FIRST LOOK: Epiphone's new Slash Les Paul

We get our mitts on the Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver star's new signature axe

The Epiphone Slash Les Paul in its smart hard case

MusicRadar recently ran a story about a series of new Slash signature Les Pauls from Gibson, developed in collaboration with the former Guns N´ Roses and current Velvet Revolver lead guitarist.

While you´ll have to wait until 1 April to get to grips with the new models in stores, the Epiphone version arrived at MusicRadar HQ today and we couldn´t resist giving you a sneak preview.

As you can see from the picture, this is a seriously classy Epiphone with an abundance of high-end features such as Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II humbuckers, a vintage-style long neck tenon and a new LockTone bridge that is secure even without strings attached.

So, let´s cut to the chase and hear this Dark Tobacco Burst bad boy in action.

Here´s a clip we recorded with a nice juicy rhythm sound courtesy of the 1993 Solo 100 head amp model in Line 6´s GearBox software plug-in:

Here´s the same rhythm part with some lazy lead playing on top of it. We used the same amp model, with a little extra gain and ambience:

The Epiphone is set to retail at $1464 stateside, with the UK RRP currently TBC. Check out Gibson´s dedicated site, which has information on all of the forthcoming Slash signature instruments.

For an in-depth review, be sure to check out Guitarist Magazine's May issue, on sale 10 April.