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Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar  Midnight Ebony

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The Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar offers you a choice between 2 slightly different guitars, the EX and the GX. Both sh...Read More

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A mahogany body with a gorgeous top and a choice of pickups.

The Epiphone 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 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
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Quilted Maple
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: SpeedTaper
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 14"
  • Fret size: Jumbo 
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Inlays: Block and triangle
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: EMG-85, or 490R (dependent on finish)
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: EMG-81, or 498T (dependent on finish)
  • Brand: EMG, or Gibson
  • Active or passive pickups: Active, or Passive (dependent on finish)
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull coil taps
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil split
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups, Epiphone straplocks installed
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar

  • 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
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Good tone (39)
  • Good feel (38)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Solid electronics (32)
  • Good pick up (31)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (31)
  • Practicing (29)
  • Recording (21)
  • Small venues (19)
  • Rock concerts (18)
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WOW, just WOW!

Less than a week delivery, really nice case included, no setup required, active pickups = 9V battery, amazing sound, great color (I got sapphire), slim smooth neck for easy slides,...Read complete review

Less than a week delivery, really nice case included, no setup required, active pickups = 9V battery, amazing sound, great color (I got sapphire), slim smooth neck for easy slides, output jack can't become loose like the SGs. I have a marshal MG15CFX (budget amp) and a few Behringer pedals and this thing screams! Drop C sharp makes my floors shake. I have played off and on for the past year or so and this guitar sent me to a whole new level. Previously had an Epiphone SG Special, this is like going from a Dodge Neon to an Audi A4 haha. It does have a much heavier build than my old SG but the sound and feel is incredible. The playing feel alone is just indescribable for a intermediate player going from an inexpensive SG to this Les Paul. Bends and vibrato are soo much easier, almost to the point where I do too much vibrato.. OH! The color! I got the Midnight Sapphire. It is not a light blue at all! I saw some videos where it looked almost baby blue which irritated me because it would look fantastic being a DARK "sapphire" blue; which in reality it is :). I bet the black looks killer too, but the blue is just awesome; makes you want to play it when you see it ya know. This is my first really nice, new guitar so I never had to take one to get it "set-up". This one doesn't seem to need it. Once you break in your strings and such, it takes ALOT to knock this baby out of tune it seems. I would highly recommend this strap for any Les Paul. It is super pricey but I love it, best investment after the guitar.. "Levy's Leathers MSS1-BLK Veg Tan Leather Guitar Strap,Black". I'm not gonna knock the score for the Epiphone strap locks but they aren't the best. They haven't come off yet but I wouldn't be swinging it around like a madman.

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Modifications Required

I own the EX Plus in Midnight Sapphire.

Neck - the neck is thin, maybe a little too thin. The thin taper neck was an intentional departure from traditional Les Paul's to...Read complete review

I own the EX Plus in Midnight Sapphire.

Neck - the neck is thin, maybe a little too thin. The thin taper neck was an intentional departure from traditional Les Paul's to accommodate the shredder, however the neck is so thin that slightly moving it will affect tuning. They could have split the difference between the Prophecy and a Les Paul and met this goal with a much more stable neck. If you jump around in practice or performance, this is not the guitar for you. I don't, thankfully :). The satin finish on the back of the neck is a nice touch.

Frets - the frets are Jumbo. Not bad for a modern metal guitar, but Extra Jumbo frets do the job even better. My guitar required a full fret level and dressing out of the box to fix extensive string buzzing. The fret level helped tremendously, but that does mean my frets have less life in them right off the bat.

Finishing - the Midnight Sapphire is beautiful. The binding and trim is about what you would expect from a China production guitar. Sloppy edges, and rough fret ends.

Pick-ups - The EMG's are great, as always. They often get pigeonholed as a metal pickup, but I play a variety of genres and love the versatility and smoothness I get out of them. I do, however prefer Seymour Duncan Blackouts. The Blackouts have more clarity, definition, and more saturated gain when pushed.

Bridge -The Epiphone Locktone Tune-O-Matic is an unnecessary gimmick that is an improvement in theory, but there is a reason these bridges are not included on high end Gibsons. The engineering is extremely poor. Lots of sharp edges that interfere with palm muting comfort. How can Epiphone produce a metal guitar and overlook this? Like many Tun-O-Matics, the travel path of the saddles is relatively short, and you may run out of range when adjusting intonation. On my guitar, the saddles were facing two directions - a sign there is an intonation issue. Also, the saddle heights did not match the radius of the fretboard. For example, the B string was lower than my high E.

Tuners - Grover 14:1 tuners are pretty standard and adequate. If you are finicky about tuning and intonation, 18:1 makes a big difference. On my guitar I needed to tighten the tuning keys. They were very loose and turned way too easily.

Overall sound - Good tone, two volumes, two tones, and selector switch make it versatile.

Comparison - I own a Schecter Blackjack ATX C-1. Similar price range, similar target demographic. The Schecter is far superior in nearly every way. Both companies seem to have the same goal to reach the same crowd. I also own the Schecter Damien Elite, a lower model at a lower price point. With the exception of the bolt on neck, it is also superior to the Prophecy, unless you need the Les Paul body style. Schecter found a way to make a quality product without such compromise. I think you can attribute that to the difference between Schecter being made in Korea and Epiphones being made in China.

Recommended modifications - I kept my Prophecy because I love Les Pauls and really wanted a modern Les Paul with EMG's and 24 frets. So, I replaced the bridge with a Nashville style Tonepros TB3T. Smoother saddles, better radius match, longer intonation travel. I then replaced the tuners with Grover 502BC 18:1 locking tuners. Easier fine tuning adjustments, less string winding means less slippage, better tuning stability. These two modifications made the Prophecy feel like an amazing top of the line guitar. It would not cost Epiphone that much more to meet this quality level within the Prophecy's current price point. Owners should not have to dump money into a brand new guitar reach this quality level.

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5.0

Heavy

By Kaberle

from Texas

About Me Novice

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I have a few guitars. Dean, Schecter, Gretsch and a couple of franken-fenders I built. Each has a personality. I bought this for the pickups, the absence of a trem and the knob placement. These factors, along with the satin finish neck make this guitar my primary Metal guitar. It is an oddly heavy guitar compared to my others. But despite any discomfort after a couple hours' practice it is easy to play and the sound is excellent.

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      5.0

      Very High Quality Guitar.

      By Johnny.

      from Coconut Creek Florida.

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Most advanced Les Paul style.
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fun to play easy on my hands.
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

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

        I have bought a lot of guitars over the years looking for that sound? This guitar has that magic, the feel and that sound. Guitar players know.

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        5.0

        Very nice upgrade from my entry level guitar

        By Mongoose

        from BattleGround, WA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          I am very happy with this guitar. The difference between this and my entry level guitar are night and day. I love the way it plays, feels, sounds. I wish I'd bought it sooner!

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          5.0

          Sweet, sweet, sweet guitar

          By eyegore

          from pennsylvania

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I have had mine now for about 9 months - bought a blemished second and saved 200 on it. You will have to assume what kind of currency I'm referring to because the profanity filter won't let me tell you. Blemishes so insignificant only I and the inspector know where they are. They are very hard to find. Which shows just how high of a quality standard has been applied to this guitar. This guitar practically plays itself. I can't believe they sell it for so little. The only thing I would say isn't my favorite thing about this style, and this applies to all Les Paul style guitars is the volume controls and pickup switches are so far away from the strings. But that's Les Paul...

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            5.0

            Excellant in every respect.

            By Edward M.

            from Little Falls, NY

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • more Gibson than Gibson.
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • I wasted money on Gibson when Epiphone available

            Best Uses

            • Rock your world in every venue at any level.

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

            Just what I needed an affordable Les Paul Style Gibson with Gibson Pickup's at a fraction of the price. Fit, Finish and Function are supreme. My friend ,the Virtuoso Guitarist Joseph Sanita ( Utica ,NY) and I tested this guitar against his vintage Gibson. Result was so close that it was scary. If you need more bang for your buck try the Epiphone Prophecy EX , you won't regret it.

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            5.0

            Excellent Guitar, A Keeper!

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            By Rob

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This guitar is very well made. I bought a blemished one, and it had a neck repair. Very nicely repaired and worth the money, it was a good discount.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not just good for the money, but a good Guitar 4.75 stars

              By Red

              from Illinois

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

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

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

              I ordered the GX Black Cherry early this month about the same day MF put them on the website. Mine was built in January of 2015 so this is from a New batch. It was built in plant "15" which is the Quadong Gibson owned Epiphone main factory.- That fact is also a recent change.
              It came with a decent case, straplocks, allen wrench for truss rod, nice manual, Bumper sticker, Poster,and wrrant info. -Nice touch.
              The guitar overall has as good of craftsmanship as a Gibson with one exception.- While the action was playable, I like it LOW- to do this revealed a few slightly high frets. A minor fret leveling and crowning turned this guitar into HEAVEN. Do this and you will be absolutley amazed. The fret thing was the only reason I gave the guitar a 4.75. Other than that it's a 5. I did this job in 30 minutes with a leveler and crown tool.
              The pickups are Gibson originals (i checked) and sound great. The coil splits are very useable. Wont do a tele, but gets you in the woods, and will decently get you in Strat world with the right amp. Great for live shows.
              Epiphone has departed a bit from traditional custom specs by offering 24 frets yet maintaining an original 24.75 scale. I thought this would be a problem but it is not. Im used to the 25.5 scale of Jacksons, but this guitar makes for easy transitioning. The neck is thin, but yet has more beef than the typical jackson neck. It claims a 14 in. radius, but to me, it feels a bit flatter. I find myself liking it better than the jacksons not just because it's a new guitar, but the neck has a definate improvement. I have a Gibson standard 92 model and this thing outplays it, and sound TONS BETTER. Im not just saying that. The standard has a thick maple top that makes a guitar sound hard, brittle, and sometimes sterile, the epi does not and has a thin maple veneer. Not just a good guitar for the money, But a great guitar by itself. Thanks Epiphone.

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              5.0

              Awesom guitar

              By The guitarist

              from Pelican Rapids, MN

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming

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

                Started playing in our church band and have received lots of compliments on the design and sound

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                4.0

                Great Guitar, Issue with Finish

                By Dug

                from Asheville, NC

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Off-Color FInish

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
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                Comments about Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX/GX Electric Guitar:

                This was my first higher-tier purchase in guitars. It's my third electric and I fell in love with it over the course of the first two nights I had it. The active EMGs and fine toning produce a great sound but what stands out most for me is the workmanship on the neck. The speedtaper d-profile neck with the satin finish feels great and really allows to hone your speed-skills as I must say mine have improved quite a bit already. I love this thing BUT I felt obligated to let future customers know the one downfall of this purchase. This guitar is beautiful in the pictures, and still beautiful in my hands. But the one I am holding has a greenish tone to it, and the binding is yellowed instead of fine white as pictured. I have been to a couple luthiers and they say all I can do is shell out the cash to get it refinished. At the factory they must have used a "vintage" clear coat instead of a crystal clear one. Don't know why. Anyway, beware of this. Only reason I'm giving this 4 of 5. Musician's friend was quick and happy to pay for my return shipping to exchange the guitar, but it was too late, I was in love.

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                5.0

                Beautiful guitar

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

                beautiful - great craftsmanship ...... as nice as any of my Gibson guitars

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