Well, they’ve been talking about it off and on for months, and a few photos have even gone around the web, but Gibson yesterday officially announced the release of their new Slash ‘Appetite For Destruction’ Les Paul, and based on the photos it’s a real beauty (take a look at that wood grain, yum…)
To honor the Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist, and apparently based on classic Les Paul Standards circa 1958-1960, this latest Custom Shop creation will sport the aformetioned gorgeous two-piece “reverse-chevron” Grade AAA figured maple top, which has been finished in a nitrocellulose “Unburst” lacquer, and fastened on top of a chambered, or “weight-relieved” mahogany body.
Electronics will include a pair of Seymour Duncan Signature Series Alnico II Pro Slash humbuckers, which are meant to recreate Gibson’s highly-prized PAF humbuckers from the late ’50s and early ’60s, along with traditional 3-way pickup switching, individual Tone and Volume knobs for each pickup, and a Switchraft 1/4″ output jack.
Other stand-out features are expected to include a single-piece, Grade A, quarter-sawn neck of mahogany w/slim ’60s neck profile, a rosewood fretboard (12″ radius) with 22 jumbo frets, trapezoid fret marker inlays, TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, Tone Pro Kluson-style Crème Key tuners w/press-in bushings, a high-density Corian nut, and a custom Slash graphic on the headstock.
The Gibson Slash Appetite for Destruction Les Paul will ship in a plush-lined black Gibson hardshell case with a silk-screened Slash logo on the front and an owner’s manual, and is currently selling for a street price of just over $2800… actually surprisingly cheap compared to some other recent Gibson Custom Shop creations.