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. Read More …
PRESS RELEASE: Epiphone is proud to present two new Les Paul packages endorsed and promoted by Slash himself – the “AFD” (Appetite for Destruction) Les Paul Performance Pack and the Slash “AFD” LP Special-II Guitar Outfit. The Epiphone Slash “AFD” Les Paul Performance Pack is the premium combination for guitar players featuring an incredible all-inclusive, all-pro package for beginners and experts alike. The Slash “AFD” Performance Pack includes a Slash-designed Les Paul Special-II in classic Appetite Amber finish with a premium gig bag, plus a 15-watt Slash “Snakepit’ amp with 2-channels and a full EQ section with headphone output, custom Slash signature picks and free online lessons from eMedia. The Slash “AFD” LP-Special Guitar Outfit includes the same Slash-designed Les Paul Special II in Appetite Amber plus a premium gigbag, picks and eMedia guitar lessons. Read More …
Whoa. Check this out. Slash has always had some of the coolest Les Pauls of all time, and his latest signature model is the Rosso Corsa, or “racing red.” It features a Grade-AAA flamed maple top, a pair of Seymour Duncan Slash Signature humbucking pickups, a TonePros Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and a distinctive Slash graphic on the headstock, echoed in a silkscreen on the included black Gibson USA hardshell case. More info here, but first here are some pics… Read More …
The Dead Daisies have announced their arrival onto the International rock circuit with the release of a brand new interactive short film to accompany their heavy hitting debut single Lock ‘N’ Load featuring Slash. Jon Stevens’ trademark vocals are plastered powerfully atop signature guitar riffs from Slash, however that’s as far as the familiarity goes. The Lock ‘N’ Load film tells a wrenching post-apocalyptic story using a concept that makes clever use of the interactive capabilities of the YouTube platform. A split ending to the film allows the viewer to dictate the fate of the story’s warrior & protagonist in a style reminiscent of the once popular ‘choose your own ending’ novels. Cllick HERE to see the official Trailer for ‘Lock ‘N’ Load.’ Read More …
Marshall has unveiled a new Slash amp, the SL-5 combo. It’s an all-valve Class A 5-watter with one EL34 tube in the power section and a trio of ECC83 preamp tubes. You can switch it down to 1 watt for even more of that sweet sweet low-output grind, and there are two channels: clean and overdrive. The speaker is a Celestion Vintage 30, and there’s digital reverb onboard too.
Slash is one of those players who manages to cross the divide between generations. Original classic rock fans love his blues-based style. Hard rock and metal fans dig his attitude. And kids are drawn to his guitar hero persona. Slash has always used top-quality gear and has had no hesitation in putting his name to the equipment that meets his standards. We may not all be able to afford a Gibson Slash Les Paul and his signature Marshall AFD 100 amp, but now with AmpliTube Slash you can at still rock out with a version of Slash’s iconic tone – no, scratch that, make that tones.
AmpliTube Slash is available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and you can use IK Multimedia’s iRig or iRig Stomp to connect to the app. Other interfaces which use the 30 pin connector work too, and you can also use iRig MIDI to control AmpliTube Slash with your floor controller.
The app includes five effects (Chorus, Delay, Booster, OctoBlue and Distortion/Wah, the latter being available for free when you register the app) as well as a noise gate, two amplifier heads (Marshall JCM Slash Edition Silver Jubilee and the AFD 100), a single track recorder, expandable to eight tracks with mastering effects. You can export your recordings via email, SoundCloud, FTP or File Sharing. There are 30 tone presets included, and you can create your own too. There’s a tuner, a metronome, and you can import/purchase and play along with your favourite Slash tracks or any music in your library. The SpeedTrainer section lets you slow down or speed up licks while maintaining pitch for practicing. if you currently own AmpliTube for iPad or iPhone, upgrade to version 2.5 for free and all AmpliTube Slash gear models are available as in-app purchase, either as a complete set or a-la-carte.
So those amp models: it appears that there are two included, but really there’s three, with two contained within the Marshall AFD100 amp, just like with the real amp. Lemmie explain. The original AFD100 Slash amp features two modes: AFD and 34. The 34 mode is based on Slash’s modded JCM 800 2208 (which has ’34’ stencilled on the side). The second mode, AFD, adds an extra gain stage and is based on the sound heard on the Appetite For Destruction album. So the AFD model in the app is based on this amp and its two modes. Cool huh?
I plugged my Gibson Les Paul Traditional in using Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack 2 (I don’t have an iRig Stomp handy) and let rip. I could tell you all about the sounds, but you can hear some of my noodlings here.
Slash’s new album Apocalyptic Love is out now and it’s a cracker. Not as prettied-up as his last one, and with only one vocalist this time (the wildly talented Myles Kennedy). Here’s the first single, “You’re A Lie.”
And for those of us here int he Antipodes, here’s a press release about Slash’s Australian tour. Great to see him playing arenas!
Recent Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee and one of the greatest exponents of the electric guitar, SLASH, returns this August for an unmissable tour in support of his new album ‘Apocalyptic Love’.