Back in May, Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian gave us the first glimpse of Epiphone’s new Prophecy models, causing us to pose the question: could these be the Gibson brand’s best-ever guitars for metal players? And now, as the new Collection officially launches, the answer looks set to be a resounding yes.
The range comprises four models: the Les Paul, SG, Flying V and the Extura, an all-new body style formed by teaming the classic Explorer outline with the Futura’s trimmer waist and deeper cutaway.
Each guitar feature Fishman’s cutting-edge Fluence active humbuckers, which have been custom-voiced for the new range, and offer three voices: a Gibson BurstBucker/PAF-style vintage sound, hot modern humbucker and hum-free single coil, via push/pull volume and tone pots.
All four models feature mahogany bodies, and 24-fret ebony fingerboards, with the option of a AAA figured maple top on the line-up’s Tiger Aged Gloss finishes, as well as a plain-topped Black Aged Gloss.
Other features include asymmetrical Slim Taper necks with contoured heels, LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece, Grover Rotomatic tuners and Graph Tech NuBone nut.
Gibson has clearly done its homework with these new models, with a host of high-spec appointments and contemporary finishes, and the price point checks out, too: each model is $899, and expected to land in the next few weeks.
For more information on the Prophecy range, head over to Epiphone.