Epiphone Slash Collection Les Paul Standard and J-45 review

The Gibson brand ambassador and top-hatted Guns N' Roses rock icon's signature electric and acoustic guitars made affordable

Epiphone Slash Collection
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Gibson may have had some turbulent times in recent years, but for Epiphone, the first fruits of Slash’s partnership with the brand are a great balance of design, build, value and quality control. Forget your preconceptions and enjoy some fine guitars!


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    J-45 has all solid build and quality electronics.

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    Classic styling makes them suitable for non-GNR fans.

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    Both hit all the right tones.

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    Hardcase included.


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    J-45's preamp controls can be fiddly to access mid-song.

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Brian and the Red Special, Jimi and his Strat... some pairings are just meant to be, and while Slash has strayed and played other guitars at various points, he’s never very far from his Les Paul. In fact, not many things sum-up rock ’n’ roll like the image of the man himself sporting a top hat, Malborough and a low-slung LP. 

In 2020, Gibson appointed Slash as its first ever ‘Brand Ambassador’, a job title which presumably involves some of his already-daily activities: being Slash, playing Gibsons and inspiring generations to play the guitar. 

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.