« Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul with passive pickups »Publié le 06/23/11 à 13:23
With the 24 fret neck on this guitar it does not do any favors with the upper fret access. The body still joins the neck at the 17th fret on this guitar so the upper frets are even harder to get to. The speed taper satin neck is nice and is a good alternative to a completely raw neck like you would get on a Zakk Wylde signature guitar. The ebony fretboard with the jumbo frets is really nice under you fingers and provides a good action once setup. The tune-o-matic bridge is locking so it will not fall off when you are changing strings. This is something that many Gibsons do not have.
The Gibson Dirty Fingers pickups provide a unique sound. When I think of the Dirty Fingers pickup I think of old 80s John Sykes tone. These pickups are popular today with punk rockers. The guy from Blink 182 used these pickups in his Gibson and Epiphone signature guitars. These pickups are really hot for a Gibson passive and they were pretty bright. In the bright position this brightness is good. It will really cut through any heavy mix. In the neck position I dont think it is a great pickup. You cant really get a smooth neck position tone with the brightness of the Dirty Fingers. With the coil splitting ability you can get some single coil tones with these pickups and since they are so bright and hot they can get a good emulation of a real single coil sound.
Epiphone is putting out some good original models now. I would recommend the EMG version over this one but some people do not like active pickups. The red quilt and gold hardware give it a look a lot different that you see on most metal guitars. The coil tap gives you more versatility than you would get with the active pickup version also. If you dont mine the horrible upper fret access this is a good metal Epiphone.