Epiphone Prophecy Series electric guitars

With the introduction of Slash and Zakk Wylde signature models and the Elitist line, Epiphone has done some serious image overhauling over the past few years by offering competitively priced guitars that deliver the goods.

Epiphone has upped the ante once again with a new product line, the Epiphone Prophecy Guitars, that includes two classic Gibson/Epiphone models, Les Paul and SG, and two models called Futura (a kind of Explorer-esque model) and EM-2 (a sleek-looking deal with features difficult to find in any Epiphone model). All share some features but each one brings its own individual improvements and characteristics. And best of all, they're priced to compete with the companies' budget models. Pretty cool.

What you'll find on all the Prophecy models are mahogany bodies and necks (except the EM-2 series, which include poplar bodies and hard maple necks), quilted maple tops, ebony (Les Paul and SG) or rosewood (Futura and EM-2) fingerboards, 24 jumbo frets, 3-way pickup switches and volume and tone controls (the GX models include push/pull tap coil switches). The scale length on each is 24.75 inches (25.5 on the EM-2),

What about the pickups? Glad you asked.The EX and FX models include the classic EMG-81 and EMG-85 humbucker active pickups, the GX models include Gibson DirtyFingers humbucker pickups, while the EM-2 series include the recently unveiled EpiActive pickups (good for remarkably clear sound even with distortion). Also, the FX guitars include a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge.

The available finishes are Midnight Ebony, Black Cherry (on the Les Paul and SG models) and Midnight Sapphire.

For more information, such as pricing, visit the official Epiphone website.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.