Epiphone Prophecy Flying V review

Top-dollar spec and a classy finish make for a state-of-the-art metal guitar

Epiphone Prophecy Flying V
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Attention to detail allied to ambition – it's a lot of spec for the money – and a very playable neck profile makes the Epiphone Prophecy V one of the best guitars for metal on the market today. Just so long as you don't want to play it seated.


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    The asymmetric neck profile balances speed with comfort.

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    Premium pickups and hardware.

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    Top value.

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    Flawless finish and quality build.


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    The V shape can be impractical.

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    A premium passive humbucker option would be incredible.

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The distance between Gibson’s entry-level US build and a top-of-the-range, Chinese-built Epiphone is closing all the time. Take the Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard, a quite stunning collaboration with the Gibson Custom Shop that is arguable better dressed than a Les Paul Tribute. 

Or take this Prophecy Flying V, which takes the high-road when it comes to spec. Here we’ve got a mahogany body with a AAA flame maple veneer – like the ’59 LP – though it is also available in Aged Satin Black. The Prophecy V has a set, mahogany neck, carved into Gibson’s Asymmetrical Slim Taper profile. 

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.