Slash is in a world all his own as far as legendary guitarists are concerned, so it’s fitting that he’s receiving an excellent tribute from Gibson.
Announced this week, the ‘Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck’ guitar is a recreation of one of the Guns N’ Roses rocker’s most iconic axes, and is available for pre-orders now — more info available at Gibson’s site.
Some additional background for this particular guitar model:
Over the years, SLASH’s rise to rock royalty has featured a variety of iconic Gibson guitars, but it was the 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck that both diversified his sound and solidified his guitar god aesthetic. SLASH bought it from a small music store in Indiana in 1990 and put it into rotation almost immediately. Using the natural chime and chorus of the twelve-string neck and composing epic solos on the other, became a favorite tool for studio and stage and an indelible part of SLASH’s signature sound. Gibson is proud to present this exact replica of the original guitar, constructed and aged by the skilled craftspeople at the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville, TN. Each Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck will be hand-signed by SLASH himself and includes a striking vintage replica hardshell case, a custom SLASH concho guitar strap and a Certificate of Authenticity.
Just a few months back, Slash spoke with Rock Cellar’s Jeff Slate about his lifelong obsession with the guitar — and, how Gibson remains a trailblazing manufacturer today, in a vastly different world than when it rose to prominence:
“The thing about Gibson at this point, especially right now, is that the focus is on the guitars. Which for a minute there, the focus started to get a little bit away from guitars. I think we all sort of know that story. It wasn’t really affecting me personally, because I just do what I do. So it wasn’t affecting me, but it was affecting the company, and affecting the overall image and I think also in an offhand way, the quality of what was coming out of them. So now, the focus is back on the quality, but also just about guitars, and there’s no other outside bullshit. That is really hugely enlightening for me. It just makes me happy to see it being steered in the right direction.”