The Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom GX Plus adds to the resurrected Prophecy range
The Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom GX Plus is the sibling to the Custom EX Plus, in Epiphone ‘s newly revived Prophecy range of ‘shred’ oriented Les Pauls. The range first appeared four years ago, offering a specification of Les Paul aimed at those who like to play blisteringly fast, extreme rock. The new GX Plus has classic Les Paul looks, but with the kind of features that will put a smile on any shredder’s face…
High output, coil-tapped Gibson humbuckers
The Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom GX Plus features a striking quilted maple veneer, much like the EX Plus, visible through the guitar’s Black Cherry or Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish. The body is built from mahogany, with a mahogany set-neck. This features an extra-slim SpeedTaper D-Profile, with a satin finish, reinforcing its shred credentials. The fingerboard is a classic, 24 fret ebony design, with mother-of-pearl block inlays.
The Prophecy Les Paul Custom GX Plus differs most drastically from its EX sibling in its configuration of pickups. Eschewing the active humbuckers of the EX, the GX Plus is loaded with two Gibson pickups. A Gibson 490R is fitted at the neck position, with a 498T at the bridge. These deliver tone similar to the original PAF humbuckers used in late ‘50s Les Pauls, but with a higher gain output. Both are based on alnico magnets. More unusually, these humbuckers can be coil-tapped via push-pull volume controls for each pickup. This adds greatly to the guitar’s versatility.
The appearance of the Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom GX Plus is slightly more ‘classic’ than the EX. The hardware on this guitar is finished more traditionally, in gold. A Tune-o-matic bridge is equipped, along with Grover tuners and straplocks. Like the EX, this is an Epiphone Les Paul for those for whom a standard Les Paul isn’t ‘Shred-Friendly’ enough, and is a welcome addition to Epiphone ‘s already impressive range of Les Pauls.