1996 / 1997 - Gibson Custom Slash Les Paul
- Gibson MSRP: about $5000
- Limited: 100 pieces
- Model Name: LP SLASH
- shape: ’59 Les Paul Standard
- construction: set neck
- neck: mahogany
- body: mahogany with maple top, cream white binding
- fingerboard: rosewood, Dunlop 6100 jumbo 22 frets, 24 3/4" scale, Trapezoid inlays, cream white binding
- electronics: Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro 2, Amber knobs, 2 volumes, 2 tones, toggle 3 way selector
- hardware: Chrome Stop Bar bridge & tailpiece
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: Gibson Logo with Slash chrome truss rod cover
-- back of headstock: Gibson standard 9 digits serial number "SL XXX" printed in black
- colors and other features: cranberry
- notes: This guitar was made by Gibson on Slash’s own demand. It features cranberry finish with Slash’s Snakepit logo, snake inlay across the whole fretboard, and two Alnico Pro II humbuckers. Slash get the first four including the prototype, the only one with the carving on the body turned 90 degrees to be viewed right side up when displayed on a guitar stand. In 1998 Slash's studio was broken into and his guitars were stolen, including 3 of them (also the "Snakepit" prototype). Today Slash has only one of them. These guitars are by far the rarest and most collectible of any of the Slash Signature Les Pauls.
Slash: "I had Gibson make this for in 1996 or 1997. It was the Snakepit guitar and 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're very rare. This is one of the best-off guitars that I've been involved with. There weren't a whole bunch of them made. Right when it came out of the case it had a really good, aggressive rock and roll sound. I still use it very so often. I'll take it out on tour, and I use it for slide a lot, so I keep the action up a little bit more. Basically I keep the action medium so that if I need to play slide, it's set up that way, but if I use it for regular fretting, it won't be so obnoxious that I can't use it."
PICS OF SLASH'S ORIGINAL SNAKEPIT
First two pics shown the prototype stolen from Slash's house.