The character of Slash quickly became inseparable from the Les Paul models developed by Gibson. As a true ambassador for the brand, he helped make the model the undisputed benchmark for rock music and great solos. As surely as his hat, the Les Paul became a hallmark for Slash, who has personally designed signature models in his image with the American brand. This Gibson LP Slash Signature Vermillion Burst is an immediate example of that, and is unmatched with its original and bright finish.
This new collaboration between the guitarist with the hat and the American brand saw them produce this infernal Les Paul Vermillion Burst. Taking up the great characteristics of the flamboyant Slash's style, this guitar satisfies with its raging sound and its typical Slash tones. The flamed maple top is superb and sets this Les Paul apart from the rest of his collaborations. The scarlet depth of this burst is magnified by the outwardly darkening top lines. The guitar features Slash's facsimile signature on the headstock and the Skully design on the back, as well as the guitarist's desired technical specifications. It features a vintage C-shaped neck, two custom-wound BurstBucker Alnico 2 pickups that deliver lush tones, persistent sustain and a delicious crunch. This beast of a guitar is a limited edition produced by Gibson's American factories. All in all, a Les Paul in a demonic finish that's ready to rock the house!
Group : Guns N’ Roses
Main guitar : Gibson Les Paul Standard 1959 Kris Derrig
An absolute “must-hear” track : Welcome To The Jungle
Without Slash, it is likely that the Les Paul would be nothing more than a relic of the past that would only interest hard-core Clapton fans. Yet, with the sheer force of his legendary riffs and the wet, seductive sound he gets out of his Les Paul, this ultimate guitar hero brought the sunburst back into fashion and even made it his trademark, just like his top hat and long curly hair.
Saul Hudson (his real name) was a pure product of the eighties, to the point that he even auditioned for the kings of glam, Poison. But he managed a beautiful metamorphosis by joining Hollywood Rose, the group that would become Guns N’ Roses. He and singer Axl Rose reinvented themselves as bad boys, junky dandies, and post-glam rockers, breathing new life into the model of the dangerous duo of a singer and his lead guitarist, based on the model of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. With rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, Slash created a guitar sound that became the soundtrack of the late 1980s with the huge album Appetite For Destruction (1987), on which there are as many unforgettable riffs as there are tracks; Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Mr Brownstone, and many more. The next album, Use Your Illusion (1991), confirmed the band’s status as a global colossus, embarking on a two-year non-stop tour. Slash was at the height of his fame, and all the teenagers of the time wanted a Les Paul to learn how to play the intro to Sweet Child O’ Mine.
Tired of tensions within the band, Slash finally left in 1996 to devote himself to his solo project, the very bluesy Slash’s Snakepit. He also appeared as a guest on many albums by other artists, from Michael Jackson to Bob Dylan and Lenny Kravitz. In 2002, he founded Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. But the curse of the singer followed Slash into that band and he had to fire Scott Weiland in 2008 because of his pervasive dope habit. In 2010, the curly-headed virtuoso did what was expected of him and released an album under his own name, a solo venture on which all his singing friends came to lend a hand. Among them, it was Myles Kennedy who became the singer for the following solo albums.
Finally, in 2016, Slash returned to Guns N’ Roses for a memorable sold-out tour. The band plays as if its life depended on it. The concerts are long and exciting, and Slash has permanently attained the status of a living guitar god. And his signature Les Pauls are selling better than ever.