Slash estimates he owns 400 guitars but still considers his Appetite-era ‘59 Les Paul copy his number one

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Few relationships in rock ‘n’ roll history are as iconic – mythical, even – as Slash and his Gibson Les Paul. From its roots as an entirely innocent pairing that started with a “cheap $150 knock-off Les Paul”, the combo has since spawned an entire legion of single-cut signature guitars.

Slash is never seen on stage without one, and has been allied with Gibson for over three decades, during which time he’s overseen numerous eponymous Les Paul lines – most recently taking the form of the dedicated Slash Collection – and become a Global Brand Ambassador for the company.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.