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Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX Electric Guitar with Case, Black Cherry

This hot-rodded Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul boasts a quilted maple top and a powerful 490R/498T humbucker complement, complete with push/pull coil-tapping. (18) Read 14 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
490R and 498T humbucking pickups Sweet, vintage tone with crystal-clear character
Push/pull coil splitting Switch between humbucking and single-coil tones
SpeedTaper D neck profile Very slim, fast neck shape -- shredder's delight
LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar bridge Epiphone proprietary lock-in hardware
The Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX electric guitar is a unique and exciting offering from Epiphone. It boasts beauty and features that set it into a class all its own. Equipped with Gibson USA 490R/498T humbuckers both wired to push/pull coil-taps, and loaded with aesthetic touches that take it beyond most of its sibling Les Pauls, this souped-up Epiphone just begs to be taken out and played.

Rock Solid and Really Gorgeous

The Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX is built with an all-mahogany body, and set with a distinctive quilted maple veneer top. The neck is mahogany too, with a SpeedTaper D-profile taking its cue from the classic Les Paul designs of the late 1960s. The fingerboard is rosewood and is set with 24 jumbo frets. The neck radius measures a comfortable 14 inches, and is 1.68 inches across at the graphite nut. The classic mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle design inlays gleam beautifully in the light. This Les Paul Custom Plus is topped off with a unique headstock with 5-ply white and black binding, and a distinctive mother-of-pearl design on the headstock face.

Updated Electronics with Push/Pull Tone Knobs

In the pickup slots the Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX has a 490R holding down the neck position and a 498T in the bridge. The 490R features a genuine Alnico II bar magnet and the 498T carries an Alnico-V bar magnet. These Alnicos yield a significantly hotter sound than the classic PAF design. In short, they were designed to deliver a more versatile and powerful sound for contemporary players. Both pickups benefit hugely from a four-conductor wiring scheme, and each is wired here to its own Push/Pull knobs for splitting the coils if so desired. This essentially doubles the tonal capabilities of a normal Les Paul, allowing the humbuckers to function more like single-coil pickups.

Hardware Built to Last

The hardware on the Prophecy GX definitely sets it in a class of its own. The controls are a unique gold metal barrel design with mother-of-pearl inlaid tops -- a very attractive detail. The LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece are matched with the same gold tone, as are the straplocks and the exclusive non-rotating heavy-duty output jack. The tuners are matching gold Grover machine heads with 14:1 turn ratio. The Prophecy GX comes with own hard case so that you can keep this beautiful instrument safe when you're not playing it.

Features:

- Mahogany body with stunning Quilt Maple top
- Super-fast Mahogany neck with SpeedTaper D-profile with satin finish
- Powerful 490R/498T humbucker combination with push/pull coil-tapping for each pickup
- Individual volume and tone controls for each pickup
- Gold-toned hardware
- Hard case included

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- Body: Mahogany
- Top: Quilt Maple
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: SpeedTaper D-Profile Satin Finish
- Neck Joint: Glued-in set neck
- Scale: 24.75 in.
- Frets: 24, jumbo
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 14 in.
- Binding: Mother of pearl stickpin on headstock face/Mother of pearl and abalone block and triangle on 1,3,5,7,9,12, & 15th fret/Mother of pearl blocks on 17, 19, 21, and 24th fret
- Nut Width: 1.68
- Nut Material: Graphite
- Machine Heads: Grover 14:1
- Neck Pickup: Gibson USA 490R humbucker
- Bridge Pickup: Gibson USA 498T humbucker
- Controls:
- 1-neck volume with push/pull coil tapping
- 1-neck tone
- 1-bridge volume with push/pull coil tapping
- 1-bridg tone
- Pickup selector: Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle
- Knobs: Metal barrel with mother of pearl inlaid tops
- Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic
- Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
- Output jack: Epiphone Exclusive non-rotating heavy duty output jack
- Straplocks: Epiphone exclusive
- Color: Black Cherry (BC) and Heritage Cherry Sunburst (HS)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Black Cherry
Shipping Weight: 21 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 44 x 17 x 7 in
Heritage Cherry Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 7 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

The Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX electric guitar is the supreme Les Paul for those who dare to break ground in speed, sound, and technique. And now, the GX Outfit 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 and triangle inlay and pickup individual volume and tone controls in the traditional Les Paul layout.

The Tradition

The Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX Outfit features a Mahogany body with a stunning Quilt Maple veneer top. The super-fast Mahogany neck has a SpeedTaper D-profile with a satin finish and a 24.75 inch scale. The rosewood fingerboard has 24 jumbo frets, a 14 inch radius, a standard 1.68 inch graphite nut, and beautiful mother-of-pearl and abalone block and triangle inlays. The classic Epiphone 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 GX on the bell-shaped truss rod cover.

Groundbreaking Les Paul Sound

The 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 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. The Prophecy GX also features individual volume and tone controls for each pickup.

Epiphone Hardware Built to Last

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, the 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.

Features

- Mahogany body with stunning Quilt Maple top
- Super-fast Mahogany neck with SpeedTaper D-profile with satin finish
- Powerful 490R/498T humbucker combination with push/pull coil-tapping for each pickup
- Individual volume and tone controls for each pickup
- Gold, quality hardware
- Hard case included
zZounds Expert Review
This Epiphone Les Paul comes with some nice extra features that makes it stand out from other guitars in this price range. The Custom Plus GX comes packed with 490R and 490T humbuckers, giving you a classic tone and a slightly hotter sound than the PAF design. It's also got push/pull coil tapping, so you're even able to get those single-coil tones from this guitar, and individual tone and volume controls for each pickup. This guitar suits well for the player who wants a great value without breaking the bank.

- Dan, zZounds Guitar Expert

Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Very nice!!!!!"
Sound: I like the pickup selection for this guitar. The pickups are very responsive. I have owned a couple mixed sets of Burstbuckers (ones, twos, threes, and pros) as well as the 57 classics which I still have and use regularly. In comparison to those pickups, the 490R and 498T hold their own. I tend to be a little more about finding my tone, as opposed to copying others tone. That said, I find the combination to be versatile and well suited to my needs. Of course the body, weight, scale, neck and other factors also lend a lot to the sound. In that regard, this guitar has an overall pleasing sound to my ears. Feature: I love the coil tap and the 24-fret neck. I don't care much for the control knobs and will probably change them, though they seem to be of fine quality. The pickup selection sounds good coil-tapped. The neck has the slim-taper D profile, which I fell in love with when I bought my 60's Tribute Plus. Feels great and plays very smooth to the touch. Ease of Use: Pretty straight forward. Set it up, tune it, play it. Quality: Overall, this s a very well made Epiphone. However, I felt that the binding and fretwork could have looked a lot better on mine. Though the feel is there, it looks like a caveman fitted the frets and binding. There are some small scratches on the fingerboard at the last fret. The paint seems to have slightly went over the binding in some spots. Normally I would have returned it right away, but I could not stop playing it. That's a good sign so I'm keeping it. Had this guitar been a Gibson I would have pitched a fit and called zZounds and the manufacturer. Luckily for them, I buy Epiphone because I play the hell out of my guitars. Value: I believe it is worth the selling price for sure. Real mother of pearl inlays (mixed in with Abalone designs on some frets), 24-frets, satin finish neck, and Gibson pickups? Very well worth the money. This thing could handle a a Gibby studio any day. Manufacturer Support: Never had to deal with them once in years. The Wow Factor: I bought the sunburst finish so the look can be very polarizing with the quilted maple veneer. It seems that you either love it or you don't, and I love it. Looks a little different than the picture, but that's not a bad thing as every guitar is unique. Overall: One of the best guitars I own.......period.
Style of Music: Anything that sounds good. In my heart, I'm a bluesman, and my soul (and some my DNA) is in Mississippi.
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Overall: Played a Strat for years, but wanted a Les Paul even longer, just couldn't justify the expense. Found this Epi online and did a lot of research. Seemed like the guitar for me and I've been generally happy with it. After adjusting the action-way too high-it plays much better . The pickups are ok but the neck humbucker is a little bassy for me. If I have a issue with this guitar it is in the asthetics. Obviously produced in China, there are a lot of small imperfections that would have made me leave it at the store. The neck up by the body isn't finished properly, the inlays on the fretboard look nice, but have pits and blemishes. The strap buttons aren't screwed in straight and the pickup controls are crooked. Also, the pickup selector is half sideways and very stiff. Not deal breakers, but minor annoyances that I will learn to put up with over time. Probably the last time I will buy online though.
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