SlashThere’s no question that Slash is one of the best players of his generation. But as it turns out, Slash didn’t get into the guitar because he thought he’d be awesome at it: He got into guitar because he loves it.

“I took up the guitar because I liked the guitar,” the Les Paul player told the Journal. “Plain and simple. It was all about the instrument rather than any consideration of the professional aspect.

“For me, because of who I am, the guitar would still be as inspirational now as it was back then. But I was inspired by the sound of the 60s and 70s guitar music that I’d heard. That exciting break in a rock song when the guitar takes over, just hit me.”

Slash added that never in his wildest dreams did he think he would be so successful in the music business. “I was brought up in an era where the Yardbirds and the Stones and Hendrix had dominated, and the guitar was king,” he said. “But I had no aspiration to become a guitar player proper until I picked it up as a 15-year-old. I was enjoying playing the guitar without realizing or imagining that’s what I was going to do.”