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Slash Signature Les Paul

"I've been working with Gibson since the early days of my professional career and playing Gibson guitars since before that. I'm proud of the creative relationship we've developed over the years." (Slash)

Slash has collaborated with Gibson on 29 signature Les Paul models: 15 through the Gibson Custom Shop, 7 through Gibson USA and 8 through the Gibson subsidiary Epiphone.
  • Slash Les Paul Custom Shop 1990
  • Slash Les Paul Snakepit 1996
  • Slash Les Paul Standard 2004
  • Slash Les Paul Standard 2008
  • Slash Les Paul Standard VOS 2008
  • Slash Les Paul Goldtop 2008
  • Slash Les Paul Appetite 2010
  • Slash Les Paul Rosso Corsa 2013
  • Slash Les Paul Vermillion 2013
  • Slash Les Paul Anaconda Burst 2017
  • Slash Firebird 2017
  • Slash 1958 Les Paul First Standard 2017
  • Slash Les Paul Brazilian Dream 2018
  • Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck 2019
  • Slash J-45 2020
  • Slash Les Paul Standard 2020
  • Slash B.C. Rich Mockingbird

  • Slash Les Paul Custom Shop 1990

    "I used real oddball stuff, like transitional numbers and X's, and one of the serial numbers is Slash's birthday." (J.T. Riboloff)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Custom Shop 1990
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Custom Shop 1990
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:4 units
    Notes:This is the very first Gibson Les Paul made only for Slash, no production release. Slash ordered these four guitars after attending a NAMM show and seeing a slim-necked '59 replica made by J.T. Riboloff of the Gibson Custom Shop. The all-black hardware and screaming yellow binding were his ideas. Other personalized features include Dunlop 6100 jumbo frets and a "stripped" look with no pickup covers or pickguard. Of the four Les Pauls Riboloff made for Slash, three are still in his possession. The fourth, the one being auctioned, he traded for another guitar in the Gibson vault.

    Slash Les Paul Snakepit 1996

    "I had Gibson make this for me in 1996 or 1997. It's got the embossed Slash logo on it and the snake inlay in the neck. It's a gorgeous guitar. I only have one of those and they are very rare." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Snakepit 1996
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Snakepit 1996
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:100 units
    Notes:Slash received the first four including the prototype, the only one with the carving on the body turned 90 degrees to be viewed right side up when displayed on a guitar stand. In 1998 Slash's studio was broken into and his guitars were stolen, including the Snakepit prototype, so the Gibson Custom Shop built him a replica. The first 50 have a certificate that says "limited 50 pieces", but the production was increased to 100 pieces. These guitars are by far the rarest and most collectible of any of the Slash Signature Les Pauls.

    Slash Les Paul Standard 2004

    "That was the main guitar I used when I toured with Velvet Revolver. Fucking killer sounding guitar, that one. It actually screams." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Dark Tobacco Burst 2004
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Dark Tobacco Burst 2004
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:1,200 units
    Notes:This guitar features a plain maple top with a Dark Tobacco Sunburst finish, and has a piezo pickup with a switch located near the tone and volume knobs. It comes with signature hardcase and black certificate of autenticity in leather pocket. Slash mainly used this Les Paul Signature on tour with Velvet Revolver.

    Slash Les Paul Standard 2008

    "It's probably one of the best live guitars that I've had in a really long time. It's all the best qualities of Les Pauls rolled into one. All in all, it's a pretty badass guitar." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Tobacco Burst 2008
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Tobacco Burst 2008
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:1,600 units
    Notes:This model comes with signature hardcase and black/red certificate of autenticity.

    Slash Les Paul Standard VOS 2008

    "This is the replica of the original 1988 Les Paul I had before I beat the hell out of it. It's sort of a trip for me to see it because it looks actually like the guitar after I had it refinished in 1988." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard VOS 2008
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard VOS 2008
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:400 units
    Notes:Here is an authentic replica of one of two Les Pauls Standard Slash received from Gibson in 1988. It features a carved 3 piece maple top, one-piece mahogany back, and rosewood fingerboard, with a Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish faded just like Slash's original. It comes with signature hardcase, black certificate of autenticity in leather pocket and leather Slash jacket.

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard VOS Aged 2008
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Standard VOS Aged 2008
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:150 units
    Notes:A series of Signature Les Paul Standard VOS Signature aged by Tom Murphy to resemble the original guitar as it is today. The first 50's are signed by Slash in gold marker on the back of the headstock. It comes with signature hardcase and black certificate of autenticity in leather pocket.

    Slash Les Paul Goldtop 2008

    "When we did these Goldtops, we took it a little bit further. We redesigned the tone pots so that they wouldn't diminish volume or presence when you turn them all the way down." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Goldtop 2008
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Goldtop 2008
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro
    Production:1,000 units
    Notes:This one was modeled after a 1991 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop that was stolen from Slash's collection in 1999. It features a mahogany body and a hand-carved maple top with Gibson's classic Bullion Gold finish. Comes with signature hardcase, yellow certificate of autenticity and leather holder.

    Slash Les Paul Appetite 2010

    "The guitar that I used for Appetite, the Use Your Illusion records, Snakepit and my new record, it's a replica of that guitar. The sound on Appetite is a very sought-after tone." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite 2010
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite 2010
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:600 units
    Notes:This model resembles the original Les Paul Standards of the late '50s, including the 1959 Les Paul replica Slash used for the recording of most of his albums. It has a maple top with a nitrocellulose Sunburst finish, rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl inlay and a Slash headstock graphic.

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite For Destruction VOS 2010
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite For Destruction VOS 2010
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:300 units
    Notes:Les Paul Appetite For Destruction VOS (Vintage Original Specifics) is a replica of the 1959 Les Paul Standard replica built by Kris Derrig and that Slash mainly use in studio since 1987.

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite For Destruction VOS Aged 2010
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite For Destruction VOS Aged 2010
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:100 units
    Notes:A series of Signature Les Paul Appetite For Destruction VOS aged to resemble the original guitar as it is today. There're all signed by Slash himself.

    Slash Les Paul Rosso Corsa 2013

    "It is identical to the old AFD in most respects but it is red. Also, the red color varies from instrument to instrument so no two are exactly alike." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Rosso Corsa 2013
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Rosso Corsa 2013
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:1,200 units
    Notes:This one was modeled after a Gibson Les Paul AFD red prototype that Slash used on tour back in 2013. It blends timeless specs with Slash-approved features and fine points all dressed in a brand new finish Rosso Corsa.

    Slash Les Paul Vermillion 2013

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Vermillion 2013
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Vermillion 2013
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:1,200 units
    Notes:Another Slash Signature guitar modeled after the Gibson Les Paul AFD. This time with a striking Vermillion finish.

    Slash Les Paul Anaconda Burst 2017

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Anaconda Burst Flame Top 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Anaconda Burst Flame Top 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:25 units
    Notes:After touring with his prototype models throughout 2016 and 2017, Slash announces the release of these limited edition Gibson Custom Slash Anaconda Burst Les Pauls. All the Flame Top models are signed by Slash.

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Anaconda Burst Plain Top 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Anaconda Burst Plain Top 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:275 units
    Notes:After touring with his prototype models throughout 2016 and 2017, Slash announces the release of these limited edition Gibson Custom Slash Anaconda Burst Les Pauls. The first 25's Plaine Top models are signed by Slash.

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Anaconda Burst 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Anaconda Burst 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:500 units
    Notes:This model was manufactured by Gibson U.S.A. few mounths later. The first 50 pieces are hand-signed and numbered by Slash himself.

    Slash Firebird 2017

    "Everybody loves the Firebirds." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Firebird White Aged 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Firebird White Aged 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:25 units
    Notes:This model is a radical departure from the Les Pauls Slash is known for, yet he wanted many Les Paul elements included on this model including humbuckers, historic Les Paul wiring and pickup spacing, and a solid figured maple cap. All the White models are signed by Slash.

    Gibson Slash Signature Firebird Black Aged 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Firebird Black Aged 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash
    Production:25 units
    Notes:This model is a radical departure from the Les Pauls Slash is known for, yet he wanted many Les Paul elements included on this model including humbuckers, historic Les Paul wiring and pickup spacing, and a solid figured maple cap.

    Slash 1958 Les Paul First Standard 2017

    Gibson Slash Signature 1958 Les Paul First Standard 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature 1958 Les Paul First Standard 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 3 Custombucker
    Production:150 units
    Notes:Gibson confirm Slash's original 1958 Les Paul guitar was one of the first two sunburst Les Pauls ever made. Even if Slash didn't use it on stage or in studio, they decided to make a copy of it.

    Gibson Slash Signature 1958 Les Paul First Standard Aged 2017
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature 1958 Les Paul First Standard Aged 2017
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 3 Custombucker
    Production:150 units
    Notes:A series of Signature Les Paul First Standard aged to resemble the original guitar as it is today. The first 50's Plaine Top models are signed by Slash.

    Slash Les Paul Brazilian Dream 2018

    "The reason why Brazilian Rosewood was so popular is it just has a certain sound to it that's really nice." (Slash)

    Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Brazilian Dream 2018
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Brazilian Dream 2018
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 3 Custombucker
    Production:150 units
    Notes:This model is the result of a collaboration between Slash and the artisans at Gibson Custom Shop to create the ultimate Les Paul Standard based on Slash's favorite specifications and appointments. Each is hand-signed and numbered by Slash himself.

    Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck 2019

    Gibson Slash Signature 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck 2019
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck Aged 2019
    Manufacturing:Gibson Custom Shop
    Pickups:Custombucker Alnico 3
    Production:125 units
    Notes:This guitar is the replica of the 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck Slash purchased in 1990 and used throughout Use Your Illusion world tour, adding the chime sound of a 12-string guitar to his live set. All the first 125 pieces are hand-signed by Slash himself.

    Slash J-45 November/Vermillion Burst 2020

    Gibson Slash Signature J-45 November Burst 2020
    Gibson Slash Signature J-45 Vermillion Burst 2020
    Model:Gibson Slash Signature J-45 November/Vermillion Burst 2020
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Production:??? units
    Notes:Each Slash Gibson J-45 features a blend of traditional appointments and modern features including a custom Slash rounded C-neck profile, a flatter and more modern 16'' fingerboard radius, and a versatile custom LR Baggs VTC pickup for natural acoustic sound.

    Slash Les Paul Appetite/November/Anaconda/Vermillion Burst 2020

    Model:Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul Appetite/November/Anaconda/Vermillion Burst 2020
    Manufacturing:Gibson U.S.A.
    Pickups:Gibson Slash Bucker
    Production:??? units
    Notes:Each guitar features a AAA flamed maple top, a solid mahogany body and Slash's personal touches including a C-shape neck profile, signature Gibson SlashBucker pickups, color coordinated hardware appointment.

    Slash B.C. Rich Mockingbird

    B.C. Rich Slash Signature Mockingbird
    Model:B.C. Rich Slash Signature Mockingbird
    Manufacturing:B.C. Rich Custom Shop
    Pickups:Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro

    B.C. Rich Slash Tribute Signature Mockingbird
    Model:B.C. Rich Slash Tribute Signature Mockingbird
    Manufacturing:B.C. Rich U.S.A.
    Pickups:Rockfield Mafia

    Sours: https://www.slashparadise.com/equipment/slash-signature-guitar-les-paul.php

    The Legend of Slash’s Appetite for Destruction Les Paul


    Slash grips one of the three highly mythologized Les Paul replicas that he has used over the years (right)—which may or may not have been the inspiration for his new signature Gibson Appetite Les Paul (left). Photo by Neil Zlozower

    Mythology is an essential part of human life. We may not spend much time discussing winged-footed Greek gods or tales of dragonslayers while we tune our guitars and haul amps into clubs. But myths and legends are still all around us. From the triumph of the Jedi in the Star Warsfilms to the latest heroic act on the sports field, myths inform our culture and sense of belonging. And even within a musical context, certain stories take root, grow, expand, mutate, and are shared for generations until they reach legendary proportions.

    The story of Slash’s instrument arsenal during the heady days of recording Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destructionis just such a tale, retold by our era’s version of epic poets and debated as hotly as any controversial archaelogical discovery.

    In March 2010, Gibson Guitars released their Slash Appetite Les Paul model. The company’s press materials proclaimed this was “the axe that launched a thousand riffs.” In videos hosted on the Gibson website, Slash holds the new model next to his personal guitar and says, “This is the original right here,” and “It’s basically set up just like my original was.” The camera slowly pans over the instrument and zooms in on some of the details.

    “All things considered, with the original one, it just happened to have a certain sort of unique tone unto itself,” Slash says in the video. “With the new one, we basically tried to capture that. The new Appetite for Destructionguitar is about as close as anybody could get to the original.”


    According to luthier Roman Rist, the middle Les Paul replica here is Slash's first from luthier Kris Derrig—the one Rist says Slash used on the tail end of Appetite. The guitar on the right was built by Peter "Max" Baranet. The instrument on the left is purportedly Slash's second Derrig model. Photo courtesy of Roman Rist

    The guitar was hailed as an impressive instrument. When Premier Guitarreviewed it, we said, “It’s a well-built, high-quality Les Paul with flawless playability and gorgeous looks.” The review carried a 4.5 rating out of a possible 5.

    That review also pointed out something that Slash fans and internet forum users had known all along: The Slash Appetite Les Paul is actually a replica of a replica— because the instrument Slash rocked on the iconic album wasn’t actually a Gibson. The “original,” as Slash calls it in the videos, was made by California luthier Kris Derrig.

    Slash and Gibson did not respond to interview requests for this article. However, we should note that the general attitude among savvy guitarists is that Gibson’s Appetite Les Paul isn’t some attempt to hoodwink an unsuspecting public. Most observers feel that if a customer is a big enough fan to pay the list price of nearly five grand for the instrument, they’d also know the true story. And Gibson’s new Appetite guitar does include some modern updates that theoretically improve its practicality for a mass audience. And in many ways the Gibson initiative to sell such an instrument addressed a burgeoning demand among consumers—and addressed it well.

    “I don’t fault them at all,” says guitar builder Roman Rist, who figures into the earlier days of this tale. “Slash does have a relationship with Gibson. Slash is a bona fide rock star, and, for them, why not make a Slash model? I’m sure Slash had plenty of input in the design to be able to sign off and be happy with the guitar. I don’t see anything wrong with it.”

    But while Gibson rehashed the iconic instrument for today’s musician, the larger legend is much more complex. Indeed, there are many who allege Slash actually wielded three Les Pauls during the time in question. Those three guitars are shrouded in questions, contrasting memories, and conflicting reports. Examining the legend of these instruments is like trying to unravel the threads of an ancient Norse epic or documenting the numerous trysts and offspring of the Greek god, Zeus. Each answer opens a new question, each thread ends at the beginning of a new one.

    The Epic of the Hunterburst
    Mythologist, lecturer, and writer Joseph Campbell focused on the role mythology plays in the human experience, while examining myths and legends handed down through the centuries. There are certain constants that appear in myths, regardless of the culture that spawned them. There is a hero who must leave his comfort zone and embark on some sort of journey. Along the way, that hero encounters supernatural help in the form of “amulets,” quoted in the Campbell passage above. The form of these implements changes throughout the myths. It could be King Arthur’s Excalibur, or Perseus’s gifts from the gods, or Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber.

    Or, in a musical context, the mythological structure could feature an impoverished, curly-haired hero encountering a transformative instrument.

    In the early ’80s, during Guns N’ Roses’ formative period, Slash was living hand-tomouth. Struggling to eat and pay for a drug habit, he certainly lacked the wherewithal to accumulate fine vintage instruments.

    “Those guys couldn’t put two nickels together to buy a pack of Marlboros back then,” says former Guns manager Vicky Hamilton. At the time, Hamilton even allowed the nascent rockers to move into her apartment— which surely diminished the likelihood of recovering her security deposit.

    Due to such constricting finances, Slash played a variety of guitars during this period, as documented in Marc Canter’s photography book Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction, and he was certainly not tied to any particular brand.

    Throughout that text are photos of Slash with a red B.C. Rich Warlock, a B.C. Rich Mockingbird with visible wood grain, and—when he was very young—even a black Fender Stratocaster. In Slash’s own best-selling memoir, Slash, written with co-author Anthony Bozza, the guitarist relates a story of asking Kiss’ Paul Stanley for help procuring instruments from B.C. Rich.

    It was in that wilderness of instrument experimentation that Slash came across the first amulet that would help him face the challenging climb up the ladder of rock ’n’ roll stardom.

    “I was playing a new guitar,” Slash writes in his memoir. “It was a Les Paul that had belonged to ’70s blues guitarist Steve Hunter. I’d traded my B.C. Rich for it at Howie Hubberman’s place, Guitars R Us.”

    Obtaining this instrument was a major cause for celebration at the Guns base camp.

    “I have one really good memory of Slash getting his first sunburst Gibson, and he brought it into our living room when we were all living together,” says Hamilton. “He opened the case with pride and everyone gave him the ‘ooh’ and ‘aah.’”

    That guitar is frequently referred to as the “Hunterburst,” after its former owner who was famous for performances with Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, and even Aerosmith. Perhaps most notably, Hunter played on the Cooper tunes “Billion Dollar Babies” and “Welcome to My Nightmare,” as well as Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” single and Lou Reed’s epic Rock n Roll Animal.

    The problem is that Hunter doesn’t know if his guitar ended up in Slash’s hands. Though the influential guitarist politely declined to speak on the record for this interview, he did state he does not know what happened to his instrument after he sold it.

    Guitar gurus Hubberman and Rist both handled Hunter’s Les Paul and are certain the guitar went to Slash. The instrument came into the shop with original ’50s parts, including PAF pickups that were ultimately removed to sell on the vintage market while the guitar was retrofitted with more modern, reasonably priced hardware.

    “I put the Seymour Duncans in,” Rist says. “I worked on setting it up and getting it to play good. It stayed there for maybe a couple of days. So maybe a couple of days later, Howie calls up Slash saying, ‘I got the guitar for you.’ Slash comes in and they work out some kind of deal.”

    Hubberman, who was also an early investor in the band, recalls that he sold the instrument to the young gunner for $2600, payable over time. “You know, they didn’t have any money back then,” Hubberman says. “I would just give things to them off the cuff and they’d catch up to me later down the line. Those guys always took care of me. Izzy [rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin] was probably the brokest of the bunch, but he would pay it off. Same thing with Slash. I mean, it took a couple of years for Slash to pay off that guitar, but he paid it off.”

    Humorously, Hubberman adds, “I think when he paid it off, he no longer owned it.”

    Legend and innuendo has it that Slash pawned the so-called Hunterburst to pay for his drug habit. While that can’t be proven, it’s certainly possible. In his memoir, the guitarist writes of times when “I sold my equipment for cash to score more smack.”

    Peter “Max” Baranet—the Man Behind the Hunterburst?
    Rist argues that the Hunterburst, although not played on Appetite for Destruction, deserves a significant place in rock ’n’ roll history.

    “The Hunterburst carried a lot of weight because it was owned by a rock star who, in my opinion, had contributed greatly to the music scene,” Rist says. “Steve Hunter is the real deal. So here’s the guitar that went from the old guard to the new guard. That’s the one that got him [Slash] hooked. The seed for his Les Paul addiction, becoming the Les Paul icon that he is, is the Hunterburst.”

    But, as was mentioned previously, the Hunterburst wasn’t a Gibson. It was a replica. Steve Hunter says it was built by luthier Peter “Max” Baranet, who friends and clients typically refer to simply as Max. Howie Hubberman says the instrument was built by Baranet. So does Roman Rist.

    Baranet himself? He’s not so sure. In written statements and telephone interviews, Baranet won’t confirm or deny that the Hunterburst is one of his instruments.

    “Yeah, I don’t remember it,” he says. “There’s people that remember it being in my shop and stuff. But there was a lot of stuff going on in those days, you know. A lot of guitar building and a lot of people running through.”

    The volume of Baranet’s work was indeed staggering. “One year that I was at Image Guitars, I had assembled or custom made over 150 guitars,” he recalls. “Singlehandedly. So, you know what I’m saying— [it’s] one single guitar. I’m not going to remember everything.”

    Serial numbers and markings for replica instruments of the day were not standardized and provide little help in solving the mystery. Baranet says he sometimes used customers’ birthdays, sometimes even Social Security numbers and other combinations of digits.

    Despite Baranet’s reluctance to claim the Hunterburst, his former colleague Rist is convinced Baranet built it.

    “I worked with Max so long I know how he does things,” Rist states. “There are certain little trademark things I can use to spot a Max from a mile away. There are other trademarks with the way he does his routing. If I open it up, I can go, ‘Yep, this is a Max.’”


    This Les Paul replica commonly referred as “Hunterburst” (because it had been previously owned by Alice Cooper guitarist Steve Hunter) was reportedly Slash’s first brush with a quality copy of Gibson’s iconic guitar in and around the Appetite for Destruction period. Photo by Mark Olson

    . . . Enter Kris Derrig Version
    Whatever the lineage of the Hunterburst, at some point it passed out of Slash’s hands. In general, the band had a quick excuse any time equipment went missing. “I think the story was that someone stole it,” Hamilton laughs. “Which was a common story with those guys back in those days. Things just sort of disappeared and I didn’t even know that they were up on my roof doing drugs and shit.”

    When Guns N’ Roses entered the studio in late 1986 to record Appetite for Destruction, Slash was apparently playing an assortment of guitars that did not— according to some—include a Les Paul, whether replica or Gibson.

    “Now, I was not there in the studio, but there are too many accounts from Slash and other people that a lot was recorded with a black Jackson and a red B.C. Rich,” Rist says. He claims that most of the record was recorded with these instruments and that the second legendary Les Paul replica did not enter the picture “until Slash did all of the solo stuff.”

    Other sources claim a Les Paul replica was more prominent on the album. In Stephen Davis’ 2008 book Watch You Bleed: The Saga of Guns N’ Roses, he writes, “Slash cut most of the tracks with a Les Paul copy plugged into a Marshall amplifier.”

    But in a July 2010 interview with AOL’s Noisecreep website, Slash himself seems to confirm, at least in part, the assertion that the LP didn’t show up until late in the game, as well as rumors about the disposition of his earlier instruments.

    “I was really broke and I hocked all my decent guitars before we went into the studio to make Appetite for Destruction,” Slash tells the website staff. “All I had left were a B.C. Rich Warlock and two Jackson guitars, a Firebird, and a prototype archtop Strat-style guitar. I brought them all into the recording studio for the Appetitesession and they all sounded horrible. I was like, ‘F---, what do I do? I have to do the overdubs and I have no instrument.’ So Guns N’ Roses manager, Alan Niven, showed up the night before I went in to do the Appetiteoverdubs and brought me this Les Paul. I went in the next day and it was the most amazing sounding guitar.”

    That instrument, the second Les Paul replica in Slash’s epic journey, is widely reported to be the work of the late Kris Derrig. Luthier Baranet references this guitar when he says, “And then the Derrig model came in, you know, at the last minute for the overdubs and solos.”

    At first glance, that seems to conflict with Slash’s own statement in his book that, “It was made by the late Jim Foot[e], who owned MusicWorks in Redondo Beach.”

    However, guitar-building contemporaries explain that Derrig shared space with Foote (who is still alive), which probably accounts for Slash’s statement in the book, especially since band manager Alan Niven brought the instrument to the guitarist. The rocker did not go to the shop himself.

    “Kris had a workshop in the back of Jim Foote’s store,” Rist says. “Most guitar builders, they just want to be left alone and do their thing, and one thing you do not want to do a lot is deal with customers. So if you can have a buffer man out front, you can do your own thing a bit easier.”

    The Derrig model is presumed to be Slash’s main guitar to this day. In the Gibson promotional materials, when Slash says, “the original,” he’s referencing the Derrig. Since that instrument went directly to the guitarist, the builders interviewed for this article don’t have any firsthand knowledge of the guitar.


    In this photo taken in 2001, Luthier Peter “Max” Baranet (left) stands with Slash and the Les Paul
    replica he built for the gunslinger. Photo courtesy of Peter Baranet

    Of Holy Trinities and Eternal Myths
    Allegedly, Slash obtained a third replica shortly after recording Appetite for Destruction. According to some, he obtained a second Derrig model. Others claim he got another Baranet instrument.

    “Through Howie, Max was made aware that Slash needed a Les Paul and he needed one in a hurry,” Rist says. “And it was mainly, from everything I know, for the purpose of another touring backup.” Although it cannot be confirmed, Slash is presumed to still own that third replica.

    Ultimately, some of the arguments surrounding these three replicas may never be solved. Short of getting Slash, the luthiers, and the guitars all in the same room and subjecting them to CSI-level scrutiny, some definitive answers simply cannot be had. In the absence of such hard data, the topic will continue to be passionately debated. One internet message board features an epic 531-post argument that spans three years— and people continue to post on the subject to this day!

    While some observers may feel this level of fanatical discourse is a waste of time, it’s what true believers do. They staunchly defend their interpretation of the myth or legend. At this very moment, some academic in a college classroom is surely arguing over the true historical figure that served as the inspiration for King Arthur. The Slash Les Paul replica debate simply features more volume.

    Although Slash might see it differently, he undoubtedly fulfills Campbell’s role of the hero who reinterprets a tradition and makes it valid for a current era.

    During the early ’80s, pointy guitars with whammy bars and slick paint jobs were required equipment for any aspiring rocker. Slash’s bluesy, more straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll riffs and leads on Appetite for Destructionswung the spotlight back on Les Pauls, which had been pushed to the side since the ’70s heyday of Led Zeppelin and other LP-slinging bands.

    “Back in the ’80s, the Burst market was dead,” says Baranet. “I used to go to the guitar shows in Texas every six months. I’ve got pictures from ’88 of rows and rows of Bursts priced around seven to ten grand, and nobody was buying. When Guns N’ Roses broke, Slash was playing a Les Paul in those three videos in constant rotation on MTV.” That exposure attracted international collectors who scooped up Les Pauls, making them scarcer domestically. Accordingly, prices escalated.

    “Slash playing Les Pauls was what kickstarted it,” Baranet continues. “It’s kind of funny, because he was playing replicas at the time, yet he kicked off the real Burst market, as well as the reissue and historic market that followed later.”

    While the truth of Slash’s Les Paul arsenal may never be known, the fact is that guitarists and music lovers will always revere these iconic instruments. And they will always be fascinated by the fine details of the axes.

    “To put it in an almost philosophical sense, it puts them closer to god,” Rist says. “Especially if you take a look at Slash: He was a kid with an undying belief that he would make it, and now he’s turned into a huge star. So you have all these people who wished they could get into that kind of position. They dream of it, but they’ll never get there. Sometimes the closest people can get to that place is just talking about it.”

    Yes, Rist’s assertion is a tough one to argue with. Talk of this hero who found iconic implements to complete a quest—and create a legend—truly is bound to continue from this generation and into subsequent generations as long as guitarists dream of ascending from musical mortality and entering the pantheon of guitar gods.

    The Reality of Replicas

    Undoubtedly, major guitar manufacturers like Gibson, Fender, and Ibanez view any instrument produced by an unofficial source to be counterfeit. And legally that’s certainly true. But the handmade replica culture is not the same thing as some unsuspecting musician getting ripped off. Instead, all parties involved (except the major companies) agree that this can be an honorable transaction among consenting adults—one that involves high-quality instruments.

    “Keep in mind that a guitar builder is very similar to an artist,” says Roman Rist. “For an artist to pull off a convincing Picasso means he has arrived. It is not about passing off a fake. Rather, it’s a way of saying ‘Hey, this is my business card. If I can do this, I can do just about anything.’”

    Some replica builders who did not want to be identified in this story even have relationships with the companies they’re copying. They might do custom work for those manufacturers or help out in a pinch. Replicas are frequently of such stellar quality that they command high prices on the vintage market to this day.

    “The last nice Max-made Les Paul that I know of changed hands for $45,000,” says Howie Hubberman. Baranet himself won’t confirm this, but when offered a range of $35,000 to $50,000, he says, “They’ve resold much higher than that.”

    Ironically, some replica builders are so respected that other people copy their work.

    “There are more forgeries of my stuff than my replicas of the corporate stuff,” Baranet laughs.

    Other Legendary Guitars Shrouded in Mystery


    Slash’s Appetite for Destruction Les Pauls are not the only instruments open to speculation, conjecture, and controversy. The beat-to-hell, red-and-white-striped “Frankenstrat” that Eddie Van Halen made famous is a mutt of various components. Depending on who you believe, the body is a Warmoth, Fender, or Charvel. Kramer stepped in and made similar instruments for the guitar slinger in the early ’80s, the most famous being the 5150 guitar with a hockey-stick-style headstock. Many fans confuse the Frankenstrat with the Kramer 5150. The high-end EVH-branded replicas of the Frankenstrat (right)—which are made by Fender and sold under the Frankenstein model name—further complicate the discussion.

    George Lynch’s skull-and-bones guitar is another oddity. Nicknamed “Mom,” the highly carved instrument played by the shredder in such Dokken videos as “Dream Warriors” carried a misleading nameplate. The guitar was actually built by J. Frog. However, when he got the instrument Lynch had recently started a relationship with ESP Guitars, so he slapped an ESP sticker on the headstock before using it in the band’s videos.
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