Looking to buy a slide for a 4 string CBG. Not sure if I will be using it on pinky or ring finger. I'll probably have to get a few to try out. Thinking either glass, ceramic, bone or ??? other than metal. Not sure if I should get a short/stubby one or not. Anyways any suggestions? There's no guitar shop near where I live so I gotta shoot in the dark here.
Slide noise can depend on alot of things .. different people hold a slide at different angles and with different fingers .
even different slides .. if your angle is not flat across ,, you may get rattle on either end string ,, if by nature you cant break the habit of your finger / wrist angle .. try a tapered slide , like a bottle neck .. try it both ways too. taperd back and foward .
some folks also use their trail fingers to mute the strings behind the slide abit .. because you are bound to get some rattle no matter what . ( or palm mute .)
also there is the "approach" to the string , i say "approach" because ; think of the slide as an airplane landing on the string at an angle, and approach the string as such ..this will reduce rattle .
a head on drop is more likely to produce rattle ,
the same with lift off . but dont be afraid of the string approach even on a drop.
bottom line , the more you play , the more you will find out what works best for you .
it will get better .
sit up straight also , that helps . ;-) dont tilt the guitar to see the fret markers , use the side markers .
then again .. some folks let it rattle away and call it "character" ;-)
that works too.