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Gibson Les Paul Menace   

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The Les Paul Menace delivers take-no-prisoners looks and face melting tone for an over-the-top metal performance like no other. Fist inlay and tribal...Read More

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Brute force and raw power.

The Les Paul Menace delivers take-no-prisoners looks and face melting tone for an over-the-top metal performance like no other. Fist inlay and tribal body routings. Mahogany body and maple top. Ebony fretboard. Special Smoky Coils 490R & 498T brass stud humbuckers. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • 1960 slim taper profile
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Fist inlay
  • Flat black hardware
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • Black speed knobs
  • Black Grover tuners
  • 490R Smoky Coils neck pickup
  • 498T Smoky Coils bridge pickup
  • Two volume and two tone controls, 3-way switch
  • Peghead Pitch: 17
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.800"
  • Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.870"
  • Heel Length: 0.625"
  • Neck Joint Location: 16th fret
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Total Length: 18.157"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.695"
  • Width at 12th Fret: 2.260"
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4.8

(based on 32 reviews)

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If you had to get a Gibson, get this.

This is an excellent excellent LP guitar for the money. The included hardcase has a thick quality plastic grain with 5 locks including 1 combination lock. The interior is white and the handle is...Read complete review

This is an excellent excellent LP guitar for the money. The included hardcase has a thick quality plastic grain with 5 locks including 1 combination lock. The interior is white and the handle is made of a nice thick leather. Definitely a step up from Fender Strat hardcases.The guitar itself is very well made. It has a curved top and the finish is a very very light semi gloss matte, almost matt actually. The fit and finish is a consistant high quality throughout. If a gloss overcoat was applied, it would definitely equal the look of the Gibson Standards. I have no problems with the neck action. No buzzing of any sort. Perfect out of the box. The neck finish did not give me any problems either. It is only very slightly less smooth than an American Strat, actually I like the feel as it helps me hold down the chords better. The tone dials have a damped resistance to them, definitely not easy turning like the Strat. This is great so your settings don't get accidentally changed like on a Strat when rubbed against.I have an American Strat with SCN pickups but the LP just sounds better. The tone is warm and buttery and it has a soulful substance that is lacking on the Strat. I still love my Strat, but this LP really wins me over. The tone is just amazing!! It weighs slightly more than my Strat, as the cutouts and grooves on the Menace LP really shaved some weight! The LP is absolutely silent when hooked up to the amp. But the pickups really pack serious punch! Perfect for Greenday, U2, VH. However this does blues exceptionally well. It'll cut through solos and shred riffs with great harmonics. I use this with a VOX Tonelab SE. This LP Menace guitar probally won't be made again. It plays as good as it looks and is a definitely hit with the younger crowd. Get it, you won't regret it!!!!

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Better with a studio or Epiphone

I was pretty psyched when I ordered this especially when reading the positive reviews. Upon receiving the guitar I found the quality to be on the poor side especially the fit & finish...Read complete review

I was pretty psyched when I ordered this especially when reading the positive reviews. Upon receiving the guitar I found the quality to be on the poor side especially the fit & finish aspects. The Frets were sharp and the attention to detail was lacking. There are hundreds of better values with higher quality especially the Epiphone models or even the Schecter if you're looking for that darker tone. I found the playability to be weak and body was on th lighter side. This lowered the sustain and reduced the quality of the tone. I had a Gibson Studio model tht was far superior. I will be retuning this.

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4.0

Barely a Gibson / Barely a Paul

By Lifeaintfair

from Frisco, TX

Well, where should I start? I own 3 Pauls besides this one; Two stds and a custom. This plays close to a Paul, kinda. You'll need to take some "0000" steal wool to the back of the neck to make it more playable, but action, feel, etc. very close to a Paul. Its a hair lighter, which isn't a bad thing. Tone-wise, its got some room for improvement. The P/U's are horrible... Bridge worse than the neck. No sustain whatsoever. Those that say the sustain is fine have never played a LP Std. Korean-ibanez stock p/u's are better. I have three other Pauls and the tone from this thing doesn't come close. Yank those pieces of crap p/u, pronto! Once you replace the P/U's and sand (steal wool) the neck down, a very nice axe. If you don't have the $$ to get a Std., a nice set of P/U's and this guitar would suffice. It does look killer! Personally, I'd drop the extra grand and get a true LP Std.

 
5.0

Tone to the bone!

By rockinrob8197-wtRu9

from Portland, OR

I have had my Menace for a couple of months now. I absolutely LOVE it! The finish is so thin that you can feel the wood texture and playing thru a Marshall JVM, the Menace just oozes LP tone. The Menace is very resonant and sounds very nice unplugged. The pickups are actually great! I tried swapping them out for the heck of it with 5 or 6 different high end pickups...I went back with the originals...they are that good. The Menace arrived in a nice hardcase and was set up perfectly. I always regretted selling my 1978 LP Custom until now. Thanks Gibson

 
5.0

Good Axe.

By Permafreeze2538

from Omak, WA

I got mine about a year ago, since then, I've replaced the pickups with the Zakk Wylde EMG's because I thought the stock pickups sounded too dark and I wanted a brighter sound. Not only does it look much cooler with EMG's, it sounds much better too. I actually broke my headstock off in a freak floor accident, but I sent it into Gibson's repair shop and they fixed it up for me like new. This guitar is super sexy and plays very fast, frets are fine, ebony fingerboard is silky smooth, low action, and the matte black finish gives it a unique look. It sustains well, and has a good tone to it. I recommend it.

 
4.0

You get what you pay for...

By nathan-cxxZx

from Kansas City, MO

I've owned this guitar for a little over a year and here is what I've found. It's a reliable instrument that stays in tune very well. Although the frets aren't very smooth It's still easy to play. After replacing both pickups with EMG's, and the bridge/saddle with quality ones it sounds very good. The sustain isn't nearly as good as an LP studio since the wood is so light but it's certainly decent. All in all, it's not quite as good as the other LP's but after you replace the horrid pickups it makes this a really viable solution.

 
5.0

A true guitar player's hidden gem

By metlicka101

from Boston, Ma

i bought a les paul menace a year ago and i couldn't be happier. i mean you wanna talk about a full les paul sound that is incomparable. This guitar is the one guitar i vow to have the rest of my life. the playability of this guitar is insane it comes so smooth and a sweet ebony fretboard. This guitar is truly a steal for the price. My cousin has a les paul classic for way more money and he loves my axe. A wise man once said "Only a Gibson is good enough!"

 
5.0

Great Value & True Les Paul Sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar a couple of months ago. This is my third Les Paul & 4th Gibson. My other two Les Pauls are classics. The neck is very similar to the classic, but slightly different (not a bad thing though). I had concerns about how good it might play without the binding on the neck, but it is vey smooth and comfortable. I changed out the pickups and put EMGs in it and had a set up done on the guitar. I use 10-52 strings and it handles them well. The factory pickups couldn't handle much gain without feedback, but that's typical of all Gibsons that I have played, no matter what the price. The routering in the body is cool. I think it took some weight off the guitar too, b/c it is lighter than a classic. The paint is not great, but you should no that if your buying this guitar. Also, I'm not crazy about the Gibson logo on the head stock. Overall: it plays really good, stays in tune good, the action is good, the sound is truely Les Paul and it is a great value. It comes with a nice case too.

 
5.0

Gibson LP Menace

By Alexey

from Limassol, Cyprus

Just bought this guitar few weeks ago and excercising with it almost every day. I would agree on several points made: 1. guitar would look better without fist logo (maybe a heart logo similar to one at the end of the neck will be better?) 2. Design and look is a bit rough (but the guitar is marketed as a rough'n'tough sort of instrument!). Otherwise I think the guitar is pretty good, playability is OK, I think that sustain is OK too - for me, at least. I do not have much to compare to, really; I got an Ibanez Artcore AF-125 (that's a COOL design, btw, and I like it!) and tried couple of Fender Strats; latter I did not like at all, maybe single coils are not my sound.Compared to Ibanez, Menace's pickups are much stronger and darker sound, performs cool when playing along with Led Zeppelin or Livin' Blues. Frets are a bit 'dry', if I compare to Ibanez, but I use GHS Fastfret (oil-based string protection thingie) on strings anyway, so I just don't wipe it before I play and it's fine.I had to fix the loose pickup switch - just tightened the nut, otherwise intonation/string buzz/etc is fine by me. I am not planning to return this guitar, I like it as it is. I am considering to buy an LP Custom when I finally learn how to play properly :-)

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Gibson has The RAW POWER

By prDMw9zHr

from European

Yea, after using a lot of guitars i needed to find my perfect. It must be playable, has good looking, and an acceptable price, OOH sorry i forgot the sustain. I think this is a gift from GIBSON company, because anything this guitar has is better than the guitars which are for sale. It has a different beauty black and its not polished but looks great. The tone is awesome and you can play hard and heavy like metallica, megadeth even guns'n roses hard rock type music and any other...When i got the guitar , i plugged it into my Marshall MGDFX 30 watt amp, and i have been using BOSS metal zone distortion pedal. You can't believe the sustain, I think this setup i use is very poor for the good sustain and it is unbelievable, If you use a good tube amp, this guitar will be your indispensable exactly ...Higly recommended!!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Better with a studio or Epiphone

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I was pretty psyched when I ordered this especially when reading the positive reviews. Upon receiving the guitar I found the quality to be on the poor side especially the fit & finish aspects. The Frets were sharp and the attention to detail was lacking. There are hundreds of better values with higher quality especially the Epiphone models or even the Schecter if you're looking for that darker tone. I found the playability to be weak and body was on th lighter side. This lowered the sustain and reduced the quality of the tone. I had a Gibson Studio model tht was far superior. I will be retuning this.

 
5.0

Black beauty

By Yate

from Philadelphia, PA

Ok so first off let me tell you that this is one hell of a deal. This sounds comparable to pretty much any other les paul i've ever played. Everything about the sound quality, tone, etc is perfect for what I do. Now on to the bad part....This just isn't as pretty a guitar as I thought it would be. They obviously use their B-stock wood for the neck (I have 3 noticeable knots in the grain). Doesn't affect sound quality, but its ugly. The fist and the logo are a little gimmicky, could've done without them. I've never played smoky coils but they don't look as good as I thought they would. And the flat black is not a great color for a les paul, which needs a glossy finish. So basically, I just think they make the guitar look better than it actually does. I love the guitar and I will keep it probably forever, but if you're looking for a piece of eyecandy, it is not.

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