Gibson is proud to announce the release of the limited edition Les Paul Slash Anaconda Burst guitars. As part of Slash’s new range of signature instruments with Gibson that were developed and tested throughout the Guns N’ Roses tours of 2016 and 2017, each guitar features an exclusive green Anaconda Burst finish, AA flamed maple top and mahogany body and Slash’s personal touches, including Slash’s thick neck profile, Slash signature humbucking pickups and a Slash snakeskin inspired hardshell case.

When Slash was given the honor of having a Gibson Les Paul Signature model built, we sent over the same Alnico 2 Pro humbuckers that he has used for decades. Turns out, the new guitars sounded noticeably different than the original. So we accepted the challenge to make him a new pickup that would make all of his new signature guitars sound just like the original AFD Les Paul. The result is the Slash Signature Model humbucker. We used a different mag wire and winding spec, that, when combined with the alnico 2 bar magnet, provided exactly what was needed to push a stock Les Paul toward that familiar sustain, crunch, and midrange that was so characteristic of the tone of Slash’s original Derrig Les Paul copy.

Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.