Congrats to longtime Epi fan, signature artist, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Slash of Guns N' Roses who has been named Gibson's very first Global Brand Ambassador. Over the next year Slash will help develop new products for Epiphone as well as Gibson Custom and Gibson.

“We are thrilled to recognize Slash as Gibson’s first Global Brand Ambassador,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands. “Slash embodies the characteristics of creativity, passion and excellence that are so closely aligned with Gibson and we are very proud of the friendship and mutual success we have shared together for over 30 years. We are also very excited about the future products we will be announcing soon.”

Check out Slash's epic Epiphone AFD Les Paul Performance Pack featuring a Slash Les Paul II and Snakepit 15 amp and read our interview where Slash talked about his now classic solo album, World On Fire, made with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and his inspiration for designing the "AFD" Performance Pack and the Ltd. Ed. Rosso Corsa LP Standard Outfit.

"I just think that the most important instrument you ever get is the first one you get, the one that you learn to play on," Slash told Epiphone.com. "That guitar should be something that should be good quality and you should be able to play from your beginning until you learn how to play really well and start going beyond that in a professional sense. Doing a guitar that's affordable with a great company like Epiphone is something that I think should happen more often."

Stay tuned to Epiphone.com for more good news from Slash soon and visit the Guns N' Roses website for tour info.