1989 - Gibson Custom Les Paul
- Gibson MSRP: -
- Limited: 4 pieces - No production release, made only for Slash by J.T. Riboloff of the Gibson Custom Shop.
- Model Name: SLASH
- shape: ’59 Les Paul Standard
- construction: set neck
- neck: mahogany
- body: mahogany with maple top, Yellow Binding
- fingerboard: rosewood, Dunlop 6100 jumbo 22 frets, 24 3/4" scale, Trapezoid inlays, Yellow Binding
- electronics: Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro 2 humbuckers, Amber knobs, 2 volumes, 2 tones, toggle 3 way selector
- hardware: Black Hardware Stop Bar bridge & tailpiece, black chrome Schaller M6’s with Kluson-style buttons
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: Gibson Logo with Slash chrome truss rod cover
-- back of headstock: Serial N.:
1) #72365 RED with Slash's birthday serial number → now at London "Hard Rock Cafè"?2) #72389 RED with Roland GK-2A → Still in Slash's hands?3) #????? ORANGE → Still in Slash's hands?4) #????? RED was given to Dennis Robbins → Still have it?
- colors and other features: no pickguard, no pickup covers
- notes: The very first Gibson Custom made only for Slash by J.T. Riboloff of the Gibson Custom Shop, no production release.
Aside from a thinner neck, it’s essentially a copy of a ’59 Les Paul Standard. Slash ordered the guitar and its three mates after attending a NAMM show and seeing a thin-necked ’59 replica that Riboloff made for guitarist/Marshall amplifier artist rep Richie Fliegler. The all black hardware and screaming yellow binding were Slash’s ideas. The tuning machines are specially made black chrome Schaller M6’s with Kluson-style buttons. Other personalized features are Dunlop 6100 jumbo frets and a “stripped” look – no pickup covers or pickguard – that shows of the guitar’s figured Western maple top. Considerable hand antiquing went into areas like the binding, says J.T. “I even put the old Holly veneer on the headstock – like Gibson used to use in the old days.”
Future collectors take note, the serial numbers on all four instruments make them easy to identify:
"I used real oddball stuff, like transitional numbers and X's, and one of the serial numbers is Slash's birthday." (J.T. Riboloff) [07-23-1965 --> 72365]
It is unknown how many or which serials are still in Slash possession.