Slash Goldtop review by Gibson

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 9 (64 votes)
Gibson: Slash Goldtop
6

Price paid: $ 2200

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 10
This baby rocks so hard for just about everything, it sounds really wierdly cool in really low tunings, because of the low-output humbuckers, but I usually play Rock N' Roll, and a lot of Guns N' Roses, because it sounds just like that Slash tone on all his albums, I'm playing through an early 80's Marshall 5210 (it's solid state but kicks some cheap tube butt) 50 watt combo amp. The guitar has a nice thick, warm, but still bite-your-ass tone, those Seymour Duncans keep it under control. The cleans are nice and warm but still bright enough to keep it out of the mud. Dirty they just rip, so thick and juicy and... ahhhh... it's hard not to play this guitar at all hours of the day. The pickups can go from a close SRV tone (neck volume and tone both full, and attack hard!!! ) I use 11 gauge strings, as I believe that Les Pauls need the thick strings to help that thick sound along, and with the neck pickup at volume full, tone rolled back all the way, it's a nice November Rain-esque tone. It's VERY nice. Bridge pickup volume, tone full sounds so raw and dirty like the Appetite For Destruction tone, it KILLS! But honestly, work with it and you can get whatever sound you like.

Overall Impression — 10
Rock and f-ing roll baby! This guitar just screams it, just like the man Who it was inspired by. Slash is my Idol, my main inspiration, and I swear, he has to be my real father too lol. I have been playing 3 years now and Angus Young and Slash have kept me going the whole time. I own a crappy Washburn that was my first guitar, a Jackson RR3 Rhoads with EMG 81/85 pickups that I now pretty much hate after hearing my new axe. I'm not an effects kind of guy, so I have a wah pedal and a talkbox. Slash signature guitar, Slash Wah, and I really want a Slash amp, but that's too far. I'm not Slash, and I know it. I'm just heavily influenced and like the same gear as him. So when I bought it, I asked ALL the questions that I could think of, so I thought I had a pretty good idea of how this guitar would feel and play like. It blew me away. If somehow it got away from me, I would kill to get it back, or at least search high and low for another one. I just love it, but it would probably be pretty hard to get my hands on another one, being that there are only 1000 out there. I love that too, for the exclusivity. I also was told that I am the ONLY person in Oregon with my guitar, because all the other ones were shipped out of state. I just love my guitar! I compared it to all the other Les Pauls that I have ever played and this one kicked everything else's butts. Playability, unique-ness, the Slash name on it, they all had a profound influence on my dropping so much money for a guitar. Most kids my age don't spend that much on a car!

Reliability & Durability — 9
Without a doubt in my mind, this guitar could keep up with any Live rig, and after being to a couple of local shows, I noticed that just my guitar is more expensive than the whole band's setup. That is really sad to me. The hardware is professional quality, but I didn't feel comfortable with just strap buttons, as I said before, so they are Schaller strap locks now. I now depend on it like it is a life and death issue, and it hasn't put me to death yet. I would use this at a gig with no backup, but you know, there's different sounding guitars for different styles of music, so I would probably bring some different guitars if I were playing a variety of music, even though this is pretty versatile on it's own. The finish is cool, I am waiting for when it gets an aged, distressed look though, I think it should look awesome. A lot of my friends give me crap because I have a bunch of buckle rash on the back, because I play standing up like everyone should if they ever plan on playing on stage! I don't care what they say, it just makes it more of MY guitar. I'm not worried about resale value, I am NOT planning on selling this baby. I guess this is a personal preference thing, just like everything else in this review, but whatever.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This was one of the first guitars to come out of the Gibson factory with the Plek'd setup, and wow. That's all I have to say. It was set up just PERFECTLY! I haven't messed with anything yet, except tuning (1/2 step down for the 11's, to keep the tension right) The action is pretty low, just low enough to play easy and not have any buzzing. The pickups are at good heights, the neck pickup is flush with the body, and the bridge pickup is up closer to the strings for more tonal difference. I think the only thing that I found to be disappointing was that there was some dirt in the corner of the neck and the neck pickup, which was really hard to clean out, but it just got dirty again, so I don't worry about it anymore.

Features — 9
Ah I chose to work all summer at the right time! I was saving up for a Les Paul, had ALMOST chose a new Traditional, but then I saw that there was a Slash Goldtop coming out... So I did the right thing and waited for a month to get this beaut. Brand New, they let me open the box. It was the coolest thing ever! Now down to the nitty gritty. This guitar is a 2008 model, 1 of 1000. It doesn't tell you what number though, I'll have to look it up sometime. Gibson means made in the USA though, so build quality is top notch! 22 frets, rosewood fretboard over a mahogany neck, mahogany body with maple top. That Nitro finish is amazing! The bridge rocks, a Tonepros Tune-O-Matic TP6, just perfect. It's got the amazing sounding Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro's, bridge and neck. They sound just incredible. There are 2 volume knobs, 2 tone knobs, and the neck pickup tone knob has a special circuit that makes it not lose tone or volume when rolled back to the "woman tone" that Slash uses so much. The tuners are just the Standard tuners (green key) that Gibson uses on most higher end guitars nowadays, so that's ok, they are nice, stay in tune for the most part. I changed out the strap holders for Schaller locks, I just didn't want to risk droppig This Girl. It also came with the case, very nice, white velvet, Slash's charicture on the front, Certificate of Authenticity (hand signed by Slash!), it had a bag of humidifying stuff, it's still in the case, no strap or top hat though, it's no Epiphone =] but I had my mind set on another strap anyways, big leather one with metal bullets =] so all in all, I have put more than $2300 USD on this guitar. Oh, and I love it so much that I named it. Kayla.

36 comments sorted by best / new / date

    digman50
    first!!! love this guitar so wish i could afford one maybe one day....
    Thrash_fire666
    Wow i Cant stand the body style. guitars should be sharp and catch your eye this one is just blah!
    dorey15
    probably a nice guitar but wouldnt buy it on a few levels. 1: i dont like slash. 2: its nothing more than a brand new les paul standard with slash sig head stock. 3: My gibson faded 3 pickup flying v is better.
    ANTHONYLBEST
    I played one of these and thought it was very nice. However for similar money a PRS Singlecut blows it out of the water. After playing a singlecut every gibson I touched felt so stiff.
    Metalfreak777
    Nightmare4560 wrote: drag00nlanc3r wrote: wow slashs shit signature lol nothing mich different from a standard paint pickups mayb bridge still a piece of shit get a ibanez!!!!! what you on about "get an ibanez"... they suck tbh . go back t music school and learn what the best guitars are , most defo this one.
    well it's a decent guitar, apart from the colour and tone and o yea, the neck(yes that is everything about it).....they suck, i'd recommend an ibanez, and before you go and cry at me tellin me to go back to music school, i couldn't achieve a higher music grade if i wanted....they only go up to 8.... gibsons overall are crap guitars that all play eactly the same regardless if they are les pauls sg's or whatever, being hponest ive played better low range epiphones squiers and encores....
    Nightmare4560
    drag00nlanc3r wrote: wow slashs shit signature lol nothing mich different from a standard paint pickups mayb bridge still a piece of shit get a ibanez!!!!!
    what you on about "get an ibanez"... they suck tbh . go back t music school and learn what the best guitars are , most defo this one.
    V/H
    Nice but i'm not the kind of person to spend so much money on other peoples styles even if it's slashes custom guitar. I would rather have my own style of guitar. like my guitar is a black B.C. Rich how many famous guitar players use those compaired to les pauls. Marshall amps everyone uses those but they're just awsome.
    CrazyJet
    I love this! Looks amazing, and be a good investment seen as theres only 1000. But I'm wondering, This Goldtop, or a ESP EC 1000. I already have a kirk Hammet 202, so I think the EC would be a bit too simmilar. Thoughts?
    Humanbean
    Im sorry if i dont understand why this thing is so special its a Goldtop Les Paul with a stamp ya its a pretty nice guitar but $2200. wow thats a pain in the ass.
    tristan_deity
    rock.meet Slash wrote: guitarlad89 wrote: Who the **** names a guitar Kayla.....seriously i named it after my best friend.
    I just bought my first Gibson (SG special, faded) and i called it michelle after the guns n roses song. 'My michelle' was acctually recorded on an sg rather than slashes usual lp for anyone who didnt know.
    killeraxeboy
    Ok just calm down with Ibanez and Gibson they're both great it just depends on the style you play. I love the look of this guitar but would rather buy the Les Paul Custom 57 Goldtop: I don't want to have Slash's signature and setup on my guitar even though i do think he's a god, this is for wannabe rock stars that don't have thier own style.
    drag00nlanc3r
    wow slashs shit signature lol nothing mich different from a standard paint pickups mayb bridge still a piece of shit get a ibanez!!!!!
    rock.meet Slash
    guitarlad89 wrote: Who the **** names a guitar Kayla.....seriously
    i named it after my best friend.
    xdsx43
    Not a big fan of the knobs. other from that, it looks amazing.
    Kneusje
    To be honest, I HATE the way it looks too. That said, I'd sell my mother for one.
    Blas3
    Nice review but a bit over the edge of enthusiasm, so it becomes subjective. And that's not a good point ...
    Tele Echoes
    Rosewood fretboard;really? No ebony??? Sounds like a nice guitar. Personally, if I was spending that kind of paper, I'd have purchased a nice ES335
    cukd7x-a2-
    to find what number t is find the serial numbers specific to that edition, and then the numbers in the xxxx position if you find the spec sheet, you can see what the serial number for the model is most likely the last 4 numbers is the number yours was
    Slasherman
    I chosed to work 6 months for this, my father was really concerned about spending so much on a guitar. But it was worth it, no doubt! Is it Slash' real sign on the Certificate of autenticity? Anyone know?
    drag00nlanc3r
    Nightmare4560 wrote: drag00nlanc3r wrote: wow slashs shit signature lol nothing mich different from a standard paint pickups mayb bridge still a piece of shit get a ibanez!!!!! what you on about "get an ibanez"... they suck tbh . go back t music school and learn what the best guitars are , most defo this one.
    lol what music school u come from like the one with no funding and hobos for teachers lol gibson guitars have no versitility u can whammy on a shit heap like a sg or lp unless they make a new model with a floyd rose still not theirs ibanez is better a rg is equipped with far better stuff that a ****ed up gibson wake up homo