In a recent interview made by Sixx Sence, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash talked about Led Zeppelin and Les Paul sound. He uncovered the reason he prefer Gibson Les Paul. He said (transcriped by Ultimate-Guitar):
“‘Whole Lotta Love’ – to me that was the soundtrack for what the ’70s were going to be. It was so driving and it was so sexy. I surmise that song is the thing that at first turned me on to the Les Paul as a result of the sound of that guitar.
I think a lot of Zeppelin stuff – ‘Whole Lotta Love,’ ‘Black Dog,’ ‘The Ocean’ was a decent one… If we just sat here I could experience every one of the records. ‘You Really Got Me’ from The Kinks was incredible…
There were a lot of The Who records. When I was a child living in England my father was an immense rock ‘n’ roll fan, a gigantic Who fan. So there was a on of extremely cool Who riffs. ‘Magic Bus’ was an incredible one.
You’ll be messing around and a progression of notes will pass by. It will get your ear and you’ll backpedal and sort of suss out what it was. What’s more, they originate from simply jamming with the drums a lot of times. Riffs are an especially rhythmic thing, and if you’re just jamming with drums and things will fly out.”
For the full interview, here’s the video below: