|Bottleneck bot·tle·neck noun \ˈbä-tᵊl-ˌnek\
01:22A "Bottleneck" is a cylindrical slide used primarily by blues guitarists. Analogous to the "steel" of the steel guitar, it's used to slide along the strings to change the pitch while playing. The "original" bottlenecks were just that: the broken necks of bottles, slipped onto a finger and used on the guitar. Presumably, the later versions became more refined and specialized, although some of today's players still use the necks of wine bottles, as a matter of preference, or tradition perhaps...
Bottleneck players can raise the bottleneck slide off the strings to finger the notes in the conventional manner, then use the slide for that special slide or slur effect, usually on the first two strings.
Bottlenecks are sometimes simply called "slides" and the guitar style called "slide guitar," or "bottleneck guitar. These all refer to the style of playing, and the bottleneck used to play it. Bottlenecks can be made from a variety of materials, including metals, plastics, glass, and wood. Each produces different tonal qualities and is a personal choice and preference by bottleneck players.
Bottleneck playing is found primarily within the Guitar Family, although you will sometimes hear the bottleneck used by mandolin players for some cool bluesy and unique sounds from that instrument.
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