Back in May, Gibson’s Cesar Gueikian teased a new range of Epiphone guitars – the new Prophecy series is starting to hit dealers and all the new guitars are already available for pre-order. Just in time for Christmas, then! These new models have some great specifications and alluring colour options. Is Epiphone on to a winner here?
Epiphone Prophecy Series
This much-anticipated new series from Epiphone covers the classic shapes we all know and love: Les Paul, SG, Explorer and Flying V. The models are called the Les Paul Prophecy, SG Prophecy, Extura Prophecy and Flying V Prophecy respectively.
Yes, Epiphone has thrown a new model name into the mix. The Extura Prophecy has a narrower waist and deeper cutaway than a traditional Explorer, so reflected in a new name. If you look at the images you will also notice some new pickups being used across the range as well: Fishman Fluence! That’s a very tasty upgrade that many players will find appealing.
With 1/2″ maple caps and AAA flame maple veneer applied to mahogany bodies, these new models look pretty fancy too.
And it appears that 24 fret ebony fingerboards are also a feature across the board, along with SlimTaper asymmetrical mahogany necks, Graph Tech NuBone nuts and brushed nickel Grover Locking Rotomatic tuners. All of these features make for a huge upgrade on previous Epiphone models.
The finishes are eye-popping, too. The colours include Black Gloss, Purple Tiger Aged Gloss. Yellow Tiger Aged Gloss, Olive Tiger Aged Gloss, Blue Tiger Aged Gloss and Red Tiger Aged Gloss.
Let’s have a closer look at the Fishman Fluence pickups. Three different tones are on offer, including a more modern hot humbucker, a warm Gibson BurstBucker/Patent Applied For-style vintage humbucker tone and a slightly overwound single-coil sound. All that tonal versatility makes for a great update.
So if you are in the market for a modern version of some old classics, with great hardware choices and tonal flexibility, now is the time to pull the trigger on a new guitar!
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- Epiphone Flying V Prophecy Yellow Tiger: Thomann
- Epiphone Prophecy Extura Purple Tiger: Thomann
- Epiphone Les Paul Prophecy Olive Tiger: Thomann
- Epiphone Prophecy SG Red Tiger: Thomann