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Bob Taylor's efforts to create more sustainable ebony sourcing environments have not gone unnoticed, and this slide is a nice tribute, and a unique piece of gear too!
These African Ebony slides are a bit different than your typical glass or metal slides. They are softer, with a natural damping factor and a less shrill high end. They also don't slip as easily, are very lightweight, and are warm and forgiving, so you don't need to be a slide pro to enjoy these! You may need a heavier right hand or more amp gain to get them to really sing the same as a metal/brass/glass slide, but it's a fair trade off!
After Bob Taylor and his wife Cindy agreed to fund the ebony research project at CBI, the project was launched with the Congo Basin Institute in 2016 with the overarching goal of better understanding ebony ecology, enhancing ebony stocks through a community-driven planting program, and collecting crucial data to refine techniques for ebony production and management. The project has an ambitious initial goal of planting 15,000 ebony trees at a community level during the first several years.