"Perhaps it is the guitar that 'Saved Rock and Roll'": The guitar which Slash used to help write Appetite For Destruction is up for auction, with a one million dollars minimum bid

Slash and his Hunter Burst guitar
(Image credit: Marc S Canter/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images | gottahaverockandroll.com)

Slash's 'Hunter Burst' Les Paul guitar is up for auction, with a minimum bid of $1 million required should you be interested in purchasing it.

The guitar, which Slash used for live performances and recording sessions with Guns N' Roses in 1985-86, was sold by the guitarist in July 1986, and has since been on display at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

The auction house putting the guitar up for sale states, "This is the guitar that started it all for Slash and Guns N’ Roses. And if we are going to be hyperbolic about it, perhaps it is indeed the guitar that “Saved Rock and Roll."

The full blurb for the item on the gottahaverockandroll.com website reads:

"In June 1985, Slash was asked by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin to join their new band Guns N' Roses, along with Duff McKagan and Steven Adler. They played Los Angeles-area nightclubs — such as the Whisky a Go-Go, The Roxy, and The Troubadour, where Slash employed this Hunter Burst Guitar to lay the foundation for one of the greatest Rock N Roll bands in history. 1985–1986 saw the band write most of its classic material, including “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” and “Paradise City” which were played night after night in the Los Angeles-area nightclubs and beyond with Slash more specifically, belting out these to be recorded classics on his Hunter Burst Guitar.

"As a result of their rowdy and rebellious behavior, Guns N' Roses quickly received the moniker "Most Dangerous Band in the World", causing Slash to remark, "For some strange reason, Guns N' Roses is like the catalyst for controversy, even before we had any kind of record deal." After being scouted by several major record labels, the band signed with Geffen Records in March 1986. In July 1987, Guns N' Roses released its debut album, Appetite for Destruction which remains arguably, the greatest rock album of all time.

"Affectionately known now as the Hunter Burst, Slash regrettably hocked/sold this guitar in mid-July of 1986 as told by Slash in his self-biography. The name “Hunter Burst '' speaks to its dual rockstar ownership as it was first owned and played by Steve Hunter of Lou Reed and Alice Cooper. So, "The Steve Hunter Burst" was acquired by Slash on Wednesday September 25th 1985 from Howie Huberman / Albert Molinaro of Guitars R Us whose shop was right next door to Steve Hunter's place and traded the guitar to Slash just prior to the famous 8th Annual LA Street Scene Sept 28th 1985. The Hunter Burst was not an original Les Paul, but a replica built by a well-known guitar luthier Peter “Max” Baranet, and later modified by Roman Rist, who removed the PAF pickups, and installed two Seymour Duncan humbuckers.

"The Hunter Burst is also further detailed by Marc Canter and Jason Porath in an absolutely mind-blowing narrative and visual gallery of early photographs of Guns n Roses playing its Los Angeles-area nightclubs. His website also features video of Slash playing his Hunter Burst and is a must view (see: https://www.recklessroad.com/)

"The guitar also includes a personal letter to our consignor from Albert Molinaro along with various documents of provenance (including agreements with the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME where the guitar spent much time on display), photographs, and signed belongings from Slash himself.

"This is the guitar that started it all for Slash and Guns N’ Roses. And if we are going to be hyperbolic about it, perhaps it is indeed the guitar that “Saved Rock and Roll.”

"It’s Legendary to say the least.

"This will be the only opportunity to own this guitar. Bid with confidence and know that this guitar would be the “Holy Grail” in anyone’s collection.

"The guitar also comes with a Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity."

Right, who's in? Place your bids here.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.