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 body routings. Mahogany body and maple top. Ebony... 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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(29 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


Blew me away

By adawghink

from Dallas, TX

this guitar is great. i walked in today having confidence that the explorer was the way to go. i tried it out on 2 different amps and sounded horrible and the tremelo was bluesy more than the metal route. 1 of the guys that worked there had given me a 43 aniversery les pual that slash uses and played it, not too impressed for wat i thought it to be. but then he comes back w/ this and it blew me away. sound, quility, wieght. it was almost perfect. the only thing that kinda stumped me was the neck. its not as fast as the others but its wood and not grounded like the others. i still give it a 5 cause i absolutly love it. im going to buy it soon. i hope anyone who reads this will try it cause i havnt played a betr 1 than this so far.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Les Paul Menace

By Tanzer

from Canada

I used the the Les Paul Menace in a local guitar shop hooked up to a Mesa Trident with a Krank Distortus Maximus Pedal and planet waves cords. The neck and action of this guitar felt extreemly good, i was pulling off some lamb of god riffs and licks in complete comfort. The pickups look and sound hot as hell and the tribal body routing was sweet too. This is an extremely good guitar.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


All you would think, and more.

By Becheko

from Monte Vista, CO

The Gibson Les Paul Menace amazed me when I first played it. By looking at it one would expect great distorted tone, which it delivers, but what amazed me was the smooth warm clean tone. This guitar is the closest to an acoustic I have ever heard. THe action is dead on, and the guitar itself is magnificent. The flat black finish may through some players off, but I love it. A definate must buy.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Meanest Guitar On The Block

By warwick

from Livonia MI

If you are looking for a mean guitar with a lot of crunch and sustain then you should look no further than the Gibson Les Paul Menace. This guitar comes stock with awesome EMG pickups which are a staple in hard rock, metal, but not limited to those styles. The action is great, one of the best and fastest necks i have ever played on, especially since Gibson is not really known fast necks and fast playability. The pickups are EMG and what else do I have to say? They are straight up, hands down, the best pickups and to be put in this Les Paul just makes for some mad sustain. In short if you are looking for a heavier style guitar with some bite and mean looks, go with the menace! You won't be dispointed!


The Other Guys Are CRAZY!

By Les Man 17

from Owatonna Mn

You must be crazy to say that this guitar is anything else but perfect, i love it. I have always wanted a Les Paul and after looking found this. It was really cheap i was amazed that i could actually afford one. I wanted to play it first but that was impossible because no one has it, so if you have to play before you buy you miight be out of luck. I decided to take the risk and had Guitar Center order me one. When i opened it for the first time i fell in love. It does have imperfections all over but to me that is the idea of this guitar, it isn't supposed to be pretty. I played it on a Behringer of my Dad's for awhile wjich didn't even do it justice. I play it now on a Line 6 spider 3 and i can't even believe the sound i get. What everyone says about the low end is completely right i never got that much on anything else i played. It is crazy clear, the mids and highs are sharp. I played my friends Les Paul studio which he payed $1200 for and that thing sounded like a toy compared to this. I play everything from metal to gospel and i get great sound all the time. The sound is great the price is right on. If you need a guitar that will keep up with a changing style you need this.


great guitar

By pete

from califonia

this is a great guitar for the price. Mine came out of the box with really nice action like it was setup just for me. The neck could be smoother but it still plays as fast as my gibson les paul standard. I would definitly recommend this guitar.


almost perfect

By Jordan

from Roxboro, NC

The aesthetics are very pleasing. The black chrome to the custom ridges in the body. If only Gibson would give an EMG or other active pickup option, the Menace would have been perfect for me. Don't get me wrong, the passive smoky coil pickups are a step up from the usual P90s when it comes to Rock/Metal, but they still need enhancement from pedals or otherwise to get a real crunchy/hi-gain sound. I have installed EMGs on it and its working out beautifully. Ultimately, I would very enthusiastically recommend this item.


Ohhh Yeah...

By A.Matonak

from Pacific Grove, CA

I own many guitars, my father is a guitar builder, and I have played guitar all my life. I find this guitar to be the most study, not the lightest, but definetly the most resonant guitar I own. Its output blows away other guitars, and in my opinion adds much needed midrange warmth to Metal music and other crunch-needy guitar riffs. I own and use a Fender MetalHead Amp and have never, ever been to quiet while playing a live gig or had to deal with buzz or hum at all. If you want a road worthy guitar than Gibson or ESP are the brands to trust, but soon other small name Luthiers will probably outdo that with quality control. Worth every penny, its a Gibson.

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