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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO Electric Guitar

Featuring dual ProBucker pickups and coil-tapping capabilities, Les Paul Ultra PRO is a new take on a classic. (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO with ProBucker pickups and coil-tapping. Over the last decade, Epiphone has built up a reputation for offering the highest quality electric and acoustic guitars at a price that working musicians can afford. And players especially love Epiphone's world famous Les Paul guitars for their perfect combination of legendary design and cutting edge technology.

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Epiphone knows that players take great pride in owning a real Les Paul. The Les Paul--after all--has been the #1 choice for the world's top players for 50 years. Today, artists like Joe Bonamassa, Zakk Wylde and Slash are never seen without them. And Les Paul himself was one of Epiphone's biggest fans. Today, players want the best of both worlds--a vintage look with something extra under the hood. That's where Epiphone steps in; introducing the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO.

The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO has all the great features that Les Paul players expect from Epiphone, including new ProBucker-2TM and ProBucker-3TM 4-wire humbucker pickups with coil-tapping on both volume controls, plus a weight-relief mahogany body, a "belly-scarf" that makes the Ultra Pro comfortable for hours of play, and a gorgeous quilt maple top.

A Classic Reborn

The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO features a strategically chambered mahogany body that is carefully balanced to provide a lighter weight without impacting the Les Paul's classic full body tone. The Ultra PRO's glued-in hard maple neck is preferred by many Les Paul devotees (including Zakk Wylde) as a great combination for lead players who love the upper register "bark" that maple provides when combined with a mahogany body. The hard maple neck has a classic 1960s SlimTaperTM "D" profile with a satin finish and a 24.75" scale. The rosewood fingerboard has mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays along with a 12" radius, 22 medium jumbo frets and a 1.68" nut. The fingerboard features singly-ply cream binding. There is also singly-ply cream binding on the top of the body along with a cream pickguard for a classic Les Paul look. Along with the lighter weight, the Ultra PRO includes a "belly-scarf," which makes holding the Les Paul Ultra PRO for long gigs a breeze. The Ultra PRO features a gorgeous quilt maple veneer top that is available in two color finishes: Faded Cherry Sunburst and Vintage Sunburst.

ProBucker Power

The Les Paul Ultra PRO now features Epiphone's ProBucker pickups, a 4-wire design inspired by Gibson's legendary BurstBuckers, which recreate the sound of the original hand-wound "PAF" humbuckers made by Seth Lover at the Kalamazoo factory in the late '50s. Epiphone ProBuckers feature all the same ingredients as the PAF and BurstBucker pickups, including Alnico II magnets, Elektrisola magnet wire, 18% nickel silver unit bases and covers, and pole screws, slugs, and bobbins manufactured to Gibson's original specifications. The result is a phenomenal pickup that, over time, will develop the subtle, one-of-a-kind characteristics that you only can find in vintage humbuckers. The Les Paul Ultra PRO has a ProBucker-2 TM humbucker in the neck position, which is slightly overwound for greater definition at higher volumes. The bridge position features a ProBucker-3TM humbucker, which is also slightly overwound for leads that have wide tonal range. Each pickup features coil tapping via a push/pull control at each pickup's volume knob, which really makes the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO a dozen guitars in one. All volume and tone controls feature full-size 500K Ohm potentiometers matched with Epiphone's rugged, all-metal, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch for long-lasting performance.

Epiphone Hardware

Epiphone players count on Epi's solid hardware and the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO delivers with the standard setting LockTone TM Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece. The Ultra PRO Faded Cherry Sunburst model features gold hardware, including gold Grover(R) machine heads with a 14:1 ratio. The Vintage Sunburst Ultra PRO has nickel hardware along with nickel Grover machine heads with a 14:1 ratio. A hard case is optional.

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Like all Epiphones, the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra PRO delivers where it counts and includes a Lifetime Limited Warranty and Gibson's one and only 24/7/365 Customer Service. Make your next guitar a Les Paul Ultra PRO.

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- Body Material: Chambered Mahogany
- Top Material: Quilt Maple Veneer
- Neck Material: Hard Maple
- Neck Shape: 1960's SlimTaper; D profile
- Satin Finish
- Neck Joint: Glued In
- Truss Rod: Adjustable
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl Trapezoid inlays
- Neck Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-2(tm) ; 4-wire
- Bridge Pickup: Epiphone ProBucker-3(tm) ; 4-wire
- Controls: Epiphone All-metal 3-way Pickup Selector
- Neck Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping
- Bridge Pickup Volume with push/pull coil-tapping
- Neck Pickup Tone
- Bridge Pickup Tone
- 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: Gold (FC color); Nickel (VS color)
- Machine Heads: Grover(tm) Tuners; 14:1 ratio
- Colors: Faded Cherry Sunburst (FC),Vintage Sunburst (VS)
- Guitar Weight: ~ 6.5 - 7.0 lbs
- Optional: Hard Case (940-ENLPCS) Case UPC = 711106261591
- Warranty: Epiphone Limited Lifetime
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON
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Sound: I was a little concerned after reading a professional review. They felt that the chambered body (this isn't just swiss-cheesed they really hollowed this thing out) left the sound a little muddy. I have an Ibanez Artist with EMG's to compare it to and, while it doesn't have the EMG crisp sound, I don't see how you could call it "muddy" at all. I play direct through Logic with POD Farm so I ran it through a bunch of amp models and all I really had to do was crank up the Mids to really bring out a nice character with plenty of bite and definition (oh, I also adjusted the pickup height which helped a lot.) The stock pickups are good enough to keep (and i have replaced pickups on almost all of my guitars) I would have to get to know the instrument a lot better before deciding to change them. This has Les Paul-like sustain so no worries there. Feature: There are so many Les Paul variants out there so I really did my homework in finding the one that had what I wanted. My first criteria was the slim 60's neck which this one has. It came with a narrower nut (1mm narrower than standard) which concerned me but it feels great. Then I wanted weight relief--I have owned heavy guitars and, imho, it just isn't worth the pain for what you might gain in tone or sustain--I am not hearing the compromise in this instrument. The "satin" neck to me is more of a "flat" finish but it like the way it feels and plays. The coil taps are interesting too and they seem to be useable tone-wise so that is a nice plus. I don't know if this counts as a "feature" but the nut is tapered down from low E to high E and mine was at about perfect height for each string. I bought the vintage burst mainly because it doesn't have gold hardware. Ease of Use: It played good out of the box and, after a good setup, it plays fantastic. The first setup was easy because the relief on the neck was perfect. I polished the frets because they felt gritty to me compared to my other guitars--although the ends and everything seem properly finished with no sharp edges that I have noticed. I lowered the action by about 1/2 of what it was with no additional string buzz. I polished and oiled everything with my Dunlop cleaning kit, put on new strings, adjusted the intonation for the new lower action and string gauge (again, intonation was good out of the box) and it was ready--really ready! Quality: Overall really really nice job on this one. I am not a fan of Grover tuners and these didn't change my mind--they work but they aren't great. No flaws on the finish and the maple veneer looks really nice. The neck is flawless at the joint and the line that divides flat from gloss paint is handled well. A few minor things: my neck pickup cover has a couple of little dents in it and the knobs aren't aligned with the shaft so they sort of wobble as you turn them (they aren't loose just not quite molded right) and the pickup rings don't match the body perfectly in some areas but that is really getting picky!! The review that I read mentioned a warped pick guard--mine is perfect and I have to say that I love how thick and solid feeling it is. I am most impressed with the quality of the fret work (except the finish as noted) and the precision of the trapezoid inlays--it's just more than I expected. The binding around the body and neck is precise as well. Oh, the electronic components (pots, switch, jack) don't seem to be anything to worry about. Value: I think this is a very impressive value. This is approximately the price range of all of my guitars (new or used) and, again, I am really impressed. The Wow Factor: This is a very nice looking guitar--I am no fan of pretty guitars but this thing is nice looking and it's a pleasure to play or just stare at. The top on mine appears more figured than the picture, the vintage burst has more red than the pictures--I actually thought it was a two-tone but it is actually more of a 3-tone burst--and the black border is narrower just a really nice looking guitar. It screams PLAY ME and I really think you should!! Overall: This is my second Epiphone Les Paul--my other one is a Baritone--and this one is really very nice. I played it for a day without touching the setup and I was very impressed. Now I have just finished a setup and I can't find a single serious thing to whine about. I guess I have to throw the "for the money" disclaimer in but I really think is a great guitar. I have 8 other electrics and this is in the top two or three.
Style of Music: Rock, Metal, Alternative.
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Overall: When I first read the specs on this guitar, I thought it might be the guitar I'd been looking for, and I was right! I was attracted by several aspects of the guitar. First, it's lighter than a traditional Les Paul. I didn't want to stand around for very long holding a Les Paul, and the fact that the Ultra Pro is a couple of pounds lighter is great!Second, I wanted a cleaner sound than the traditional Gibson pickups, and I thought the Probuckers might work out. Again, right! The sound has plenty of crunch, but there's an openness to the high end that I haven't heard too often.Third, I liked the coil-splitting capabilities. You can get the beefy humbucker sound if that's what you need, but you can also get a cleaner single-coil sound, if you need that. Easy controls to use and lots of tonal possibilities.Finally, I just liked the way it looks. I got the faded cherry sunburst and it's gorgeous!When the guitar arrived a couple of weeks ago, I loved it from the first note. Exactly what I wanted! I DID take it to my local guitar pro and have him set it up. He improved the action by working on the nut, and flipped the bridge saddles to help the intonation. And he cleaned the fretboard, which was filthy from the factory burnishing the frets. All well worth it.Now, this guitar is incredible! I will definitely keep this one forever!!!
Style of Music: I love classic rock and blues when I play electric. I'm more country and alt-country on acoustic.
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