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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 body routings. Mahogany body and maple top. Ebony fretboard. Special Smoky Coils 490R & 498T brass stud humbuckers. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

  • 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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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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Barely a Gibson / Barely a Paul

By Lifeaintfair

from Frisco, TX

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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.

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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!!


Best of the bunch...

By SmokinJoe

from Sarasota, FL

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For some reason, this guitar is awesome. I have over a dozen LP's, including some customs, a Voodoo, a Goth, and not one of them play as good as this one. I liked the look and was looking for a good player, one that I could carry around and not worry about every little ding. But this thing plays better than any of my other LP's. Maybe it's the light weight, but I find that the action was fine right out of the box. The tone is awesome even through a practice amp. It looks great, and the finish holds up better than my Goth. The features, the knobs, tuners and the like, don't have the quality of other LP's, but overall the guitar plays like a monster. And for the price, you can't beat it. In fact, I am considering getting another one.....


Gibson quality, built for metal...perfection

By Jack H

from Bellevue, WA

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I recieved mine from a few days ago, and I knew this guitar would be good--I'm a gibson guy to the end--but HOLY SHIT! I've played custom shop 58 LP's that have nothing on this!! As a longtime melodic death metal guitarist, I can truly say this instrument is as close to perfect as you will ever get. however, two words of caution: first off, the action comes set really high out of the box...i expected this, and as such, one of the first things i did was lower it considerably. Secondly, the smoky-coil pickups are VERY noisy with lots of distortion, so its probly better to use this guitar with light overdrive. other than that, i say happy shredding!


My new LP menace

By 2 sons 1 father

from Chateaugay NY

Just got my Menace Thursday afternoon and haven't roamed to far from it since. Love the sustain and the look goes great with the type of music I play. Almost bought an Epi and was talked out of it by a great friend. Saved my money and bought the Menace. I run it through Line 6 pod xt and spider amp and am amazed at how great it sounds straight up. Got one or two noticeable scuffs. One knob is a little uneven but gives it a little character.


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!"


The perfect Les Paul

By Eric Ewald

from Syracuse NY

This is the best Les Paul I have ever played. I always had what the perfect guitar would sound like and play like in my head. When I picked up this guitar it was everything I wanted and more. It sounds better than my 85 studio and 86 custom, and its allot lighter too. This will be my main guitar till the day I die. Buy it you wont be sorry.



By Buzz-S6N8b

from Tipton, Indiana USA

Let me start off by saying I love this guitar. The day it arrived I could not wait to open the box. My first Gibson. I've owned a Fender Strat int the past. I currently own a Gretch Electromatic. I also have owned a few Copy Cat Designs and over all those guitars; this Gibson Sounds the Best. Just like advertised. Played though a Practice Peavey Amp still it cranked out some massive sounds that truly would, "Melt your Face" off. Sustain was very nice too. Overall, I give it a huge thumbs up. The finish of this guitar is the only thing I would change. Appears rough or unfinished to me. That was the intention I think; but, I would give it a more polished and shiny finish myself. This Flat finish just does not seem right to me. I think the younger kids will probably go for it though. I'm 49. LOL. Thanks for marketing such a fine product.


She's a Menace!

By Lotus22

from Newark, OH

I had my original guitar a Washburn Maverick Series stolen from my garage and I need to get a new guitar. After looking around I was between the LP Menace and the LP New Century. One thing I liked about the LP Menace is it is a Gibson and your going to get Gibson quality. Mine came with a checklist of everything that they checked before it left the factory. The Gibson Hardshell case is also awesome. The Menace fits nice and snug into it. The guitar itself is a work of art and I am very please with it. The guitar feels more responsive than my Washburn did and the action is perfect set from the factory. The Menace sounds excellent on my Marshall Halfstack as well.Do yourself a favor and quit waiting. Buy from musiciansfriend and get the Les Paul Menace. You won't be dissatisfied.E-mail me if you have futher questions!



By Bleedingthroat

from Denver CO

This is my first Les Paul style guitar I have ever owned. I bought it because of the "face melting metal etc." And it is what it says it is! It also has nice acoustic tone (in my opinion). My only complaint is the neck is rough (could've been sanded better) and that makes it slow. Also some minor sanding blemish's on the head stock and, on the body.

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