One of my favourite Gibsons of all time is a quite recent one: the Slash Rosso Corsa model. Something about that deep red with the zebra Seymour Duncan pickups just really gets to me. I know I’m not alone: I’m told by various folks that the Gibson models sold quite quickly indeed. Now Slash has teamed up with Epiphone to offer a more affordable version of the guitar: the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul. It’s at the high end of Epiphone gear in terms of price and appointments, which I think is cool because if they’d instead gone with a Les Paul Special or something you wouldn’t get the full pop of a carved top or that classic balance between trapezoid inlays and Tune-O-Matic/tailpiece (ever notice how they both lead your eye towards the neck pickup and pickup switch? I love design touches like that). There’s a video below, followed by the press release.
EPIPHONE PRESENTS THE LTD. ED. SLASH “ROSSO CORSA” LES PAUL STANDARD OUTFIT
Featuring Slash-designed Les Paul with Seymour Duncan “Slash” pickups
Nashville, TN, October 1, 2014 – For over a decade, Slash has been one of Epiphone’s premiere signature artists and now, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has teamed up with Epiphone to present the new Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard Outfit. Like Epiphone, Slash is on a mission to make professional and affordable instruments available to players everywhere and thanks to the Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard Outfit, guitarists of all skill levels can recreate Slash’s iconic tone with one of the most unique Les Pauls ever made.
The new Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard Outfit features Slash’s personally designed Seymour Duncan™ Slash Alnico II Pro Humbucker pickups in a classic Les Paul, customized with a “Rosso Corsa” racing red finish, Sprague “Orange Drop” Capacitors and a personalized Slash neck profile. In addition, the Slash “Rosso Corsa” comes with a custom hard carrying case and a Certificate of Authenticity.
“Epiphone has had a long and terrific friendship with Slash,” said Epiphone President Jim Rosenberg. “The Epiphone Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul is just like the man himself—one of a kind. Slash is committed to the idea that a great guitar can be affordable to everyone and his new Rosso Corsa Les Paul is a fantastic instrument.”
Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard Outfit
Slash himself helped design the Epiphone “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard Outfit based on his own custom Les Paul, which serves as his main axe in the studio and on stage with his band the Conspirators. The top has a carved Hard Maple cap with an AAA Flame Maple Veneer finished in Rosso Corsa, the unique hand-tinted finish that can only be found with Slash-made Epiphone and Gibson Brand Les Pauls. The Hard Maple top gives Slash’s Les Paul Standard additional bite and articulation while the mahogany back is treated with Gibson-style weight relief for comfort and better resonance, which makes for a superstar-quality Les Paul. The top and neck have single layer Ivory colored binding just like Slash’s original. And to avoid concealing any of the Rosso Corsa finish, the guitar’s pick-guard is in the hardshell case, not on the Les Paul!
Seymour Duncan and Slash Designed Pickups
The Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” includes one of Slash’s favorite custom pickups, a Seymour Duncan™ Slash Alnico II Pro Humbucker with a “Reverse Zebra” in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan™ Slash Alnico II Pro Humbucker “Zebra” in the neck—both without a logo. The “Slash” Seymour Duncan pickups offer a twist on the famous (and for most unattainable) original “PAF” hand wound humbuckers from the late 50s. Slash helped design the pickups with Seymour Duncan himself based on his favorite vintage Les Pauls. Seymour Duncan was one of the first custom pickup designers and has repaired, rewound, and studied hundreds of vintage Les Pauls from the late 50s including Slash’s entire vintage collection.
And of course, like all Epiphone instruments regardless of price, the Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and Gibson’s famous 24/7/365 customer service. Look for the new Epiphone Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard outfit at authorized Epiphone retailers beginning in late-October or early-November 2014.
Visit Epiphone.com today to find out more about the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Outfit.
U.S. MSRP: $1,665.00
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