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Epiphone Prophecy - The best-kept secret for playing metal on a Les Paul

I don't try to hide the fact that I love cheap guitars and cheap gear. And fortunately for the modern guitar player, you can get some genuinely good stuff if... and this is a big if... you can stop shopping by brand and/or manufacturing country of origin.

Shopping by headstock example: "I will only buy Gibson guitars."

Shopping by manufacturing country of origin example: "I will only buy guitars made in the USA."

To the metal guitar snob who carries this attitude, you're missing out on fantastic guitars like the Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul.

Now while the Prophecy doesn't fall into the "cheap" category (it's midrange-priced), it is the best "metal Les Paul" a player can buy.

Why? Two reasons.

First, a "D" shaped neck with a nice fast 14-inch fingerboard radius (flatter than the standard 12-inch for better soloing).

Second, a LockTone bridge and tailpiece system. Read that link to find out why that system is far superior, especially for metal playing.

I'll give a third reason for those of you that opt for the EX model of the guitar: EMG pickups. You get the EMG-85 in the neck and the EMG-81 in the bridge. The neck is an Alnico V and the bridge is ceramic. And chances are pretty good you will not need to upgrade this guitar at all once you plug in and go because it's just that good.

The Epiphone Prophecy is the best Les Paul a metal player could buy right now at the best possible price. Any metal player who plays Les Pauls would be an idiot not to try out the Prophecy.

And yeah, if you already own a "real" Gibson Les Paul and do the metal thing, I guarantee you will like the Prophecy better. True, it doesn't say "Gibson" on the headstock, but...

...consider you could buy not one, not two, not three but FOUR Prophecy guitars for the price of a single USA-made Gibson Les Paul.

Go try one. You won't regret it. If you can't try one, could you buy it "blind" (unplayed?) and be confident you would be happy with it? Yes; I have that much confidence in the build of the guitar.

This article contributed by Rich Menga. Check out his blog at or follow on Twitter at @richmenga
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