Review: Epiphone Limited Edition Slash “Appetite” Les Paul Standard

The Epiphone Limited Edition Slash “Appetite” Les Paul Standard is one bad ass axe!

The Epiphone Company is a musical instrument manufacturer founded in 1873 by Anastasios Stathopoulos. Epiphone was bought by Chicago Music Company, who also owned Gibson Guitar Corporation, in 1957. Epiphone was Gibson’s main rival in the archtop market. Their professional archtops, including the Emperor, Deluxe, Broadway and Triumph, rivaled (and some contend surpassed) those of Gibson.

OFF THE RACK

Most of the signature guitars that you find today are super expensive and often have to be pre-ordered. The Epiphone Limited Edition Slash “Appetite” Les Paul Standard on the other hand is a bit more affordable. Now this axe isn’t the same as Slash’s Gibson Signature model in that it’s not a Gold Top, nor is it $4,000! I was curious to see what the difference in quality would be since it still has Slash’s name on it. Right away it felt like a Les Paul, on the heavy side and with beefy tone. The neck feels great, much like the early Gibson necks. The tone is pretty damn close to the Slash Gibson Signature Model. The signature Seymour Duncan Slash pickups have a great deal to do with that. This axe stays in tune perfectly. In fact, I only tuned it once the entire time I played it, got to love that! This axe feels and plays like a Gibson Les Paul it was hard to tell the difference. The Epiphone Slash Signature is a hair lighter then a Gibson Les Paul. The tone of the Slash Signature is very mid-heavy, with just the right amount of bass. The highs are well balanced and it solo’s very nicely.

THE SPECS

  • Mahogany body
  • Carved hard maple top with AAA flamed maple veneer
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Glues Deep-set mahogany neck with Rounded ’60s D Slash neck profile
  • 24-3/4″ scale length
  • 1-11/16″ nut width
  • 12″ fretboard radius
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • 22 nickel frets
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • Seymour Duncan Slash Signature Alnico-II Pro humbuckers
  • 2 volume controls, 2 tones, 3-way toggle switch
  • Bridge and neck tone controls with special Sprague Orange Drop capacitors selected by Slash for vintage tone
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge/stopbar tailpiece and straplocks
  • Kluson-style tuners
  • Single-ply cream binding on top
  • Includes custom hardshell case, hand-signed certificate in binder, and 12 Slash picks

THE LOW DOWN

The Epiphone Limited Edition Slash “Appetite” Les Paul Standard is a great guitar in every way. The guitar feels great and has that classic crunch tone, perfect for classic rock or metal. The strap locks come in very handy as well as the signature hardshell case. The factory set up of this guitar was superb in that it stays in tune with impeccable precision. Run this axe through a Marshall JCM900 and you’ll find that this guitar kicks some serious ASS! It has everything that you’ll need to rock out… like the man himself. Check one out for yourself and you’ll probably be very pleasantly surprised.

Pros: Tuning is perfect, great classic rock tone, sleek look, case included, fair price, strap locks, 60’s style deep neck.

Cons: N/A

MSRP: $900 – $999

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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