Slash and Epiphone have launched a new collection of electric and acoustic guitars, continuing the Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s ongoing partnership with Gibson Brands.
Epiphone’s Slash collection follows last year’s Gibson collection, but offers the guitars at a more accessible price point. Epiphone prides itself on being known as “the leading accessible guitar brand for every stage,” and the new axes are ideal for beginners or seasoned veterans.
The new line features two electric guitars and five variations: the Epiphone Slash Les Paul Standard (finished in Appetite Burst, November Burst, Anaconda Burst, and Vermillion Burst) and the Slash “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Goldtop in Gold. The Epiphone Acoustic Slash J-45 (in Vermillion Burst and November Burst) completes the Epiphone collection. All guitars are available at a suggested retail price of $899 each.
“I am truly proud to present this superb line of excellent quality Epiphone guitars,” Slash said in a press release. “They sound and look fantastic. That’s all I could ask for.
As for specs, Les Paul Standard and Victoria Goldtop feature Mahogany body with Maple top, Graph Tech nut, Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge, Stop Bar tailpiece and Slash’s signature touches: a C-shaped neck profile, custom Epiphone ProBucker pickups, color-coordinated hardware appointments, CTS potentiometers with Orange Drop capacitors, and Epiphone strap locks.
Speaking of the Victoria Goldtop at Serious consequence last year, Slash revealed an intriguing story behind the name. “In the late 90s, I had a bunch of guitars stolen from my studio back home. I actually managed to get [just about] all the guitars back, but i never knew exactly who was behind the theft. And one of the guitars that I didn’t get back was a Goldtop that was stolen,” Slash told us.
He continued, “So I tried to find another Goldtop to replace him over the years. Then at some point I found out who was responsible for the theft not long ago and her name was Victoria so I decided to name the guitar after her!
Meanwhile, the J-45 Acoustic Guitar features all-solid wood construction with solid mahogany back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top with ’50s-style pickguard, Grover Rotomatic tuners, nut and a Graph Tech TUSQ saddle. Signature Slash fingerboards include: a C-shaped neck profile, a flatter, modern 16-inch fingerboard radius, and an LR Baggs VTC preamp and undersaddle pickup for natural acoustics when amplified.
Each guitar in the Epiphone Slash Collection features Slash’s “Skully” design on the back of the headstock, Slash’s signature on the truss rod cover, and a custom “Skully” hard case.
“We are on a very exciting journey with Slash and today we are announcing the amplification of our collaboration with the launch of the Epiphone Slash Collection,” Gibson Brand President Cesar Gueikian said in a press release. “Our new Epiphone Slash collection takes our collaboration with Slash to the next level, expanding the offering of iconic Slash models at Epiphone with an accessible price point. Slash has been intimately involved in all aspects of the development of its new Epiphone collection, and we are all delighted to see his fans from all over the world having fun with them!
Shop the Epiphone Slash Collection through the Epiphone website and through Reverb. Check out a promotional video from Slash featuring the guitars and instrument images below.