Guns N Roses’ Guitarist Slash’s Guitars, Gears and Euipment

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Do you remember the American hard rock band named Guns N’ Roses? It was one of the most popular and successful bands in the entire world from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Saul Hudson, who is also known as Slash, is also one of the members and lead guitarist of the band. He had grown up in a family of artists and he got a chance to meet many artists from the British music scene when he was just five years old.

During his childhood, he was known to be a problematic child but he used to accompany his mother to her job and got a chance to meet several film and music stars. His nickname “Slash” was given to him by actor Seymour Cassell because he was always in a hurry and would zip around every object around him. When he was 14 years old, he got inspired by Aerosmith’s Rocks while he was hanging out with an older girl, smoking some pot.

Later, he decided to form a band with his friend Steven Adler in 1979. He started to practice instruments but he didn’t get any success with the band. He also got inspiration from his school teachers who used to play songs such as “Cream” and “Led Zeppelin”. It was only in 1985 that the Guns N’ Roses was formed when Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin had asked Slash, Steven Adler, and Duff McKagan to join their new band. Soon, the band went on to release their debut album titled “Appetite for Destruction” in July 1987. The album became a major hit and the band started gaining recognization from all around the world.

The band got a lot of fans and followers from all around the world. Similarly, Slash also got famous for his incredible guitar performance and many people are interested to learn about the guitars and gears that led him to success and achieve greatness. If you are also interested in this topic, you are in the right place as we will tell you everything you need to know about the guitars and gears that Slash used throughout his career. Let’s start with the electric guitars that he used under the subheading down below.

What are the electric guitars that Slash used?

As you might already know, there are various kinds of guitars at the present such as electric, acoustic, classical, bass, resonator, archtop, etc. Slash is well known for using Gibson Les Paul Standard guitars as his main while recording in studios and performing live on stage. Furthermore, he has an entire signature line as the Slash Collection that he has used throughout his career. Besides that, he has also used several other electric guitars as well. The list of all electric guitars that he used throughout his career is listed down below.

  • 1952 Fender Telecaster
  • 1958/1959 Gibson Explorer
  • 1958 Gibson Flying V
  • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Replica by Kris Derrig #90607)
  • 1959 Gibson Les Paul Tobacco Sunburst
  • 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard (Replica by Max Baranet)
  • 1961 Gibson SG
  • 1964 Gibson Firebird V
  • 1965 Fender Stratocaster
  • 1966/1967 Gibson EDS-1275
  • 1970/80s Memphis Les Paul
  • 1976 Gibson Les Paul Standard
  • 1978/79 B.C. Rich Mockingbird
  • 1987 Gibson Les Paul
  • 1987 Gibson Les Paul Standard
  • 1987 Gibson Les Paul ’57 Reissue Goldtop
  • 1991 Gibson Les Paul Black Death Vodka
  • Snakepit (1996 Gibson Les Paul)
  • B.C. Rich Warlock
  • B.C. Rich Mockingbird
  • Bad Obsession (Travis Bean TB1000)
  • Crossroads (Guild Doubleneck Slash Custom)
  • Gibson ES-335
  • Jackson Archtop Prototype
  • Jackson Firebird Copy
  • B.C. Rich Bich 10

The list of Slash’s Acoustic Guitars

We all know that Slash has Acoustic guitars as well throughout his career. However, there is no exact information or details about all of his personal acoustic guitar collection. We only got to know some of the acoustic guitars that he used throughout his career only through interviews and photographs which were taken at his home. Thus, this might not be the exact or all of the acoustic guitars that Slash has used throughout his career. But still here is the list of acoustic guitars that Slash has or might have used throughout his career.

  • 1940 Gibson J-35
  • 1965 Gibson J-200
  • 1988 Guild JF-30
  • Martin D-28
  • Maton TE-1 (Tommy Emmanuel series)
  • JOI Custom
  • Jose Ramirez Nylon
  • Gibson Sheryl Crow
  • Taylor 616ce
  • Guild D-40/50
  • Gibson Blues King
  • Martin D-18

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Various other gears Slash has used throughout his career

If you are a musician, you must be well aware that gear is an essential part to be a musician. Well, guitarists are especially dependent on various gears such as amplifiers, effects, straps, cases, picks, cables, etc. Slash has also used various gears in order to enhance his performance and music throughout his career. Following is the list of various gears that Slash has used throughout his career.

Guitar Strings:

Slash uses an Ernie Ball Power Slinky RPS 11-48 strings. He prefers to use a heavier gauge string because he is quite aggressive and tunes down quite often.

Guitar Picks: 

Slash uses a Dunlop Tortex 1.14 mm guitar pick.

Guitar Effects:

Here is the list of various guitar effects that Slash has used to enhance his performance.

  • MXR M234 Analog Chorus
  • BOSS DD-3 Digital Delay
  • Dunlop Cry Baby SW95 Slash Signature Wah
  • MXR Ten Brand EQ
  • MXR CAE MC-401 Boost Line Driver (used on most of his solos)
  • BOSS TU-2 Stage Tuner
  • Whirlwind switcher (used for the Dunlop Heil HT1 Talkbox)
  • MXR Phase 90 Phase Pedal
  • Peterson Autostrobe 980 Tuner
  • MXR M159 Stereo Tremolo
  • MXR M134 Stereo Chorus (used on “Paradise City”)
  • Dunlop QZ-1 Cry Baby Q-Zone
  • MXR M135 Smart Gate (for noise reduction)
  • MXR M103 Blue Box
  • Korg Pitchblack Tune

Recently, Jim Dunlop had got a chance to develop personalized signature pedals for Slash. The guitarist uses these pedals while performing. The name of the pedals that Jim developed for Slash is listed down below.

  • MXR Slash Octave Fuzz
  • Dunlop SC95 Slash Cry Baby Wah

Guitar Amps:

The list of guitar Amps that Slash has used throughout his career is listed down below.

  • Marshall 1959T Super lead
  • Marshall JCM800
  • Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555
  • Roland JC-120
  • Marshall JCM 2555SL Slash Signature Amp
  • Marshall AFD100
  • Fender Tweed Champ

That’s all the information that we got about Slash’s guitars and gears. Hope you enjoyed reading this article. Make sure to follow us to get the latest update.

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