In 2010, Gibson made a limited quantity of the Slash Appetite Les Paul, a stunning custom recreation of Slash’s iconic guitar that made such a huge impact on Guns ‘N Roses 1987 release Appetite For Destruction. With that model now out of production, Gibson is giving us an opportunity once again to “whet our appetites,” this time in a brand new color: vermillion — a deep, transparent red that has to be seen to be believed.
As with the Appetite guitar, the Slash Signature Les Paul – Vermillion is full of vintage style, with modern tweaks. The AAA flame-maple top and traditional weight-relieved mahogany body are hand-sprayed with nitrocellulose lacquer that really lets the guitar breathe. This model also features vintage- style reissue pearl-button Kluson tuners and a solid glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck carved in the fast ’60s slim-taper profile, featuring Slash’s own signature artwork on the headstock.
Even the pickups are vintage/modern. The Seymour Duncan-designed Slash Signature pickups are based on late ’50s PAF humbuckers, complete with vintage-correct Alnico II magnets, but with a few extra turns of wire to give the neck pickup a richer, throatier tone and to add more crunch and wail to the bridge pickup.
There are plenty of other traditional appointments such as trapezoid inlay fret markers, cream body binding, and vintage-style orange-drop capacitors on the tone pots — but there’s no pickguard, which allows every square inch of beautiful vermillion-red, flame-maple top to be visible.
With a limited run of only 1,200, the Gibson Slash Signature Les Paul – Vermillion is instantly collectible and will certainly be be gone quickly. Break out your top hat, get your rock-n-roll swagger on and get yours today!