As well as owning one of the first ‘Bursts ever made, Slash has enjoyed a long and fruitful history with Gibson. Having done the sales of Les Paul Standards no harm in the late ‘80s when he exploded onto the world stage with Guns N’ Roses, several Slash signature Les Paul models have emerged from the Gibson factory.
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Following the release of the Gibson Slash Collection in 2020 (currently comprising of the Slash Les Paul Standard; Slash "Victoria" Les Paul Standard Goldtop; and Slash J-45) a more affordable alternative has just been unveiled as part of Epiphone's Inspired by Gibson Collection.
As well as inheriting the model names of their Gibson siblings the Epiphone Slash guitars are available in the same finishes. In addition to the Slash "Victoria" Les Paul Standard Goldtop these include Appetite Burst, Anaconda Burst, Vermillion Burst, and November Burst for the Slash Les Paul Standard, while the Slash J-45 acoustic is also available in the latter two finishes.
Featuring high-quality appointments throughout, the Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standards feature a mahogany body with AAA flame maple veneer and pro electronics including Epiphone Custom ProBucker pickups, CTS pots, and Orange Drop caps.
Of similar merit, the Epiphone Slash Collection J-45 ‘dreadnought’ is constructed using solid mahogany for the back and sides along with a solid Sitka spruce top. An LR Baggs VTC preamp and under-saddle pickup allows flexible amplification when required.
Watch Slash talk about his new Epiphone range of signature models...
For more details visit Epiphone's website here (opens in new tab).
Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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