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Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar Black Cherry 

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Overview

  • Resonant and warm-sounding mahogany body
  • Gorgeous quilted maple top for added tone
  • Comfortable set-in mahogany neck with SpeedTaper profile
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A mahogany body with a gorgeous top and a choice of pickups.

The Gibson Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar offers you a choice between 2 slightly different guitars, the EX and the GX. Both share identical specifications with the important exception of the color finishes and the pickups onboard. The EX model is finished in either Midnight Ebony or Midnight Sapphire with EMG 81/85 active humbuckers, while the GX model comes in Black Cherry and Cherry Sunburst and features Gibson 498T/490R humbuckers. So make your choice. Either way, it's a win-win.

The Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX Outfit
This Les Paul brings back the axe loved by metal shredders around the world. And now, along with EMG humbuckers, the EX Outfit includes individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, a mahogany body with a stunning quilt maple veneer top, and a super fast mahogany neck that has a SpeedTaper™ D-profile with a satin finish and a 24.75" scale. The elegant rosewood fingerboard has 24 jumbo frets, a 14" radius, a standard 1.68" graphite nut, and beautiful mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle inlays on the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15th frets, alternating with mother-of-pearl blocks on frets 17, 19, 21, and 24. The clipped dove wing headstock has 5-ply white and black binding with a mother-of-pearl "stickpin" design on the headstock face and Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX or GX on the bell-shaped truss rod cover.

Its active EMG 81/85 pickups excel at high volume and are a favorite among the world's top metal players--including Zakk Wylde--for their beefy tone. Both pickup designs feature close apterture coils with Alnico V magnets for a smooth tone that can go from 1959 to far into the future or anywhere in between. And for the first time, the EX features individual volume and tone controls for each pickup. The EMG pickups are powered by a 9-volt battery conveniently located in the back of the guitar in an easy-to-access compartment.

The Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX's stunning black hardware goes beyond anything seen before in the Prophecy series including black metal barrel controls with mother of pearl inlaid tops, Epiphone's legendary LockTone™ tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, an Epiphone Exclusive non-rotating heavy duty output jack, and black Epiphone straplocks. The EX also includes black Grover® 14:1 machine heads for superb tuning accuracy, just like you find on all the very best Les Pauls. Finally, the EX includes a hard case to provide the very best protection for your instrument.

The new Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX Outfit
This guitar is the supreme Les Paul for those who dare to break new ground in speed, sound, and technique. And now, the GX features Gibson USA's powerful 490R/498T humbucker combination with push/pull coil-tapping for each pickup, an elegant mother of pearl and abalone block & triangle inlay and pickup individual volume and tone controls in the traditional Les Paul layout.

The Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX Outfit features a mahogany body with a stunning Quilt maple veneer top that's available in two beautiful color finishes, Black Cherry and Heritage Cherry Sunburst. The super fast mahogany neck has a SpeedTaper™ D-profile with a satin finish and a 24.75" scale. The elegant rosewood fingerboard has 24 jumbo frets, a 14" radius, a standard 1.68" graphite nut, and beautiful mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle inlays on the 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, and 15th frets, alternating with mother-of-pearl block inlays on frets 17, 19, 21, and 24. The classic Epiphone Clipped Dovewing headstock has 5-ply white and black binding with a mother of pearl "stickpin" design on the headstock face and Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX on the bell-shaped truss rod cover.

Fans of the original Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX, fitted with Gibson DirtyFingers™, often noted that the 490R/498T might be a great match for the new GX. They heard you and your wish was Epiphone’s command. The new Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX features a Gibson USA 490R humbucker in the neck position and a Gibson USA 498T in the bridge position. The 490R features an Alnico II bar magnet and the 498T carries an Alnico-V bar magnet. These pickups have the traditional characteristics of the original "Patent Applied For" tone that's unmistakably from Gibson's legendary family of humbucker pickups but, with a modern edge to give your tone a distinct personality. Best of all, each pickup features coil tapping via a push/pull control at each pickup's volume knob. And now for the first time, the Prophecy GX features individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.

Over the last decade, Epiphone has built a reputation for outstanding quality, especially in their hardware. Now, the Prophecy GX gold hardware goes beyond anything seen before in the Prophecy series beginning with the GX's gold metal barrel controls with mother of pearl inlaid tops, their legendary gold LockTone™ tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece, a gold Epiphone Exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack, and gold Epiphone straplocks. The Prophecy GX also includes gold Grover® 14:1 machine heads for superb tuning accuracy, just like you find on all the best Les Pauls. The Prophecy GX also includes a hard case so you have the security to take your GX anywhere the music takes you. Includes case.

Features

  • Resonant and warm-sounding mahogany body
  • Gorgeous quilted maple top for added tone
  • Comfortable set-in mahogany neck with SpeedTaper profile
  • Choice of EMG 81/85 active or Gibson 498T/490R humbucking pickups
  • Pre-installed Epiphone straplocks
  • Includes case

Your future is bright with the right guitar. Order today.

 

Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Mahogany body
  • Quilted maple top
  • Set-in mahogany SpeedTaper satin neck
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Block and triangle fretboard inlay
  • EMG 81/85 active humbucking pickups (EX models - Midnight Ebony and Midnight Sapphire finishes)
  • Gibson 498T/490R humbucking pickups (GX models - Black Cherry and Heritage Cherry Sunburst finishes)
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 1.68" nut width
  • Epiphone straplocks installed
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EpiphoneProphecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (22)
  • Fun to play (21)
  • Good tone (21)
  • Solid electronics (17)
  • Good pick up (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (18)
    • Practicing (17)
    • Recording (12)
    • Rock concerts (9)
    • Small venues (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (20), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Prophecy G/X cherry sunburst.

    This guitar is a work of art.

    They really nailed all of the things I have been wanting in a Les Paul. I own a LP standard and a Traditional...Read complete review

    This guitar is a work of art.

    They really nailed all of the things I have been wanting in a Les Paul. I own a LP standard and a Traditional Pro, but this one feels better and seems more playable to me than they do. It is nice to have the neck joint at the 19 fret as apposed to the 17 fret.

    It is very esthetically pleasing. The quilted maple top, Ebony fret board, custom inlays, binding, and gold hardware are like bling!!!
    Even the back of the guitar looks good. I worry a little about how well the gold plating will wear over time.

    I used to find myself switching between an LP and Jackson for playability reasons, but this one seems to bridge that gap.
    I like the longer neck but it does take some getting used to. At first I got a little confused about what fret I was playing on (lol).
    The overall feel of the neck is awesome (not too thick or thin). I like the 14" radius fret board too, though I like a 12"-16" compound radius better.

    This guitar has tone and sustains forever. Some of the other reviews I read stated that theirs had a heavy un-chambered body. Mine feels a bit lighter and possibly chambered (weight relieved).
    Many LP fans are not crazy about the Gibson 498t/460 combination. I think they sound pretty good for classic rock. I would try them yourself.

    For the price this guitar is an excellent value, especially since it comes with a case. Over all I really like it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    3rd Guitar's a Charm?

    Would like to rate higher but unsure if an acceptable product can originate from China plant. The tonal capabilities and playability are addictive. First guitar: push pull knob popped out. Second guitar:...Read complete review

    Would like to rate higher but unsure if an acceptable product can originate from China plant. The tonal capabilities and playability are addictive. First guitar: push pull knob popped out. Second guitar: slight neck dents and slight ?cosmetic? crack way far down on the fretboard. Third guitar: we'll see. Return process was easy--something tells me they do this often.

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    5.0

    A beautiful Instrument of Art and Sound

    By Tucknfoldman

    from West Palm Beach, Florida

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Craftwork
    • Came With A Case
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues
      • Wall art

      Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

      This is as close as you get to a Gibson. You have the gibson USA pickups, a great neck, all the bells and whistles you do not get on a cheap Gibson. This looks like a top of the Line LP plus the a good quality guitar case.
      I ordered two but one came with a broken neck in box and in the case, go figure.
      I like this Epi version of the LP better than even the Black Beauty and Custom. It is eye candy that can perform.

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      2.0

      I returned my purchase for full refund.

      By Explorer The Crunch Machine

      from Steuben County, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Heavy Body
      • Heavy Excellent Finish

      Cons

      • Bendable Neck
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

      I really looked forward to my receipt of this item. But when I first plugged it in, there was a funky gritty hum in the amp that went away after replacing the factory supplied battery with an energizer. Unfortunately, it had a very weak sound which was quit disappointing. Also, the neck seemed to bend way too easily, and quickly took it out of tune; this was a deal-breaker for me. Thankfully, Customer Service authorized my immediate return without hassle, and they were prompt to refund my money to my credit card. My experience with this ensures I'll stick with Gibson Name Brand guitars for future purchases.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME !!

      By Mile High

      from Denver

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Satin Finished Neck
      • Stin Finish On The Neck

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

        I bought a Restock for 70% off. It still had the protective plastic on it. I found a TINY finish imperfection (It took 3 days for me to find it). The guitar is beautiful and the coil splitting feature makes it so versatile. The Gibson USA pickups are the same ones featured in a $4000 Gibson Les Paul Custom. Great traditional LP tones, top quality hardware, and the coolness factor make this Les Paul Prophecy an absolute no brainer !! At regular price it's a great guitar. If you can buy it for less, DON'T HESITATE !! I've been playing for nearly 50 years and owned more than 400 guitars. I know what I'm talking about

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        5.0

        should be " More " Paul

        By Valley Viking

        from B.C. Canada

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        Pros

        • Awesome look
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great Finish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

          nicer than expected, no wonder lots of reveiws praise these Epiphones, great bang for the buck, the awesome custom case is a bonus

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar!

          By Will

          from Mora, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Nothing

          Best Uses

          • Anything you want

          Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

          All the guitars I own, I have gotten from MF, so when I was in the market for a new electric, I already knew where to look. I had an idea of what I wanted; solid to semi-holow body, heavy duty humbuckers, nothing to flashy, but something versatile as I play a variety of styles. Right away I found this in the used section, bought level 2 or whatever they called it, not mint but in decent shape, i have kids and carry guitars around the house, so I knew if I bought it mint, it wouldnt stay that way. I instantly knew this was the one when i saw the picture, it was just perfect, so I ordered it at like 2am on a friday, expecting to receive it maybe the next thursday or friday. It arrived on TUESDAY, and it was just perfect. I read a review that said the pickup battery was dead, and so was mine, and I assume thats what made it not "mint" perfect, theres nothing wrong with it, no dings, no dead frets, nothing. A new 9V and its like brand new. And it does it all, I can play Slayer and Pantera just as smoothly and cleanly as I can play Eagles and Animals, every note rings true and clear, it is awesome. Absolutely love it. THANKS MUSICIANS FRIEND!!!!!!!!!

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          5.0

          Great deal!

          By DedHed

          from Pendleton, Oregon

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great For For Jammin'
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Needed A Little Set-up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

          Beautiful guitar, nice finish with no flaws. Needed a little bit of set-up out of the box.
          The case is very nice and worth the money. Bought it online and am happy with it. Super fast shipping. Price went up 2 days after I bought it.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          THANK YOU MUSICIANS FRIEND!!!!

          By D Rock

          from arkansas

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                Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

                I ordered the Matt Heafy signature Les Paul originally. Unfortunately when it arrived there were some issues. This is not Musicians Friends fault I guess Epiphone let one slip through the QC line. No big deal it happens. Musicians Friend was more than helpful when it came to dealing with this item. My rep was CJ and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Not only did they send me the return label free of charge to me, but they sent me the Prophecy Plus EX in exchange without even waiting for me to return the original defective guitar. They also sent it premium to get it to me faster than usual. The prophecy plus was no longer on sale anymore and they still matched their previous sale price. I admit I was a bit hesitant to order another Epiphone as this was my first one and it was a bad deal right out the gate. However, as a one time deal to me they offered to have another return label in place for the new guitar just in case I don't like it for any reason, even if it is not defective in any way. I must say that kind of customer service is hard to beat! Thanks again Musicians Friend! I will have the new git fiddle soon and I will do a proper review. Just had to share that experience.

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                5.0

                Awesome guitar!

                By Mesil66

                from Lake Placid

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar is very good, I bought it used (condition 2) and it is like new.

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                  5.0

                  Very nice

                  By AngryHeb

                  from Chicopee MA

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this guitar used so I was expecting it to be scratched and banged up. Even though the battery was dead for the active pickups and the toggle switch cap was missing (which is metric by the way) so Gibson caps are to big. This guitar is sweet and beautiful and sounds great! I have many Gibsons but none with EMG pickups, that's why I bought it. And I'm very happy with this Epiphone!

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Awesome guitar

                    By god666

                    from Denver, CO

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

                      Right out of the box this is an amazing guitar for the price. It was pretty much already tuned to drop C for me, so that was awesome. Plugged it in and jammed hard. The guitar is very light but doesn't feel cheap and the neck is fast to maneuver.

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