1989 - Gibson Custom Slash Les Paul
- Limited: 4 pieces - No production release.
- Gibson MSRP: -
- Today Value: €25000 - 45000
- Model Name: SLASH
- shape: ’59 Les Paul Standard
- construction: set neck
- neck: mahogany
- body: mahogany with maple top, Yellow Binding
- fingerboard: rosewood, Dunlop 6100 jumbo 22 frets, 24 3/4" scale, Trapezoid inlays, Yellow Binding
- electronics: Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro 2 humbuckers, Amber knobs, 2 volumes, 2 tones, toggle 3 way selector
- hardware: Black Hardware Stop Bar bridge & tailpiece, black chrome Schaller M6’s with Kluson-style buttons
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: Gibson Logo with Slash chrome truss rod cover
-- back of headstock: Gibson standard 9 digits serial number "XXXXXXXXX" punched, Serial N.: 72389, 72365, ..., ...
- colors and other features: no pickguard, no pickup covers
- notes: The very first Gibson Custom made only for Slash by J.T. Riboloff of the Gibson Custom Shop, no production release. Aside from a thinner neck, it’s essentially a copy of a ’59 Les Paul Standard. Slash ordered the guitar and its three mates after attending a NAMM show and seeing a thin-necked ’59 replica that Riboloff made for guitarist/Marshall amplifier artist rep Richie Fliegler. The all black hardware and screaming yellow binding were Slash’s ideas. The tuning machines are specially made black chrome Schaller M6’s with Kluson-style buttons. Other personalized features are Dunlop 6100 jumbo frets and a “stripped” look – no pickup covers or pickguard – that shows of the guitar’s figured Western maple top. Considerable hand antiquing went into areas like the binding, says J.T. “I even put the old Holly veneer on the headstock – like Gibson used to use in the old days.”
Today Slash has 3 of them (2 red, 1 orange), fourth now belongs to Dennis Robbins of the Billy Hill band. Future collectors take note: The serial numbers on all four instruments make them easy to identify.
"I used real oddball stuff, like transitional numbers and X's, and one of the serial numbers is Slash's birthday." (J.T. Riboloff)