Growing up, Slash aspired to perform the guitar like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.

The Guns N’ Roses guitarist has admitted that watching guitar greats like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Rolling Stone Keith Richards play the revered instrument inspired him to take up the Les Paul.

The “Welcome to the Jungle” rocker still considers Zeppelin’s album “Zeppelin II” to be “one of the coolest records ever made,” having heard their 1976 hit “Whole Lotta Love” when he was just seven years old.

He stated: “There were a few guys who influenced me when it came to playing Les Pauls,” in the April issue of Total Guitar magazine.

I’d seen Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, and Eric Clapton all handling them. There were many performers using those guitars who had fantastic sounds.

“When I was seven years old, I clearly recall hearing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ from ‘Led Zeppelin II. And I credited the Les Paul with creating that sound, which I thought came from the coolest album I had ever heard at the time. I still think it’s one of the coolest records ever produced today. Additionally, I recognized the guitar as a Les Paul because I had seen images of Jimmy Page playing one; consequently, I connected the Les Paul with that particular sound.

Looking back, I believe that association was fairly correct. I was therefore aware of my attraction to the Les Paul’s tone. and and and the one with the and and the one with the…… I experimented with a wide range of guitars to hear how they all sound and try out various tones. In the end, I returned to the Les Paul, and I’ve been using it ever since.


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