I am not a slash fan. I do not play music that heavy, and it just isn't my thing. I also rarely find guitars (gibsons especially) at guitar center that are set up decently and play in a way that I would describe as good. I walked into GC today, and saw the new custom shop slash les paul. I thought I would check her out, so I walked her into the little amp room at the back and plugged it into one of those Marshall handwired 20 watt mini half stack things (the one with two 12's). Turned the amp up all the way, and oh my god. Time stood still. It was absolutely magical. That guitar had the perfect rock and roll guitar tone, and played like a dream. Seriously, you MUST play one if you are into vintage rock and roll. I am still in shock that I found a guitar with that magical of a tone and feel at gc without having to make any adjustments. WOW!