Tackett Enterprises TakSlyd

I love it when real musicians take it upon themselves to solve the ergonomic problems they encounter on actual gigs. Some solutions are as wacky as something out of American Inventor, and others, like the TakSlyd ($24 direct), are actually pretty ingenious. Designed by country guitarist Gary Tackett—who made his first model 20 years ago by paying a scientific glass firm the sum of $70—the TakSlyd attaches to the headstock of your guitar with a Velcro strip, and is always at the ready for rapid slide passages.
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Using the slide is as butt simple as you might guess. You just pop your finger into the slide, rip it off the Velcro, play your slide parts, and then stick it back on the Velcro when you’re finished riffing. A slight bit of fumble factor may occur if the slide moves around a bit on your finger, but, otherwise, the on/off movements are clean and swift. The only real hang up with the TakSlyd is that you have to own a guitar with enough headstock real estate to properly affix the slide. It works brilliantly on a Strat—which is the main guitar the company uses to demo the device—but it fits less well on a PRS McCarty, and forget about it on a short-headstock Music Man. The slides are 21" long, and you can order widths to fit between or under your tuners—small (1"), medium (11"), and large (12"). But attachment issues aside, the TakSlyd is a primo gadget that every slide zealot should own.