The legendary guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, and considered as one of the greatest musicians of all time, Slash had a new interview with Gibson Guitar’s official YouTube account and revealed the untold story of how he started playing double-neck guitar.
Slash also announced his number one guitarist he saw using the double-neck guitar by naming Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page and John McLaughlin.
Here is what Slash said:
“I guess the first time I saw a double-neck – it’s hard to say. Obviously, Jimmy Page and, I think, John McLaughlin. Those are the two guys that come to mind that I first saw.
The first thing that comes to mind when you’re a kid – I didn’t know anything about guitars at that time – it was just, like, ‘What the hell is that?’, and it’s pretty cool and overwhelming and sort of space-age looking and all that.
From that point on, I never even dreamed of having a double-neck, and it wasn’t until the ’90s – more out of convenience, I started using it. It was during the ‘Use Your Illusion’ tour.
I think I picked it up on the road, and Adam Day – my guitar tech for years – I think he got it for me. And the big attraction at the time for me was: I needed something like
a double-neck because I was doing ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,’ and he showed me a picture of a black one, I didn’t want to have a cherry one because Jimmy Page was famous for that, and it would look like sort-of duplicating his kind of vibe.”
“So, I saw this black one that Adam showed me, I’ve never seen a black one before, and that’s how it all started.
There’s a sort of a fascination, something that’s almost coveted about it, and you sort of, like, pick it up and go, ‘Oh, wow, I’m actually holding one of these iconic guitars.’ Us guitar geeks love guitars, that’s just more of it. [Laughs] Just looking at it and going, ‘Wow, that’s just awesome,’ you know?
Whatever you find aesthetically pleasing about a guitar, the double-neck is just more of that. But then from a professional point of view, as a player, the possibilities just double because you can do so many things on either neck, so it’s really a cool feature.
It’s just a really beautiful-sounding guitar. Play it through, like, a clean amp and it sounds amazing.”
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