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What was Epiphone thinking when designing the New Prophecy Explorer???


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You know Ive started a thread and been in a few regarding the New Epiphone Prophecy LP's and SG's which arent that bad and similar enough in style too current Designs that I might consider one.

But their Prophecy Explorer went horribly wrong IMO. They felt the need to increase fret access to the 24 frets when really it wasnt needed quite as drastically as they re-designed it. Looks like an actual boat anchor design too me.

 

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i love explorers, but that looks horrible with that nasty lower horn being the wrong angle... no wonder why epi put the guitar at a weird angle on the webcite..... im sure many will sell, but that jsut doesnt look right to me.

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Guru Shastry wins in the "Know Your Guitar Designs" category. Everybody else has missed the point that the new Prophecy model is not an Explorer at all, but a Futura, which was a Gibson design that never caught on (along with the Moderne, as Guru Shastry also pointed out). Although similar to the Explorer, the Futura was a much more severely cut down design, probably to make it lighter and a bit less unwieldy. Since the Flying V and Explorer didn't catch on until quite a few years after they were introduced, maybe Gibson/Epiphone is testing the waters to see if the Futura's time has come.

 

My guess, like many of y'all's is ... not! Maybe they should rename it the Futugly!

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Some people just like weird (IMHO) shaped guitars. Just think of those Dean Dimebags

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which is about the ugliest guitar I Could think of (Of course, others have a right to think it's way-cool looking)

 

Second to that in my list of ugly guitars is the BC Rich Warlock

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But I'm sure others love them.

 

I like the LP and clones, Casino/ES, SG/G400, Strat, Tele and others, even the flying V is OK with me, but the reverse Firebird, reverse Flying V, X-plorer, Prophecy Explorer and those other guitars with too many sharp angles like the ones pictured above just don't do it for me.

 

To each his/her own.

 

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Although similar to the Explorer' date=' the Futura was a much more severely cut down design, probably to make it lighter and a bit less unwieldy.[/quote']

 

Which would suggest they were 2 seperate models. Wasn't the Futura just a prototype Explorer? Till they figured out everyone thought the Futura too hidiously ugly to be seen with publicly and they reworked the design into an Exporer?

 

Here is where you can see a transitional model from Futura to Explorer.

http://www.wronashouseofviolins.com/body_gibson_futura.html

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I think the Prophecy Explore/Futura is gawky and awkward looking... I don't care about its lineage.

 

They should have burned the drawings for the Moderne too...

 

And I think the "Reverse V" was the product of either too many bong hits, too little sleep, or they just plain ran out of ideas for the "Gibson of the Week" campaign.. Really, they should have taken it easier on themselves.. "Gibson of the Month" would have still been a respectable goal..

 

That reverse Strat looks HOT, though! 8-[

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As the man said, it's not an Explorer, it's a Futura. AFAIK the Explorer replaced the Futura as a more esthetic design; the Futura was the 'prototype'... it's true, the Futura was fugly. Heck, when the Explorer came out in 1958 nobody was ready for it. And as far as that 'V' headstock goes, you don't want to **** around with one; it needs all kinds of string trees just to work, and guarantees to be both a hassle to string and to keep in tune.

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Some people just like weird (IMHO) shaped guitars. Just think of those Dean Dimebags

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Well, Dean has yet to come up with a single new guitar design; basically all he does is re-work Gibson models, sometimes combining two different classic Gibson forms to come up with something 'new' (LP + Explorer, V + Explorer, V + SG). That one is obviously nothing more than a very embroidered ML, which is just a Flying V grafted on to an Explorer.

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