This fall Reuben Forsland of JOI Guitars worked together with the world re-knowned, Grammy winning, rock and roll hall-of-famer, SLASH, of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver fame to create a monumental instrument!
Reuben first met up with Slash after his August 2014 concert with his new band “Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators” in Coquitlam. They discussed some of the finer details of the guitar specifications. First and foremost, Slash’s biggest stipulation was that the guitar should “Sound Amazing”, so the choice of “The Tree” wood was perfect! When asked about the rosette design, Slash decided to leave it completely up to the artist… Reuben, that is.
The inspiration for the rosette came to me much like all my best thinking… while on an ocean-side walk. I found this rusty old electrical part sitting amongst the rocks and the way the sun was shining on it, it reminded me of the interior workings of an electric guitar volume dial. That was it!
I brought it home and shined up some of the rusty aluminum wires which I then inlayed into the Ebony around the rosette. I positioned the pieces in a circular manner with simple ‘humps’, or ‘rises and falls’ of the wire to create the feeling of energy, like in a heartbeat monitor. I then outlined the Ebony rosette with Fine (Pure) Silver. “
The “Slash” Model acoustic guitar is a small Jumbo with 25.4″ scale. It features “The Tree ” back and sides, as mentioned, paired with an amazing, and rare, Ancient (3000 years old) Glacier Sitka Spruce top. The guitar has sitka/carbon fibre bracing, dual laminated sides for strength, carbon fibre reinforced quilted Honduras mahogany neck with dual action truss rod, 1¾″ nut width, 2¼″ string spacing, a custom JOI Guitars pinless Ebony bridge, Ebony binding with pure and sterling silver borders, Ebony fretboard, sterling silver encased marble for fret markers, and 1:21 gear ratio’d Gotoh tuners with petrified whale vertebrae buttons. The guitar was further customized with a beveled arm rest, a shallow heel for Slash to comfortably get to the 19th+ frets without having a cutaway (he did not want a cutaway), and a custom shaped neck featuring Slash specific width and thickness, as well as an offset for Slash to do his string stretching as he plays. A custom ordered K & K pure mini and under-saddle pickup, and custom Hoffee guitar case were added to complete the package.