Apparently not to be outdone by Fender’s recent foray into massively over-hyped limited edition guitars, Gibson today announced the upcoming release of not one, but three new Slash Signature Les Paul models––each in a strictly limited edition, and hey… one for every price range.
According to Gibson––
“On Tuesday April 1st 2008 three very limited and unique models of the Slash signature Les Paul guitar will be released simultaneously around the world. Each guitar model has been designed and produced in close co-operation with the legendary Velvet Revolver guitarist, Slash. For the first time ever, the Slash models will be available from Gibson Custom, Gibson USA and Epiphone offering consumers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a guitar inspired by Slash.”
The top-of-the-line in this run (with an asking price of $5,880,) will be the Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash Inspired By VOS (Vintage Original Spec) Les Paul––sporting a 3-piece carved maple top in faded Heritage Cherry Sunburst Finish, a custom single-piece mahogany neck (designed by Slash,) short neck tenon, and dual Seymour Duncan Alnico II humbuckers.
Other features will include a rosewood fretboard w/22 frets, Tone Pros bridge, Tone Pros lite stopbar tailpiece, Schaller vintage tulip-style tuners, Schaller Strap Locks, and a Gibson Custom Shop case with Slash logo.
In contrast, the Gibson USA Slash Signature Les Paul Standard is expected to features an un-chambered Mahogany body finished in dark walnut, with a AA figured Maple top finished in a Nitro-cellulose Antique Vintage Sunburst personally picked by Slash himself.
With an asking price of $3,499, you also get a custom single-piece Mahogany neck (available only on this model, Custom Slash headstock artwork & logo, a pair of American Made Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Humbuckers, 22-fret Rosewood fretboard, Tone Pros Locking bridge, Tone Pros light stopbar tailpiece, and a Custom smooth black case with Slash artwork and logo.
And lest these two premium instruments are out of your price range, Epiphone is releasing their lower-cost Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Plus Top as previously covered here (MSRP $1,464.) You can read full specs over on my earlier post.
You can expect a number of promotional stunts and events in the next few weeks leading up to the April 1st launch date… according to Gibson “From Los Angeles to Tokyo, everyone will know that Slash is coming.”