Update: The Epiphone Slash Les Paul Gold Top is now available, in-store only, from Amazon.com. You can find it here
Epiphone has announced the introduction of its second Slash signature Les Paul, the Slash Les Paul Gold Top.
Like the Slash Les Paul Standard Plus Top, the Goldtop was designed and built in collaboration with the Guns n Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist and is limited to only 2, 000 units worldwide.
Highlights of the Slash Les Paul Gold Top include the same Slash custom neck as the Plus Top, profiled from the neck on Slash’s own Les Paul, a pair of Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II pick-ups, and a Locktone Tune-o-matic bridgae and tailpiece. There’s also vintage nickel hardware, classic tulip tuning pegs, and a custom Slash truss rod cover.
The body is solid mahogany with a grade-A maple top, the glued on mahogany neck has a long-neck tenon which was originally found on early Les Pauls from the 1950s and 1960s. As well as giving extra strength to the neck, the long-neck tenon provides more ‘wood to wood contact’ between neck and body which gives longer sustain and a sweeter tone, according to Epiphone.
The Goldtop is the same as that introduced on the original Les Paul in 1952. Achieving the finish involves one coat of primer, two coats of gold paint, and four coats of polyurethane, applied over nine days.
Each Slash Les Paul Goldtop comes with a hardshell case with Slash logo, a certificate of authenticity signed by Slash, a laser-cell print of Slash, both of which are presented in a leatherette booklet, a leather metal-studded strap, and 24 Slash picks.Gibson 1957 Les Paul Goldtop VOS Electric Guitar, Antique Gold