Iconic Guitars

Vintage guitars, re-issues and relics found on the web or in stores

Friday, 5 February 2010

Aged Slash Les Paul (Appetite Tour) by Gibson Custom Shop / Tom Murphy

The new Slash "Appetite / Derrig" Les Paul which is expected pretty soon is setting the blogosphere and twittosphere on fire. But while you wait for its release, .

Only 100 were produced (this is #86) and they look exactly like the one Slash used for the tour that set Guns n' Roses on the map of Rock n' Roll. Completely battered out, with more scars, dings, cigarette burns and buckle rash than an 80's GnR groupie.

I own a similar VOS model and it rocks your socks and your next door neighbor's socks off. Heavy stuff. Shoot vodka bottoms up, hit a loud A chord and have your eyes pop out.

And go rob a bank, because that baby is worth a nifty $9,800 - you have the option of making an offer...

Gibson Custom Shop Slash Les Paul, Aged

Check out this Gibson Custom Shop SLASH Les Paul, Tom Murphy-Aged

Sunday, 31 January 2010

100th Post! My fav' auctions of the moment

Here's a milestone. My 100th post on Iconic Guitars. I've not been posting as regularly as I would like so I guess I should have reached it long ago.

But, let's celebrate anyhow. And what better way than giving you my list of favorite guitars on auction on eBay at the moment - straight from my "watching list". Here we go:

Watch the slideshow below for all these auctions:

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Another nice Starfire, by Guild pre 1967

I have covered quite a number of Guild Starfire in the past.

Another nice example today of the fine Guild from the 60's: a At $2,500 "buy it now" but you can make an offer (try $2,000 - $2,200, you never know).

Monday, 18 January 2010

Slash and the Apetite Les Paul prototype at NAMM

If like me you couldn't be at NAMM, here is a picture of Slash and a prototype of the much anticipated "Apetite for Destruction" Les Paul reissue. I would guess that this is the Gibson USA model and that the previous "sneak peak" was the Custom Shop version based on the colors (softer look for the Custom Shop).

All the details about the new Slash Les Paul here.

A decent shot of the prototype LP at NAMM. on Twitpic

If you're interested by previous Slash models, have a look on eBay.

Friday, 15 January 2010

New Slash 2010 Appetite Les Paul Guitar

Gibson just released a preview of the new Slash signature Les Paul on their blog to announce the sneak peak they will host at NAMM this Saturday (with Slash himself visiting at 3.30pm if you're around).
They are confirming what we knew (see previous post): it's "inspired by the axe that the legendary Guns and Roses guitar hero played on the multi-platinum selling “Appetite for Destruction” album and practically every recording since".

It's gonna be out soon. Like the Slash model released in 2008, there will be different versions to cater to every wallet: the Slash “Appetite for Destruction" Les Paul "will be released in the coming weeks in limited quantities from Gibson USA, Gibson Custom Division and from Epiphone."

It really looks like the Derrig replica that Slash owns (as shown on the left), very figured top, only in less orangey -which is a good thing, this is not the 80s anymore. I am a big fan of the zebra-pickups look.

One thing to notice is that the Slash model will have Slash's "smoking skull" signature on the head which I am not a big fan of. That being said, I am guessing this is only on the Gibson USA and Epiphone models. I imagine the Custom Shop version won't have it and will look like the real deal therefore.

My 2008 Custom Shop Slash Signature has the classic "Les Paul model" peghead with the regular "Standard" trussrod cover. That's how it should be.

Gibson has also released the official specs:
  • Traditional style weight relief Mahogany body with AAA Figured Maple top
  • Unique neck profile made for Slash features rounded 60’s shape
  • Rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid inlays
  • Un-burst top with faded cherry back lacquer finish
  • Slash signature smoking skull with top hat artwork for peghead face
  • New Seymour Duncan Slash Signature Alnico II pickups
  • Special capacitors selected by Slash for vintage tone
  • Tone Pro hardware with historic machine heads, locking bridge and tailpiece
I'm now awaiting the price for this new iconic guitar to see if I'm going to complete my Slash Signature collection.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Cheap Dream Vintage: 1977 Gibson Les Paul Special Double Cut

If you've been following this blog for some time, you know one of my favorite guitars is the Gibson Les Paul Special. I covered that model several times: stacking it against the Les Paul Studio, checking the Bob Marley reissue, chasing red-sparkle finishes...

I'm especially fan of the double cutaway versions - I bought one for my daughter when she was born 2 years ago when Gibson has reissued those for cheap.

And I love vintage models with a soft spot for 1977 runs (my year of birth).

So this guitar I found yesterday on eBay combines them all! . It seems in good condition and the bids have not yet taken off (it's still under the reserve price as of writing). So maybe there is a good deal here to be had.

>> More vintage Gibson Les Paul Special on eBay

Eric Clapton Crashocaster by Fender Custom Shop

Not sure what to make of auctioned on eBay.
It is painted like Clapton's number 2 strat by Crash (the artist) but it isn't matching the details given by Crash about the series of Custom Shop guitars he painted:

He painted Clapton #2 in 2002. I guess this guitar is still with Clapton.

Original Crash-2. Painted by CRASH for Clapton in 2002.

Then in 2004 he painted a limited seried of 50 guitars for Fender, each with a unique design (+1 for his friend John Mayer). Those have Crash's signature engraved on the neckplate and masterbuilder Todd Krause's signature stamped on the back of the headstock.

The strat currently auctioned on eBay doesn't have these signatures and was produced in 2005. But it has the marks of a true Clapton model by the Custom Shop (serial number + decals on the back of the headstock). So, I'm not sure if that's a copy painted by the Custom Shop, by Crash or by any other copycat artist for a custom client. Maybe it's some sort of reissue...

What's odd too is that "while the 50 Custom Shop Crashocasters feature specifications similar to the Eric Clapton Signature model, they are not EC Signature guitars." So this odd "crashocaster" is definitely not from that run.

You sometimes see on eBay basic strats with the odd or truly horrible paintjob that tries to emulate Clapton's Number 3 Crashocaster (the most famous, also know as "over the rainbow"). But this guitar is in a different league and looks like the real deal.

Anyway, it's going for $1,525 (reserve not met) as of writing. So maybe you can get a good deal on a Fender Custom Shop Eric Clapton model (those are worth double that!) and get this unique finish on top of it.