Gibson Slash Les Paul Standard review

Hot on the heels of its reimagined ’59 and ’60 Les Paul reissues come a new LP built to the specs of the Guns N’ Roses legend

Gibson Slash Les Paul Standard
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Guitar World Verdict

We approve of the colors and are impressed by the attention to detail. But mostly we love the quality of work that’s so apparent here, and the more-than-a-century of expertise that you can once again see in mainline Gibson models, not just top-end Custom Shop ones.


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    Great build and finishing.

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    Super playability.

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    Raunchy rock tones.

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    Fair pricing. Includes four free Slash picks, too!


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    Not everyone will enjoy the fact it’s on the heavier side.

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There’s no doubting Slash’s importance in the resurgence of the Les Paul’s somewhat flagging fortunes as the '80s nudged towards the '90s. SuperStrats were the electric guitars of the times and Ibanez was the ascendant brand as far as rock was concerned. But herald 1987’s chart-topping Appetite For Destruction and the image of Guns N’ Roses’ top-hatted axeman wielding his flame-top Les Paul, and demand for the model skyrocketed.

Of course, Gibson and Slash have worked together before, but this latest range is a product of a new regime at the company. We’ve already seen and heard the ’59 and ’60 Standards and they left a pretty solid impression. So it was with genuine excitement that we opened four pink-lined tan cases to reveal the multi- colored spoils within.

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.