How to get Slash’s guitar tone with your smartphone
Have you ever dreamed that you walked into a Guitar Center and bought every gear that Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) uses?
It would cost you thousands of dollars, a small fortune.
We broke down his guitar rig into pieces, analyzed it and we have found a more affordable solution for you, that includes your smartphone.
Android users! Don’t leave! Your phone is compatible too as well as the iPhone…
Let’s start with his signature guitar. He is a well known Gibson Les Paul user. His guitar is loaded with his signature set of Seymour Duncan Pickups (APH-2s). Both are Alnico 2 Humbuckers with moderate output. His guitar tuning is mostly in Eb, half step down from standard E tuning.
The price of that guitar is off the limits for most of us. So we can substitute that Gibson with more affordable Epiphone Les Paul or any single cut LP shaped double humbucker electric guitar. It’s of some importance that the guitar we pick must be slightly smaller than Fender Stratocaster. A Gibson’s scale length is 24.75″ while others such as Ibanez, Fender, ESP are 25.5″. It affects the sound more than you would imagine.
Through the years, Slash has used a few Marshall Amplifiers for his overdriven (dirty) guitar tone. Luckily all of them are derivatives of Marshall JCM 800. The other amps are Marshall Silver Jubilee and his signature Marshall AFD 100. They all have very similar pre-amp section and almost exactly the same tone stack and power-amp section. Either of these amps will get you there.
Yet, all of them were running into the same speaker cab which is a 4×12 Marshall 1960AV cabinet loaded with Celestion Vintage 30s.
Mic’ed up with Shure SM57 dynamic mic and Royer R121 ribbon mic on stage and in the studio.
(We will talk about the amp settings a little later.)
1. We start by downloading it for free if we haven’t already. The best part is, it is cheap and accurate.
2. Launch Deplike
4. Set the knobs according to the “real” one.
You’re set for rhythm tones!