Prophecy GX vs Gibson Tribute

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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.
I liked it. I'm a lazy thumb-hanging player and where the hump meets the neck and heel on the Prophecy provides a perfect stopping point.

I don't get how the Matt Heafy LP would be better for that. The hump meets at the 16th fret like any other LP. On the Prophecy, the hump meets the neck at the 18th fret. Plus, I prefer the 490/498 to EMG's any day. The ebony is nice, but not enough to sway me over the other features. I suspect OP is the same?

 

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I liked it. I'm a lazy thumb-hanging player and where the hump meets the neck and heel on the Prophecy provides a perfect stopping point.

I don't get how the Matt Heafy LP would be better for that. The hump meets at the 16th fret like any other LP. On the Prophecy, the hump meets the neck at the 18th fret. Plus, I prefer the 490/498 to EMG's any day. The ebony is nice, but not enough to sway me over the other features. I suspect OP is the same?
The Matt Heafy allows you to get the palm of your hand higher up the neck without it getting skewered by the sharp corner of the boxy neck heel or the edge of the body running down it. The body is also significantly thinner in the area where it meets the neck before transitioning into it's full thickness.



Having played both guitars, the fret access on the Heafy is miles better, and I'd have better fret access over more frets any day. And IMO, ebony fretboards just look so much better on a Custom. Rosewood looks kinda cheap by comparison. Ebony feels nicer too.

If you don't like EMG's then they can easily be changed. Big deal. You can't (easily) change the neck heel or the fretboard on a guitar.
 
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The Matt Heafy allows you to get the palm of your hand higher up the neck without it getting skewered by the sharp corner of the boxy neck heel or the edge of the body running down it. The body is also significantly thinner in the area where it meets the neck before transitioning into it's full thickness.



Having played both guitars, the fret access on the Heafy is miles better, and I'd have better fret access over more frets any day. And IMO, ebony fretboards just look so much better on a Custom. Rosewood looks kinda cheap by comparison. Ebony feels nicer too.

If you don't like EMG's then they can easily be changed. Big deal. You can't (easily) change the neck heel or the fretboard on a guitar.
For me, the shaved heel is still gonna stop my thumb (I can only play a DC on the upper frets from arthritis). I like a nice rosewood board as much as any other. And the pup change comes with an electronics swap, which on a premium guitar defeats the purpose.

So, good sir, to each their own. Enjoy your guitar.:thumb:
 

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If I'm past the 12th fret, I'm in trouble...lol!
Me too. That's why I now prefer my Yamaha Revstar for those moments I sneak up there. I handle mostly the vocals and rhythm guitar, but need to be up there on a few songs. For example, my hands aren't able to make the harmonic bends on Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz with a LP anymore, not while singing anyway. I gotta do both and it's nice to have the double-cut for this. I was blowing the notes with my LP and MIJ copy, but it's a breeze with this Yamaha. :)
 

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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.
You are right, i missed the post from TS indicating that he wants something between Ibanez and Gibson... Yeah I agree on ESP/ LTD ... i would pick LTD over epiphone any day !!
 

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For me, the shaved heel is still gonna stop my thumb (I can only play a DC on the upper frets from arthritis).
If you have a medical condition that prevents you from putting your thumb on the back of the neck then fair enough. But that's what I do predominantly. And I find that the access heel makes a huge improvement to fret access. More so than just moving the neck up a couple of frets.
 

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If you have a medical condition that prevents you from putting your thumb on the back of the neck then fair enough. But that's what I do predominantly. And I find that the access heel makes a huge improvement to fret access. More so than just moving the neck up a couple of frets.
I was doing it with an LP in the past. But some days I need that thumb to giv'er the extra squeeze power. Yeah, this is what I'm loving for that task. As much room as just about any guitar out there. :thumb:
 

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You can't go wrong with Yamaha. I have two, old Yamahas, an RGX and an RGZ from the 80s and 90s. Yamaha's quality was the main reason I bought a THR amp, it is very cool. Not to steer off topic too much, but I have also read Yamaha may have interest in Gibson, should things go that way. I'm sure the build quality would be excellent.
 

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Thanks to all for your help and input. After a lot of reading and comparisons, I went with an Epiphone Classic T. Great price and similar, hot pickups. I will post when it arrives if anyone is interested in reading about it. Thanks again!
 

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:doh:should have gotten the Prophecy:doh: Enjoy the new guitar !!!!!
 




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