Who knew one man could bring back good time rock ‘n’ roll?
The man known as Slash arrived in 1988 coated in leather with a low-slung Les Paul, a top hate and an iconic cigarette to boot; Rock music was about to get a shot in the arm. Armed with the classic LP-Marshall combo Slash created simple yet solidly executed riffs and crafted vocal-like guitar solo’s that are still revered today – some 20 years later. His style was the perfect blend of an earthy-bluesy core with rough, brash edges and his sharp, quick vibrato added a familiarity to his already signature phrasing. They key is image as well as style and technique.
Slash’s first ‘real’ guitar was a hand-built Les Paul replica combined with a Marshall JCM 800; the tone was warm and round with plenty of grit and grind to get the job done. Not as gainheavy as some would think; whatever you think you should have… back it off a little.
In between those stalwarts of rock is a very sparse pedal board, but the most important one on the board is without a doubt a wah wah pedal; The most individual and vocal pedal accessible to guitarists. Slash uses it to fantastic effect in solo’s such as ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘You Could Be Mine’. He has a signature model with Jim Dunlop effects. The other 2 pedals on the board are a Boost pedal to push the amp a?little harder for solo sections, and a chorus pedal for clean passages.
Slash liked to take his clean and dirty sounds from his amp and use very sparse effects to ‘colour in’ so to speak.