Slash's Guitar From Early Guns N' Roses Days Is Up for Auction, Expected to Pull a Small Fortune

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Slash of the rock group 'Hollywood Rose' perform onstage on July 20, 1984 at Madame Wong's in Los Angeles. 

Slash spent the summer reliving Guns N’ Roses' peak days on the Not In This Lifetime reunion tour, and now you too can get in touch with the band’s formative moments (as long as you’re a very wealthy fanatic). One of the six-string legend's favorite guitars -- a red B.C. Rich Warlock guitar he played between 1984 and 1987 — has gone up for auction. Bidding starts at $30,000, and is estimated by auctioneer Julien’s Live to likely bring in $60,000-80,000.

The guitar was custom-ordered by Slash back in 1984 from L.A.’s Hollywood Music Store. He first used it onstage with his pre-stardom band Hollywood Rose, played it to audition for Poison a year later and, after joining GNR, used it to write and perform early staples like “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” 

So why’s he getting rid of it? That’s not exactly clear, though it appears to have changed hands since he retired it in early ’87. The official description on Julien’s Live says it was “acquired” from GNR guitar technician/roadie Jason Solon, who'd maintained it after its live days were over. It’s safe to say that numerous people will make a hefty sum from this guitar when all is said and done.

The body of the B.C. Rich Warlock bears Slash’s signature and comes with its original Anvil carrying case. It goes to auction on Nov. 5, in a Julien’s Live showcase that also features memorabilia from the likes of Elvis Presley, Prince and Michael Jackson.

Back in the present, Slash will be playing some other guitar(s) on the South American leg of the Not In This Lifetime Tour, which begins Oct. 27. For more, check out Billboard’s highlights of Guns N’ Roses’ reunion tour so far. 


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