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Guitar Greats: Slash

Guitar icons can be recognized within the first few notes they play, because their style is so uniquely tied to their legend.  Slash is one of those icons.

...And as if that weren't enough, his trademark top hat casts an instantaneously badass silhouette rivaled by no one.

Simply put, Slash truly is one of a kind, and we can't imagine rock without him.

 

Slash plays with his first band 'Tidus Sloan' during lunchtime at Fairfax High School on June 4, 1982 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Slash plays a B.C. Rich double-necked guitar at home in1983 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Slash poses for a portrait in his bedroom with his guitars and a Marshall halfstack amplifier in 1983 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Slash of the rock group 'Hollywood Rose' performs onstage on June 28, 1984 at Madame Wong's East in Los Angeles, California.

 

Slash and 'Guns n' Roses' perform at the LA Street Scene on September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California. Slash uses a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar for the first time onstage with the band.

 

Slash (with Duff and Axl behind him) and 'Guns n' Roses' performs onstage at the Roxy Theatre on January 18, 1986 in Los Angeles, California.

 

Slash of Guns N' Roses performs an acoustic set at The Limelight on January 31, 1988 in New York City.

 

November 15, 1991 file photo of Slash and Michael Jackson.

 

Slash & Brian May performing on stage at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert 1992.

 

Slash performing at the "The Gibson Night Of 100 Guitars'' Wembley Arena, London, Britain.

 

Slash's Snakepit performs live on stage at Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands on June 5, 1995.

 

Slash posed with double-necked, twin-neck Guild guitar in front of Marshall stack amplifier, smoking cigarette 1997.

 

Slash playing a Guild Crossroads double-neck guitar in 1999.

 

Ronnie Wood & Slash, Ronnie Wood Gig At The Shepherd's Bush Empire In London in 2001.

 

Slash (L) and Dee Snyder perform with Camp Freddy during the 2003 Blender Rock the Vote Awards after-party at the Roseland Ballroom February 22, 2003 in New York City.

 

Slash of Velvet Revolver poses for a studio portrait backstage at 'Live 8 London' in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London.

 

Slash performs with Camp Freddy during Best Buy Celebrates the Launch of the New Playstation 3 - Inside at Best Buy in West Hollywood, California, United States.

 

Slash performs at his birthday concert at Bare Pool & Lounge at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on July 23, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Slash performs live on the Main Stage during Day 3 of the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on July 4, 2010 in London, England.

 

Slash performs on the Jim Marshall main stage during day 1 of Download Festival at Donington Park on June 8, 2012 in Castle Donington, United Kingdom.

 

Slash performs on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Slash performs with Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators on Day 3 at Download 2015 at Donnington Park on June 14, 2015 in Donnington, United Kingdom.