Slash - Appetite for destruction -
The Guitar That Saved Rock N’ Roll
The Custom Shop Slash “Appetite for Destruction” Les Paul is crafted in the image of an original 1958-’60 Les Paul Standard, and available in strictly limited numbers, with 100 guitars hand-aged and signed by Slash himself, and another 300 finished with the Custom Shop’s VOS process. All examples carry a uniquely figured maple top with nitrocellulose Butterscotch finish, amber top-hat knobs, rosewood fingerboard with traditional trapezoid inlays, and packs the added punch of “zebra-coil” Seymour Duncan Signature Series Alnico II Pro Slash humbucking pickups, at the artist’s request.
Topped off with aged-nickel Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece and a precision-PLEK cut bone nut, the Custom Shop Slash “Appetite for Destruction” Les Paul sings and sustains like few guitars on the planet. Playability, naturally, is flawless, thanks to a solid one-piece Grade A mahogany neck with Slash's preferred slim ’60s profile, and the 12" fingerboard radius and 22 medium frets that have made Les Pauls notorious for big, meaty rock bends for more than 50 years. All Custom Shop Slash “Appetite for Destruction” Les Pauls come with a lined hardshell case with silkscreened Slash signature, a Certificate of Authenticity, an Owner's Manual and adjustment literature, and a rare bonus of a deluxe vinyl LP edition of Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. Check it out now at your authorized Gibson dealer.
Body and Finish
The Custom Shop Slash “Appetite ” Les Paul is crafted from a uniquely figured maple top and solid one-piece lightweight mahogany body. It is sprayed with nitrocellulose lacquer in a Butterscotch finish that replicates a beautifully faded vintage Les Paul Standard. The maple-mahogany combination and thin nitro finish help to bring the most out of these guitars, both tonally and visually.
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The guitars neck and headstock are made in the classic tradition of the original 1958-’60 Les Pauls. Carved from a single piece of mahogany, and topped with a rosewood fingerboard, the design incorporates Gibson’s lauded 17-degree back-angled headstock, which contributes greatly to the instrument’s resonance and sustain.
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Pickups and Electronics
To Slash's own specifications, the Custom Shop Slash “Appetite for Destruction” Les Paul carries a set of “zebra-coil” Seymour Duncan Signature Series Alnico II Pro Slash humbucking pickups, which are made in the image of the original Gibson PAF humbucking pickups. From a rich, throaty wail at the neck position to a muscular, eviscerating roar at the bridge, these pickups offer all the tonal versatility that has made the Les Paul Standard famous. Their full splendor is transmitted via a Switchcraft selector switch, high-quality potentiometers with Sprague capacitors, and a robust Switchcraft output jack.
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In the image of the great Les Paul Standards of the 1958-’60 the Custom Shop Slash “Appetite” Les Paul wears a classic set of aged nickel-plated hardware. A Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece offer uncompromising resonant coupling between strings and body, while a set of Kluson-style tuners combine an authentic vintage look with efficient modern performance. (The hardware on 100 guitars is hand aged, while hardware on another 300 is aged in the VOS process.)
The Axe That Launched a Thousand Riffs
From his groundbreaking work with Gn'R, to Slash's Snakepit, to Velvet Revolver and numerous acclaimed solo and side projects, Slash has continued to embody the ultimate rebel rocker, putting addictive licks and eviscerating tone above all else, and throughout he has continued to do it on a Les Paul. To honor this achievement, Gibson introduces the Slash Appetite Les Paul, a guitar equipped with the finest features of the original Les Paul Standards of 1958-’60, and the added punch of Seymour Duncan Signature Series Alnico II Pro Slash humbucking pickups. With looks to kill from a Grade AAA figured maple top with nitrocellulose "Unburst" finish, amber top-hat knobs, rosewood fingerboard with traditional trapezoid inlays, and Slash headstock graphic, and enhanced resonance from a TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece at one end and a high-density Corian nut at the other, the Slash Appetite Les Paul is as prime a piece of eye candy as it is ear candy.
Playability, naturally, is flawless, thanks to a solid one-piece Grade A quarter-sawn mahogany neck with Slash's preferred slim ’60s profile, and the 12" fingerboard radius and 22 jumbo frets that have made Les Pauls notorious for big, meaty rock bends for more the past 50 years. All Slash Appetite Les Pauls come with plush-lined hardshell case with silkscreened Slash graphic and Owner's Manual.
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Better known by his stage name Slash, Saul Hudson was born on July 23rd, 1965 and is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist for the American rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Slash has received critical acclaim as a guitarist and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the rest of Guns N' Roses' original line-up in 2012.
Slash owns more than 100 guitars. He prefers the Gibson Les Paul, which he has called "the best all-around guitar for me." Gibson has credited him and Zakk Wylde with bringing the Les Paul back into the mainstream in the late 1980s. His main studio guitar is a 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard replica, built by Luthier Kris Derrig, which he came to own during the recording sessions for Guns N' Roses' debut album, Appetite for Destruction. He used that guitar on every subsequent album he recorded with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. For many years, his main live guitar was a 1988 Gibson Les Paul Standard.
Since 1997, Slash has collaborated with Gibson on thirteen signature Les Paul Models. And we have one of them for you below along with a few other special Les Pauls...
"The Ultimate Rebel Rocker" & "The Ultimate '59 Re-Issue"
One of a Hundred Guitars Signed by Slash
2010 Gibson Slash "Appetite for Destruction" Les Paul Standard,
Single cutaway solid body. This Slash "Appetite for Destruction" Les Paul Standard is one of just a hundred guitars specially made in 2010, each one played, signed and numbered by Slash. This superb guitar, perfect in every detail, has a perfect 'Burst' weight of 8.60 lbs. Two-piece book-matched solid carved flamed 'Butterscotch' maple top with single-ply cream binding on a one-piece solid mahogany body. One-piece grade 'A' mahogany neck with a huge nut width of 1 23/32 inches, a standard Gibson scale length of 24 3/4 inches and a huge and really thick profile. Bound rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, inlaid pearl trapezoid position markers and black side-dot markers. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and "Les Paul Model" silk-screened in gold. Individual 'double-line' Gibson Deluxe tuners with single-ring-ring Keystone plastic buttons. Serial number (signed by Slash) on back of headstock "Slash #84". Two Seymour Duncan Signature Series Alnico ll Pro Slash 'Zebra' humbuckers with cream plastic surrounds and outputs of 8.16k and 8.52k. Four controls (two volume, two tone) on lower treble bout, plus three-way selector switch on upper bass bout. Gold-plastic bell-shaped "Bell" knobs. ABR-1 Tune-O-Matic non-retainer bridge with metal saddles and separate stud tailpiece. This guitar is in mint-aged (9.50) condition. Housed in the original Gibson Custom, five-latch, shaped 'Slash' black hardshell case with maroon plush lining (9.50). Complete with the original black leather folder containing the Gibson Custom Certificate of Authenticity: "Slash "Appetite for Destruction" / Les Paul Aged / Slash #84 / The instrument bearing the serial number above is 1 of 100 signed and / played by Slash and hand-built by Gibson Custom, where highly skilled / artisans are committed to carrying on the company's century-old tradition / of creating exquisite, investment-quality instruments. This guitar boldly / reflects the highest standards of imaginative design / and masterful craftsmanship." Signed in silver pen by Slash and also by Rick Gembar, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Gibson Custom Shop.
"The Guitar That Saved Rock N' Roll: The Custom Shop Slash "Appetite for Destruction" Les Paul is crafted in the image of an original 1958-'60 Les Paul Standard, and available in strictly limited numbers, with 100 guitars hand-aged and signed by Slash himself... All examples carry a uniquely figured maple top with nitrocellulose Btterscotch finish, amber top-hat knobs, rosewood fingerboard with traditional trapezoid inlays, and packs the added punch of "zebra-coil" Seymour Duncan Signature Series Alnico ll Pro Slash humbucking pickups, at the artist's request."