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Designed and produced in close cooperation with Slash, Epiphone says this new guitar combines all the great design features that have made the Les Paul the rock guitar while Slash’s own personal touches create a unique instrument destined to become an instant classic.
The new Epiphone Slash Les Paul features a solid Mahogany body with a highly-figured flame Maple top and glued-in Mahogany neck. The new LockTone stopbar/tune-o-matic system is now standard equipment on most Epiphones. It secures the bridge and tailpiece to the guitar, even without strings, while adding as much as 20% more sustain. A number of features are unique to the Slash Les Paul including a neck joint that uses a long neck tenon typically found on late-1950’s Les Pauls.
Extending well into the neck pickup cavity, this provides more strength, more wood-to-wood contact and ultimately, more tone and sustain. The "Slash Custom" has a neck profile that is patterned after Slash’s original Les Paul. It also features his choice of pickups: two Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro-II open-coil humbuckers. The guitar also features a Dark Tobacco Burst finish, nickel hardware and machine heads with vintage "tulip" buttons.
The new Epiphone Slash signature guitar is slated to make a big splash at the upcoming Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January 2008. Projected U.S. MSRP is $1,165 and includes a certificate of authenticity. An optional hard case will be available for $115.
According to Epiphone, the guitar will be available at authorized Epiphone retailers worldwide in December 2007. Slash will be making special appearances related to the launch.
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