Profile: Slash

Electric guitar, to me, is one of the best sounding instruments in existence. I’m not exactly sure what it is about an electric guitar that gets me so riled up, but I can honestly say no other instrument pumps me up like an electric guitar does.

With an electric guitar comes a talented player. One who can wield it like a weapon and play it until it wails. And what better way to pay tribute to this fantastic instrument than by profiling Slash, one of the greatest players in existence, in my opinion.

Saul Hudson is a British-American songwriter and musician. Best known as Slash, this lad is the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses. He left the ban in 1996 to co-found the group Velvet Revolver, allowing him to establish himself as a mainstream performer, though he rejoined the band in 2016, his Wikipedia page explains.

He’s released four solo albums and has a rather respectable track record in the rock music scene; in 2009, Time magazine listed him as one of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players,” and in 2011, Rolling Stone allotted him the 65th spot on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” In 2008, Guitar World granted his solo in November Rain the sixth spot on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos,” and Total Guitar placed his riff in “Sweet Child o’ Mine” at number 1 on their list of ‘The 100 Greatest Riffs’ in 2004,” Wikipedia says.

And that’s not everything. In 2010, “Gibson Guitar Corporation ranked Slash as number 34 on their ‘Top 50 Guitarists of All Time’, while their readers landed him number 9 on Gibson’s ‘Top 25 Guitarists of All Time’. In 2012, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses’ classic lineup,” his Wikipedia page states.

As for where his stage name comes from?

“He was given the nickname “Slash” by actor Seymour Cassel, because he was ‘always in a hurry, zipping around from one thing to another,’ the page says.

Oh, and one more thing. Before becoming involved with music, he was a champion BMX rider. Can this guy get any cooler?

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