In June 2019, Rock Cellar featured an exclusive interview with top-hatted guitar god Slash, who spoke at length about a number of topics. Among them was his lifelong love of the guitar, which comes as no surprise given his incredible success wailing away on a six-string with Guns N’ Roses over the years.
On Thursday, Gibson announced a very special bit of news: The company is launching a new Slash Collection of guitars, which will feature multiple electric and acoustic instruments. The set will officially premiere at the NAMM Show next week, Jan. 16-19, in Anaheim, California.
More details, via the news release, notes that the collection includes four Les Paul Standard electric guitars and two J-45 Standard acoustic models. More:
Each Slash Collection Les Paul Standard features a AAA maple top, a solid Mahogany body and Slash’s personal touches including a C-shape neck profile, signature Gibson “SlashBucker” pickups, color coordinated hardware appointments, hand-wired electronics with orange drop capacitors and a vintage style brown hardshell case. Exclusive to the Slash Collection are Slash’s “Scully” signature drawing on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover, a blank truss rod cover in the case, Slash’s new Ernie Ball strings, and four Slash Jim Dunlop Tortex® picks. The Slash Collection Les Paul Standard is available in November Burst, Appetite Burst, Vermillion Burst and Anaconda Burst.
And some relevant quotes, provided by Gibson:
“Developing my new Collection with the new team at Gibson has been really exciting,” says Slash. “The quality and attention to detail is next level, and these guitars truly reflect what I play live and in the studio. I think guitarists will be inspired by what we’ve put together.”
“Working with Slash is an honor and to develop his new Gibson Collection was an incredible journey; Slash is a perfectionist and a guitar nerd like me, and the new Slash Collection is a true reflection of him” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson.
A fun side note: In our interview, the guitarist even recounts how a trip to the NAMM Show in the early 1990s helped lead to (in his recollection) one of his signature Gibson guitars later in the decade.