Sammy Hagar is a rock artist with a career that spans from the 70’s to today and can claim a total of 60 million record sales to his credit. Gibson has chosen to honor Sammy and all he has accomplished with the new Sammy Hagar Red Rocker Les Paul.
The guitar is a traditional Les Paul shape and design with some Sammy-inspired appointments to reflect the individual that Hagar is. It features a weight-relief body made of maple and mahogany, a mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, a ’57 Classic and a Burstbucker 3 for pickups, and a Chickenfoot logo silk-screened onto the headstock. I will give you one guess what color it comes in (Gibson calls it “Cabernet”). It is basically a cool, flame-topped, deep red Les Paul with some cosmetic changes.
Initial reactions to the guitar have been “love the axe, lose the Chickenfoot logo”. Indeed, putting it on the headstock seems to be a questionable decision by Gibson, but the company seems prone to that sort of thing these days. The real question, to this writer, at least, seems to be the price. Gibson lists a price of $3894.00 for the Red Rocker on their website. If I were Sammy, I would feel insulted that the guy from Staind gets a signature model that tops out at over 17 thousand dollars and that his guitar isn’t even worth 4K to the big G. Staind can’t come close to the record sales that Hagar has had and probably never will. I am no fan of ultra-high-priced artist guitars, but, in this case, Gibson should consider switching the tags on these two instruments. 60 million records sold ought to be worth something.