Gibson Release New Slash Les Paul

(Gibson) Gibson USA has launched a new Slash Signature Gibson Les Paul in a stunning color: Vermillion red. The rich, deep-red transparent finish is hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer to exhibit the guitar's Grade-AAA flamed maple top, while also letting the tonewood breathe to enhance an equally rich, deep, resonant tone.

Commemorative details include a Slash graphic on the headstock, echoed in a silkscreen on the included black Gibson USA hardshell case. Add a pair of Seymour Duncan Slash Signature humbucking pickups, a TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and top it all off with unparalleled Gibson build quality, and the Slash Signature Vermillion Les Paul is a stunner that plays and sounds as good as it looks.

You get a select mahogany back—treated with Gibson's traditional weight relief to increase playing comfort and enhance resonance—plus a solid, glued-in, quarter-sawn mahogany neck. The neck is carved in the fast '60s SlimTaper profile that Slash prefers, and topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays.

The Slash Signature humbuckers are made in the image of the hallowed Gibson PAF humbuckers of the late 1950s, with genuine Alnico II magnets, but with Slash's preference of a few extra turns of wire for a richer, throatier tone in the neck position and plenty of crunch and wail in the bridge. They are wired in the traditional four-knob control complement with three-way selector switch, and use vintage-style "orange drop" tone capacitors on the tone pots. See a photo here.

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