The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II is all the Les Paul you expect, with enough extras to make it a new must-have instrument for any serious player. Epiphone has a habit of starting revolutions. In 2005, when most people said it couldn't be done, the world's favorite luthier said that yes, it could, and invented the first Les Paul to feature a chambered body, giving even more guitarists the chance to enjoy killer Les Paul tone and sustain. That model was the Les Paul Ultra. Now Epiphone is doing it all over again, as the original Les Paul Ultra is joined by the Ultra-II.
You might not be surprised by the name, but when you check out this groundbreaking hybrid model, you won't believe what Epiphone has done. Some things haven't changed. Like the original Ultra, the Ultra-II features a chambered mahogany body topped with a quilted maple cap, and weighs far less than a Les Paul Standard while offering the same timeless tone and endless sustain - but that's not the reason why the new Ultra-II is set to steal the show. The real revolution comes from the Ultra-II's pairing of twin Alnico Classic humbuckers (which supply the beefy electric tone that has always been the Les Paul's calling card) and a fingerboard-mounted NanoMag pickup (with dedicated tone controls and output jack) that lets guitarists unlock shimmering acoustic tones on the stage and in the studio. Whether you're playing clean finger-picked passages or digging in with the pick, this revolutionary hybrid model has it covered.
Les Paul Ultra II Quotes
I am extremely happy about the new Ultra-II. I've never liked a lot of complex sound choices, especially on stage, but this guitar is just versatile without being confusing. There are 5 or 6 sounds I can switch between in the course of one song and it really bridges the gap between acoustic and electric. That is especially great for me, as I usually have to choose between one or the other on a song-by-song basis. This guitar is awesome!
- Nancy Wilson (Heart)
The NanoMag acoustic pickup, specifically, is a marvel that breathes new life into one of the oldest and most cherished electric guitar designs. It integrates so well that I'd like to see it as a standard option on all Les Pauls.
- Eric Kirkland (Guitar World Magazine)
The Ultra-II's chambered body with the new NanoMag/Humbucker pickup combination can get you sounds you've heard before... but only in your dreams!
- Jimmy Jackson (Indie producer and guitarist for Lacy J. Dalton, Jo-El Sonnier, Michael Nesmith's Video Ranch Band)
The Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece are standard equipment on all Epiphone guitars with a tune-o-matic setup. From their Custom Les Pauls right down to the Special II, Epiphone knows that tuning stability and sustain can make or break a guitar so it’s important to have a dependable bridge you can trust.