Futura Custom Prophecy FX Review

manufacturer: Epiphone date: 11/30/2009 category: Electric Guitars
Epiphone: Futura Custom Prophecy FX
This guitar is extremely impressive. Although it was made in Indonesia, it's features are stunning.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 8
 Reliability & Durability: 7
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8
 Features: 10
 Overall rating:
 8.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.6 
 Users rating:
 8.7 
 Votes:
 22 
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overall: 8.6
Futura Custom Prophecy FX Reviewed by: Iheartnirvana, on november 30, 2009
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Price paid: $ 799

Purchased from: Guitarcenter.com

Features: Epiphone Futura Prophecy Custom FX Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Tremolo (Midnight Ebony). This guitar is extremely impressive. Although it was made in Indonesia, it's features are stunning. With a color of Midnight Ebony, and a quilt maple top. It is fairly heavy, weighing in at about 12-15 lbs. It has 24 jumbo frets on an ebony fingerboard. The guitar has a bound mahogany body. The neck is NOT bolt-on, it is a set neck with SpeedTaper D profiling, made out of maple with a satin finish. The inlays are one-of-a-kind, it is a blade pattern. It has a similar shape to the Gibson/Epiphone Explorers. One of my favorite features of this guitar is the, you guessed it, Original Floyd Rose teaming up with the active EMG-81 in bridge position and active EMG-85 in neck position. There are two volume controls (Neck, Bridge) and one tone knob. It has a three-way pickup selector that can be used as a killswitch with one of the volume knobs turned down. The guitar has locking grover Machine Head tuners. The guitar came with included strap locks and eye-catching pearl inlay knobs. // 10

Sound: This guitar completely fits my music style, it's a mix of Zakk Wylde, Dimebag, and Kerry King. I use it with a DigiTech RP90 multi-effects processor and a Raven RG60 combo amp. It has a great sound, a noise gate will be needed when working with heavy distortion. Other than that, it has a great clean and crunch tone. This guitar can pull off any sound. It can play blues, heavy metal, you name it. The best part is pulling off dimesqueals with the Floyd Rose. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: Almost everything was set up perfectly. The pickups were adjusted to my liking, the bridge is fine, and I had some problems with a loose strap button thanks to the straplock, I was also missing a fine tuner screw on the Floyd Rose, which was easily replaced. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This guitar is very durable for the most part. The hardware is as if it will last a million years. The main problem was the loose strap button, it completely fell out and continued falling out. The only way to fix it was to drill another hole. I would easily use this guitar without a backup if it weren't such a pain to drop tunings. The finish will definately last. // 7

Overall Impression: I play mostly metal. This guitar is a soulmatch for my style. I've been playing guitar for about 5 years. If this guitar were stolen, I would want to buy another, but it's fairly expensive to buy again. That would be a lost $1,600. I would compare it to the Jackson WRMG Warrior. Although the Jackson is a higher price, the Epiphone is better (I have played both, my band's rhythm guitarist currently owns one). The Jackson's Floyd Rose isn't original, which could impact the tone a little, and the Epiphone is easier to sit down with. I wish this guitar could have a lighter weight, it's stressful on the shoulders at times. // 8

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