The Inspiration: Slash’s “The Tree” Guitar by Reuben Forsland

Reuben: Slash

A big thank you goes out to both Slash and Reuben Forsland for making this masterpiece possible and sharing it with us.

Ancient glacier spruce front

Ancient Glacier Spruce Front


Back centre strip

Back Centre Strip


bent sides in mold

Bent Sides in Mold


Final back braced

Final Back Braced


Glueing back bracing

Glueing Back Bracing

gotoh tuners - hand made buttons


gotoh tuner with petrified whale vertibra

Gotoh Tuner with petrified whale vertibra


rosette idea inspoiration

Rosette Story and Inspiration

[blockquote cite=Reuben-Forsland] The inspiration for the rosette came to me much like all my best thinking: while on an ocean-side walk. It was a beautiful sunny morning when I came across this rusty electrical part sitting on the rocky shore after the tide had receded. It was sitting upright, so when looking down at it I saw a vision of a volume dial. Back in the shop is when I could actually start pulling pieces of wire from the object. I scraped the coating that was on the wire due to sitting in the ocean. What I found was the wiring was actually aluminum, which could be used directly in the rosette. Now to actually create the rosette…..After doing a simple mock up rosette for Slash’s approval, I felt I could carry the theme of “electric” within the rosette design. This was done by running the aluminum wiring in a circular manner with simple “Humps” or “Rises and Falls” of the wire to create the feeling of energy, in a heartbeat monitor fashion, and encasing the wires with ebony, trimmed on the inside and outside of the rosette with “Fine (Pure) Silver.” To visually connect the rosette with the body of the guitar, I will be installing pure silver perfling inside the binding. It’s a very simple rosette. I am recycling the aluminum wire, yet due to the cost of the pure silver it is my most expensive rosette design too. [/blockquote]


cutting rosette


Cutting the Rosette


rosette beginings




neck closde up


Neck Inlay Close Up



side bender

Side Bender


Slash the Tree Sides

Slash The Tree sides (1)

The Sides


Slash's Tree sides and back not attached

Reuben Forsland

“Slash” Model: Ancient (3000 years old) Glacier Spruce, “The Tree ” Back and Sides, Ebony Binding, Arm Rest, Gotoh 510 Tuners with “Petrified Whale Vertibra” buttons, Figured Honduran Mahogany Neck, Dinosaur Bone and Ancient Wooly Mammoth Inlay , Nut and Saddle, 1 3/4″ Nut Width, 2 1/4″ String Spacing, Choice of Three Different Bridge Designs Including Pinless, Salvaged Lightbox with Pure Silver Rosette

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