Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy 2020

lpfan1980

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New for 2020 Epiphone Prophecy models - anyone has one?

There are several versions - Les Paul, Flying V, SG, Explorer. These guitars have tons of upgrades: Fishman Fluence pickups, matte finish, custom style headstock with large diamond, etc. Supposedly these are great for metal.

Les Paul variant comes in 3 colors. View attachment 527522

Tell us if you've got one!
300 views and no replies. No love for Prophecy Les Paul on this boar
I Do like the middle one and the cherry one!
 

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Do the Fishman pickups require batteries or could I get along without them? Something about having to put batteries in a guitar is off putting to me. Even so, I'd like to make this my next guitar.
 

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They do. These are active pickups.
You can always swap out your pickups.
I could learn to live with them assuming they offer all the variety of tones reviewers are talking about. Thanks for the reply.
 

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I have found the pickups to sound great. And with the push pulls, you can get a variety of tones. I'd prefer not having a battery, but it does sounds good.
 

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Earlier this year I was able to find a good deal on a red burst Les Paul Prophecy, so I went with it. My experience was not terrible, but I was surely disappointed, and the guitar was eventually returned. Here are some things that I recall:
  • the finish was not for me, it felt very plastic-like. I am fully comfortable with both satin and gloss finishes, but that was... weird
  • I felt that the guitar was too light, even lighter than my current Epi Modern - which is weight relieved
  • the ebony fretboard was poorly dyed, with uneven coloration in various areas
  • I did like a lot the fact that it was a shred guitar with a proper Les Paul shape and control layout
  • the battery compartment felt a bit flimsy
  • the single coil sound from the pickups was at the same level of most coil split offerings, which I don't consider practically usable
Clearly, the notes above represent my own experience with a particular instrument and reflect also my personal tastes, so take them with a grain of salt. In the end I felt that the guitar was ok but not worth the premium price... so the guitar went back :)
 

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Earlier this year I was able to find a good deal on a red burst Les Paul Prophecy, so I went with it. My experience was not terrible, but I was surely disappointed, and the guitar was eventually returned. Here are some things that I recall:
  • the finish was not for me, it felt very plastic-like. I am fully comfortable with both satin and gloss finishes, but that was... weird
  • I felt that the guitar was too light, even lighter than my current Epi Modern - which is weight relieved
  • the ebony fretboard was poorly dyed, with uneven coloration in various areas
  • I did like a lot the fact that it was a shred guitar with a proper Les Paul shape and control layout
  • the battery compartment felt a bit flimsy
  • the single coil sound from the pickups was at the same level of most coil split offerings, which I don't consider practically usable
Clearly, the notes above represent my own experience with a particular instrument and reflect also my personal tastes, so take them with a grain of salt. In the end I felt that the guitar was ok but not worth the premium price... so the guitar went back :)
I appreciate your notes there. The model I held and played unplugged recently was aesthetically pleasing on first glance but I will look more closely next time it's in my hands. I am drawn to this model for the ebony board, the extra frets, and the potential tonal varieties. Having a battery powered guitar will be unusual, but if the sounds are there and the feel is comfortable, I will adjust. I also want to spend some time with a modern as a plan B.
 

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I appreciate your notes there. The model I held and played unplugged recently was aesthetically pleasing on first glance but I will look more closely next time it's in my hands. I am drawn to this model for the ebony board, the extra frets, and the potential tonal varieties. Having a battery powered guitar will be unusual, but if the sounds are there and the feel is comfortable, I will adjust. I also want to spend some time with a modern as a plan B.
I had an Epiphone modern, and currently have the prophecy (and a Gibson modern). Both Epiphones are great, and the quality on both blew me away. If I can answer any questions about these just let me know!
 


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