Get the Sound of… Slash

Oct 11, 2016

Which guitar hero or heroine is your idol?

Almost every guitarist picks up their first instrument dreaming of one day playing just like their particular idol, and while that changes as you learn, you’ll never stop wanting to imitate those you think are the greatest.

We’ve had guitarists as diverse in style as Don Alder and “Hurricane” Nita Strauss give workshops in the store just this year, but there are so many great guitarists that as hard as we try and as much as we want to we’ll never get all the way through the list.

In this blog series, we’ll look at a different performer once a month and see what rig they use to get their signature sound.

This month we’re looking at the standout survivor of Guns ‘n’ Roses, a man whose most recent projects resemble nothing so much as one-shot supergroups, the Top Hat himself, Slash.


Slash’s recent work features no fewer than four custom Gibson Les Pauls. His strings are Ernie Ball Coated Power Slinkies with Seymour Duncan Alnico II pickups, with standard tuning dropped down half a step.


The only pedal onstage is a Dunlop Cry Baby, with Monster Rock cables connecting. His primary pedal board is operated offstage by a trusted guitar tech, and features a second Dunlop Cry Baby (and a Cry Baby Q Zone) as well as a Boss DD-3 Digital Delay and a bevy of MXR effects, including the Slash Octa/Fuzz prototype, an M135 Smart Gage, the Phase 90 Script, CAE MC-401 Boost Line Driver, M134 Stereo Chorus, and the M159 Stereo Tremolo.

No wonder he leaves this one to a second operator!

Heads, Stacks & Tuners

Slash uses a Peterson Autostrobe 490 tuner with his Marshall 2555 Silver Jubilee head for clean sounds and a Marshall Slash Signature for dirty sounds. These are backed by Marshall 1960 stacks loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s.



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