Slash and Gibson Les Pauls
There is no mistaking Slash. Even the people who don’t know his music recognize the face of the man who has embodied everything rock and roll since the mid-1980s. From the minute Slash and Guns N’ Roses blasted out of the L.A. club scene to his work today with Velvet Revolver and beyond, Slash has created some of the most powerful and popular hard rock of all time, and he’s done it all with his trusted assembly of Gibson Les Paul Standards. Working closely with Slash, Gibson Custom has created the Slash Les Paul Signature model — specifically equipped which all of the individual features and unique characteristics that inspire Slash every time he picks up a Les Paul.
"Gibson felt that I had something to do with bringing the Les Paul back into the mainstream," Slash tells Gibson. "Les Pauls have been the premier guitar for me for as long as I can remember. I've gone through the whole trial and error experimentation period in my younger days trying to figure out which guitars to use. But I was always drawn to a Les Paul."
The Magic Details
The magic and power of the Slash Les Paul Signature model from Gibson Custom is in the details. With the goal of making both a classic and versatile Les Paul, Slash and Gibson Custom have created one of the most resourceful — and beautiful — Les Pauls ever.
"It's exactly the way I like my guitars set up, with the thin neck, the Seymour Duncan Alnico II pickups, the old classic hardware, everything," Slash says.
The Slash Les Paul Signature Les Paul model focuses on function as much as beauty, but starts with one of the Les Paul’s most traditional features: a carved figured maple cap fitted onto a solid mahogany back. The standard one-piece mahogany neck is topped with a 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with a long neck tenon similar to the Les Pauls of the late 1950s, which extends well into the body pickup cavity, resulting in more wood-to-wood contact and overall strengthening of the guitar. The neck profile is also modeled from the necks on Slash's original Les Pauls.
Slash's Personal Choice of Pickups
The Slash Les Paul Signature model features two Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbucker pickups, which are the same exact pickups that power each one of Slash’s personal Les Pauls. They are open-coil humbuckers made to Slash’s specs, and powerfully deliver the deep crunch and singing leads he’s famous for. Fishman’s Powerbridge pickup system unleashes the natural acoustic potential of this Les Paul, offering players an incredible selection of acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds with a special three-position mini-toggle switch inserted between the guitar’s two volume control knobs to help regulate it. Rather than changing the natural tone of the Les Paul, the Powerbridge acts as an additional pickup that can be used on its own or blended with the Alnico II Pros to create an entirely new category of sound.
Original Custom Authentic Finish
There's nothing like the look and feel of a vintage guitar, and Gibson Custom’s original Custom Authentic finish produces this highly desired quality with brilliant precision, giving the Slash Les Paul Signature model the distinct look of a gently aged vintage guitar. Furthering the guitar's vintage look is its aged hardware, and a special Dark Tobacco Burst finish similar to the finish on Slash’s favorite Les Paul. Other features include a custom "Slash" truss rod cover, figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, crème-colored binding around the body and fingerboard and authentic vintage-style tulip tuners. Each guitar comes with a Les Paul Reissue case and certificate of authenticity.