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Viktorija Arsic

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  1. I am absolutely loving my Prophecy since I've had it!!! Seriously, I can't put it down. It's become my go-to guitar. And speaking of which, the neck has really spoiled my hand...this is the most comfortable guitar that I have, and have ever played. Regarding the high frets, they are definitely playable. I find that as I go up the neck, it's as if it kind of molds to my hand y'know? Even if I have large hands (I'm tall, with long fingers...) I find that I can easily have grip and control. I never have to tense my wrists, even if I go up far; I think it's partly because the satin finish is just so comfortable and mostly because the neck profile is perfect (I also have an Epiphone Texan with the Slim Taper D profile and it's my favourite type of neck). The intonation is perfect and I'm amazed how well the guitar stays in tune, even with a lot of bends and even if you're going far up the neck. This is a remarkable guitar, and my opinion only gets better the longer I have it. If you're considering getting this one, I cannot recommend it enough! I hope this helps
  2. Congratulations on your beautiful new guitar and your first Epiphone!!! I've taken quite a liking to the Goldtop Les Paul Traditional Pro. Had a chance to try it out recently and was quite impressed, so I totally agree with you that Epi's Traditional Pro Les Pauls are really underrated. I hope you enjoy yours for a long time to come!
  3. After two years of research + saving up, I'm overjoyed to finally have my Les Paul Prophecy Custom Plus GX in stunning Cherry Red! Enjoy some photos: Huge thanks to Long & McQuade here in Canada for being awesome, kind people and getting my Prophecy as a special order. My Prophecy's Serial Number is 18051509375,which means it was made in the fantastic Qingdao Plant, China in May 2018. The only thing I've changed on my Prophecy is the Custom truss rod cover. Many thanks to the awesome Hell Guitar Parts. Michael, the owner of the shop in Himeji, Japan was kind enough to send me a hand written thank you note, along with one of their unique Super Blacks picks. I appreciate the caring, fast service + delivery and encourage everyone to check out their collection of beautiful truss rod covers, switch and machine head washers, pick guards, and pup caps. Thanks as well to Walker and Williams, who make the best guitar straps inthe world; mine is a super comfy elegant black leather and suede strap from their One Of A Kind collection! Now here's my review: In my opinion,this is the greatest Les Paul that Epiphone has ever come up with. I know that's a bold statement considering just how many models are equally quite amazing in comparison: the 1960 Tribute Plus, the Standard Plus (and Plustop) PRO, the Inspired by 1955 Custom, the Classic Custom, the Custom Plus, and several artists models. I just want to thank the geniuses at Epiphone for taking the brilliant concept of the Prophecy and turning it into marvelous reality. I also want to thank all the hardworking people who put this work of art together so exquisitely. I will discuss the Prophecy in glorious detail, but for the folks not inclined to read my long rant explaining why I'm so overjoyed, all you need to know is that the Prophecy excels in construction, playability, sound, and value. It is utterly incredible in every way. Hand on my heart, go on and get one as soon as you can at whatever stage of your guitar journey you're at! As a point of reference, I own a 2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio Satin in Worn Cherry, which cost around $1,000 CAD at the time. I think it's the best version of the Studio that Gibson has ever done. It was my first "serious" guitar andis special to me. My Studio is a no-frills, no nonsense guitar with a baked maple fretboard and Burstbucker Pro pickups. It continues to play and sound awesome. The Prophecy,though, is something truly special. No Gibson comes even close. I am not stating this to fuel the fires of a decades-old ferocious debate; I'm simply stating the facts from my personal experience. Honestly, I am not trying to convince anyone to necessarily buy this guitar (although I totally think you should ASAP). I just want to share my glowing impressions in the hopes that I can give some perspective to others who are considering this guitar or are just curious about it. First Impressions: As soon as I opened the case, I gasped. And as soon as I could pick my jaw off the floor, I kept saying "wow!" as I inspected the guitar. The fit and finish is superb. I was absolutely blown away by my Prophecy from the moment I saw it. For anyone wondering, it played and sounded great right out of the case! I will get a professional set up done the next time I need a string change, but that's entirely due to personal preference. I've been playing my Prophecy all day long and have somewhat come down from the initial euphoria. But I'm by no means any less enthusiastic about it! The Prophecy's gorgeous appearance and Gibson pickups were the main selling points for me. I just love everything about this guitar: the colour, the quilted maple top, the gold hardware, the mother of pearl and abalone appointments, and of course the Gibson USA 490R and 498T pickups. The sense of wonder and amazement I had when I first opened the case is going to stay with me for a long time. Construction/Appearance: My photos barely do justice to the amazing construction and appearance of this guitar. The fit and finish are flawless. The quilted maple top is phenomenal. I can tell that a lot of care and skilled craftsmanship went into making this guitar. In person, the Prophecy is even more breathtaking to behold and play because it just exudes elegance and power. The toggle switch and tone knobs are sturdy and feel durable. I absolutely love the graphite nut; I played for about an hour and forty five minutes straight and didn't have to re-tune even once. Playability: My Prophecy plays and sounds amazing! Honestly, I prefer to play my Prophecy over my vintage Harmony H78 which I adore for many reasons, including the comfortable neck and the sweet, low action. Somehow, the Prophecy has action that is impressively sweeter and lower. Since I have big hands, I prefer to play thicker necks. The first thing that struck me about play ability was the complete comfort of the neck. It feels really good to grip. I like that the Prophecy's neck is fast and smooth as silk, making it perfectly suited for movement all the way up to the highest frets (I'm happy to say that I have absolutely no buzz on any of them). This is the most comfortable neck out of all my guitars. On a related note, the mahogany and rosewood fingerboard have a lovely grain. I don't really gig anymore, so I've practiced with my Prophecy for about an hour and a half,purposefully standing up to get a good feel for the guitar. While it is hefty,it isn't overbearing. I'd say it's a comfortable weight: you know the guitar is there, but you don't need a chiropractor for your shoulder. The supplied gold Epiphone strap locks work really well. I've also recorded with my Prophecy in my cozy bedroom studio. Considering this guitar's purpose, it's quite ironic that I'm not a shredder. I can play lead riffs and licks alright but I'm definitely more of a rhythm guitarist. I am fully and completely happy with the playability of my Prophecy. Sound: The Prophecy's deep, rich, powerful, and articulate pristine clean/dirty mean tones are everything you'd want to coax from a Les Paul: massive sustain, warmth,shimmer, crunch, bite, snarl, growl, and wail. While its's intended for metal, I play rock of all varieties, blues, and my very humble attempts at jazz instead. This guitar sounds incredible through my BOSS Katana 100. I also used my pedal board: Boss DS-1 Distortion, TCElectronic Forcefield Compressor, and Outlaw Effects Boilermaker Boost. I was worried about poor grounding with the Prophecy (and even posted about it on these forums; thanks to everyone who helped me out!) but thankfully this isn't an issue whatsoever. I loved being able to coil-split on the fly, and switching between the pickups gave a myriad of defined, smooth, and pleasant tones (even with the distortion and crunch cranked). There's just an unmistakable presence to this guitar. Best of all, the Prophecy can clearly handle whatever musical style you throw at it! Prophecy Fulfilled: Without a doubt, my Prophecy is a keeper. This is by no means some pretty piece of furniture or just a wall hanger; it's a versatile guitar that is meant to be played, and very often. When I'm not playing it, I'm daydreaming of playing it! The performance and craftsmanship of this guitar are demonstrably made with the hardworking player in mind. Pleasebelieve me when I say: the Prophecy is worth every single penny. I even consider it under-priced for the quality you're getting! Epiphone is clearly a company that listens to customer feedback and that truly cares about making a high caliber guitar. At this point in their history, Epiphone is truly making some of the best guitars available. Their quality is incredible, and their value is frankly unmatched. So let me lay to rest any doubts: the Prophecy is simply the best Les Paul you can possibly buy, full stop. It surpasses many comparable Epiphone offerings and it certainly outperforms the Gibson Tribute and Studio offerings (as I can personally attest). I know some people endless debate whether a high-end Epiphone Les Paul is better than even a low-end Les Paul; if you have functioning ears, fingers, and a reasonable mindset, you will surely be able to realize that the Epiphone's features, fit, and finish are simply on par-and I daresay-better than Gibson's. And personally, I think this goes for Gibson's Custom Shop Les Paul models as well.I would put my Prophecy up against any $3-$6K Gibson Standard or Custom anytime,all the time. I would even put it up against the (supremely overrated and overpriced) Gibson Les Paul Supreme. I honestly think that there is just no reason to spend your hard-earned thousands of dollars on a Gibson anymore,folks. I'm going to bite the bullet and say outright that the days of attaching caveats to the admission that "Epiphone is excellent" are long over. It's not,"Epiphone is excellent…for the price" it is "Epiphone is excellent." It's not,"Epiphone is excellent…for a made-overseas guitar," it is "Epiphone is excellent." It's not "Epiphone is excellent…but Gibson is better," it is"Epiphone is excellent." And it definitely should not surprise anyone that Epiphone makes excellent guitars: their construction, attention to detail, electronics,and value are consistently exceptional. More importantly, the Prophecy absolutely stands on its own merit. This is not a guitar you can give a back-handed compliment to because you absolutely will not find more value for your money. The Prophecy demands and deserves your unwavering respect. My Prophecy makes me an immensely satisfied player. It also makes me want to become a better one every single time I play. I hope everyone has a guitar just like this, one that leaves them feeling overjoyed, grateful, and inspired!
  4. Here's my Studio Satin from 2011 (with stock Burstbucker Pros, baked maple fretboard, and the good old trapezoid inlays)
  5. This is an interesting question that's obviously sparked lots of debate. Maybe you already know, but Gretsch is no longer even Gretsch. They still retain ownership of their company (so they're allowed to say Grestch) but since 2002, Fender controls their production, distribution, and marketing. I think this is a good thing, as I've tried their Electromatic line and thought it was very nice. However, I don't think you should assume what "most players want." I feel like that's Gibson's mentality right now and it's...misguided. Most players want a quality guitar, period. Preferably one that doesn't cost them a fortune. As others have mentioned, Epiphone has its own rich history long before Gibson acquired them. And I also think the Epiphone headstock is fine the way it is, and it's beautiful when it's bound. So I never understood why people thought it's "ugly." Gibson's headstock has its issues too, as I'm sure you know... Bottom line, I never look at my Epiphones and wish they were Gibsons. I'm a proud owner of a 2011 Gibson Studio, but if Gibson wants their guitars to sell, they need to make quality guitars. Not focus on marketing.
  6. Agreed! I never got all the "Epiphone headstock is ugly" nonsense. Especially when the headstock is bound beautifully!
  7. These are all beautiful guitars (and I have the same Studio!) I was just wondering, what is the Les Paul on the far right, in the red finish? I'm digging those two (only two!) tone controls. It looks like a Standard from an earlier model year... If you could let me know I'd really appreciate it! Thanks
  8. WOW that is an amazing Studio! I absolutely love how it looks, especially how the gold paint was so tastefully done.
  9. Hey folks, I'm curious about your reasoning for buying this specific Gibson/Epiphone Combo: "affordable" Gibson and "Comparable" Epiphone. Let me explain: Really wanting a Gibson (for the sake of the name, let's be honest!) and therefore purchasing the more "affordable" models like the Junior, Studio (now along with the Faded) or Tribute, the J 15, or Explorer Elite. I think of "affordable" as usually being around or less than $ 1,000. Although my personal philosophy and budget rules dictate that I absolutely refuse to buy a guitar that costs more than $ 2,000. It's simply unjustifiable to me. Really wanting the comparable Gibson model (for example, the Standard or the Custom) but not being able to drop $3-5 K on a single instrument. So you go for the Epiphone Standard (Plustop) Pro or the Epiphone Custom. I ask because this is exactly my experience and mindset so I wonder how many other people share it! It seems to me that quite a substantial number of guitarists have axe collections that reflect this. My 2011 Gibson Les Paul Studio was the only Les Paul I could afford, aside from the fact that I truly wanted a Studio in particular (their Swirl models are also fantastic). I already get that this Combo is essentially the entire reason brands like Epiphone exist: to let hard working musicians actually play excellent quality instruments without the bloated price tag or the ego to match. I realize that you can also buy used. But I'm talking about buying brand new here. In my opinion, I think if you're considering an "affordable" Gibson anyway, Epiphone is the way to go. They offer tremendous value for the money and lots of people (myself included) can vouch that their quality is just as good-if not sometimes even better-than Gibson's. Especially since lately, Gibson's prices have steadily been climbing and even their once "affordable" models are now pushing a lot closer to $ 2, 000. Basically, I want to know: why did you buy this Combo? What factors influenced your decision? And are you happy with it? Thank you, I'm really excited to read what people have to say!
  10. I apologize if this is old news, but I just found out that the Les Paul Standard Plustop PRO now comes in this beautiful new Mojave Fade finish: Honestly, Epiphone is absolutely knocking guitar quality out of the damn park with consistency, awesome features, and wonderful finishes. At this point I think it would not make sense for a player, regardless of skill level and cash to burn, to spend thousands of dollars for a comparable Gibson (even if it also comes in a Mojave finish). But this is just my opinion, of course! I think the timing of this is uncanny as well because I was thinking lately how Epiphone has been coming out with finishes that are similar to Gibson's 2018 line, and that I wished there was a Mojave finish for Epiphone...and now there is! Someday I would like to have an Epiphone Standard for myself. I've been contemplating the Plustop PROs for a while, but then again I'm also torn between this one now and the plaintop Goldtop...both are beautiful. I like to remind myself that my storage space is limited and that I can only play one guitar at at time. Maybe I'll have to wait until I move into a bigger house Anyway, I just wanted to share this with people in case it brightens their day. Rock on!
  11. Today I went into an acoustic room and decided to try a little experiment. I played this beautiful Epiphone Dove Pro for half an hour. It was hanging beside its fellow Epiphones and $4,549 Gibson Dove counterpart. I was incredibly impressed with the flawless construction of the Epiphone Dove. It's solidly built. Super comfortable to play. The neck feels just right. The photos don't do the finish justice. It's a nice warm shade, like being bathed by a carefree sunset; like light filtering through honey, or a glass of golden whiskey. The appointments add a touch of elegance too, which I like a lot. And of course, it sounds fantastic! The bass is full, the mids are expressive, and the treble shimmers. Strumming filled the room with a lush, vibrant sound that sustained for a long time. I'm really happy I played this guitar on a whim. Sure, I tried the Gibson Dove too mostly because I'd never played a guitar that's worth more than one semester of my graduate studies. Once the shock wore off, it was nice to play it too. I honestly didn't notice a significant difference in comfort or playability. The Gibson was louder and sounded great, but there isn't really a discernible difference if you were listening with your eyes closed. So yeah, if anyone is on the fence about this guitar, I would highly recommend it!!! I'm not going to buy it for myself because I have another acoustic in mind and I'm already more than happy with my Epiphone Texan. But I hope this post can maybe help someone out if the'yre considering the Epiphone Dove Pro!
  12. Thanks for your reply! You've got a great point about the cases and the Classic 57 combo; they sound really rich without being muddy, with lots of articulation and just a nice "flavour" to them if you will. Aesthetics truly are personal preference because I happen to like the gold/black open pickups on the Prophecy and overall it's entire aesthetic (Epi also offered a new finish on it recently, Midnight Ebony, which also looks killer). I guess I'll just have to think about this some more. I appreciate your thoughts!
  13. Same here! I think Epiphone headstocks look fine. And even elegant, if they're bound and have some extra bling. Giibson looks nice too, but it's also impractical, considering the headstock angle. But at the end of the day....it's just the headstock. I think as guitarists sometimes we put too much emphasis on the least important part of the guitar
  14. Hi good people, As the title implies, I'm having quite a dilemma choosing between two incredible guitars (both in the Black Cherry finish, of course), the Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX or the 1960 Les Paul Tribute Plus. The price for these two is roughly the same in Canada so that's not the concern. I really just don't know which one would be the best choice for me. I was originally going to go with the GX because of the Gibson 490R and 498T pickups and the fact that it looks gorgeous. I've always wanted a Les Paul custom and to me, the Prophecy delivers above and beyond. I think it's actually more akin to the Gibson Supreme in terms of quality. Anyway, I play mostly (classic)rock, blues, and jazzy stuff. I realize the Prophecy is meant for shredding, but it sounds beautiful to me regardless of the genre. The coil splitting also makes it incredibly versatile so I don't want to be constrained by genre necessarily. Then I came across the 1960 Tribute Plus and was again impressed by Epiphone's commitment to excellent playability,, features, and looks. I know this one comes with Gibson Classic 57s and series parallel switching. I'm also aware that the tuners, wiring and pots are simply better, the real deal. Purely looking at specs, I think the Prophecy and Tribute Plus are really at a tie though. It seems to come down to just personal preference, but that's exactly why I'm having a dilemma! I want to know if there's anything that truly gives one a significant advantage over the other, and why. What are your experiences with these guitars? What would you recommend? Tips and guidance would be greatly appreciated (along with pretty photos if you'd like to share those) Thanks!
  15. Hey there, Thank you so much for taking the time to post a photo! That does indeed answer my questions. I'm not really an expert on electronics either, but from what I can tell, it looks good on the inside. I hope you're enjoying your Prophecy!
  16. Hi folks, I've been doing research into the Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX because I'm hoping to have this gorgeous guitar by the end of this year. Although I can't actually play it myself before buying, from what I have read, seen, and heard online, the Prophecy is absolutely perfect for my purposes. I just want to discuss any potential electronics concerns with people who actually own a Prophecy GX themselves. It's equipped with a pair of Gibson USA 490R/498T pickups (which I have no intention of modding); these are also the pickups on the Les Paul Custom Classic PRO. I was watching for the Custom Classic, and several issues were mentioned (around the 9:40 mark): The cover for the electronic cavity, and the electronic cavity itself is not shielded from the inside Pickups are connected only via some kind of rectangular clips, which appear to be plastic Tone pots don't have any notable capacitors Soldering on the tone pots is fine With all that being said, the guitar still sounded fantastic. So I'm wondering, have any Prophecy GX players ever had similar findings or issues with their electronics? Have you taken the guitar's guts out and been appalled or impressed? And would anyone be willing to post photos of the Prophecy GX electronics cavity? I would appreciate hearing and learning from people's experiences, so please share if you can!
  17. I'm currently saving up for the Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX in Black Cherry...it's like Epi's answer to the Gibson Les Paul Supreme-except I'm head over heels for the Prophecy! I can't wait to get my hands on it, hopefully sometime later this year
  18. Hi BDuke, If those are your most favoured options, I would recommend the Sheraton II. Things to consider are: It now has the PRO designation, which offers coil splitting and lots more tone options than either the Casino or the Casino Coupe. In my opinion, it also has more style (particularly in the sunburst and black finishes). I'm not sure how important this would be to you, but it's nice to consider. Generally, I have heard nothing but good things about all three models, especially the Sheraton II. And I would still recommend it despite playing a really bad lemon myself a year ago. If you really prefer the P90 sound, I think there are other options that would be better in this price range (or even slightly higher, such as the Epiphone ES 295 which comes with Gibson P90s). I hope this has been helpful to you in some way!
  19. It's really too bad you've had an awful experience buying your dream guitar. I just wanted to chime in and say firmly that: You're not being unrealistic in your expectations for a $2, 500 guitar. Just as a fun fact, I live in Canada so assuming that price is in US dollars, your guitar would cost literally almost twice as much up here in the great white North. So I'm probably even more particular about my guitars than you think you are! Gibson QC has been consistently, intensely terrible since 2015, so your issues are not surprising at all. And not to turn this into a Gibson-bashing fest (I own a 2011 Studio myself) but since they spend so much time marketing their brand for historic quality and divine guitarist magic or whatever, it's pathetic that the expectations you rightly have were not met. I appreciate you sharing your experience because not only is it informative, but it could help other players of all skill levels be cautious when purchasing specifically from Gibson. I know your experience has only reaffirmed my decision to not buy another Gibson guitar at all, ever again. Happy playing!
  20. Hi there, Yep, the Burstbucker Pros came stock with this Studio. Thanks for checking out my post!
  21. I couldn't have said it better myself! I feel like I've been playing this guitar forever. Thanks for checking out my post
  22. Hi Cougar, Thanks so much for checking out my post! I'm still stunned by the colour. It really is special. As for the fretboard, my first thought was that it looked like ebony as well. I'm just glad my first experience with Epiphone has been good; I'm considering getting the Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus GX somewhere down the line. I appreciate the warm welcome!
  23. I was just reflecting on how grateful I am to have my Les Paul Studio Satin from 2011: The 2018 Studios are cool with the upgraded binding, but I'm really ambivalent towards the new finish and the ridiculous price. I'm glad my Studio has a baked maple fretboard and killer Burstbucker Pros!
  24. Hey folks, I'm a long time lurker around these forums, and for my first post, I just wanted to write a rave review about my brand new Epiphone Texan: In a word, the Texan is incredible! It is my first Epiphone guitar, and my second acoustic-electric. I was looking for dreadnaught guitar to complement my folk-sized 2014 Breedlove Passport OM/MMe. However, I was initially skeptical of Epiphone. I'd tried a Sheraton II and it was unfortunately awkward to play and the tone was poor. Also, a friend of mine sent his Thunderbird IV bass back no less than four times due to persistent issues, including severe fret buzzing. He was eventually satisfied with his replacement Thunderbird. But as is the case buying from any brand, it’s important to be cautious. While I don’t necessarily believe in guitars having some kind innate mysticism or aura by virtue of mythical brand name, I do believe wholeheartedly in a guitar feeling just “right” when you hold it in your hands and strum those first few chords (just as a funny thought, I used to think Epiphone was pronounced “epiphany"). Playing this Texan for the first time at my awesome local music store gave me the feeling that I was reuniting with an old friend.I play mostly solo-acoustic and occasionally jam with a full band, so the Texan is excellent for my purposes. I love that it's a slope shouldered acoustic. It feels very comfortable to play. There are no rough fret ends and, I'm happy to say, absolutely no string buzz. The vintage style tuners are sturdy. Even if they are plastic, they hold their own really well (especially considering that I can strum pretty hard and fast). The wood grain is beautiful. The Texan's tone is resonant and has wonderful sustain, with rustic, loud bass, sweet, clear mid-range, and crisp, articulate treble. Honestly, my photographs cannot fully capture the cherryburst colour gracing the solid spruce top. The finish is actually more like an autumn-burst; it has an amber quality that gently melts into antique orange when under direct light; the overall dusky shading is simply gorgeous. As many other people have previously noted, I can confirm that the nut and bridge are bone. My particular guitar was made in Indonesia (probably the Samick factory, Serial # 16092300177) and I must say that the craftsmanship is completely outstanding! Considerable research (well informed by IRONMAN INC’s awesome YouTube channel) went into choosing my Texan. I paid $880 CAD with hardshell case (it smells like vanilla inside); although that is more expensive than what it sells for in comparable markets such as the United States, in my opinion the price is totally worth it! Just to be clear, the Texan kicks serious *** against any higher end model. I tried the Masterbilt AJ 45E, but wasn’t particularly impressed with the sound, feel, or finish. I was also considering both the Taylor 210e Deluxe in Tobacco Sunburst and the Gibson J-15. The Taylor unfortunately felt too bulky and uncomfortable for me, not to mention that I was really stretching my budget at that price point; the same can be said for the Gibson, including some concerning, horrific craftsmanship-I honestly don’t know how it passed QC! The J-15 simply felt cheaply thrown together, almost “plasticky” for lack of a better term, because there was sloppy glue residue on the spruce top where the neck meets the body, the frets were razor sharp, the strings buzzed, and the nitrocellulose finish had been yellowed around the nut. I felt really disappointed after playing it. So I returned to the Texan. It hasn't let me down, and I can't stop playing it. I’m proud to support Epiphone because they have honest, reasonable prices for quality instruments. That’s what matters at the end of the day, because as the player you want what you play to be reliable; you want it to be expressive; you want to connect with it and have it resonate with listeners. The Texan has all that and more. I’m just so glad to have such a lovely guitar!
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