FIRST LOOK: Epiphone's new Slash Les Paul
5th Mar 2008 | 14:42
Hear it here first
MusicRadar recently ran a story about a series of new Slash signature Les Pauls from Gibson, developed in collaboration with the former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver lead guitarist.
While you’ll have to wait until 1 April to get to grips with the new models in stores, the Epiphone version arrived at MusicRadar HQ today and we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak preview.
As you can see from the picture, this is a seriously classy Epiphone with an abundance of high-end features such as Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbuckers, a vintage-style long neck tenon and a new LockTone bridge that is secure even without strings attached.
So, let’s cut to the chase and hear this Dark Tobacco Burst bad boy in action.
Here’s a clip we recorded with a nice juicy rhythm sound courtesy of the 1993 Solo 100 head amp model in Line 6’s GearBox software plug-in:
Here’s the same rhythm part with some lazy lead playing on top of it. We used the same amp model, with a little extra gain and ambience:
The Epiphone is set to retail at $1464 stateside, with the UK RRP currently TBC. Check out Gibson’s dedicated site, which has information on all of the forthcoming Slash signature instruments.
For an in-depth review, be sure to check out Guitarist Magazine's May issue, on sale 10 April.