2003 / 2012 - Gibson Custom Slash Les Paul with Piezo
- Limited: 1200 pieces
- Gibson MSRP: $6680 (MAP $5799)
- Model Name: LPSLASHDTBNH1
- shape: ’59 Les Paul Standard
- construction: set neck
- neck: mahogany
- body: mahogany with maple top, cream white binding
- fingerboard: rosewood, Dunlop 6100 jumbo 22 frets, 24 3/4" scale, Trapezoid inlays, cream white binding
- electronics: Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbucker pickups, Amber knobs, 3 volumes, 1 tone, toggle 3 way selector, 3 way piezo selector (no piezo, mixed, only piezo)
- hardware: Chrome Stop Bar bridge & tailpiece, authentic vintage-style tulip tuners
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: Gibson Pearloid Logo, custom "Slash" truss rod cover
-- back of headstock: "SL XXX" printed in black
SL 000 --> SL 100 - 2003 comes with Gibson Custom Art & Historic Hardcase + big sunburst Gibson Custom Art & Historic C.O.A. (including PILOT RUN SL 001 - 015)
SL 100 --> SL 200 - 2004 comes with Gibson Custom Art & Historic Hardcase + big sunburst Gibson Custom Art & Historic C.O.A.
SL 200 --> SL 300 - 2005 comes with ?
SL 300 --> SL 400 - 2006 comes with ?
SL 400 --> SL 500 - 2007 comes with Gibson Custom Hardcase + big sunburst Gibson Custom C.O.A.
SL 500 --> SL 600 - 2008 comes with Gibson Custom Hardcase + big sunburst Gibson Custom C.O.A.
SL 600 --> SL 700 - 2009 comes with Gibson Custom Hardcase + black leather pocket C.O.A.
SL 700 --> SL 800 - 2010 comes with Gibson Custom Hardcase + black leather pocket C.O.A.
SL 800 --> SL 900 - 2011 comes with Gibson Custom Hardcase + black leather pocket C.O.A.
SL 900 --> SL 950 - 2012 comes with Gibson Custom Hardcase + black leather pocket C.O.A.
SL 950 --> SL 1100 - 2012 comes with Gibson Lifton Style Hardcase + black leather pocket C.O.A.
SL 1100 --> SL 1200 - 2013 comes with Gibson Lifton Style Hardcase + black leather pocket C.O.A.
- colors and other features: Dark Tobacco Burst finish
- notes: the 3rd volume is for the piezo.
Slash Les Paul
"The weight of the guitar, the way the neck is, the humbuckers; all that stuff just appeals to me as a guitar player. [The Les Paul] really is the best all-around guitar for me." – Slash
The Gibson Les Paul Standard was an icon of the hard rock/heavy metal uprising of the late 1960s and 1970s, played by many of the legendary guitarists who emerged from this celebrated era of music. Now fast forward to 1986. With the hard rock scene on the verge of a new renaissance, an unknown rock band with a mysterious, mind-blowing guitar player was setting the L.A. club scene on fire. Guns N’ Roses and Slash — using his beloved Les Paul Standard — became the zenith of the new renaissance, breathing fresh life into the sounds of hard rock and heavy metal, and pushing the Les Paul Standard back into the limelight and into a new era of rebirth that it continues to enjoy today. The Slash Les Paul Signature model from Gibson Custom is an earnest tribute to Slash, and focuses on function as much as beauty. With Slash offering his valuable input, Gibson Custom has created one of its most distinct — and best sounding — Les Pauls ever, with all the features and characteristics that inspire Slash every time he picks it up. The Slash Les Paul Signature model features aged hardware, two Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbucker pickups and a Fishman Powerbridge pickup system that offers players an incredible selection of acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds with a special three-position mini-toggle switch inserted between the guitar’s two volume control knobs to help regulate it. Gibson Custom’s original Custom Authentic finish gives the Slash Les Paul Signature model the look of a gently aged vintage guitar. Other features include the Les Paul’s traditional hand-carved maple top and mahogany back and a one-piece mahogany neck with a long neck tenon — just like the Les Pauls of the late 1950s. The Slash Les Paul Signature model comes in Slash’s favorite Dark Tobacco Burst finish, and each guitar comes with a Les Paul Reissue case and certificate of authenticity.
Slash and Gibson Les Pauls
There is no mistaking Slash. Even the people who don’t know his music recognize the face of the man who has embodied everything rock and roll since the mid-1980s. From the minute Slash and Guns N’ Roses blasted out of the L.A. club scene to his work today with Velvet Revolver and beyond, Slash has created some of the most powerful and popular hard rock of all time, and he’s done it all with his trusted assembly of Gibson Les Paul Standards. Working closely with Slash, Gibson Custom has created the Slash Les Paul Signature model — specifically equipped which all of the individual features and unique characteristics that inspire Slash every time he picks up a Les Paul.
"Gibson felt that I had something to do with bringing the Les Paul back into the mainstream," Slash tells Gibson. "Les Pauls have been the premier guitar for me for as long as I can remember. I've gone through the whole trial and error experimentation period in my younger days trying to figure out which guitars to use. But I was always drawn to a Les Paul."
The Magic Details
The magic and power of the Slash Les Paul Signature model from Gibson Custom is in the details. With the goal of making both a classic and versatile Les Paul, Slash and Gibson Custom have created one of the most resourceful — and beautiful — Les Pauls ever.
"It's exactly the way I like my guitars set up, with the thin neck, the Seymour Duncan Alnico II pickups, the old classic hardware, everything," Slash says.
The Slash Les Paul Signature Les Paul model focuses on function as much as beauty, but starts with one of the Les Paul’s most traditional features: a hand-carved figured maple cap fitted onto a solid mahogany back. The standard one-piece mahogany neck is topped with a 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with a long neck tenon similar to the Les Pauls of the late 1950s, which extends well into the body pickup cavity, resulting in more wood-to-wood contact and overall strengthening of the guitar. The neck profile is also modeled from the necks on Slash's original Les Pauls.
Slash's Personal Choice of Pickups
The Slash Les Paul Signature model features two Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbucker pickups, which are the same exact pickups that power each one of Slash’s personal Les Pauls. They are open-coil humbuckers made to Slash’s specs, and powerfully deliver the deep crunch and singing leads he’s famous for. Fishman’s Powerbridge pickup system unleashes the natural acoustic potential of this Les Paul, offering players an incredible selection of acoustic and hybrid acoustic/electric sounds with a special three-position mini-toggle switch inserted between the guitar’s two volume control knobs to help regulate it. Rather than changing the natural tone of the Les Paul, the Powerbridge acts as an additional pickup that can be used on its own or blended with the Alnico II Pros to create an entirely new category of sound.
Original Custom Authentic Finish
There's nothing like the look and feel of a vintage guitar, and Gibson Custom’s original Custom Authentic finish produces this highly desired quality with brilliant precision, giving the Slash Les Paul Signature model the distinct look of a gently aged vintage guitar. Furthering the guitar's vintage look is its aged hardware, and a special Dark Tobacco Burst finish similar to the finish on Slash’s favorite Les Paul. Other features include a custom "Slash" truss rod cover, figured acrylic trapezoid fingerboard inlays, crème-colored binding around the body and fingerboard and authentic vintage-style tulip tuners. Each guitar comes with a Les Paul Reissue case and certificate of authenticity.