As reported last week, the Epiphone Slash Collection is officially out today. It comprises of a range of relatively affordable models for fans of the cat in the hat! So if you wanted a Slash Collection model, but couldn’t afford the full-on made-in-USA versions, this is your chance!
Epiphone Slash Collection
The new Epiphone Slash Collection is aimed squarely at Slash’s fanbase and is centred on the more affordable end of the scale. Though I doubt you will ever see the Guns n’ Roses guitarist playing any of these models live, which is a pity. Still, it is good to see him put his ‘signature’ model into the hands of fans that haven’t got deep enough pockets for the American-built Gibson versions.
We pretty much knew what was coming as the guitars had already been shared on Slash’s Instagram account. Gibson also announced the models at the NAMM Show last week in Nashville.
The Epiphone Slash Collection Les Paul Standard is available in Appetite Burst, November Burst, Anaconda Burst, Vermillion Burst, and a “Victoria” Les Paul Standard Metallic Goldtop. There are also the Slash J-45 acoustic models, which come in Vermillion Burst or November Burst.
The Les Pauls feature AAA flame maple veneers for the maple caps on their see-through tops, along with a mahogany body and C-shaped neck. Hardware includes an Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stop Bar tailpiece, and a Graph Tech nut. The pickups are a set of the Epiphone Custom ProBucker pickups, with Orange Drop capacitors and CTS pots.
The Slash Collection J-45 has a solid mahogany back and sides, and a solid Sitka spruce top with a ’50s-style pickguard. You also get a set of Grover Rotomatic tuners, a Graph Tech TUSQ nut and saddle, a C-shaped neck profile and a 16″ fretboard radius. It comes factory fitted with an LR Baggs VTC preamp and under-saddle pickup.
Both the solidbody and acoustic models are the same list price of €899 each, so a good way under a grand. But they are still relatively expensive, so it feels like a Slash-tax is in there somewhere. For a little more, you could potentially get a USA made guitar. Or get a non-Slash branded Epiphone for a lot less. My guess is that you will need to be a fan to want one of these.
RRP – EUR 899
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