Nothing pierces through a summer night like the opening licks of "Sweet Child Of Mine", not fireworks, not lasers but Slash holding a Gibson guitar. And the company knows Slash is one of their most important brand ambassadors. He's the consummate influencer without the pretense, the duck lips, or the filters. Cause he's mf'in Slash. And with the top hatted pulsing heart of GnR bashing his way across the country in medium sized venues with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, I'm getting more excited every day for that show at The Fillmore. Now Slash is the inspiration for The Slash Les Paul Standard Limited 4 in delicious Translucent Cherry with his signature scrawled on the face of it. It's all in celebration of the new album, '4' which someone pointed out is the shortest title for the longest band name on the artwork, but that's so Slash. The company only made 250, so it's probably already too late to grab one up, but there are plenty of alt-Slash Gibsons to choose from. BTW, I must've missed a few Guitar Player Mags last Summer where Gibson revealed they were launching Gibson Records. The album '4' is on that label. Only took 'em 120 years to finally merge those two completely obvious moves, a record company to go with all the great guitarists they've armed with axes all these years since they founded their first guitarworks in Kalamazoo in 1902. What stands on that hallowed ground now in K-Zoo is Heritage Guitars and if you're looking for an adventure, they give tours of the building where it all started. Take the train and make it a thing.