Here, we dip into the archive for the electric guitars that the Guns N' Roses guitarist has used over the years, and the acoustics – including one double-necked Guild that combines electric and acoustic guitar in the most rudimentary way possible.
Ah, and for more on Slash's A-list rig, check out our guide to Slash's guitar gear: everything you need to nail the Guns N’ Roses legend’s sound.
BC Rich Warlock
Slash’s main guitar before getting signed was this decidedly '80s beast, which appeared at 18 early GN’R club shows.
It’s immortalised on the live tracks from GN’R Lies, recorded in 1986. It was missing for 30 years before appearing at auction in 2016, where it fetched $96,000.
Gibson Flying V
In Total Guitar's recent interview, Slash waxes lyrical about his ’67 Hendrix reissue Flying V which appears on two tracks on new album 4. Turns out he’s got history with Vs, having used a phenomenally rare 1959 Korina model for lead parts on Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door and Live And Let Die.
Appearing only with Velvet Revolver, particularly for live versions of The Last Fight, was Slash’s black 335, with block inlays and Les Paul Custom-style diamond headstock inlay. Uncovered humbuckers (black, of course), completed the Slash look.
Travis Bean 1000
These rare beasts have a neck and hollow body all milled from a single piece of aluminium, with a solid wood top. Slash’s heroes Keith Richards and Joe Perry have both used one live.
The aluminium’s stinging resonance is great for slide, which Slash exploits on Shine from the second Slash’s Snakepit album, Ain’t Life Grand.
Guild Crossroads double-neck
Slash owns at least four of these, but arriving in 1993 they came too late for Guns N’ Roses’ heyday. The Tele-inspired hollow body has an electro-acoustic upper neck and a lower neck with twin humbuckers. It’s been recently seen on performances of Anastasia.
Fender 1965 Stratocaster
Slash with a Strat seems wrong somehow, like when Michael Jordan played baseball. Still, Slash has called the Strat “hands down, probably one of the best, most versatile guitars there is.” His Olympic White ’65 model made it onto GN’R’s Yesterdays and So Fine as well as Velvet Revolver’s Sucker Train Blues.
Fender 1956 Telecaster
While the Strat gave Sucker Train Blues its solo, Slash opted for his ’56 Telecaster for the rhythm parts. So, unbelievably, the first song on the first Velvet Revolver album does not feature a Gibson at all. Yeah, we don’t know how to feel about that either.
BC Rich Mockingbird
Okay, maybe you did know Slash played this, appearing as it does in the video for GN’R’s highest charting single, You Could Be Mine. He still whips it out live whenever he needs a whammy bar, and it featured heavily on Velvet Revolver’s Libertad tour.
Fender 1965 Bass VI
With its short scale and standard guitar tuning, the Fender Bass VI is popular with guitarists: George Harrison and Joe Perry played classic riffs on them. Maybe it’s no surprise then that Slash got into them during his time playing in the Snakepit lineup.
Before Slash met his destiny in the Les Paul, he tried an SG. They were not soulmates. Arriving at the studio one day, Guns N’ Roses’ manager looked at their van and saw “a fucking SG through the windscreen, neck-first.” Still, Slash’s SG rhythm track survived on My Michelle.
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When Slash’s Jackson wasn’t cutting it during the Appetite sessions, GN’R manager Alan Niven found a Les Paul replica made by luthier Kris Derrig. Unlikely as it may seem, if not for this twist of fate we might today associate Slash with a pointy headstock.
One of two Les Pauls Slash received on signing his first Gibson deal in ’87, this standard is recognisable by its distinctive three-piece plain maple top. Featured on every GN’R tour to date, Jessica’s headstock once snapped clean off during a neck bend.
Slash’s second ’87 Les Paul was a goldtop. It was used on the Use Your Illusion world tour video, notably for his legendary rendition of the Godfather theme. It was stolen in the '90s by someone called Victoria, hence the name of his 2020 signature goldtop.