Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups  

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The SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar from Epiphone is based on the original SG design. But this Prophecy GX has 2 Dirty Fingers humbucker pickups. Other lavish, Prophecy features on this guitar include a highly figured quilt maple top, pearl knobs, strap locks, graphite nut, Grover tuners, a bound ebony fingerboard, unique blade inlay, and a deep, rich black finish. The hard maple set neck and 24-fret ebony fingerboard provide a playground two full octaves in length. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece add more sustain and make string changing easier.

The SG Prophecy guitar's Gibson pickups are extreme-output units designed for more of everything. Much more clarity and volume than a traditional humbucker and an incredible, aggressive, wide response. The Gibson Dirty Fingers pickup comes with a 4-conductor lead and is wax-potted to eliminate unwanted microphonic feedback. Coil-splitting options on both pickups mean you'll never run out of tone options.

Features
  • 24 Jumbo Frets
  • Hard Maple SpeedTaper D Profile, satin finish set neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • Highly Figured Quilt Maple Top
  • Eye Catching Pearl Knob
  • Strap-Locks
  • Graphite Nut
  • LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece fore more sustain and easier string changing
  • Grover machine heads
  • Deep, Rich Black Cherry Finish
  • "Made in USA" Pickups
  • Gibson Dirty Fingers humbuckers
  • Coil-splitting pickups
  • 2 volume, 1 tone w/coil tap, 3-way pickup selector
  • Unique Blade Inlay Pattern
  • Bound Fingerboard
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EpiphoneSG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups
 
4.6

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Part on an Amazing Line!"

I own both the Les Paul Prophecy GX and now the SG Prophecy GX and this is an amazing line of guitars. I have always been resistant to SG's due to their wide necks....Read complete review

I own both the Les Paul Prophecy GX and now the SG Prophecy GX and this is an amazing line of guitars. I have always been resistant to SG's due to their wide necks. The neck on this guitar is a work of art: thin, fast and EBONY! It is a pleasure to play. Dirty Fingers pups are also gems. Just the right amount of dirt in them while still delivering a crisp tone. You can pour on the distortion if you wish and they NEVER get muddy ... every note in a chord rings out! Congratulations to Epiphone for a fine line of guitars ... and to you too, if you're lucky enough to own one (or two) or them!

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Intitial Impressions

Just received a new SG GX. This review is based on my 1st weekend with the guitar. Couldn't find one locally (GC or elsewhere) so I ordered one & hoped for the...Read complete review

Just received a new SG GX. This review is based on my 1st weekend with the guitar. Couldn't find one locally (GC or elsewhere) so I ordered one & hoped for the best..... Appearance: Not very appealing. The finish is very impressive at this price point. Very smooth, rich, & consistent. No imprefections that I could find. Black/wine/burgundy with gold hardware, MUCH darker than the on-line pics. Top has quilted maple "veneer". Not so sure the maple is a veneer but I suspect it is a vinyl "Graphic". If I keep the guitar I'll know when I remove the pickups. Bound headstock & fingerboard. Unfortunately the body is NOT bound. This leads to a strange appearance. The guitar is very dark w/ ebony fingerboard but the fingerboard binding is white (except on the sides where it is an awful brownish-grey due to urethane overspray). Fingerboard binding should have been black & no headstock binding. Fretboard binding is definitely easier on the fingers & appreciated. This neck is used on both the SG & LesPaul for cost reasons. This is at odds with Epiphone's marketing of a "custom" model. Fret markers are very cheesy ("lightening bolts" I think). Should have used the traditional SG block inlays. Not a fan of the gold hardware. Mine has lots of tarnish & pitting and the plating is flaking off. Brushed nickle would have been better, or the black anodized parts from the EX. The neck profile is great. Satin finish, thin, fast. Almost well done. I noticed that the neck is a 2-piece. And not in a good way. Between the 3rd & 4th frets you can see an angle joint in the neck that has the same angle as the head stock. I believe the neck is made as a 2-piece with this angled joint to save material (& $$$). I'm not sure what impact it has on tone. This may be the way all modern angled peg head guitar necks are made but I doubt it. The frets are NOT jumbos. For this type of guitar they should have been. I find the tone quality muddy & very poor. The response through all 3 of my amps (all solid state) is very boomy. It has a very bass characteristic. I'm not sure if it's the pick-ups, the guitar, or a combination. But overall very unpleasing. No clarity or crispness in the higher frequency notes. Very disappointing. I find the sound muddy overall. The bridge pick-up is a little brighter than the neck, but still boomy with too much bass & muddy. The split coil selection gives the same tone as the HB selection just with lower volume. No value in the coil splitting that I can hear. No noise (aka hum) from the pick-ups. As expected from a Humbucker equipped guitar. The sustain is very impressive. Well done. Lastly it won't stay in tune. The guitar needed a little adjustment. Neck was bowed forward, action was a little high & the strings were binding in the nut. Had a luther correct things but tuning still not stable. Since the strings are new this may have an impact on the tuning stability. Not sure yet. Will know better after a week. Noticed that there is a VERY steep angle between the bridge & tail piece. This may also impact tuning. I don't understand why these were positioned so close together. There's plenty of room behind the tail piece. It could easily be located further to the rear to decrease the string angle over the bridge. This should help tuning. It may impact the sustain however.

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5.0

Fine Axe for bukk

By pete moore

from Akron Ohio

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

The neck joint is a great improvement over the old weak point in the Gibson line. The angle one reviewer surmized as a way to save wood is a design upgrade..the Gibson headstocks famous weak/breaking point [where the straight grain inline with the neck 'exits' the headstock]...about 1'' into the angled headstock...if using a 1 piece neck/headstock woodpiece...straight-grain turns into cross-grain, this is the point where I've seen them fall foreward and break. Woodglue fixes these breaks stronger than new, but the angle/joint makes glued straight grain follow through the headstock, that angle-joint greatly improves the durability and longevity of the instrument. Not a big fan of super output PU's, aside from my opinion on PU's [I like to start with ''small'' output PU's so there is a bigger difference between small and large...ie dynamics] a fine instrument. Choose it for the body shape and finish if you like 'em, I do, not so heavy like an LP, I love the shape of SG's. Having tried 28+ new guitars [at GC] from time to time...sighting and playing the necks of expensive/inexpensive instruments [to check playability/consistancy], I'm able to report that 98% of tried guitars had straight/playable nice necks, only 2 of all [countless guitars tried] of them had 'banana neck syndrome' or otherwise had superhigh action or buzzing frets...ie the Mfr.s 'got it down'...just adjustment of action generally makes it close to perfect, the nut height can often also be lowered a bit. I believe they don't hire luthiers to get all the tools and do a fret dressing etc., instead, just pop the frets in and ship 'em...and they play really well just that way. Being a luthier...I could redress frets for no cost, but don't see the need on this 'tier' of instrument...98% of the time...check your neck before buying it ! ! Otherwise I'd say the guitar is perfect for SG lover wishing to avoid weak headstock design...and bidding against collectors for a super-pricey 'original' old SG.

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5.0

AWESOME

By JKC

from Parker, CO

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

This guitar is AWESOME!pickups sound great, maple finish looks great, but the guitar has like a black outline, in a way, you can't see it in the picture. (I like it better with it though)A thick black outline, on the two points on the head/base of guitar's outline, it's thicker, about an inch wide, while at the bottom it's a little thinner, by about a quarter of an inch. The knobs for volume and tone look cool too, they have like a swirl of red, or the color of the guitar. Don't listen to Old_Timer, he sounds like a "guitar Snob" or a person who's picky about guitars, like I can imagine him saying "ooh, I like that one, well, that one looks cute too though" almost like a, well excuse my french, a g** person. (sorry) He said that the guitar sounds like a bass, well, I thought it was supposed to be a blues type guitar. I Love it, no serious problems, I don't know if this was from my guitar or not, but I noticed that I had black stuff on my fingers, on my left hand, I think from the neck or something, it was where guitars normally leave lines on your fingers from the frets. I'm not saying it was from the guitar, so don't use that as an excuse not to buy this AMAZING GUITAR WITH NO IMPERFECTIONS!

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5.0

For Modern Guitarists and SG Sans Alike!

By Robert Treherne

from San Fransisco, CA

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

Okay, Ive had my SG Custom GX for a while, played, inspected and tone tested aginst my 1964 Gibson SG Custom on multiple amps/settings. In short its a beautiful guitar, and well built for the price. Decent construction, great appearance, and solid electronics (500k pots!) The only thing I'd change are the pickups, the Dirty Finger pickups are shallow tonaly and while they respond well to distortion they aren't good for much other than thrash rhythm (not to mention the GX looks 10x better with gold pickup covers). Your going to want to pick out your GX, some of these are really well built, others not so much. If you cant play test one at least get one off of Ebay so you can visually inspect it. Here are specs most listings miss, Body: 61 SG, 3 piece mahogany w/ quilted maple veneer front & mahogany veneer on the back. Neck: D-Shaped Mahogany Neck (says maple but mine is mahogany), dove tail joint well placed in the head stock, deep set long tenon joint. Mother of Pear Epi logo and headstock blade inlay (yes its real) Some of these come with a sticky satin finish on the neck, mine didn't for some reason. Fretboard: 24 Fret bound Ebony w/ pearliod blade inlays, frets are reasonable size. (binding does not cover the fret edges like a Gibson's) Electronics: 500k pots (volume splits neck and bridge) and side input jack (like a lespaul or telecaster)

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fabulous Guitar

By Mark from Palmdale

from Palmdale, Ca.

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

This guitar is everything I hoped it would be and more. The Dirty Finger pick-ups are powerful without the noise of my old Iommi pick-ups. The new neck is extremely smooth with great playability. The look of this guitar is downright sinful. The quilted top finish in the red is beautiful. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone. You won't be disappointed, I sure wasn't. All I had to do was lower the action a little and it screams with great sustain.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bang for the Buck

By Stephen Griffin

from Sugar Land, TX

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

The SG Prophecy GX is a great guitar for the price. The wine red finish gives a nice depth to the quilted maple top while the gold hardware gives it a touch of elegance. The Gibson Dirty Fingers humbuckers provide excellent tone with the perfect amount of bite and tonal clarity. Perhaps the greatest part of the GX is the neck. The satin clearcoat on the neck provides little resistance and let's your hand slide absolutely anywhere on the beautiful ebony freeboard. Also, the SG shape naturally gives easy access to the higher frets, all 24 of them. All in all, this guitar is absolutely the best bang for the buck in the price range, and plays nicer than higher end Gibson models. Give it a play today!

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(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

better than gibson

By Ethan

from East Wenatchee, Washington

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

i've played this guitar every time i go to the local music store in my town and it is amazing i love playing it the neck feels great the pick-ups sound perfect i wish i had the money to buy it if i did i would buy it with no regrets

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2.0

Intitial Impressions

By Old_Tymer

from Baltimore, Md

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

Just received a new SG GX. This review is based on my 1st weekend with the guitar. Couldn't find one locally (GC or elsewhere) so I ordered one & hoped for the best..... Appearance: Not very appealing. The finish is very impressive at this price point. Very smooth, rich, & consistent. No imprefections that I could find. Black/wine/burgundy with gold hardware, MUCH darker than the on-line pics. Top has quilted maple "veneer". Not so sure the maple is a veneer but I suspect it is a vinyl "Graphic". If I keep the guitar I'll know when I remove the pickups. Bound headstock & fingerboard. Unfortunately the body is NOT bound. This leads to a strange appearance. The guitar is very dark w/ ebony fingerboard but the fingerboard binding is white (except on the sides where it is an awful brownish-grey due to urethane overspray). Fingerboard binding should have been black & no headstock binding. Fretboard binding is definitely easier on the fingers & appreciated. This neck is used on both the SG & LesPaul for cost reasons. This is at odds with Epiphone's marketing of a "custom" model. Fret markers are very cheesy ("lightening bolts" I think). Should have used the traditional SG block inlays. Not a fan of the gold hardware. Mine has lots of tarnish & pitting and the plating is flaking off. Brushed nickle would have been better, or the black anodized parts from the EX. The neck profile is great. Satin finish, thin, fast. Almost well done. I noticed that the neck is a 2-piece. And not in a good way. Between the 3rd & 4th frets you can see an angle joint in the neck that has the same angle as the head stock. I believe the neck is made as a 2-piece with this angled joint to save material (& $$$). I'm not sure what impact it has on tone. This may be the way all modern angled peg head guitar necks are made but I doubt it. The frets are NOT jumbos. For this type of guitar they should have been. I find the tone quality muddy & very poor. The response through all 3 of my amps (all solid state) is very boomy. It has a very bass characteristic. I'm not sure if it's the pick-ups, the guitar, or a combination. But overall very unpleasing. No clarity or crispness in the higher frequency notes. Very disappointing. I find the sound muddy overall. The bridge pick-up is a little brighter than the neck, but still boomy with too much bass & muddy. The split coil selection gives the same tone as the HB selection just with lower volume. No value in the coil splitting that I can hear. No noise (aka hum) from the pick-ups. As expected from a Humbucker equipped guitar. The sustain is very impressive. Well done. Lastly it won't stay in tune. The guitar needed a little adjustment. Neck was bowed forward, action was a little high & the strings were binding in the nut. Had a luther correct things but tuning still not stable. Since the strings are new this may have an impact on the tuning stability. Not sure yet. Will know better after a week. Noticed that there is a VERY steep angle between the bridge & tail piece. This may also impact tuning. I don't understand why these were positioned so close together. There's plenty of room behind the tail piece. It could easily be located further to the rear to decrease the string angle over the bridge. This should help tuning. It may impact the sustain however.

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(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bang for Your Hard-Earned Buck

By Kevin Kirklen

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

I just brought this bad boy home last week after spending months deliberating over many guitars; I couldn't be happier with this incredible axe. The fingerboard is a full 2 octaves, and the SG cut allows unrestricted access to all 24 frets. The Dirty Fingers pickups sound creamy like peanut butter when cleaned up, but get as hot as any non-active pickup I've ever heard. A single coil option allows you to obtain a Fender-esque sound on the fly... Topping it all off, the grover tuners are top-notch, and the wine red finish compliments the gold hardware like, well, a fine wine. I settled on the Prophecy because it's simply nicer than any entry level Gibson I've seen. This guitar is a fantastic way to get a solid Gibson quality axe at an Epiphone price. 5 out of 5 stars.

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4.0

It's all about the Pick-ups

By Lazygun

from Falls Church, VA

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

Well built guitar. As others have noted, the guitar is head heavy, unlike the Gibson SG's. Not really an issue. This guitar is all about the pick-ups. The dirty fingers are fantastic, especially for heavy fuzz/ distortion metal. They are way hot, but still articulate (very close to active pickups, but not). They will also give you a good bluesy sound with rolled off gain. Single coil tap thins the sound, but doesn't really make it feel like a true singe coil. If you're looking for a hot humbucker that can do thrash metal and fuzz, but want to retain that openness and natural sound not found with active pickups this guitar is for you. The neck has a fast profile, but has a "dull coat" finish. I used the side of a pick to sand/skim some of that off. Not too much, but some to speed it up a bit. BTW, the pearloid knobs are kind of cheezy-looking (unless you're in a glam rock band). Easily fixed. Nevertheless, it's a solid guitar for the money.

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(56 of 61 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Part on an Amazing Line!"

By MIDIMan

from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about Epiphone SG Prophecy Custom GX Electric Guitar with Dirty Fingers Pickups:

I own both the Les Paul Prophecy GX and now the SG Prophecy GX and this is an amazing line of guitars. I have always been resistant to SG's due to their wide necks. The neck on this guitar is a work of art: thin, fast and EBONY! It is a pleasure to play. Dirty Fingers pups are also gems. Just the right amount of dirt in them while still delivering a crisp tone. You can pour on the distortion if you wish and they NEVER get muddy ... every note in a chord rings out! Congratulations to Epiphone for a fine line of guitars ... and to you too, if you're lucky enough to own one (or two) or them!

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