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Refinements include ProBucker pickups, pickup-mounted chromatic tuner, volume knob A/B switch for NanoMAG and magnetic pickups, and USB connection to computer for GuitarRig.

The Ultra-III - Where Tradition Meets Technology
We all know that deep down, most guitarists love the classic designs and shapes. That's why Epiphone designed the new Les Paul Ultra-III with the same look and features of a traditional Les Paul but added new technology 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 new Ultra-III 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(tm) 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 Electrics 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 discretely into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a full-function, chromatic tuner. Push it's 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. Also, to allow quick and seamless changes between each pickup system, the Ultra-III'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 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 it's STEREO output, the Humbuckers are routed through one cable and the NanaMag 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 a USB cable (included), you can plug directly into your computer and use guitar applications such as Native Instruments GuitarRig™ 4LE download 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.

Great Tone Woods and Hardware
While the Ultra-III is packed with technology, it still maintains the same basic specifications that 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 modern guitar with that classic Les Paul tone and sustain. Like most Epiphone's, it's also equipped with Epi's patent-applied-for LockTone™ locking tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for increased sustain and string changing ease as well as quality Grover™ 16:1 machine heads for tuning accuracy and stability.

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 Ultra-III is it! Case sold separately.

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar Features:

  • Body material: Mahogany; strategically chambered,
    comfortable back belly-scarf
    Top material: AAA flame maple veneer
    Neck material: Mahogany
    Neck shape: SlimTaper™; D profile
    Neck joint: Glued-In; Mortise and Tenon
    Fingerboard material: Rosewood with mother-of-pearl trapezoid inlays
    Truss rod: Adjustable
    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 control, bridge pickup volume control, 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" 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)
    Frets: 22 medium-jumbo
    Bridge: LockTone™ Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
    Hardware: Nickel
    Machine heads: Grover™ 16:1 Tuners
    Strings: Gibson™ Brite Wires 10-46
    Includes: Native Instruments™ GuitarRig™ Software download
    3 meter USB Cable
    9 Volt battery
    User's Manual
    Bumper Sticker
    Poster
    Trussrod Wrench
    10' Economy 1/4" cord
    Warranty Information
    Case sold separately


Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Nut Width: 1-11/16"


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  • Incredible tonal versatility!

    As reviewed by Bryan on 8/23/2011

    This guitar is amazing. I have the Les Paul studio faded and this guitar is better looking, has almost identical sound with the humbuckers and the nanomag is beyond amazing. I play in a church band and this guitar is great because of the ability to effortlessly switch between humbucking high gain and the incredible clear tone of the nanomag. You can adjust the nanomag on the back of the guitar using three seperate controls for bass, treble, and gain. Very similar to an electric acoustic. It sounds just like an acoustic guitar. When you use both pups together, it makes for a sound that you can't really get anywhere else. The guitar is much lighter than a traditional lester and is more comfortable to play sitting down. The looks are stunning. I ordered the vintage sunburst and they shipped me sapphire blue. At first, I was pretty pissed but now I think I might just keep the blue. It is very different. The built in tuner is great and very accurate. The neck is satin and plays very fast. It is also a little skinnier than a traditional Paul although a little more chunky than my strat. The fact that is comes with a USB port and Guitar Rig software really make it the most versatile guitar around. Great for live or recording or just living room jamming! I have spent HOURS reading about and playing just about everything out there. This guitar has exceeded all of my expectations and I highly recommend it to intermediate to advanced players. It might be a little much for a novice with all the tone options to get a good sound.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful.
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  • Update after 6 months

    As reviewed by Rick Gaston on 6/7/2012

    I have had the Ultra 3 now for about 6 months and I still cannot figure out what I like most about the guitar. I have let some firends at work play it and they thought it had just as much sustain as the 3 or 4 gibson LPs that they have owned. They actually liked the neck better. I love the smoothness of the neck. It makes it so easy to play. This guitar can make any sound you could ever want. Actually, it makes so many different sounds that I can never decide exactly how I want it set up. I have left it just like it came from the factory and will probably take it in and get it setup when I get the strings changed. The only downside it the built in tuner. It will get you close, but the light setup that it uses to tell you if the string is in tune is not as precise as a tuner pedal or plug in tuner. Also, it seems to want to tune everything just a bit on the sharp side. When I tune the guitar with another tuner, the built in tuner says its a little flat. But, I just use the tuner button as a mute anyway, so no big deal for me. I believe the built in tuner is set at 440hz? I wish there was a way to modify that, but oh well. The software it comes with is increadible. I am using it mostly to play around with tones and effects to help decide what kind o pedals and amps I might want in the future. You could use it live by runing your guitar into a laptop then going to a PA system. But be warned, I blew my computer speakers, guess they dont like loud music.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Good bang for the buck but...

    As reviewed by Scott Campbell on 3/20/2013

    Upon opening the box, I was impressed with the fit and finish of this guitar. My guitar came to me with dented pickups and needed an immediate bridge adjustment to lower the action. The strings that came on it are stiff and feel corroded. Must have been a returned item. G.C Pro is making good on it though by sending me a replacement guitar. The guitar is lighter weight than my Gibsons and has some great features such as the tuner and the Nano Mag pickup.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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