Guitar of the Month 2011
September: Late-'70s "Blade II" Les Paul Copy
W.A.S.P.’s guitarist Douglas Blair’s late ’70s Japanese Les Paul copy puts the danger back into dangerous when it comes to playing heavy music. Dubbed the Blade II—Blair has another rip saw blade-equipped Japanese Les Paul-style guitar dubbed Blade I—it boasts a custom-engineered, gold-anodized aluminum rip saw blade that spins atop its face, with oversized, wave-shaped teeth. The blade turns clockwise or counterclockwise and is controlled by a bezel-mounted control switch. Other custom appointments include a nut clamp, rear belly contour, bolted-in Gibson humbuckers, a 6-way pickup selector, and a removed heel. This LP copy has a cherry red finish over a book-matched flame maple veneer that covers a chunky, solid mahogany body—almost 3.5" thick in its center. The large mahogany neck has a scalloped rosewood fretboard.