Which Guitar does Slash Use? A Brief Guide To His Guitars

Slash is known for his huge guitar collection with more than 100 guitars owned to his name. Those guitars are of different brands and all total they are worth $2 Million (approx).

I myself is a huge Slash fan so I decided to write this post dedicated to the guitars that he uses for various purpose.

Below you find his studio guitars, live guitars, and a list of all his signature models.

So, let’s jump right into it.

What kind of guitar does slash use?

He has many guitars in his collection but he prefers Gibson Les Paul. His main guitars are ‘Slash AFD Guitars’, replicas of the 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard built by Kris Derrig, the one that he used in the recording session for GnR’s debut album, “Appetite For Destruction“.

Slash is also seen with other Gibson models like the Firebirds and the Explorers.

Besides Gibson, Slash also played guitars by BC Rich, Jackson, Martin, Fender, Gretsch, and other companies in the past. He even collaborated with some for a signature model.

What Acoustic Guitar Does Slash Use?

Slash mostly uses his Gibson J-45 which is manufactured by Gibson U.S.A. This guitar is fitted with custom LR Baggs VTC pickup for natural acoustic sound.

He has also other Gibson models and acoustic guitars from other brands like Martin and Guild. Below you will find some of the notable guitars.

1. Slash’s Guild Crossroads 12/6 Double Neck (Duplicate) – This green flame top was used by Slash in songs like Knocking in the Heaven’s Door and Anastasia.

2. Gibson Sheryl Crow Southern Jumbo Special Edition – Slash is seen with this Gibson model in some of the YouTube videos.

3. Martin D-18 – He used this guitar in a unplugged gig with Myles Kennedy.

List of all Slash’s Signature Guitar (models)

Slash has collaborated with Gibson on 29 signature Les Paul models. Below are all the notable guitars with the model numbers.

Slash Signature ModelsNote
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash "Snakepit" Les Paul Standard (1996)"I had Gibson make this for me in 1996 or 1997. It's got the embossed Slash logo on it and the snake inlay in the neck. It's a gorgeous guitar. I only have one of those and they are very rare." (Slash)
Epiphone's Slash "Snakepit" Les Paul Standard (1998)Manufatured by Epiphone
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash Signature Les Paul Standard (2004)"That was the main guitar I used when I toured with Velvet Revolver. Fucking killer sounding guitar, that one. It actually screams." (Slash)
Epiphone's Slash Signature Les Paul Standard Plus Top (2004)Manufatured by Epiphone
Gibson USA's Slash Signature Les Paul Standard (2008)"It's probably one of the best live guitars that I've had in a really long time. It's all the best qualities of Les Pauls rolled into one. All in all, it's a pretty badass guitar." (Slash)
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash "Inspired By" Les Paul Standard (2008)"This is the replica of the original 1988 Les Paul I had before I beat the hell out of it. It's sort of a trip for me to see it because it looks actually like the guitar after I had it refinished in 1988." (Slash)
Gibson USA's Slash Signature Les Paul Goldtop (2008)"When we did these Goldtops, we took it a little bit further. We redesigned the tone pots so that they wouldn't diminish volume or presence when you turn them all the way down." (Slash)
Epiphone's Slash Signature Les Paul Goldtop (2008)Manufatured by Epiphone
Gibson USA's Slash "Appetite" Les Paul Standard (2010)"The guitar that I used for Appetite, the Use Your Illusion records, Snakepit and my new record, it's a replica of that guitar. The sound on Appetite is a very sought-after tone." (Slash)
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash "Appetite" Les Paul Standard (2010)Gibson Custom Shop produced 300 units of these limited editions.
Epiphone's Slash "Appetite" Les Paul Standard (2010)Manufatured by Epiphone
Gibson USA's Slash "Rosso Corsa" Les Paul Standard (2013)"It is identical to the old AFD in most respects but it is red. Also, the red color varies from instrument to instrument so no two are exactly alike." (Slash)
Gibson USA's Slash "Vermillion" Les Paul Standard (2013)This signature guitar remodeled after Gibson Les Paul AFD with a Vermilion finish.
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash Anaconda Burst Les Paul (Plain Top/Flame Top) (2017)Gibson Custom Shop produced 25 units of these
Epiphone Slash Anaconda Burst Les Paul (Plain Top/Flame Top) (2017)Manufatured by Epiphone
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash Firebird (Trans Black/Trans White) (2017)Gibson Custom Shop built 25 units of this and all the white models were signed by Slash.
Gibson Custom Shop's Slash 1958 Les Paul "First Standard" Replica (2017)Gibson Custom Shop produced 150 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 3 Custombucker
Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Double-Neck (Ebony) (2019)This guitar was used live by Slash during the 'Use Your Illusion' world tour
Gibson USA's Slash Les Paul Standard (November Burst/Appetite Burst/Vermillion Burst) (2020)Manufactured by Gibson USA with Gibson Slash Bucker in it.
Gibson USA's Slash J-45 (November Burst/Vermillion Burst) (2020)J-45 were built by Gibson U.S.A with versatile custom LR Baggs VTC pickup for natural acoustic sound.

Below are some notable Slash signature models from this list with pictures.

1. Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash “Snakepit” Les Paul Standard (1996)

Gibson custom shop produced 100 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pickups in it. After producing the first 50 pieces they later decided to go for 100. Here what Slash says about this guitar “I had Gibson make this for me in 1996 or 1997. It’s got the embossed Slash logo on it and the snake inlay in the neck. It’s a gorgeous guitar. I only have one of those and they are very rare.”

2. Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash Signature Les Paul Standard (2004)

Gibson custom shop produced 1,200 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pickups in it. This guitar has a Piezo pick-up with a switch near the tone knobs. Slash says “That was the main guitar I used when I toured with Velvet Revolver.

3. Gibson USA’s Slash Signature Les Paul Standard (2008)

Gibson U.S.A produced 1600 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pickups in it. This is what Slash says about this guitar “It’s probably one of the best live guitars that I’ve had in a really long time. It’s all the best qualities of Les Pauls rolled into one. All in all, it’s a pretty badass guitar.”

4. Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash “Inspired By” Les Paul Standard (2008)

Gibson custom shop produced 400 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pickups in it. Slash says “This is the replica of the original 1988 Les Paul I had before I beat the hell out of it. It’s sort of a trip for me to see it because it looks actually like the guitar after I had it refinished in 1988.”

5. Gibson USA’s Slash Signature Les Paul Goldtop (2008)

Gibson U.S.A produced 1000 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pick ups in it. “When we did these Goldtops, we took it a little bit further. We redesigned the tone pots so that they wouldn’t diminish volume or presence when you turn them all the way down.” Slash

6. Gibson USA’s Slash “Appetite” Les Paul Standard (2010)

Gibson U.S.A produced 600 units of these Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash pickups in it. This guitar comes with a Slash headstock graphic. “The guitar that I used for Appetite, the Use Your Illusion records, Snakepit and my new record, it’s a replica of that guitar. The sound on Appetite is a very sought-after tone.” Slash

7. Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash “Appetite” Les Paul Standard (2010)

Gibson Custom Shop produced 300 units of these guitar with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash pickups in it. This is the replica of 1959 Les Paul Standard replica built by Kris Derrig, the one that Slash used in the recording sessions.

8. Gibson USA’s Slash “Rosso Corsa” Les Paul Standard (2013)

Gibson USA produced 1,200 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash pickups in it. “It is identical to the old AFD in most respects but it is red. Also, the red color varies from instrument to instrument so no two are exactly alike.” Slash

9. Gibson USA’s Slash “Vermillion” Les Paul Standard (2013)

Gibson USA produced 1200 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash pickups in it. This signature guitar remodeled after Gibson Les Paul AFD with a Vermilion finish.

10. Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash Anaconda Burst Les Paul (Plain Top/Flame Top) (2017)

Gibson Custom Shop produced 25 units of these with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash pickups in it. All the flame top models were signed by Slash himself.

11. Slash Firebird 2017

Gibson Custom Shop produced 25 units of these with  Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Slash pick ups in it. All the white models were signed by Slash.

12. Gibson Custom Shop’s Slash 1966 EDS-1275 Double-Neck (Ebony) (2019

125 units of this were produced by Gibson Custom Shop and all of them are signed by Slash. This is actually the replica of the 1966 EDS-1275 Doubleneck that Slash purchased in 1990 and used during the ‘Use Your Illusion’ world tour.

13. Slash J-45 2020

Manufactured by Gibson USA this guitar has Slash custom C-neck profile and versatile custom LR Baggs VTC pickup for natural acoustic sound.

14. Slash B.C. Rich Mockingbird

Manufactured by B.C. Rich Custom Shop with Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro pickups in it.

How Many Guitar Does Slash Own?

In an interview when he was asked about this he said, he has roughly about 90 to 100 guitars.

Interviewer – Do you collect them?

Slash – I am not actually a collector but I did go through an explosive guitar-buying period in 1991 and I did pick up a lot of instruments at that particular time but as if lately I am not really out in the market.

Wrapping Up

There are lots of other guitars that he used throughout his career that you find here. The guitars that are mentioned above are his main and the most notable ones.

Note – Some of the data and pictures were taken from Equip Board, Slash Paradise and Wikipedia.