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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar

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Traditional Les Paul tone and style with added technological advances, the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar is right at the point where tradition and technology meet. The Ultra III maintains the same basic solid Mahogany body with glued-in Mahogany SlimTaper neck, but provides powerful Epiphone ProBucker humbuckers in the bridge and neck as well as an additional NanoMag pickup for acoustic style tones. Not to mention USB output for direct connection to your computer.

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar Features

  • Strategically Chambered Mahogany Body
  • AAA Flame Maple Veneer
  • Comfortable back Belly-scarf
  • Mahogany SlimTaper; D profile Neck
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Trapezoid inlays
  • Epiphone Two ProBucker Humbuckers and Shadow NanoMag Pickup
  • 1/4 inch Mono, Stereo and USB Outputs
  • Includes USB Cable and Native Instruments GuitarRig™ download
  • Hardshell case (EPI LP CASE) is optional
Two Great Pickup Systems in One Guitar
At the heart of the new Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar are two pickup systems. Powering the first are Epiphone's new ProBucker humbucking pickups patterned after Gibson's famous BurstBuckers. With authentic 18% nickel silver base and cover, Elektrisola wire, accurate bobbins, slugs and screws and sand casted Alnico-II magnets, they replicate that classic Patent Applied For airy tone that defined rock and roll.

The second system features Shadow Germany's patented NanoMag pickup embedded discretely at the end of the fingerboard. Featuring three samarium cobalt magnets, an air coil, and active electronics, this low-impedance pickup captures all the subtle body acoustics and string harmonics. Together, you get powerful humbucker-driven rock crunch as well as shimmering acoustic-like tones and everything in-between.

One-Of-A-Kind Built-in Electronics
If you thought the Ultra-II was jam-packed with modern features, you won't believe what Epiphone has designed into the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar. Built discretely into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a full-function, chromatic tuner. Push its ON/OFF button and sound is immediately muted when the tuner activated. Eleven color-coded LED's identify the note as well as whether it's sharp, flat or in-tune.

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Also, to allow quick and seamless changes between each pickup system, the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar's NanoMag Volume knob now doubles as an A/B switch. Just push it in and quickly toggle between Magnetic, NanoMag or both pickup systems with no delay and no pop. Two additional LED's on the pickup mounting ring provide a visual indicator of which pickup system is active (Red=NanoMag; Blue-Magnetic or Red/Blue=Both).

Hook-Up Directly To Your Computer
The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar features three different outputs. By using the standard 1/4 inch MONO output, both the Humbuckers and NanoMag are mixed into one signal. When you plug another 1/4 inch cable into it's STEREO output, the Humbuckers are routed through one cable and the NanoMag the other. In this way, you can send the Humbuckers to your favorite guitar amp and the NanoMag to the PA or an acoustic guitar amp.

Using the A/B switch allows you to change on-the-fly between the two outputs. The third output is USB. Using a USB cable (included), you can plug directly into your computer and use guitar applications such as Native Instruments GuitarRig 4LE (download upon registration) to play your guitar through a variety of simulated amplifiers and effects and listen through your computer speakers or headphones. GuitarRig also features a recorder, a metronome, a tuner and more.

Lock Tone
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.

Lock Tone Stopbar Tailpiece Detail Lock Tone Stopbar Tailpiece Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic Bridge Lock Tone Tune-O-Matic Bridge Detail

Limited Lifetime Warranty
Like every Epiphone, it features their Limited Lifetime warranty backed by world famous 24/7/365 day Gibson Customer Service. If you want a versatile professional instrument designed for live performance or studio and capable of both Les Paul crunch and real acoustic-like tones, the Epiphone Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar is it!

Product Specifications
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Mahogany; Strategically Chambered
    • Comfortable back Belly-scarf
    • Binding: 1 ply (cream)
  • Top: AAA Flame Maple veneer
  • Neck: Mahogany
    • Shape: SlimTaper; D profile
    • Joint: Glued-In; Mortise and Tenon
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16 inch
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Scale Length: 24.75 inches 
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Radius: 12 inches
    • Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
    • Inlay: mother-of-pearl Trapezoid inlays
    • Binding: 1 ply (cream)
  • Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2
  • Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3
  • Fingerboard Pickup: Shadow NanoMag Humbucking Low-Impedance Pickup
  • Front Controls:
    • 3-way Pickup Selector
    • Neck Pickup Volume
    • Bridge Pickup Volume
    • NanoMag Pickup Volume with push-push A/B switch
    • Master Tone
    • A/B LED Indicators
  • Back Controls:
    • NanoMag Gain
    • NanoMag Treble EQ
    • NanoMag Bass EQ
  • Chromatic Tuner:
    • On/Off Switch
    • A-G LED Note Indicators
    • # LED Indicator
    • High Pitch, Low Pitch, In-Tune LED Indicators
  • Outputs:
    • 1/4 inch Mono (both signals blended)
    • 1/4 inch Stereo
    • USB (Computer supplies power to Ultra-III when connected)
  • Power: 9 Volt battery (except when connected to computer USB)
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grover 16:1 Tuners
  • String: Gibson Brite Wires 10-46
  • Included Accessories:
    • Native Instruments GuitarRig™ download
    • 3 meter USB Cable
    • 9 Volt battery
    • User's Manual
    • Bumper Sticker
    • Poster
    • Trussrod Wrench
    • Warranty Information
  • Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  615-871-4500 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Overall Rating
Impressive Guitar for the $$$
What is your overall opinion of this product?
This guitar is well built with lots of "extras". Sound it amazing. Unlike other reviewers online, there was no fret buzzing and everything worked right out of the box.
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I mostly play blues or classic rock. This guitar is extremely versatile. I was sitting on the couch watching TV and playing acoustically and because of the chambered body, it actually sounded pretty good!
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
All controls work well and are easy to reach/use. The "belly skirt" is great for women with "curves" ;) The neck is a "D" shape which is very different than any other guitars I own. It is going to take a little time to adjust to it. I recently injured my thumb tendon so the top curve kind of gets in my way - but this is not the guitars fault.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Wow! Tone! It is a serious contender for my Gibson LP. I am really impressed with the acoustic tones too! It is not as "tinny" as some reviewers make it out to be... but then again, this is an electric guitar.... it's not going to sound as sweet and warm as a quality acoustic.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The flame top is absolutely beautiful!! I bought the vintage sunburst. I checked this out top to bottom and could not find anything wrong with the finish.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I am very impressed with the quality and sound of this instrument. I have several "mid-range" guitars and this one is right up there in quality.
How was the action out of the box?
Well, I need a little bit lower action due to a hand problem, but if I didn't have a physical issue, the action would be perfect. I measured the string height and it is set up just like my favorite Gibson. Out of the box, it is perfect.
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