Slash Says Led Zeppelin’s Was The First ‘Cool Sound’ He Recognized When He Was A Little Kid

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash opened up about the reason why he chooses to stick with Les Paul guitar over every other option and apparently, the very first reason for him to chose Les Paul was the first time he heard Led Zeppelin album, ‘Led Zeppelin II.’

As many of you may know, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page bought his first Les Paul Standard from Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, paying $500 for it. Page used that guitar to record Zeppelin II and the guitar became and remained his favorite guitar throughout his years with Zeppelin, and as he started referring to it as Number 1.

Just like Jimmy Page, Slash is also known for using Les Paul for many of his iconic shows, furthermore, Gibson even released a Slash Collection Gibson Les Paul which is the exact guitar that Slash mostly uses for his live performances.

During a recent interview with Sweetwater, Slash was asked about his obsession with Les Paul guitars, and apparently, his admiration goes all the way back to when he was a little kid when Slash first heard ‘Led Zeppelin II’ since Jimmy Page also used a Les Paul in that album and the sound was cool enough.

In addition to Led Zeppelin’s album, Slash revealed that as he grew, he started to consider Les Paul as a cool, sexy-looking guitar since he started to see it from an aesthetic point of view. When he combined every aspect of the guitar, it became inevitable for him to choose Led Paul.

Here is what Slash said:

“When I first started, it takes me back to when I was a little kid living with my parents, and I started recognizing certain sounds as being cool. The premiere one was ‘Led Zeppelin II,’ way before I ever aspired to become a musician, but just always being a fan of music.

And I remember that record as being something that was just really cool – ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ and ‘Heartbreaker,’ and all that stuff, and that sound. So as I got to be a little bit older, I started seeing from an aesthetic point of view – Les Paul was just a cool, sexy-looking guitar.

He added:

“So when I actually started playing, I was naturally drawn to Les Paul, and it turned out that ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was played on that guitar.

So there were different things all pointing in the same direction. And I just felt really comfortable on Les Paul sonically and aesthetically, and all that.”

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