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Legendary rock guitarist Slash joined Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates on stage at the 2008 International CES pre-show keynote address Sunday last week...
Ex- Guns'N'Roses / Velvet Revolver Guitarist Slash stole the show at the International CES 2008 - an event that highlights the industry predictions for future consumer technology industry.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates presented a lighthearted 12th and final keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas on Sunday. After speculating on the future of technology—Gates predicted that high-definition screens on everything from televisions to cell phones will be all the rage, as will "natural user interfaces" like touch screens and voice-recognition software—Gates screened a mockumentary about what his last day might be like when he retires from Microsoft this summer. To cap off the keynote speech, Microsoft Entertainment and Device Div. President Robert Bach challenged Gates to a game of Guitar Hero III. Bach invited out the reigning Guitar Hero title holder to play Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle," while Gates invited out none other than Slash to play the real deal on his Les Paul!
His timely appearance coincides with the release of his new signature model by Epiphone (left), announced last year and finally arriving in the shops now.
The new Epiphone Slash Les Paul starts with all the basic features of an LP including a solid Mahogany body with a highlyfi gured, fl ame Maple top and glued-in Mahogany neck. Standard equipment now on most Epiphone models is the new LockTone™ stopbar/tune-o-matic system that secures the bridge and tailpiece to the guitar even without strings while adding as much as 20% more sustain. Unique to the Slash LP are features that set it apart from the rest. First, the neck joint uses a long neck tenon typically found on late-1950’s Les Pauls. Extending well into the neck pickup cavity, this provides more strength, more wood-to-wood contact and ultimately, more tone and sustain.
Long neck tenon extends well into the neck pickup cavity for added strength, tone and sustain. Next, the “Slash Custom” neck profi le or shape is patterned after Slash’s original Les Paul and his choice of pickups are two Seymour Duncan™ Alnico Pro-II open-coil humbuckers. Finally, the guitar features a Dark Tobacco Burst fi nish, nickel hardware and machine heads with vintage “tulip” buttons.
If you want a serious instrument that’s worthy of Slash’s endorsement, the new Epiphone Slash Les Paul is for you.
- Finish: Dark Tobacco Sunburst (TS)
- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Flame Maple
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Profile: Slash-Profi le, gloss fi nish
- Neck Joint: Glued-In, Long Neck Tenon
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Scale: 24-3/4”
- Nut Width: 1-11/16”
- N Pickup: Seymour Duncan™ Alnico Pro-II-N
- B Pickup: Seymour Duncan™ Alnico Pro-II-B
- Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
- Tailpiece: LockTone™ Stopbar
- Controls: 2-Volume, 2-Tone, 1-Three Way Toggle
- Hardware: Nickel