Prophecy GX vs Gibson Tribute

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  1. bpet2015

    bpet2015 Member

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    Any information is appreciated. I am considering the Prophecy GX w 490r/489t pickups or possibly a Gibson Tribute w same pickups. Specs are different for sure. Also, I see older Prophecy Guitars being sold with a pair of dirty fingers humbuckers? Any experience welcomed. I played the Tribute. Nice guitar, no frills straight up . I have a 2015 studio w 57s already. Looking for different variations of a les Paul. Thank you.
     
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    07rogersg Senior Member

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    The Gibson has a thin nitro lacquer, 17 degree headstock angle, rosewood fretboard and comes in a soft case. The Epiphone has a thick poly coating, 14 degree headstock angle, ebony fretboard and comes in a hardcase.

    If looked after I feel the Gibson will age more gracefully and will retain more of its value, but the Epiphone is more hard wearing (especially in a hardcase) and on paper seems better value for money. It's really up to you but if you're asking what my opinion I'd probably opt for the Gibson.
     
  3. HCRoadie

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    The Prophecy neck is set a few frets further "out of the body" than other Les P's. I have one and love the better access to the upper frets.
     
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    Ah didn't notice it was a 24 fret, although it's scale length is still 24.75 which is odd. Guess it'd feel a little different to a 'traditional' LP.
     
  5. HCRoadie

    HCRoadie Senior Member

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    I hardly notice a different feel. It does look different.
     
  6. bpet2015

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    Thank you! Also, if I'm right, the Prophecy is non-weight relieved?
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    It's an anvil.
     
  8. sasquatch

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    I like both, but I play my Epiphones more than the Gibson Tribute.
    The Tribute is a beautiful guitar, but it just doesn't get as much attention.
     
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    Play both ...
     
  10. T00DEEPBLUE

    T00DEEPBLUE Senior Member

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    Why limit yourself to just Gibson and Epiphone?

    Those 2 guitars are wildly disparaging in specs. The only things those 2 guitars really have in common are the pickups. And I don't consider 490's to be all that good.
     
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    Ty for all of the input. I did try a 2018 Tribute. It was ok, but fell a little short of the $1100 they are asking imo. I have an Ibanez Premium and a Gibson LP Studio, so I was looking at the Prophecy as sort of a possible cross between the two. 24 fret, thinner neck, LP pickups. Unfortunately, there is one GC nearby and Ive never seen a Prophecy there. Thanks again.
     
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    Personally, I would take the Prophecy one one of those skimpy Tribute jobs any day of the week.
     
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    I vote for tribute... or MIJ replica if possible...
     
  14. T00DEEPBLUE

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    LTD EC1000?
     
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    You are moving on a very different direction... EC series are amazing single cut guitars BUT they are way very different than a Les Paul... I purchased EC-401VF because I couldn't afford a real Les Paul, it was an amazing guitar but when I got a Gibson Les Paul, totally different !
     
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    I think moving in a very different direction is something that TS actually wants. A guitar that's a cross between an LP and an Ibanez is pretty much exactly what the ESP Eclipse guitars are. And that's what TS has implied that they want. So I don't see how that recommendation is inappropriate.

    Alternatively, if you want something that has a thinner, flatter neck than an LP, has an LP body thickness and one is able to live without the 24 frets, there's always the EC-1000T CTM.
     
  17. northernguitarguy

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    The upper fret access is one of the most appealing of many features on the Epi.
     
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    Why? I wouldn't consider the upper fret access of an Epiphone Les Paul to be very good... Unless you're talking about the Matt Heafy guitar.
     
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    The access from 17-19 isn't great on a Les Paul. I've played one of these and it is undeniably better.
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    For the 17-19th, it is a bit better on the Prophecy guitars. But only because the neck is set a little higher up on the body. You're still faced with the same problem higher up the neck. And I say that as somebody who has played a Prophecy EX Les Paul. Anf owns a Futura EX FWIW

    That is why I prefer the Matt Heafy guitar so much more. Not to mention the ebony fingerboard while the Prophecy guitars only have rosewood.
     

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