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

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Overview

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 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

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    (7)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (31)
  • Practicing (30)
  • Recording (21)
  • Rock concerts (19)
  • Small venues (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (31), Novice (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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3.0

Would not buy.

By Mathew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

shipped very fast, and very pleased with the guitar

By no nickname

from Gadsden Al

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    very pleased

     
    5.0

    Heavy

    By Kaberle

    from Texas

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    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.

         
        5.0

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

        By Elvenking

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very High Quality Guitar.

        By Johnny.

        from Coconut Creek Florida.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

           
          5.0

          Very nice upgrade from my entry level guitar

          By Mongoose

          from BattleGround, WA

          About Me Novice

          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!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Guitar, A Keeper!

            By Rob

            from Cooper City, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love It ,,,

              By John J @ All In 1 Media

              from Fort Myers, FL

              About Me Experienced

              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!!

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