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Gibson SG Menace
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The SG Menace is a dark and deadly version of Gibson's classic rocker. Black chrome hardware, flat black finish, ebony fingerboard, and dual Smoky Co...Click To Read More About This Product
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The SG Menace is a dark and deadly version of Gibson's classic rocker. Black chrome hardware, flat black finish, ebony fingerboard, and dual Smoky Coils humbuckers. Brass knuckle inlay lets them know you intend to play rough. Includes Gibson deluxe gig bag.
- Mahogany body
- Mahogany neck
- '60s-style neck profile
- Ebony fingerboard
- Brass Knuckles inlay
- Black chrome hardware
- Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
- Black speed knobs
- Black chrome Grover tuners
- 490R Smoky Coils with brass stud neck pickup
- 498T Smoky Coils with brass stud bridge pickup
- 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch
- Peghead Pitch: 17 degrees
Thickness at 1st Fret: 0.818"
Thickness at 12th Fret: 0.963"
Heel Length: 5/8"
Neck Joint Location: 19th fret
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Total Neck Length: 18.062"
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1.695"
Width at 12th Fret: 2.260"
Reviewed by 14 customers
I played this guitar at a local music shop because the paint job caught my eye. The overall look of the guitar is cool, except for the heart desgin on the top...a little too emo for me. Neverthelss, I plugged it into a Marshall JCM 800 stack and this bad boy cranked out some nasty,raw tones. Definitly worth the money, and the design is good for any emo guitarist or dark rocker. Otherise I'd go with the SG standard if youre into a more mainstream look (no distinction between the sound of the standard and this one).
The Gibson SG Menace is one of the best SGs on the market. It gives you raw power with brute force. It is a headbanger's dream axe. Compared to other heavy metal guitars such as the Kramer Vanguard, the Menace SG blows it away with its hot 490R and 498R Smoky Coils pickups. They're not EMG, but they are still rocking. With its light weight, reliablity, awesome tone and price tag this is a guitar worth buying. I've played this guitar at many shows and played many solos with it. It is very rockin and if you like heavy metal or hard rock this the guitar for you!
I bought this guitar around Christmas. It's an amazing price point for a handmade instrument that's built in the States... That being said there are many things that could be improved.Straight up, the stock pickups aren't that great. Mediocre cleans and terrible distortion. I swapped them for a Duncan Dimebucker in the bridge and a Duncan '59 in the neck. That made the guitar come alive as the Dimebucker is very crunchy and heavy. I wouldn't recommend the '59 tho, too much bass and farts out.. Sounds lovely on the cleans tho...Second disappointment came when I installed the pickups. When I took off the pickguard, there was no wood under it!! Very cheap and disappointing, made the installation of the pickups very complicated as I couldn't install pickup rings.Third disappointment, the ebony used for the fretboard hasn't been aged enough. I've now got frets sticking out the side of my fretboard. This is a pretty good guitar with some mods, but if I knew about this earlier, I would'of probably bought a Parker PM-20Pro or something similar....
All i knew when i went to buy a new guitar was that i wanted a gibson sg. my buddy had one and i fell in love with it, when i looked at all the different styles the menace stood out! The menace just kind of had its own personality and was different! I took a chance and ordered it, not knowing what it sounded like. When i plugged it into the amp, i loved it and have been playing it ever since non-stop! the only thing i had against it was how sticky the neck was when i first got the guitar,because of the finish. But it wore off a week after i started playing it, and slicked up later on! This is an awesome guitar!
When I saw an actual Gibson SG called the "Menace" I was very suprised at the price! Took a gamble, ordered, and it paid off! I play chunky classic rock riffs and some heavier tunes as well, and couldn't be happier with its sound. Extremely light making it great for extended gigging. Proud to own it! Great Gibson quality! Don't hesitate to purchase!
I played this guitar at the gibson showcase in Nashville and fell in love with it. Its tone is great. The pickups are awesome when your placing those hardcore metal riffs. The only thing that I don't like is the size of the strap buttons - they're too small and my strap slips off too easily.
For the money you can't go wrong with this SG. I owned a '74 standard model and this guitar brings back alot of memories. The pictures do not do it justice and the sound is excellent not to mention the playability. I now own 3 Gibsons and this is a tight tie for first with my Gothic Flying V. Action is better than my "Paul" and plays like a guitar that would cost in the $1500-$1800 range. You won't regret this purchace-buy one now!!!
I played this guitar at a music store about a week ago and it completely blew my mind. I have a Les Paul Standard and a Firebird, and the playability kicks the Pauls butt, and the tone sends the Firebird flying. i couldn't belive the way the frets moved with my hand, it was like the guitar had become a part of my soul in a matter of seconds... anyway, as soon as i get enough money, im getting this guitar, along with its Les Paul counterpart... i reckomend the same for you....
For scene metal/hardcore you can't go wrong with this guitar. It plays amazingly. It was made to be played in lower tunings. My band plays in drop B and it sounds and plays incredibly. It has plenty of crunchy low end and plenty of screaming highs. The thicker neck allows me to play faster. I play it through a Mesa/Boogie Nomad 100 w/ a rectifier cab. It sounds awesome, though the clean isn't the best. For live, the clean is good, but for recording I had to use my Tele. Its a beautiful guitar. The finish is beautiful and the gold and black hardware is awesome. Not to mention the brass knuckle inlay demands respect while on stage.
Even though I've purchased this guitar a few months ago, I am deeply in love with it. The pick-ups are amazing, the style is killer especially the sound of it. I can't imagine playing anything else. But the pickguard is a little different than the pic they show here. In my own opinion,it is perfect for almost any style of music. It is definately a true head-turner on account of looks and sound.