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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar

With all the swagger of a classic LP, plus modern features like a Shadow NanoMag pickup and USB output, the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III gives you an edge. (37) Read 20 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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Don't be fooled by its traditional exterior -- the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III is a technological powerhouse that combines the classic vibe of a Les Paul with an array of gadgets and features. Now in its third generation, the Epiphone Ultra series represents the guitar maker's efforts to bring the latest in modern guitar technology to an iconic instrument with expanded tonal options and intuitive controls. From the cutting-edge pickup configuration to the USB output and much more, the Ultra III is an excellent choice for a discerning player ready to put the latest in guitar technology to work.

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Not Your Grandpa's Les Paul

Wielding traditional Probucker double-coils at the bridge and neck and a Shadow Nanomag pickup system at the edge of the fretboard, the Ultra III gives you a palette of tonal options unlike any other Les Paul. The Nanomag is designed to capture all the nuance of the instrument with acoustic-like tones to complement the rock-worthy edge of the Probuckers. Put these to use with multiple outputting options and a three-way selector button to scroll between the different configurations. Rounding it out, Epiphone has included a control panel for the Nanomag, a chromatic tuner built into the bridge pickup ring, and a USB output to connect to the downloadable Guitar Rig LE software (free with registration!) With so many features packed into the Les Paul Ultra III, you'll be shocked that the price has remained so low.

Features:

- Revolutionary electronics with dual Probuckers and acoustic-like Shadow Nanomag pickups
- Constructed with chambered mahogany body and AAA flame maple top
- Countered body shape and D style neck for maximum comfort and playability
- Chromatic tuner built into to pickup casing which mutes output when engaged
- Intuitive controls for seamless integration of features into live performances
- USB output to connect to included Guitar Rig software*
- Quality Epiphone hardware with tune-o-matic bridge and Grover tuners

With more gadgets and gizmos than a regular Les Paul (or the Starship Enterprise), the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III delivers the latest in guitar technology with all the swagger of a classic Les Paul. Comfortably priced and endlessly engaging, this is a guitar for the player that needs limitless options in crafting their perfect tone.

Bryan Aspey demonstrates the Les Paul Ultra III's innovative features and tones in this video from Epiphone:


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- Body Material:
- Mahogany; Strategically Chambered
- Comfortable back Belly-scarf
- Top Material: AAA Flame Maple veneer
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Shape: SlimTaper(TM); D profile
- Neck Joint: Glued-In; Mortise and Tenon
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Trapezoid inlays
- Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2(TM)
- Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3(TM)
- Fingerboard Pickup: Shadow(TM) NanoMag(TM) Humbucking Low-Impedance Pickup
- Front Controls:
- 3-way Pickup Selector
- Neck Pickup Volume
- Bridge Pickup Volume
- NanoMag(TM) Pickup Volume with push-push A/B switch
- Master Tone
- A/B LED Indicators
- Back Controls:
- NanoMag(TM) Gain
- NanoMag(TM) Treble EQ
- NanoMag(TM) 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" Mono (both signals blended)
- 1/4" Stereo
- USB (Computer supplies power to Ultra-III when connected)
- Power: 9 Volt battery (Except when connected to computer USB)
- Binding:
- Fingerboard - 1 ply (cream)
- Body - 1 ply (cream)
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Frets: 22; medium-jumbo
- Bridge: LockTone(TM) Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
- Hardware: Nickel
- Machine Heads: Grover(TM) 16:1 Tuners
- String: Gibson(TM) Brite Wires 10-46
- Includes:
- Native Instruments(TM) GuitarRig(TM) Software
- 3 meter USB Cable
- 9 Volt battery
- User's Manual
- Bumper Sticker
- Poster
- Trussrod Wrench
- 10' Economy 1/4" cord
- Warranty Information
- Colors: Faded Cherry Sunburst (FC), Midnight Ebony (ME), Midnight Sapphire (MS), Vintage Sunburst (VS)
- Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Faded Cherry
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 5 in
Midnight Ebony
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 5 in
Midnight Sapphire
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 5 in
Vintage Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 5 in
Epiphone Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

Deep down, most guitarists are traditional. They love classic designs and shapes dating back 50 years ago. Well, Epiphone knows the way you feel. That's why they designed the Les Paul Ultra-III with the same look and features of a traditional Les Paul but fresh approach, giving you a guitar that's a real Les Paul but also so much more.

Two Great Pickup Systems in One Guitar

At the heart of the Ultra-III are two pickup systems. Powering the first are Epiphone's ProBucker(TM) humbucking pickups, patterned after Gibson's famous BurstBuckers(TM). With authentic 18% nickel silver base and cover, Elektrisola wire, accurate bobbin, 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(TM) Germany's patented NanoMag(TM) pickup embedded discreetly at the end of the fingerboard. Featuring three samarium cobalt magnets, an air coil and active electronics, this low-impedance pickup captures your Ultra-III's 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 Electronics Built In

If you thought the Ultra-II was jam-packed with modern features, you won't believe what Epiphone has designed into the Ultra-III. Built discreetly into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a fully functional chromatic tuner. Push its ON/OFF button and sound is immediately muted and the tuner activated. Eleven color-coded LEDs identify the note as well as whether it's sharp, flat or in tune. Also, to allow quick and seamless changes between each pickup system, the Ultra-III's NanoMag Volume knob 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 LEDs on the pickup mounting ring provide a visual indicator of which pickup system is active: Red is NanoMag; Blue is Magnetic, and Red/Blue is both.

USB Directly to Your Computer

The Ultra-III features three different outputs. By using the standard 1/4" MONO output, both the Humbuckers and NanoMag are mixed into one signal. When you plug another 1/4" cable into its 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, you can now change on-the-fly between the two outputs. The third output is USB. Using the included USB cable, you can plug directly into your computer and use guitar applications such as the included Native Instruments GuitarRig 4 LE software to play your guitar through a variety of simulated amplifiers and effects, while listening through your computer speakers or headphones. GuitarRig also features a recorder, a metronome, a tuner and more.

Great Tonewoods and Hardware

While the Ultra-III is packed with technology, it still maintains the same basic specifications that's made Epiphone Les Pauls the choice of so many guitarists, including a solid mahogany body with glued-in mahogany neck and comfortable SlimTaper neck profile, a flame maple veneer top and Rosewood fingerboard. The result is a guitar with that classic Les Paul tone and sustain. Like most Epiphones, it's also equipped with Epi's patent-applied-for LockTone(TM) locking tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for increased sustain and string changing ease as well as quality Grover(tm) 16:1 machine heads for tuning accuracy and stability.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

Like every Epiphone, the Ultra-III 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 Ultra-III is an excellent choice.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Tried all the LP's from Epi & Gibson - LOVE this one!"
Overall: I spent 2 days in another store trying out all the Les Paul's from Epiphone and Gibson. This one felt as good as the $2600 Gibson with the great feeling neck binding and 60's neck profile and has the beautiful sounding Shadow Nanomag (tm). It did have just a touch of fret buzz (work around by picking CLOSE to the bridge or low on the neck) which reviews all over the web mention. My second and 3rd choices were Gibson LP Studio Faded and the Epi Les Paul Standard Plus Top Pro. Yeah...kind of a wide price range, but all under $1000. Long story short... I chose the Blemished Ultra 3 in Vintage Sunburst from zZounds. Although I didn't get the payment plan, it was a huge savings! When it came in I looked all over for the blemishes. After nearly an hour of looking WITH A MAGNIFYING GLASS, I found a tiny nick in the paint on the rear near the neck. I could barely even feel it with my fingers! So then I tried it out. A tiny bit out of tune... no surprise. Good intonation. A tiny bit of fret buzz. All electrics worked as specified. Then WOW....This thing has some great sustain in all the pickup positions. I compared it to my Gibson SG. Eleven seconds longer sustain on the D string 9th fret... ELEVEN SECONDS! So I played for an hour or so then took it to my local shop to be set up. Half and hour later, no more fret buzz, great action, and a true pleasure to play...and only 50 bucks. I am now REALLY loving this guitar. I find time whenever I can to play/practice on it. I would recommend both this guitar and zZounds.
Style of Music: Rock, Blues, Classical, Pop
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Overall: I was hesitant to buy a guitar manufactured in China, I currently own about 40 other guitars including Gibson Les Pauls, Yamaha, Washburn, Hamer and several custom built guitars, and have been playing for over 30 years. To my surprise I was pleasantly pleased when this guitar arrived and I had a chance to give it a thorough going over. I had researched this guitar heavily before deciding to buy it, and despite it's lackluster review on Harmony Central I was PLEASED! The Ultra III not only looked beautiful it felt better in my hands than my favorite Gibson L.P. The finish was flawless, and the set up was very near perfect. (I am a Luthier also). After a few minor adjustments it was ready to play. The sound was very nice. For what I play (mainly Progressive Jazz) I found that blending the Nano Mag PU and the Humbuckers worked the best. I love the neck on this thing, perfectly comfortable! It is a well thought out, thoughtfully engineered, and masterfully crafted in China instrument well worth it's weight in compliments! It has taken the place of my favorite Gibson, something I thought I would never say. Our USA team should be incorporating this technology into the American Les Pauls. Epiphone, you really have done yourselves proud with this instrument! I can with 100% honesty say I am completely proud to own the new Ultra III! Thank you also to zZounds for making it easy to own one of these beautiful guitars!!!!
Style of Music: Mainly a Jazz, Blues and Christian Rock player.
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