Gibson Salutes Slash with Signature Les Paul Guitars and YouTube Contest

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Gibson is proud to introduce three limited edition Slash Les Paul guitar models -- one each from Gibson USA, Gibson Custom Shop, and Epiphone -- made in close cooperation with the brilliant guitarist behind Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver. As part of the introduction, Gibson Guitars salutes Slash with the launch of the 'Gimme That Cool Slash Les Paul Gibson' YouTube video contest.

Gibson is proud to introduce three limited edition Slash Les Paul guitar models -- one each from Gibson USA, Gibson Custom Shop, and Epiphone -- made in close cooperation with the brilliant guitarist behind Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver and available at dealers worldwide on April 1, 2008.

In tandem with the debut of Slash's signature Les Paul guitar models, Gibson has launched a user-friendly microsite, http://www.gibson.com/slash/, that includes detailed Slash Les Paul guitar specs and information, guitar photo galleries and 360 degree imagery, exclusive interviews with Slash and some of the web's most comprehensive editorial content celebrating the life and music of Slash.

Also, giving Slash fans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a Gibson Custom Shop Slash Signature Vintage Original Spec guitar, valued at $5,880 MSRP, is the 'Gimme That Cool Slash Les Paul Gibson YouTube Guitar Video Contest'. Fans are encouraged to make and submit an original, Slash-related video that lets Gibson and Slash know how much they love him, how bad they want to win a Slash signature Les Paul guitar, and why they deserve it more than anybody else. Videos should be uploaded onto YouTube and then submitted on the contest page of the Slash mircrosite: http://www.gibson.com/slash/videocontest/.

Crafted of a solid mahogany body and maple top, and equipped with Slash's favorite Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro humbuckers and a specially commissioned neck profile, Slash's three signature Les Paul guitar models are Gibson's tribute to the iconic guitarist and the guitars he has used exclusively throughout his incredible career. Each model is distinguished by details that Slash himself specified. The USA Slash Signature Les Paul Standard has an Antique Vintage Sunburst finish and Slash's skull and crossbones, top hat logo, and signature on the headstock, and the Custom Shop Slash Signature Vintage Original Spec guitar comes gently aged with a Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish that mimics Slash's favorite Les Paul as it was in 1988, the year he received it from Gibson. The Epiphone Slash Signature Plus Top guitar comes with a Dark Tobacco Burst finish and the new LockTone Stopbar/Tune-o-matic system, which adds 20 percent more sustain and secures the bridge and the tailpiece to the guitar even without strings.

Press can download hi-res guitar images of each model at http://www.gibson.com/press.

About Gibson Guitar:
Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson's HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar and the Gibson Robot Guitar represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Gibson Baldwin Music Education, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson's website at http://www.gibson.com or http://www.gibson.com/press.

About Epiphone:
Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality and value. One of Gibson's most formidable competitors through the first half of the 20th century, Epiphone was acquired by Gibson in 1957. Headquartered in Nashville, Epiphone is part of the Gibson family of brands that includes Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. For more information on Epiphone go to http://www.epiphone.com.

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