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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 share identical specifications with the important exc... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
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
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love It ,,,

This guitar is great! The flamed maple top is exquisite, and the mother of pearl and abolone inlays are truly gorgeous. The EMG pickups are super sweet, and the thinner neck profile is...Read complete review

This guitar is great! The flamed maple top is exquisite, and the mother of pearl and abolone inlays are truly gorgeous. The EMG pickups are super sweet, and the thinner neck profile is beautiful to play on! As a bonus it comes with a form fitted, hard shell case, and strap locks.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice guitar but attention to quality stinks

This is my second Midnight Sapphire from Guitar Center and Epiphone and it too is plagued with quality control issues. The first one had over spray on the neck (rough to touch), a...Read complete review

This is my second Midnight Sapphire from Guitar Center and Epiphone and it too is plagued with quality control issues. The first one had over spray on the neck (rough to touch), a finger print in the finish near the pickup toggle switch and the case had a stain the lid that was in the finish. Really Epiphone that passed inspection? That guy must be asleep with a rubber stamp in his hand. The US inspection is pretty meaningless. I decided to send it back for another one and waited for the restock that happened on March 14th (Guitar Center and everyone else was out of these in late February probably because of all the returns). Received my second one on Thursday the week of March 17th unboxed it and found problems as well. The case had marks on the back side (no biggy), the guitar bridge had a bolt where the black finish was coming off to reveal a copper color, the body has a blem near where your arm crosses over it where the maple veneer shows a slight ridge and finally scratches in the finish where it looks like someone took a dirty rag and tried to polish it. Unbelievable Epiphone. Now the good news, the one I received had a much darker finish in the neck and body and fretboard than the first one I received. I like the looks of it a lot more than the first one! The body has a deeper blue, the neck is dark blue satin and the fretboard is black. It looks a lot like the one in the Bryan Aspey video on Epiphone's website and also appears to have an ebony fretboard like the one in the video as well. I compared it to the rosewood fretboard of my '88 Hamer Chaparral and it's definitely black and definitely smaller grained. Not sure if I got a leftover from the initial bunch that was discontinued or if Epiphone is building them again or what. Regardless, I like the way it looks and decided to keep it. After tuning it, playing it and noticing my fingers getting black I decided to clean it up with my Dunlop maintenance kit and throw a set of new strings on it. It cleaned up nice except for the light scratches which I'll need to polish out. The bridge was set too low and caused a lot of fret buzz. I'm still working it out with raising the bridge and adjusting the neck truss rod. The intonation was actually good except for the 5th and 6th strings. After setting it up and playing it I like the thin neck and action (comfortable and easy to go fast) as well as the Les Paul tone. The pickups work pretty good but the passive ones on my Hamer are hotter which surprised me. I know this is an inexpensive guitar and it's made in China, but the lack of attention to simple things like stains and rough finishes is just not doing your job. I complained to Epiphone and I suggest others do the same. Hopefully they'll listen and get people trained properly. If you decide to go for one be prepared to accept some quality problems and do some work to get it how you like it. This is a unique model to Epiphone which sets it apart from Gibson. Too bad they don't have more pride in their work.

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3.0

Would not buy.

By Mathew

from undisclosed

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

Didn't care for the feel of it and it came in much darker shade.

 
5.0

Great service, Great guitar!

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Ordered my Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX Electric Guitar on 12/22/16. The guitar arrived at my local GC on 12/29/16 in great condition. Epiphone did a great job with the packaging. Opened it at the store, and it was perfect, as was the hardcase that it came in. The action was set perfectly right out of the box. This was a great purchasing experience for me. I have ordered a couple things from GC, and always have been satisfied.

 
5.0

Want a cool looking Les Paul that plays just as nice? Buy...

By Elvenking

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • A little heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I always loved the look of Les Paul guitars. I always was drawn to the sound of them mostly inspired by Slash from Guns N' Roses. When I was younger, I wanted a "guitar like Slash". Finally, as I've grown older, I've finally been able to get a "guitar like Slash's" and one that I am comfortable playing and looks very cool. But I'm more of a metal guy (though Guns N' Roses is my favorite band) and I needed something that was a little more suited for metal. This guitar I feel fits that. It's like a Les Paul built to sound heavier and sound more "metal" in my opinion. It has a thin neck that increases your speed and is very easy and comfortable to play. It can really scream and sound tight. The neck has good action and is strong. My only complaint would be it is a bit heavy for my preference but its nothing I, or anyone in my opinion, can't get used to. If you love the look of Les Pauls and the general sound of them but need something a bit more to your tastes in the metal genre, I'd recommend this guitar. I'm very happy with it and look forward to continued experiences with it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It ,,,

By John J @ All In 1 Media

from Fort Myers, FL

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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 great! The flamed maple top is exquisite, and the mother of pearl and abolone inlays are truly gorgeous. The EMG pickups are super sweet, and the thinner neck profile is beautiful to play on! As a bonus it comes with a form fitted, hard shell case, and strap locks.

     
    5.0

    Amazing guitar!

    By Mikhail

    from Lubbock tx

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • An amazing tone
    • Beautiful craftsmanship
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • The action is perfect n so easy to play

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Awesome guitar so easy to play n an unbelievable tone! The best guitar I've ever owned!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Happy Customer

      By Dave

      from Jacksoville Florida

      Pros

      • Overall Quallity

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I actually purchased a Midnight Ebony EX in October of last year (2014) and am just getting around to giving my thoughts on it. I was looking for a Les Paul sound but couldn't afford Gibson prices so after much research I went for the EX. I have to say this is a incredible Guitar not just for the price but overall. I have always been a Fender guy Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision) but wanted to try something different. I was apprehensive a bit after reading a couple of bad reviews but upon receiving mine I examined every inch of it under a bright light and could not find a single flaw. Large or small. I love the feel and I can get about any tone out of it I want. I mostly use it as my drop tuning guitar but I'll use it for everything except for when I need a whammy bar. Just a great instrument! I took it to my tech he didn't do anything to it other than heavier strings and some fret dressing. Would highly recommend it to anyone!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar for the price

          By Jason Lynch

          from Boston, MA

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

          I own a Gibson SG and a Gibson Les Paul studio, so I am partial to Gibson guitars. I love the look, sound & feel of a Les Paul, and I really wanted one with 24 frets, but there are very few Gibson USA Les Pauls that offer this. The only Gibson USA Les Pauls I've seen with 24 frets are the Buckethead signature models which are hard to come by, and some double cutaway Les Pauls, which are really nice, but don't have the usual volume & tone controls like a Les Paul Standard or Studio (two volume, two tone). When I found the Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX and saw that it had 24 frets & the traditional Les Paul volume & tone controls, it caught my attention. The GX also has Gibson 490r & 498t pickups, which are great. My only hesitation was that I know Epiphones can be hit or miss, and based on the photos on the Epiphone website, I wasn't sure I liked the two available finishes on the GX models. The heritage cherry sunburst finish looked a little too over the top with the quilted, ultra bright colored sunburst top. However, I found some photos and videos online of people playing the guitar in normal lighting and it's actually gorgeous in person. I like the finished on the EX models, but I do not want EMG pickups, so I was not interested in those. The neck and body are not actually bound, it's just white paint to resemble binding, but it still looks nice. It's lighter than my Les Paul studio and has a thinner neck. Short scale like a Gibson Les Paul, 24.75". It's a very easy guitar to play. Plus it has coil tapping which is a nice feature if you're trying to get brighter, more Stratocaster-like tones. It's a great sounding guitar, I play mostly high gain hard rock music and it definitely sounds like a Les Paul. Came with a harsh ell case too. For the price, and all the amenities, it would be very hard to beat this guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Guitar. Deceiving Picture.

          By Sean Fox

          from WI

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

          I ordered the 'Midnight Ebony' thinking the color of the guitar was more on the Flat Black side of the scale, along with the white trim around it. That's what the picture makes it seem, but it's not. When I opened the case, the color looked more on the green side, with the trim color more cream than white. It has the same design as the blue colored option, almost looks like water. It's the same on the midnight ebony. I'm kind of wishing I would have picked up the blue one instead, but it's still a pretty good looking guitar. I'm surprised nobody has said anything about the color. The case came with some dings and scratches on it already. Locks and closes perfectly with the guitar a snug fit. I have yet to plug it into an amp, but it still plays excellent! I am pleased with the quality, sound, and craftsmanship of the guitar, but not the color. I was really really looking forward to owning a nice flat black les paul. But this dark greenish with cream trim will suffice. Hope this helped for anyone curious about the ACTUAL color. Just another solid Epiphone product! I would have given the product a 5 star, but it got 4 because of the false description.

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice guitar but attention to quality stinks

          By Thomas Royersmith

          from Westminster, CO

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

          This is my second Midnight Sapphire from Guitar Center and Epiphone and it too is plagued with quality control issues. The first one had over spray on the neck (rough to touch), a finger print in the finish near the pickup toggle switch and the case had a stain the lid that was in the finish. Really Epiphone that passed inspection? That guy must be asleep with a rubber stamp in his hand. The US inspection is pretty meaningless. I decided to send it back for another one and waited for the restock that happened on March 14th (Guitar Center and everyone else was out of these in late February probably because of all the returns). Received my second one on Thursday the week of March 17th unboxed it and found problems as well. The case had marks on the back side (no biggy), the guitar bridge had a bolt where the black finish was coming off to reveal a copper color, the body has a blem near where your arm crosses over it where the maple veneer shows a slight ridge and finally scratches in the finish where it looks like someone took a dirty rag and tried to polish it. Unbelievable Epiphone. Now the good news, the one I received had a much darker finish in the neck and body and fretboard than the first one I received. I like the looks of it a lot more than the first one! The body has a deeper blue, the neck is dark blue satin and the fretboard is black. It looks a lot like the one in the Bryan Aspey video on Epiphone's website and also appears to have an ebony fretboard like the one in the video as well. I compared it to the rosewood fretboard of my '88 Hamer Chaparral and it's definitely black and definitely smaller grained. Not sure if I got a leftover from the initial bunch that was discontinued or if Epiphone is building them again or what. Regardless, I like the way it looks and decided to keep it. After tuning it, playing it and noticing my fingers getting black I decided to clean it up with my Dunlop maintenance kit and throw a set of new strings on it. It cleaned up nice except for the light scratches which I'll need to polish out. The bridge was set too low and caused a lot of fret buzz. I'm still working it out with raising the bridge and adjusting the neck truss rod. The intonation was actually good except for the 5th and 6th strings. After setting it up and playing it I like the thin neck and action (comfortable and easy to go fast) as well as the Les Paul tone. The pickups work pretty good but the passive ones on my Hamer are hotter which surprised me. I know this is an inexpensive guitar and it's made in China, but the lack of attention to simple things like stains and rough finishes is just not doing your job. I complained to Epiphone and I suggest others do the same. Hopefully they'll listen and get people trained properly. If you decide to go for one be prepared to accept some quality problems and do some work to get it how you like it. This is a unique model to Epiphone which sets it apart from Gibson. Too bad they don't have more pride in their work.

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice

          By Jeff Demott _

          from burns, wyoming

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

          This is a great guitar. For the price you cant beat it. The only thing I would say to make it a 5 star rating would be, to add pickup covers and a pick guard. I just think that would dress it up nicely.

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