Slash’s Guitars


“I didn’t fuckin’ reintroduce the Les Paul,” says Slash. “It’s been around. I just don’t think that anybody who was really popular and touring worldwide was using Les Pauls around the time Guns came out.”

“When I was in the studio doing the basic tracks for Appetite, Alan Niven brought this Les Paul for me to use because I was having a really hard time getting a good sound,” says Slash. “I was getting a little frantic at that point, because we weren’t on the kind of budget – nor did I have the attention span – where we could wait around forever.

“It became my main guitar for a really long time,” Slash continues.”And because I couldn’t afford a whole handful of that sort of thing, I took it out on the road for all of Guns’ early touring. In fact, I almost lost it during an early tour. It was stolen from me once in the crowd. I was being an idiot, leaning over the audience and getting pulled in, and some guy just grabbed it. I freaked once I realized that it was off my person – that I’d completely lost control over it. But our security guys went out and caught the guy before he left the building. That’s happened to me a couple of times.”

From day one Slash has been one of our favorite guitar players. From Slash’s days in Guns N’ Roses all the way to Velvet Revolver, he has played kick ass guitar riffs on the hottest Gibson Les Pauls, making the guys jealous and the ladies go crazy.

“The most important thing is to be able to hear it in you head and apply it throught your fingers to your neck in a split second. Instead of playind patterns, hear the melody you’re going for.”

First guitars

Slash’s first electric guitar was a copy of Gibson Explorer given by his grandmother. Then, while he increased experiences in different bands, Slash tried out few other instruments before adopting definitely Les Paul guitars in 1985.

  • Memphis Les Paul copy
  • Gibson Explorer copy
  • B.C. Rich Warlock
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird
  • Jackson Superstrat

Slash first guitars

Slash Warlock

Studio guitars

For studio sessions, Slash almost exclusively uses a 1959 Les Paul Standard replica made by Kris Derrig. It is with this instrument that he recorded almost all parts of Guns N’ Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and solo albums. However, when he wants a specific sound for some parts, he sometimes plays with other guitars such as Flying V, Explorer, Stratocaster or Telecaster.

  • Gibson Les Paul Standard 1959 replica: main studio guitar used on almost every song
  • B.C. Rich Warlock: Reckless Life / Nice Boys / Move To The City / Mama Kin
  • Gibson SG 1960 (rhythm): My Michelle
  • Gibson Flying V 1959 (lead): Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door / Live And Let Die
  • Gibson Explorer 1958 (lead): Locomotive
  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop 1956 (rhythm): Estranged / Fall To Pieces / You Got No Right
  • Gibson ES-335 1967 (rhythm): Back To The Moment / Loving The Alien
  • Gibson Les Paul 12 strings 1990 (rhythm): You Got No Right
  • Gibson Slash Les Paul Appetite (rhythm): Standing In The Sun / Halo / Bad Rain
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird (lead): You Could Be Mine / The Truth / The Alien / Headspace
  • Gretsch 6120 Setzer (rhythm): The Last Fight / Gravedancer
  • Travis Bean 1000 (slide): Bad Obsession / The Garden / Shine / Rusted Heroes
  • Fender Telecaster 1956 (rhythm): Sucker Train Blues
  • Fender Stratocaster 1965 (lead): Yesterdays / So Fine / What Do You Want To Be / Back And Forth Again / Sucker Train Blues / Gravedancer.

Slash's studio guitars

1. Les Paul 1959 | 2. Fender Telecaster 1952 | 3. Les Paul 1958 Sunburst | 4. Flying V 1959
5. Les Paul 1959 | 6. Fender Stratocaster 1965 | 7. Les Paul 1959 replica | 8. Explorer 1958

Live guitars

On stage, from the early 1990s, Slash mainly played with Les Paul Standard and particularly two 1987 models that he brought on tour with Guns N ‘Roses, Slash’s Snakepit and Velvet Revolver. During this period, he also used several B.C. Rich Mockingbird (“You Could Be Mine”, “The Alien”, “Sucker Train Blues”), Gibson EDS-1275 (“Patience”, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”), Guild Crossroads (“Neither Can I”, “Back And Forth Again”, “Back To The Moment”) or Travis Bean 1000 (“Bad Obsession”, “Rusted Heroes”). Since 2010 and his solo tours, Slash decided to mainly use his signature Les Pauls.

  • Gibson Les Paul Standard 1987: Guns N’ Roses / Slash’s Snakepit / Velvet Revolver
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard 1976: Slash’s Snakepit / Velvet Revolver
  • Gibson Les Paul Goldtop 1987: Guns N’ Roses / Slash’s Snakepit
  • Gibson Slash Les Paul Snakepit 1997: Slash’s Snakepit / Slash Solo
  • Gibson Slash Les Paul Standard 2008: Velvet Revolver
  • Gibson Slash Les Paul Appetite 2010: Slash Solo
  • Gibson Slash Les Paul Standard VOS Aged 2008: Slash Solo
  • Gibson Slash Les Paul Goldtop 2008: Slash Solo
  • Gibson EDS-1275 doubleneck 1975: Guns N’ Roses / Velvet Revolver
  • Guild Crossroads doubleneck: Slash’s Snakepit / Velvet Revolver
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird: Guns N’ Roses / Slash’s Snakepit / Velvet Revolver
  • Travis Bean 1000: Guns N’ Roses

Slash's live guitars

Slash’s Amps

Slash has always been associated with Marshall amps and has used various models over the years including two signature heads: the Marshall JCM 2555 Slash and the Marshall AFD100 which is supposed to capture the tone from the Appetite For Destruction era.

Marshall 1959T Super Tremolo

Marshall 1959T Super Tremolo

There is endless of speculation about the exact Marshall that was used for the Appetite For Destruction recording sessions. Most probably, the amp in question was a modified Marshall 100 Watt 1959T Super Tremolo, owned by S.I.R., a rental company in Los Angeles, and it was known as “Stock #39”. The amp had been modded by Tim Caswell, who basically used the amp’s unused tremolo circuit, with its additional pre-amp valve, to produce more gain. Also added to the amp was a master volume control.

Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature

Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature

“Over the years, there have been a lot of people out there trying to replicate this amp, so we gathered all the information and put it out as the Marshall AFD100.” (Slash)

Specifications of the Marshall AFD100 Slash Signature guitar amp:

  • 100W Valve Head
  • 5 x ECC83 Preamp Valves
  • 4 x 6550 Power Amp Valves
  • 2 Jack Inputs (vintage styled)
  • EQ & Master Volume
  • Power Attenuation (right down to 0.1 watts)
  • FX Loop switchable on front panel
  • Tonal switch between #34/AFD and FX Loop mode
  • Speaker Output: 2 x 4 ohm, 2 x 8 ohm, 1 x 16 ohm
  • 2 Way Footswitch


Cabinets1. Marshall 1960 BV 4×12 | 2. Marshall 1960 BX 4×12

Slash’s effects

Even if his rack contains many elements, we can not say that Slash is an effect guitar player. He mainly uses his amp reverb, a slight delay, produced by a Boss DD-5 and a graphic equalizer Boss GE-7 to boost his solos. For some parts, he also makes use of a Cry Baby wah pedal (“Mr. Brownstone”, “Civil War”, “Be The Ball”, “Shine”, “By The Sword”, “Apocalyptic Love”) or a Dunlop talk box (“Anything Goes”, “Dust And Bones”, “Lower”, “Get Out The Door”, “Watch This”, “Carolina”). With Velvet Revolver, Slash has somewhat expanded his range of effects, since he’s been playing with the band he sometimes uses an octave Boss OC-2 and a Fernandes sustainer. In 2006, Dunlop released a Slash Signature model: the Cry Baby SW95, a wah pedal equipped with a three-band EQ and a distortion boost.

Cry Baby wah & Heil talkbox

Cry Baby wah & Heil talkbox1. Dunlop Cry Baby DCR-2SR Rack Module | 2. Dunlop Cry Baby 535Q | 3. Dunlop Cry Baby SW95 Slash

1. Dunlop Heil HT1 Talkbox | 2. Whirlwind Selector A/B Box

Boss effects

Boss effects1. Boss DD-3 Digital Delay | 2. Boss OC-3 Super Octave | 3. Boss GE-7 Equalizer

MXR effects

MXR effects1. MXR M108 10-Band Graphic EQ | 2. MXR M134 Stereo Chorus

1. MXR M108 10-Band Graphic EQ | 1. MXR M104 Distortion+ | 2. MXR M101 Phase 90 | 3. MXR M103 Blue Box

1. MXR MC401 Boost/Line Driver | 2. MXR Cry Baby KFK Q Zone | 3. MXR M135 Smart Gate

Live Setup during Solo Tour 2010, Slash’s FX Board