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A 14-year-old Slash writes to his girlfriend apologising for playing the guitar so much

Saul Hudson—AKA Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses—has always been a guitar obsessive, so much so that when he was aged 14 he wrote a handwritten letter to his then-girlfriend apologising for spending an overwhelming amount of time with his six-string and neglecting her in the process.

Slash had only just become enamoured with the guitar after deciding to form a band with his friend and future Guns ‘N’ Roses sticksman Steven Adler earlier in 1979. Like many adolescent bands, they never actually materialised, but one good thing came out of it which was that it prompted Slash to take up an instrument. Since Adler had already designated himself the role of guitarist, Slash decided to pick the next best thing and learn the bass instead.

Slash’s love affair with bass didn’t last very long, however, and during his first lesson with Robert Wolin, a teacher at Fairfax Music School he made the switch from bass to guitar after hearing Wolin play ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones and he instantly fell head over heels for the instrument. Slash stated, “When I heard him do that, I said, ‘That’s what I want to do’.”

Even from an early age, Slash was never one to do things by half measures and was a champion BMX rider, but he put the bike aside to devote himself to playing the guitar, practising up to 12 hours a day—much to the annoyance of his girlfriend at the time which led to their relationship coming to an end as he couldn’t find time for his two loves.

Read the transcript and check out the handwritten illustrated letter he wrote to his ex-girlfriend apologising for his obsession with the guitar which caused the couple to break-up.

Oct. 2. 79

“Dear Michele,

“Your letter scared me, upon first glance, I hadn’t any idea what it was about, but when you told me, it struck in a strange way, I hadn’t any idea that I talked about my guitar so often, I’m going to have to change that, no matter who I talk to.

“It’s a drag that it screwed up our relationship, you should have told me sooner, but I don’t think that’s the only reason, you just don’t like me that much, and I can see why, because I’m a hard person to get along with at times.

“But any I’m glad we got that straight, thank you for not lying to me. To get off the subject, you look really nice today, you get prettier & prettier every day. My weekend was pretty good. Steve came by and we went to a couple parties, and we went to the Starwood, I spent pretty much of my weekend on cloud 9 if you know what I mean.

“I had never been in the Starwood before, like, we hung around outside, but I’ve never been inside. It’s not such a hot place, I mean the Bands are alright, the girls are pretty (I still think you cuter than any of the girls there) the drugs are cool but it’s not a place I would want to waste my life at. The most exciting part of the night was, a guy mouthed off to this black guy, and the black got a hundred friends and chased him around all Hollywood. It’s a pretty crazy place. I’m going there next week to see Quiet Riot, because I hear there pretty good. One of these days I’ll play there.

“Love you
This leaf was perfect until I put the fucking lines in it

(Credit: Letters of Note)