About the Guitar:
"The weight of the guitar, the way the neck is, the humbuckers; all that stuff just appeals to me as a guitar player. [The Les Paul] really is the best all-around guitar for me." – Slash
The Gibson Les Paul Standard was an icon of the hard rock/heavy metal uprising of the late 1960s and 1970s, played by many of the legendary guitarists who emerged from this celebrated era of music. Now fast forward to 1986. With the hard rock scene on the verge of a new renaissance, an unknown rock band with a mysterious, mind-blowing guitar player was setting the L.A. club scene on fire. Guns N’ Roses and Slash — using his beloved Les Paul Standard — became the zenith of the new renaissance, breathing fresh life into the sounds of hard rock and heavy metal, and pushing the Les Paul Standard back into the limelight and into a new era of rebirth that it continues to enjoy today. The Slash Les Paul Signature model from Gibson Custom is an earnest tribute to Slash, and focuses on function as much as beauty. With Slash offering his valuable input, Gibson Custom has created one of its most distinct — and best sounding — Les Pauls ever, with all the features and characteristics that inspire Slash every time he picks it up. The Slash Les Paul Signature model features aged hardware, two Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbucker pickups and a Fishman Powerbridge pickup system that offers 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. Gibson Custom’s original Custom Authentic finish gives the Slash Les Paul Signature model the look of a gently aged vintage guitar. Other features include the Les Paul’s traditional carved maple top and mahogany back and a one-piece mahogany neck with a long neck tenon — just like the Les Pauls of the late 1950s. The Slash Les Paul Signature model comes in Slash’s favorite Dark Tobacco Burst finish.
This guitar was given by Slash for a charity auction in 2006. (Guitars autographed by SLASH, Scott Weiland and Dave Navarro were among the items up for bids in the online Grammy Charity Holiday Auction, which ran until Dec. 7, 2006. Proceeds raised went toward MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation).