or lighter one yet. But both produce better tone than the steel bar does.

Thanks,

Dave Jone

 

Danny Johnson, Jack the Radio,

Hi Jay,

George and I had a chance to spend some time with the slides and bars last night, and man, I have a feeling that the more people check these out, the more we're going to be hearing about Paloma slides.  We will certainly be recommending these to our local "sliders-at-large."  I know you've had a chance to check out our music, so you know that my band Jack the Radio are a pretty "slide-happy" crew.  (We've even had a few sound men ask us if we had found any other uses for the frets our our guitars, since we obviously weren't using them.) :-)  That said, we're definitely very particular about our tone, and have been pretty settled in with our individual [former] slides of choice: a vintage Stevens and Shubb GS-1 for my lap steel/dobro, and a big brass slide on George's electric.

I decided to check out Paloma slides based on the very positive reviews I read on Reso-Hangout, and got the final push after the purchase of a vintage Supro lap steel with a super-hot Ry Cooder style bar pickup.  Needless to say, my expectations have been exceeded.  Compared to our previous bars/slides, here were our thoughts from our session last night:

The light weight of the stoneware slides was an unmistakable improvement in feel and, for both George and I, speed across the strings.  I always found that with my Stevens steel, left hand, forearm, and fingers could start to get fatigued by the end of a long set.  (Granted, I'm not playing traditional country or bluegrass style slide, but our hard-driving rock requires tons of full-bar slides and hammer-ons/pull-offs.)  On George's end, he and I both noticed less fret noise, and a quicker, smoother slide up the strings on his lead lines.  Light weight on the left hand = speed, speed, speed.  All good things, all good things.
  • I'm really digging the feel of the glaze on the strings.  I have played around with glass slides on my electric guitars, settled into using stainless steel/plated on my lap steels, and even toyed with ceramics such as the Dunlop Mudslides.  In general, I always had the feeling that they were either too grabby or too smooth.  These Paloma slides have the perfect texture.  Plenty smooth for long, delicate glissandos, but there's just enough texture to the glaze to really "activate" the string on vibrato'ed, held out notes.  I can't imagine being much happier than I was last night playing a vintage lap steel, with a Paloma shaped tonebar, through a low wattage tube amp.  I really felt like I had amazing amounts of dynamic control with my left hand alone.
  • I wanted to save the best for last: the tone is to die for!  George and I both found that the stoneware slides gave us a thick, but clear, tone.  George's main electric has a meaty neck humbucker and cutting bridge single coil... the clear-glaze stoneware sounded amazing on all settings!  As I said, I had been struggling with my slides after picking up my new Supro.  I was worried that I'd never find anything that could tame that pickup.  Paloma slides to the rescue.  The cobalt blue glazed tonebar gave me the tone I hear in my head.  I'm not sure how else to describe it, but trust me, that's about the best compliment I can give!  From the highest note to the lowest note, nothing but warm, round, singing notes, and Jay, when I kicked on my Tubescreamer, it got even better.  I can't wait to break these out for my upcoming shows and recording sessions.

I had a chance to try out the Palomas on my squareneck dobro, which comes out for recording sessions and acoustic appearances, as well as some of my work sitting in as a hired gun with a few other NC bands.  Though I appreciate the traditional sharp, punch dobro tone, I've always looked for a way to "warm up" my tone on dobro.  This has involved trying out lots of different strings, fingerpicks, and even bridge and nut materials.  Turns out the answer I was looking for was "Use a Paloma slide!".  Really round, but clear, tone with much less string noise than I've been getting with my other slides.  Sustain for days.  I love the bull-nose tonebar for smooth, fast runs.  What a great design!

I don't know what I can say other than "thank you"!  Thanks for making such a great product, and taking the time to focus on the all the little things that guitarists hold near and dear.  Every time I pick up one of these Palomas, I can't help but to get a big grin on my face.  The boys of Jack the Radio are looking forward to years of making music with Paloma slides on stage and in studio!

 

Jay,

I got my tone bar yesterday and I love it.  Great tone, comfortable, and I love the light weight.

Thanks,

Frank James

 

Jody Stecher

Update: I have now used the small white slide on my pinky while playing mandolin on more than a dozen festival and concert sets in the USA and Australia. I have gotten only a few comments, all positive. It seems people regard my use of slide mandolin as normal. Last week I used the longer blue slide on my ring finger while playing banjo in a supporting role to a fiddler who was playing Steel Guitar Rag. Again, it was accepted as a normal thing to do.  It sounded great on banjo by the way. It was also a lot easier to do than on mandolin because the banjo was tuned (as is normal) to an open G chord.

 

Steve Cummings,

I'm pretty happy with the Paloma ceramic tone bars by Jay Seibert. Nice guy to do business with too...

Priced right and I've dropped mine on the floor a few times and either I'm lucky or it's a lot tougher than you think. I've got a blue and a white, like em both. Shucks the wife and I have been eating off the same set of stoneware since we were married 37 years ago so for durability..... there ya go.

 

Jay,

Thanks ever so much for the 3 tone-bars that you sent me.  Right to my specifications.  The RB1 feels great in my hand.  Haven’t put them to steel yet but I know that I’ll be a happy camper.

I must say that I really like your slides/tone-bars and how they perform.  Especially when the conditions are less than idea…..temperature extremes and humidity….I never lose my grip on your bars.  Plus, the inside of your slides has a great feel in “sticky” weather……not at all like the Moonshine slides that I USED to have.  Lol

Thanks again for the tone-bars, great service and if I owe you any $$$, let me know how much and I’ll PayPal it to you.

Steve Abruzzo

 

Good morning,

I received the three bars you sent yesterday for which I thank you. They were mailed 6 days earlier. Although the diameter is bigger than I would normally use, I can see and advantage in at times using a very lightweight bar like yours. Using such a bar immediately after using my heavier bar, provides some distinct advantages much like a batter swinging a bat with a weight on it while in the "on deck" position in that after removal of the weight the bat speed becomes much quicker. The opposite happens when after playing your bar, I pick up my heavier bar in hat the extra weight tends to promote a smoother vibrato

I look forward to playing your bar on a number of different jobs, and after doing so you will hear from me.

Thank you again.

Reece Anderson

 

Hi Jay,

I got my slide(s) on Friday.  Did you intend to ship me two?  I only paid you for one.  You sent me a 47 and 58 MM.  I like both a lot – not sure which length’s better for me.  Believe it or not, it seems the shorter one has just a little different tone.  Very, very subtle or just my imagination – I was going back and forth.

Anyway, I’d be happy to pay you for the second one – just let me know.  Your slides are the best thing I’ve tried.

Best regards,

George Phipps

 

Hi Jay,

It was good to meet you at the guitar show today. I bought one of your slides and when I mentioned that I had a Rocky Mountain slide as well you asked me to give you my impression of the two. The Rocky Mountain I have is the Shavano in Voodoo Black.

I had a chance to play with both of them today on my reso (a Rogue Triolian). I actually didn't notice a big difference in tone. This is not too surprising since my hearing is pretty much shot (I'm not one who would notice the difference between your blue and white ones). One time I would think one was brighter and then the other, so they sounded pretty close on that front. They are both a little mellower and darker than the brass or glass slides that I have.

The one big difference that I noticed between the two, though, was how smooth yours is in comparison to the Rocky Mountain. Yours slides on the strings much smoother and quieter than the Rocky Mountain. That one seems to catch the strings more and make more extra noise. Yours sounds slicker and the Rocky Mountain sounds trashier. Which is better depends upon the sound you want. I prefer yours. I'm kind of a sloppy slide player, so I get enough noise going on without the added string noise from the slide, especially on the wound strings. With other slides I usually avoid playing on the wound strings, but not with yours.

The ID and length of the two slides are the same, but yours has a thicker wall and is a little heavier. I find this gives me a better vibrato and a cleaner feel on my reso. I haven't tried it in my regular acoustic yet, but I suspect that the Rocky Mountain may have a little edge there. I say this because I have a low action and light strings on my acoustic, which I play mostly in standard tuning, so I think the light weight and slight curve on the Rocky Mountain may give me a little lighter touch and more control without bottoming out. I'll let you know if that is true after I get a chance to try them.

The bottom line is that I like the sound and feel of yours better on the reso than the Rocky Mountain. I'm glad I made the purchase. Let me know if you want to know anything else.

Thanks,

Dave Gardafee

 

Jay – I received my two 20mm cobalt bottleneck slides – a 47mm and a 58mm.  They sound great – the best that I’ve tried.  I’ve used everything from an 11/32 spark plug socket to various steel, brass and glass slides before coming across yours.  The size and weight are similar to glass, but your slides give me better sustain and lower noise and allow me to bear down on the strings a bit more when I want.  Quality and finish are first rate.  One interesting observation – others have noted the apparent difference in sound between white and cobalt – it seems to me that the short 47mm slide has just a little brighter bite than the 58.  I may end up using one or the other based on the tone I want for a certain tune.

Keep up the good work and I wish you much success.

George Phipps

Frolic’s Magic 8 Ball

 

Mark Mansueto

I've been using a sculpted bar for years mainly because I lift a lot and I just never could get along with a round bar. I like the concept of a round bar for slants, etc, but I just never liked any that I tried.

Well, I chatted with Jay and ended up ordering one of his stone slides several months ago. I knew I wanted something larger that 3/4 but I was torn between getting a 7/8 or a 1". Jay was nice enough to send me both and as it turned out I really liked the 1". It's big but I was amazed at how easy it was to get used to and hold on to. Somehow the slick surface sticks to your hand and has lower string noise than my steel. I have a heavy hand so the weight hasn't been an issue with me. I timed the sustain and I couldn't discern a difference between stone and steel. The tone of the stone is a bit warmer but not in a bad way and by that I mean that the tone isn't dull, just different. I actually like the warmer tone.

So I now have a bullet bar that I like.

Thanks, Jay, and I apologize that it's taken me this long to say that.

 

Hi Jay,

My tone bars arrived yesterday and what a delight they are.

The finish is superb, they slide without any unwanted extraneous noise, the shape is uniform, and the sound is sweet. There is a noticeable tonal difference between the cobalt and white finishes (just as you advise on your web site) – the cobalt is darker and softer, the white more snappy and defined. They all feel comfortable in the hand immediately, requiring no adjustment in playing technique, just have to get used to the “grin factor” because they made my playing sound better.

They are an absolute bargain at the price and I will definitely spread the word in my little corner of the world, and I will need to order a spare set in the near future.

My appreciation for the level of your workmanship, and many thanks for these wonderful “tone machines”.

Cheers,

Allen Wheeler, Queensland, Australia

 

Jeff Spencer

Got mine the other day and as Steve said - Wow! I love them. Somehow 'different' and there is a tonal difference between the steel and the stone. The sustain is definitely a fraction less and I mean a fraction. Back up chord work may see you want the sustain of steel but with instrumentals I seem to grab this one first. I think I will order more. I seem to be able to move quicker and more accurately.

Thanks Jay for a great product at a great price. Service was great as well!

 

Hi Jay,


Its time for me to have you make another slide for me.  The tone is excellent on the one you made before, but I think I need one a bit roomier.  So this time I would like to get:

1ea. PFS20 in the 58mm length in cobalt blue.  The tone bar you made for me became my favorite as soon as I tried it out.  It sounds great on dobro, and positively kills on my old Oahu square neck.

Best Regards,

Jack Schatz


Jay,

The slides arrived today, many thanks for the bonus! I have played a bit with them and I REALLY like 'em.I am used to a Stevens type bar and I am so glad that I ordered the bullet nose model--- so nice for single string work. But the surprise for me was how much I love the blue round tone bar. Massive sustain and it feels fantastic in the hand!
I would say that the white bar pushes the treble a little more, the blue is warm and forgiving.

 

I will pass the word, thanks man...

Chris kelly

 Hi Jay,

Well, I spent some time playing both slides on my acoustic and, as I suspected the Rocky Mountain was slightly easier to play on that, but the difference was minimal. However, yours sounds much better. I'm really liking the smoothness and sustain of your slide on all the playing I do. Although there isn't much difference in the tone of the two slide, there is a difference in the sound (if that makes sense). Yours sounds much smoother and cleaner without sounding too sterile. It's just the sound I have been looking for. I'll probably keep the Rocky Mountain in my acoustic case so I have a slide there, but yours has become my go to slide for most of the stuff I play. The more I use it the better I like it. Thanks again for making such a great slide.

Dave Gardafee

 
Hi Jay

I got the bar yesterday and it's beautiful. So far I've only used it on acoustic instruments, but U can't wait to try it on something sensitive on lap steel. I think it will be perfect for a very pure, transparent high string melody, among other things. I don't know if the bluegrass dobro community will find enough weight in it, but some will and the electric guys will.

Years ago i asked a glass blower if she could make something like a stevens steel. she did her best, and it's even lighter than this, and has a nice sound. but this splits the diff in a very nice way. easy to hold too.
Great job!!  Now, raise your price, it's too fair.


Don Rooke

  

 

Jay,

Received my slides yesterday; great looks (very professional manufacturing process) and great sound!!!  Tried glass rods and various metals, but the ceramic has a distinct tone (very mellow and rich, extremely full sound).  I am very pleased with the quality and sound of your product.  I would definitely recommend your slides to my musical colleagues.  Thanks. 

Joe Padolewski

  


Jeff Smidt

Ordering a PFS18, 69mm, cobalt blue. Got a 58mm last month and love the tone. Have also used it on my resonator and acoustics and like the richer tone for some songs compared to my brass Latch Lake. Want the longer one for the wider acoustic neck. Thanks Jay Really nice slide!


Jay,

I got the slide and I'm thrilled with it! It feels, sounds, and plays great. I'll definitely spread the word and order more from you in the future.

Cheers,


Dave Zeliff


Dear Jay,

The tubes arrived yesterday. What a great tone! Warm...organic... smooth without the slightest loss of definition but always present. I'm really impressed.

Beyond comparson.
  Today I dumped my Dunlop Moonshits


 Got the slide a few days ago!  It is a great, I really love it.  It sounds so much better than the cheap metal one I was using before, especially on my acoustic guitars.  I saw your new finishes on your facebook page today and I think they look great.  Unfortunately I don't think I can convince my wife I need any more slides! 

Thanks again,

Daniel


Got it. It's 'f-ing' awesome. I want to try other ones too.....  Larger? Longer?  Maybe a thumb rest one?  Do any of them come lighter - hollow?   Lemme know - it's INSTANTLY my favorite - and I have a bunch.   Wow!

With Gratitude,

Peyton
 

Hi Jay.

Just letting you know that my beautiful new slide arrived safe and sound today. Fantastic service and a fantastic slide. Love the feel of it. Love the sound of it.  Thank you very much.

Cheers

Stuart

 

Jay,

I just got my slide today, it's amazing the tone, the quality and the feeling it's just incredible. Did you gave more though at my custom work request? Also how are the painted prototypes coming along? I will be ordering a white slide shortly and if you have any news on the custom work then I'm interested on that too.

Cheers

Allan MacGregor 

 

Jay,

Received the slides yesterday.  Thanks for the extra slide.  They are reallly nice!!   I have several other shaped sides none are as nice nor slide as nice as yours.

If you ever are in a creative mood my favorite slide Is a conical slide with a round end.  I taught at an vocational high school  (Electronics and Math)  I had a student  in Machine Trades make me one Similiar to the old black rajahs but larger Played 10 string pedal guitar.  I got old and I play a 10 lap steel on a stand or my 8 string resonator..  The size is about the same as your bigest round slice  and tapers a bit.

Thanks for your extra service.

Joe

 

Hi Jay,

I will send a paypal payment for $30 for a slide. Shipped to Australia. OJ 75mm in Marble finish.

I love your Paloma bars i got some of your first run and love them dearly.

Cheers Kelvin

 

Reece Anderson

As far as my feedback......."your bars play very smooth, maintain their surface beautifully, and of course are very light. The overall quality is very good, as is the manufacturing consistency".

 

I'm Terry from England.....I've heard a lot of good things about these bars, as a lap steel player of only 2 years,[6, 7 and 8 string] i wouldn't consider myself an expert, but having said that i've used several types and weights/sizes of bars...anyway i thought i'd treat myself...the whole experience of buying was easy and pleasant, Jay is by far the most considerate seller of anything i've ever bought on line, after many emails back n forth i decided to go for a bullet type, payment was made and i waited eagerly for the bar to arrive, after a couple of weeks it was in my hands, at first i was surprised by the lightness, quality is outstanding even has its own bag :)...so plugged in my frypan and away i went, i found the bar fitted my hand like a glove, the perfect size! tone is to die for.... the bar i received was very well made with no dings/scratches etc, because of the lightness i found i was able to move my left hand a lot more freely/speedier! which in turn allowed me to pick much easier? after one hour i had decided that this was the bar of choice for me! after a couple of days i contacted Jay to let him know just how pleased and satisfied i was/am with this little jewel of a bar...so to sum up, for me this is the best tonebar available and so cheap too! i will never use another type of bar, there's no need, why change when you have perfection in your hands? so Jay many many thanks and keep up the excellent work....Terry...ps, howsabout doing a set of bars with different countries flags ? id deffo be up for a St Georges cross :)

I bought a "full sized" Paloma stone slide from you many years ago.

I would like to "shorten" the length of the slide, any ideas?

LOLOL  I tried a hacksaw and it barely SCRATCHED it…..amazing.

BTW….this is the best slide I have ever used….and I've tried 'em all.

 

Daniel L Henseler

President PRG Inc.
Director of Marketing Three Z Printing

I saw the stone bar from a fellow steeler. His was smaller than what I use and white but after trying it, I knew I had to have one.  I ordered something larger in the mottled blue color.  I've used it a few times and really like how light it is.  I can move faster and my forearm doesn't hurt.  The finish is very hard and won't get grooved.

Ron, lap steel & reso player

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Paloma Stone Slides

Finding the perfect slide is as hard as finding the perfect guitar or the perfect amp. You would think that with the multitude of glass, brass, steel and ceramic slides available in various sizes and colors it would be easy. But it’s not – most likely, you’ll end up compromising. You’ll settle for one that’s too tight, or too loose, too short or too long, too bright or too dull. And you’ll make due and play as well as your abilities allow you.

Not me! I’m not the world’s greatest slide player but I like to play a little slide as part of my guitar repertoire. And, I’ve experimented with all kinds of slides, finally settling on a Dunlop #218 glass slide.

That is until I discovered Paloma Stone Slides made by Jay Seibert. He makes high quality stoneware guitar slides and I’m here to tell you that my slide playing improved dramatically as soon as I put one of Jay’s slides on the ring finger of my left hand – a beautiful dark blue glazed piece of stoneware, 20 mm inside and 47 mm long. (Jay offers a good choice of sizes - inner dimensions and lengths.)

The fit is perfect, not too tight and not too loose. The weight and balance are perfect, with an equal touch across the strings of both my vintage, small radius neck Strat and my flat radius Tele. And the tone – a rich, musical tone that’s just perfect for the blues I play, great playing clean right into my amp and great playing dirty through a distortion pedal.

It gets even better. I mostly play electric, but the Paloma Stone Slide is as good with my Gibson acoustic, too.

If you play slide, you owe it to yourself to check these out. You’ll be amazed!

 

Hiya Jay. Just got my PFS16. Lord that a beautiful slide! Nice heft to it. Slick as ice & straight as an arrow. I want to get some other sizes for other fingers / friends etc. in that same darkest (cobalt maybe?) blue. "PFS18" 18 mm / 58 mm "PFS20" 20 mm / 58 mm "PFS22" 22 mm / 58 mm Thanks. Daniel McGraw

Jay,

The bar came last Friday. I haven't been able to put in down. I love the weight and the tone.

Thanks!

Dave

 

Jay,

I received the slide today. Thanks for the fast turnaround. I wish I'd found you earlier. You would have saved me many dollars and hours buying inferior slides and wasting time trying to make my own. Your slide is perfect. Fits great and sounds great. What more could a guitar player ask for.

Thanks.

Mike Kuehn

Wisconsin

 

Hello there Jay... Just a note to tell you to hang on to that new slide you are making to replace the "bad" slide you sent . Aside from the ultra small pits on the end that baby is sweet indeed. The pits do now affect playing at all. As a matter of fact, my May Bell has never sounded better and I kinda like the mojo of the one you sent. I am VERY pleased with the sound your slide gets out of my guitar. It is a beautifully sweet,  warm tone that metal or glass just doesn't evoke. Thank you and you will be hearing from me again. Have a very Merry Christmas !!!!  Billy Weeks

 

Hey Jay,

The blue and white (pedal steel) bullet bars landed on Christmas eve morning..... Tried them out and love them both..... I even compared them to the steel BJS bar. They are much lighter and no player fatigue and I love them... you have created a brilliant product, cheers.

Thank-you so much.

Yours Sincerely,

Jeff McCook

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Hi Jay,

Happy 2012! Thanks so much for the tone bars! They are beautiful, and certainly add their own character to the tonal palette. Sorry for the late thank you - I have been busy touring, travelling and most recently relocating from the UK to Sweden.

All the best for the new year!

Cheers,

Fred

 

Jay,

I bought one a few months ago and gradually began using it more and more and the steel bar less and less. Tonight, I was playing the reso at mass and grabbed the steel.  After a few songs, I just couldn't use it and switched to the ceramic.  Being over 60, my hand gets tired holding the heavy steel.  What more can I say, wish I had it years ago.

Ron Victoria

Hi, Jay:

I Just wanted to let you know that your stoneslides all (including the last one) ...

.. have crossed the ocean...!!!  I don't know how to thank you a thousand times for their beauty and usability ! They are " exactly " like I wanted , very similar to my old Schubb GS Tone bar but with less noise on the strings and a particulary special sound; a really warm tone and a less heavy action !!! You made me a " newborn Happy Steeler " ! I will wait also for your new  "more heavy" products! Twothousands-and-twelve  Thanks !!!!!

Yours Artistically

Marino

PS:- And last but not least :- thanks so much for sending them at a friendly price!

 

Lev Liberman

I recently received an OJ-BNSC cobalt blue bar from Jay. It's got a beautiful smooth finish and fits quite comfortably in the hand -- lighter than metal yet sufficiently hefty. The tone is warm but not muted; I'm hearing plenty of harmonics. This Paloma bar is a nice alternative to the SP1 I've been using. It could be my new favorite. Thanks, Jay!

 

Mike Cantwell

I got the slides in the mail last Saturday, they look, sound and play awesome! Thanks for taking the extra time to make sure they were right, I'll recommend you to my friends.

 

Hello there Jay.. Had a wonderful surprise at the mailbox : Not one, but two, flavors of your exquisite boogie bars were neatly packed in there. I wasn't expecting their arrival... I was perfectly happy with the Rolls you sent... and your very kind gesture is very much appreciated. You have a good soul, Jay, exemplified by your artistry and your integrity.. and that translates through your creations.

THANK YOU Jay ..

Regards, Billy Weeks

 

Hi Jay-

I know it has been a long time since you sent me the bars and I apologize for not getting back to you but ... I have been checking them out and I love them them.  Not for everything but if you play all kinds of steel guitars and styles, as I do, the subtle difference between two different slides can be just what the doctor ordered when searching for that certain something we are all looking for in our search for tone.  I love the way they feel and look.  The cobalt blue are my favorite.  Not sure if they sound different but they look like they sound different.  Anyway, I appreciate your work and look forward to many years of enjoyment from your great product!

Much thanks,

Marty Muse

 

I got the slides in the mail last Saturday, they look, sound and play awesome! Thanks for taking the extra time to make sure they were right, I'll recommend you to my friends.

Mike Cantwell

 

Hey Jay- Here's my review of my new bar:

A friend loaned me one of Jay's steel guitar bullet bars last year, and I was instantly taken with it. I have arthritis in my left hand fingers, and was having trouble with heavy steel bars, and I also disliked how cold they get when they're not in your hand. I was enjoying it so much that I figured I better buy one, so I ordered a white one (the loaner is blue).
I have to say that, as much as I liked the blue one, the new one is better in every way! It seems to be a little lighter, and is noticeably smoother. It feels so good on the strings of my old Fender steel, and has a great tone.  It's just right for me.
My hat's off to Jay, who not only makes a great product, but somehow manages to improve it over time. I will be a lifelong user of these bars!

Thanks Jay! I really love the white bar.   John

 

 

Jay

I have been using the stone bar for a week now. Impressive. I am surprised how bright the sound is and yet it has a warmth too. Good work. 

Harry Lilly

 

 

While I like your stone steels a lot for all of my lap steels they are almost magical with my Weissenborn copy- a match made in heaven!

Steve Ahola

 

 

Monday, I received the Slide that I'd ordered.  THANKS !    The mellow tone that this Slide produces, is the sound I've been been chasing after.

Hope you're "on the mend" as far as your health is concerned.

Regards,

Mike Montgomery

 

 

Hey there-

  I was looking thru old emails and saw that I purchased a blue bar in 2011 @ the show and a blue bar and a white bar at the 2012 show.  Man I don't know which one I like better to be honest.  I just wanted to let you know that every time I sit down at my steel I've got several bars to choose from (not all yours) and I inevitably end up with one of your bars in my hand.  That's sayin' somethin'!

I just wanted to let you know how much I'm liking your product.  Keep up the GREAT job!

Havin' fun in Texas,

Steve Cummings

 

Jay

I have been using the stone bar for a week now. Impressive. I am surprised how bright the sound is and yet it has a warmth too. Good work. 

Harry Lilly

 

Hey Jay,

 

  Sorry for any impatience with respect to my slide order. As it turns out the mail was way slower then I thought it would be from the western part of the country. It got here Saturday. Now that I have it I must say, it would have been worth an even longer wait. What an amazing product. Incredible tone and so light! I was going to order a Lap Dawg (Dunlop) to round out my slides but with the arrival of yours I'm thinking of keeping my 2 other steel bars (no need for the Dunlop) around merely as spares, in the event I lose yours. Add me to your list of very satisfied users :)

Kevin

GypsyHook

I just have to say that the cobalt slides that I got from you are SO very good. They are consigning all other slides to the drawer!

-josh michaell

 

Jay, I received my stone slide today and I'm totally blown away. As soon as I put it on I knew it was perfect! The fit is perfect, the tone is perfect and the look and feel are truly gorgeous. I couldn't be more thrilled. It was sooooooo worth the wait.

Cheers,

Frank Vena
http://www.frankvena.com

 

Hi Jay-

I know it has been a long time since you sent me the bars and I

apologize for not getting back to you but ... I have been checking

them out and I love them them.  Not for everything but if you play all

kinds of steel guitars and styles, as I do, the subtle difference

between two different slides can be just what the doctor ordered when

searching for that certain something we are all looking for in our

search for tone.  I love the way they feel and look.  The cobalt blue

are my favorite.  Not sure if they sound different but they look like

they sound different.  Anyway, I appreciate your work and look forward

to many years of enjoyment from your great product!

Much thanks,

Marty Muse


Hi Jay,

I received my tone bar today. Thanks!

I just finished playing with it for half and hour and I have to say I am impressed at the rich quality it brings to my lap steels. I have three inexpensive lap steels: the Rogue Jersey, the Peavy Powerslide and a vintage Melobar. On every steel your tone bar gave the sound a warmth I would compare to a good tube amplifier. Your tone bar has an unmistakable improvement in tone character that would be obvious to even a non-musician. 

My search for tone seems to have come to an end. I'll spread the gospel. 

Rene Caron

 

Hi,

I just recieved my new lap steel from Bob Allen yesterday. He had enclosed one of your tone bars. It is about 3" long and 7/8 diameter and a dark blue color. I think it might be model RB 280 since  that number was written on the card inside the case with the guitar.

I must confess that I was, at first ,skeptical about these bars. I had someone show me one a year or so ago, and my first impressin was that it was too light. Anyway I took out the one Bob sent me and played it for two hours last night. What a surprize! I loved the tone and feel of the bar.

Since I started playing nonpedal steel about five years ago, I have always struggled with finding the right bar. I need something a bit longer than the 2 7/8" Byrd size bar, but the 3 1/4" bar is a bit to long to make reverse slants. I aslo have a problem with gripping the bar  ( I am 65 years old). I found out last night that none of thse problems surfaced with your bar.

I will be placing an order for two more of these bars in about two weeks ( I am retired and living on a pension and spend most of my personal allowance when my checks come in at month's end.)

Just let me know the price plus shipping and if I have the correct model number.

Thanks,

Morgan Scoggins

Snellville, Ga.

 

From: Roger Lee

Docviolin

 

I just purchased the round blue tone bar that's about 7/8 diam by 3 inches long (approx). It produces a wonderful tone on my dobro and in fact sounds louder than my steel bar. I also got rid of most of  that annoying extra sound that you get with acoustic strings.  I like the fact that the blue bar tends to take some of the highs off my lap steel which is a little bright anyway and the tone is excellent. I tried this tone bar on my pedal steel and its great for playing in my condo because again it rolls some of the brightness off so I don't disturb my neighbors. I'm thinking of buying a white bar for use on my pedal steel for stage so as to produce brighter sound in large rooms. I recommend also getting the bar a little longer than 3 inches for pedal steel, but for dobro and lap steel the 3 inch is great and provides good control when doing slants. It also has a comfortable feel verses a steel bar especially if playing for a long period . Over all I give the blue tone bar a 10/10 for tone, quality and performance. Thank you for a quality product that will make a great difference in my playing and sound.

 

Hi Jay – my slide arrived and I thought I should let you know that I am very pleased with it. On my resonator with a Lace sensor pick up I have less noise, greater clarity (especially on the treble side) and ‘warmth’ than with a brass slide and a better tone with more ‘weight’ or ‘body’ than with glass. Of course it looks super.

Very happy.

I daresay I will get a spare sometime.

Thanks again.

Dave

 

hey jay,  scot here...the bars have been fantastic. the large size bar i ordered is the only thing i use on my electric lap steels now, absolutely love it.
that's why i thought i better order a back up of that one just in case! i have some fun music coming up this fall... a couple concerts at the university
in missoula with some artists from brisbane and stanford, and a couple different recording projects with friends...

the art show circuit was really good this year and we are already planning for next year.
hope you had a great year out there with both clay rabbit and paloma slides!

cheers, scot

 

Got it.  Please convey my absolute happiness.  Been playing slide since the 60’s.  This slide is without question the bomb.  B/R, David

 

This past weekend at the NE Iowa Steel Show I picked up a "stone bar" from the Mullen table. As soon as I got home I had to try it out and I was fairly surprised. I normally play with a 1" steel bar that's pretty hefty and I didn't realize how much it was slowing my playing down.

Not only that but the tone was amazing. It was a lot "thicker" sounding than I thought it would be.

Anyway, no real question to this post just some food for thought if anyone was else was curious about them. I think they're worth the $25 price tag.   Jason Rumley

 

Awesome, got it today! Sounds very smooth and responsive. Nice and light. Love it. Thanks!!  All the best in '13

Peace, Jay Wilson

 

Hi Jay,

Just letting you know the slides arrived last Wednesday 2nd and sound & look great. Perfect fit too. It's a good feeling using things not made in a factory.

Thanks very much. Good doing business with you

Stuart Reeman

 

Hi
I bought a slide from you a while back now
It is a great slide.
Just to let you know i have released a solo album and 3-4 of the tracks
on my new album "Rolling String's"  by me matthew is using your slide, they sound so great in the mix.  You can sample the tracks on amazon now other websites like Itunes and Xbox will show it on release date 16th March
Thanks a lot your slides are legendary, i thought i would let you know.
Trying other mediums like youtube to promote the album and the equipment used on it such as the slide
Matthew Jones


I have two of the cobalt blue bars, and tho I like them. I do notice a difference in tone/sustain so I considered them more as a special effect bar. I have always performed with a standard steel bar.

Last week at a 3 hour gig I started to feel some slight pain in my bar hand... but I pressed on.

Yesterday I rehearsed for several hours, and then played a two hour gig... my hand and wrist was hurting a lot.

In the past I just powered through, but Now I am considering using the palomas for performance as well as recording.

Dom Franco

 

Having just received a "stone" bullet bar from mr. jay seibert, the first thing i did with the thing was pluck away at my favorite "barn" axe -- a 26"+ scale mexican "Superior", upon which i enjoy playing traditional hawaiian hulas and meles in taro patch G on hefty-gauged strings. the bar's lightness was certainly more of an asset than a liability -- especially given the longer scale length and the particular requirements of that style of playing -- and the tone was both pleasant and uniquely warm.

i vote "yes" on these things, and on mr seibert's level of service.

Kirk Francis

 

I've been using a sculpted bar for years mainly because I lift a lot and I just never could get along with a round bar. I like the concept of a round bar for slants, etc, but I just never liked any that I tried.

Well, I chatted with Jay and ended up ordering one of his stone slides several months ago. I knew I wanted something larger that 3/4 but I was torn between getting a 7/8 or a 1". Jay was nice enough to send me both and as it turned out I really liked the 1". It's big but I was amazed at how easy it was to get used to and hold on to. Somehow the slick surface sticks to your hand and has lower string noise than my steel. I have a heavy hand so the weight hasn't been an issue with me. I timed the sustain and I couldn't discern a difference between stone and steel. The tone of the stone is a bit warmer but not in a bad way and by that I mean that the tone isn't dull, just different. I actually like the warmer tone.

So I now have a bullet bar that I like.

Thanks, Jay, and I apologize that it's taken me this long to say that.

 

Mark Mansueto

 

 

Hi Jay:


My slides arrived today and I practiced for an hour already with them. I got 3 cobalt blues, one shaped tapered nose, two Jerry Byrd Style bullet nose bars with a thumb indent. I absolutely really like them. Playing is so much easier with these bars to do single note riffs, hammer ons, pull offs, they have a rich warm tone to my ears anyway. And as others have mentioned about sustain, I really cannot tell that sustain is less with these than all the steel tone bars I've used, some hear a small difference. Now to get at those reverse slants.
Thanks much, and I am so glad to see you back home in action.

Good health and God's blessings.

Sincerely
Dick Chapple Sr

 

The CBBN (bullet nose tone bar) has a big sound for something so light, normally when playing Dobro and lap steel you want a heavy slide to get those notes to really sing, but this slide produces a lovely clear tone that sustains incredibly well when playing blues or folk.  When performing i tend to trade off between a more traditional tone-bar, the shubb GS1 (with its wooden curved grip) and the panoma.  more and more I'm going to the panoma for the clarity and comfort over any other slide I own, especially if doing a long gig where my metal tone-bars become uncomfortable to hold, and the wood of the gs1 gets clammy with sweet after half a show.

 
Tom Warland

 

Thanks Jay, I can say your slides are a welcome addition to my collection, up there with the best of the best. The first was a perfect fit and will not fall off my pinky, so I had to get 2 more. I have 4 dedicated electric slide guitars and 3 Nationals, a Wechter Scheerhorn resonator, and three more pre-war Gibsons, so I like having more than one slide handy. The tone is to die for. In the future I'll order some tone bars for my lap steels, you get great reviews for those as well, I see. All the best, Greg Durschlag

 

Its no easy task carving stone, and to make it as accurate up to the milometer  I buy your products not only for myself but as gifts. You already throw in the nice carrying bag. Im so impressed with this product I carry it wherever I go and get compliments wherever when pick up a guitar. And to be honest, I love to show it off. I feel naked every time i leave it at home. At first glance... i thought it was ivory, lol, It looks that cool, Sometimes i even tell people it is ivory.

 

I found these at Sam Ash in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The guy who uses them has worked 12 years there and he ALSO carries his wherever he goes His name is Rick, He is in charge of the guitar/bass section of the store.

 

I just thought I’d let you know how much i appreciate these not only as guitar slides, but works of art which im sure all your customers feel the same way about. Sure i can get a 7$ slide anywhere, But my father left me an old vintage guild and I honestly feel its a more than a respectable enough piece to go along all the sentimental value i hold for my fathers only guitar that he left for me.

Stay true to your product, don’t go like fender or dunlope and sell a less expensive slide. People who have used your slides know Paloma is the gold standard of slides. Paloma the Gibson of slides, and you never see Gibson selling a 100$ guitar/amp/gig bag.

 

A guitar slide was just a guitar slide to me until Rick broke out his clear white Paloma slide.

The only thing you have to do to always stay the best is never change.

Brandon Manning

 

Just got my PFS 20. For my Lyon and Healey, a pocket knife, on my Dobro, steel and brass.I’ve tried to use wine bottle tops and other cylinders of glass I thought that I had tried everything, including a tube of bone.  I’ve tried the rest, now found the best is white Paloma stone!

Stone rules!  What a pleasant surprise after all these years.  This is a great product.

John Salicco

 

Dear Jay,

 

Thank you for the tracking number.  We will let you know when it has arrived. Looking forward to many hours of playing.  My husband is so happy with the first slide we purchased from you, he can't wait to try his new slides. Thank you again.

Kathryn Dampier (Weber)

Sent from Samsung tablet

 

 

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