Whether you like Slash as a guitar player or not,
you can’t deny the fact that he brought Les Pauls
back into the spotlight at a time when pointy guitars with Floyd Rose tremolos were the in thing.
When it seemed like every other rock guitar player
was playing a million miles an hour with their
hammer-ons and arpeggios, Slash’s guitar playing
reintroduced the bluesy element that seemed to
be missing from rock.
A major part of Slash’s tone was his trusty Les
Paul. In 1987, Slash was recording the basic tracks
for Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction, and
he was having a hard time getting a good sound.
The band’s manager, Alan Niven, bought a Les
Paul for Slash to use in the studio. Slash promptly
fell in love with it and it ended up being his main
guitar for years. It’s no secret that this guitar was
not actually a Gibson, but a replica of a ’ 59 Les
Paul that was handbuilt by a California luthier
named Kris Derrig. Back then, Gibson didn’t make