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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar

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The Les Paul Ultra-II is a truly different hybrid guitar combining a real Les Paul Guitar with a fingerboard-mounted NanoMAG Samarium/Cobalt pickup and electronics to produce shimmering acoustic tones... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Les Paul Ultra-II is a truly different hybrid guitar combining a real Les Paul Guitar with a fingerboard-mounted NanoMAG Samarium/Cobalt pickup and electronics to produce shimmering acoustic tones with ultra-wide dynamic range. It is crafted with the same acoustic chambers as those in the regular Les Paul Ultra. Comprehensive NanoMAG controls are discretely incorporated into the back cover. True Stereo outputs capable of both mono and stereo with a regular cable.

The NanoMAG is a magnetic pickup with an air coil and a composition of different samarium cobalt magnets incorporating active electronics in a minimum of space. The pickup is protected by an epoxy layer, and the silver-platinum shielding, together with the active electronics, provides a low impedance, hum free output signal. The NanoMAG pickup provides an acoustic sound, but can also produce sweet blues and jazz tones. It is very resistant to the feedback and offers incredible dynamics in all positions.

Based upon Epiphone's top-selling Les Paul Ultra, the Ultra-II adds a proprietary NanoMAG low-impedance pickup embedded into the fingerboard and custom electronics to create a Les Paul that is not only capable of blistering, electric guitar riffs but also shimmering acoustic-like tones and when combined, greatly expanded frequency range and tonal capabilities.
The goal of the Ultra-II was to create a more versatile guitar that was capable of not only real Les Paul tone, but also acoustic-like qualities but without adding a lot of controls and changing the overall appearance of the Les Paul. Unlike other instruments that attempt to create a completely new guitar design, Epiphone went about this differently by starting with a proven, electric guitar design and adding to it.

The Ultra-II is all Les Paul. Its pair of Alnico Classic humbucking pickups combined with traditional LP design let's you rock like famed Les Paul players. However, the Ultra's body is strategically chambered to not only reduce the weight, but to add subtle acoustic overtones. Taking advantage of this design, Epiphone teamed up with the premier German acoustic pickup maker, Shadow to take the Ultra to the next level. The result is the Ultra-II.

At the heart of the Ultra-II is the NanoMAG pickup. Referring to its small size and its composition, the NanoMag is a completely new kind of magnetic pickup that combines 3 Samarium-Cobalt magnets with on-board, active electronics to produce a low-impedance pickup with absolute linear response and an uncharacteristically wide frequency range. Voiced specifically for the Ultra-II, the NanoMAG is embedded in the fingerboard after the 22nd fret. Positioned at this harmonic-rich sweet spot, the NanoMAG is able to capture all the harmonics - from the lowest to the highest - with incredible accuracy and all with ZERO noise or artificial coloration. This again is different from all other acoustic pickup technology.

Front mounted controls for the Ultra-II remain in the standard LP locations. However, function is changed to Neck Volume (magnetic), Bridge Volume (magnetic), Master Tone and NanoMAG volume. Controls specifically for the NanoMAG, as well as the 9-volt battery compartment are discretely mounted on the back of the instrument on the control cavity plate. Using the back controls, you can set the treble, bass and gain of the NanoMAG. Once you find the settings you want, you generally won't make many changes to them. However, the control is there if you need it.

The Ultra-II also adds true stereo outputs that allow you to either combine its Alnico Classic humbuckers with the NanoMAG output or, separate the two for mixing possibilities. Both options allow the use of standard 1/4" instrument cables. With this, the player can route the magnetic pickups to a standard electric guitar amplifier and the NanoMAG to an acoustic guitar amp or the PA. Using the front mounted volume controls, unlimited blending and mixing of the two signals is possible.

If you want a versatile, professional instrument that's capable of both Les Paul crunch and real acoustic-like tones, the Epiphone Ultra-II is it!

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  • Body: Mahogany, strategically chambered
  • Top: Quilted maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper, satin finish
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: double-action, 2-way
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic
  • NanoMag Low-impedance
  • Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
  • Front Controls: Neck Humbucker Master Volume
  • Bridge Humbucker Master Volume
  • Master Tone
  • NanoMAG Master Volume
  • 3-way Toggle (Humbuckers)
  • Rear Controls:
  • NanoMAG Treble
  • NanoMAG Bass
  • NanoMAG Gain
  • Tuners: Grover, diecast
  • Outputs: 1/4" Mono, 1/4" Stereo
  • Power: 9V battery
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Binding: Body, Neck
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
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EpiphoneLes Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar

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(82 of 98 customers found this review helpful)


Ultra 2

By Bryan Baldwin

from Az

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

WOW the one thing I found wrong ( I Looked hard) is that there is no switch between the Nanomag & standard pickups..BUT with a true bypass loop switch That I made & can switch between in's outs or a combo of the two. the one I played was a bud of mines & Now I gotta have one.. Just wish I coud get a Push push switch on the guitar that would do what I'd like I give it 9.5 out of 10 only because of the above ..

(40 of 48 customers found this review helpful)


Classic Les Paul sound with the technology of the future.

By Javidavitch

from North Carolina

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

All I have to say is wow. It looked very appealing from the Epiphone site, after that I had to get one. When I finally did, it immediately became my favorite guitar. The satin finish on the back of the neck is one of my favorite features because the smoothness of the finish helps you get around the neck very very well. The Nanomag sounds amazing when you have it on a clean channel, although I much prefer the Alnico's over the nanomag when it comes to distortion. The only thing I found that I didn't like was that the selector switch was a tad loose when I got it, but that is easily fixed. The bridge was a little high for my taste at first as well. The finish is beautiful, and it has that classic Les Paul sound, but has new features that open up a whole new realm of diversity. I highly recommend this guitar!

(32 of 33 customers found this review helpful)



By Preston

from Pageland, SC

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Bought this for my son as Christmas present. He is ecstatic. Has wanted this for a while and he wasn't disappointed. The midnight ebony is awesome looking as well as plays and sounds as great as advertised. 5 BIG STARS in every respect.

(31 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


Great mid-range guitar

By Doc Jones

from California

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Great guitar for the price! The action on the neck is smooth and fast. The guitar is pretty. I ordered the Midnight ebony and the combination of black/smoke with the gold accents is absolutely beautiful. The tone is fantastic and the settings combinations you can make between the three pickups is extremely rich and robust. The only thing that keeps me from giving this a 5 out of 5 are some of the minor flaws in manufacturing. The line outs have a plastic fitting, that would have been better if it was crome or even a gold metal to match the pickups and tuning pegs. There are minor imperfections along the fret board. One of the line inputs was too tight so I had to open the back and adjust it so that the chord would slide in a bit easier. All in all though, these are minor things that are common on all guitars in this price range. A master volume would have been nice as well. I have no regrets in picking this guitar as I am not at a level to justify paying thousands for a custom Gibson. On a plus, I love the semi hollow body as it is extremely light and comfortable to play. Epiphone has made a great product and I fully recommend the guitar if you want something that sounds robust, especially if you play blues or jazz as the neck is easy to work around and the sound is crisp and clear.

(29 of 39 customers found this review helpful)


epiphone les paul ultra 2

By Tom

from North caroina

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Just simply amazing.This guitar has optoins that the original can dream of.I have had this just one day,and I don't need time to say how great it truly is.All who down some of the lesser expensive guitars try this one on for size.

(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome ultra 2

By Mario Rodriguez

from ontario, california

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

This is a beautiful instrument to begin with. It gives you that fat les paul sound and also gives you a crisp acoustic sound. Best of all, it weighs a lot less than a Gibson LP. I love it!!!!

(24 of 28 customers found this review helpful)


Revolutionary product

By Scott

from Texas

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

The tones you can get out of this guitar are great. Good sustain and distorted tone for most rock genres but not shred metal. Looks just like a Gibson LP but is lighter and sounds just about the same with a little more color. I've noticed that you can get Strat like tones if you blend the Nanomag and Humbuckers. They should go ahead and add a toggle switch to isolate the Nanomag and the humbuckers though. You have to turn the nanomag volume down to get the true humbucker sound and vice versa. But don't let this stop you from taking a look at this guitar. If you need versatility this is the guitar for you.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)


Just like the gibson

By Larry

from San Antonio, Texas

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar for graduation and it almost brought tears to my eyes. This guitar is beautiful and sounds amazing too. Even though its an epiphone it sounds just like a gibson. The only difference to me is just the name epiphone instead of gibson on the head.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


Better than some Gibsons I've played

By Scott

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I've owned by both Gibsons and Epiphones and I really like the feel and sound of this guitar. The pickups are naturally hot and the tone of the pickups are great both clean and heavily distorted. The sustain is excellent on both the bridge and neck pickups. Having the nanomag pickup to play acoustic is just an added bonus. This is one of Epiphone's best guitars that I've ever played and I put it to the test with other Gibsons on the rack. It stands on it's own.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Lives up to the legend.

By Chris the "Ripper"

from Independence, MO

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I've had Epiphone guitars since the beginning in the 60s, and they've never let me down. I recently ordered two new epi electrics; a G-1275 that I've always wanted, and the Ultra II. I decided on the ultra II after seeing a demonstration of it's performance of some wicked lead, and some extreemly smooth acoustic sounds. What??!! Acoustic sound through a wired Epi??!! Yes, and it sounded wonderful. Since it arrived, I have a very difficult time putting it down. I think I love this fiddle more than the double-neck that came at the same time. The action is low and after playing some crummy acoustics that needed some neck work done, it's nice for a change. I highly recommend this model for anyone who wants kicking lead action along with some gentle acoustics. 5stars!!!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Unsurpassed range, terrific tone!

By C Dowling

from Freeport, ME

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Wow! Incredible flat, fast, satin neck, Les Paul tone, light weight, sculpted contours, beautiful finish, terrific quality, and, the best part, the awesome Nanomag acoustic tone pick up. I love this guitar- I can switch from light acoustic tunes to full on distorted Les Paul rage in an instant, and it sounds terrific in both territories! Incredible range of tones available- mindboggling!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome guitar

By Cory

from Dallas tx

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Before the Ultra I had to swap two guitars around as the music we play I went back and forth between electric and acoustic depending on the song. Now I can switch with the turn of the dial when running on two amps. The nanomag sounds better than my Yamaha acoustic did plugged in and of course there's no denying the awesome LesPaul sound. Great guitar

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar with some minor faults

By Sasha

from Loves Park, IL

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Got this guitar online and had it shipped to local guitar center. Guitar is 98% sweet. The two percent that could be better are the 1/4 inch jack is way too snug. I almost pulled it out. The plastic cover for the two 1/4 inch jacks could have been made out of metal to go with the rest of the guitar. The other part that I was not too thrilled about was the nano mag static. I opened up the back and adjusted the connections to and it went away. 4.5 stars for me. Minor fixes and you have a sweet guitar.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A Great Guitar, Period.

By Lloyd

from New Jersey

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

This was my first guitar. I was raised on Page, Slash, Townshend, Frehley, and Frampton. As I've grown I've also come to like Green Day and Billie Joe Armstrong. So, when I was given the choice of Strat or an Epiphone model, I had to go Epiphone...and of course I couldn't go with an SG or had to be a Les Paul. The model above has given me almost 2 good years of use now. I recomend this guitar to anyone who wants a classic gibson les paul look, but can't afford the real deal...hopefully you'll love it as much as I do.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A great guitar

By Charles Hutchings

from Front Royal, Va

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

As far as I know, most guitar players always cross a path wanting a Les Paul but we can't always afford a Gibson Original. Epiphone is very close to the real deal but this guitar takes it further. I was intrigued by the acoustic mode of this guitar and now I'm sold. The variety and range of music you can play on this guitar is amazing. The set-up leaves a little to be desired but it gives one the opportunity to get familiar with the instrument which one should be doing anyway. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone with a wide range of musical interest. I haven't been able to put it down since it's arrived.

(2 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Very Xtream

By Milo

from Florisant Missouri

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

This is one of the best les pauls ever made. It makes a great addition to my collection.(This is my fifth les paul) It is heavy, but with a strap you will be fine. It realy should not be used for metal(I prefere Ibenzs for metal)but it is perfect for rock. The reason I give it 4 stars is because by Gibson Less Paul is far better, because it's a Gibson. It,s a awsome guitar for the price.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great idea

By Zac

from GA

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Its a great looking guitar with great tone. I just wish there was a switch between the nanomag and humbuckers. the two input jack thing is kind of annoying sometimes. Other than that its great!

(2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


best epiphone. but its still only an epiphone.

By Zack S

from NH

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

This guitar with clean settings is phenominal and it is better than some lower-end Gibsons. The nano-mag pickup is great for an acoustic sound. However, it felt too light, almost like a toy. Sustain was also not as good as I had hoped. It isn't bad, per say, but not nearly as good as it should be for this price range. It is not versatile either. Even on insane distortion (Line 6 amp) it still sounds clean. Being someone who plays everything, getting only 1 sounds from a guitar isn't really what I was expecting.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The Player's Choice


from Lansing, MI

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I have played many other guitars in this Epiphone's price range and this one stood out by far as having a sound a professional could hear and confuse for a more expensive instrument. I have had this guitar for over two years and it still continues to impress me. To make a Les Paul more affordable, there are some minor things that do make this different from its more expensive Gibson cousins. Do not let the brand dictate your opinion of it's quality, it is truly a desirable guitar.

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