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March 26, 2010 15:38 ET

Legendary Rock Guitarist Slash Teams up With Marshall Amplification to Recreate the Guitar Amp He Used on the Classic Guns N' Roses Album Appetite for Destruction

Dedicated Website Allows Fans to Follow the Development Process

MELVILLE, NY--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Legendary rock guitarist Slash announced that he and guitar amplifier manufacturer Marshall Amplification have begun working together on a project to produce a new electric guitar amplifier, AFD100, that recreates the sound of the Marshall amp he used on the classic Guns N' Roses album Appetite for Destruction.

This project is particularly noteworthy, as fans are able, for the first time in Marshall's rich history, to follow the progress of the "birth of an amplifier" from conception to launch by visiting a specially-created website, www.afd100.com. Site features include a regularly updated news blog, a Slash/Marshall photo gallery, a video chronology featuring Slash showing the amp's various stages of development, a general history of Slash and Appetite for Destruction, and more. Fans can join the AFD100 email list to receive news and updates through the project's completion.

In 1987, Guns N' Roses released their highly influential debut album Appetite for Destruction, redefining rock music in the process. The incisive lyrics and uncompromising music were completed by Slash's fretboard mastery and unique sound, regarded by many as the ultimate rock tone. The intriguing history of the Marshall amp Slash used on Appetite, and the amp's subsequent disappearance, have now passed into rock folklore. Widely believed to be a "hot-rodded" (modified), 100-Watt amplifier model from the early 70s, this legendary amp was rented specifically for these recording sessions in 1986. Eager to hold on to the amplifier, Slash told Los Angeles rental company Studio Instrument Rentals that it had been stolen, only to have it "stolen" back a year later during tour rehearsals. Ever since, there has been little word on the whereabouts of that mysterious Marshall amp that has become synonymous with a true rock icon and one of greatest rock albums of all time.

Now Slash and Marshall Amplification have joined forces to re-create that Appetite tone and pay tribute to one of the great stories in rock history. The new AFD100 amplifier is planned to be released later this year.

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