There are a lot of guitar players over the year who have produced incredible and distinctive tones from the neck pickup of a Les Paul. Everybody knows of Clapton's "woman tone," which was one of the first, if not the first. But for purposes of this discussion let's narrow our consideration to these two players on just these two songs: John Sykes on the Blue Murder song "Out of Love" and Slash on Guns & Roses song "November Rain". These guys arguably produced their best, and certainly their most well known works, during the same era (mid/late 80s through early 90s). John Sykes Though the general non-guitar playing public may not be as familiar with Sykes as they are with Slash, for many of our ilk he is widely regarded as something like a god. His stellar neck pup tone is exhibited on many familiar Whitesnake songs that have become staples of classic rock radio, though I've always found it particularly haunting and awe inspiring as demonstrated on this tune. Slash G&R's lead guitar man. The top hat, leather jacket, cowboy boots, curly black hair, cigarette dangling. C'mon, what more can I say? He's an ikon, a caricature, a veritable household name. It's also safe to say that most everybody knows this song. So which do you prefer, and why so? I'm bracing myself for when one of you wise guys chime in with proof that one of these was actually a Tele.