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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar  

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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 Ult... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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.

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
Specifications
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
    Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    Nut Width: 1-11/16"
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EpiphoneLes Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (25)

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    (10)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (18)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (13)
  • Jamming (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson Take Nnotice

I purchased my first one at another store. The Vintage Sunburst finish was beautiful, the action was a little high, but the neck felt nice and I expected a little fret buzz from...Read complete review

I purchased my first one at another store. The Vintage Sunburst finish was beautiful, the action was a little high, but the neck felt nice and I expected a little fret buzz from the reviews. The buzz got worse and I brought it back and after a week of trying, the luthier admitted defeat. I loved the NanoMag and the USB port and I decided it must have been a bad run. Decided to give MF a try, although a great store, I am not a big fan of the delivery folks. It arrived well packed and none the worse from its journey.
The AAA Vintage Sunburst Maple top is REALLY beautiful. This one arrived setup perfectly for my tastes. It only needed tuning and there is NO fret buzz what so ever. First, the NanoMag through an acoustic amp, I'm using a Kustom Siena 30, sings although you may want to lower the treble on the back of the guitar. The three Nanomag control are VERY variable. Second, the Probuckers sound very good and even better played along with the Nanomag.
The push/push switch does have a slight delay when switching between pick-ups but is not terribly annoying. My MAC recognized it immediately in Garage Band though there is some high pitch whine bleeding over into my Fender Blues Jr. when connected to the USB cable and I am using the one provided (USB with Ferrites attached) by Epiphone.
After 1 month I am very pleased with this guitar. The 60's satin finished neck plays wonderfully, it kind of feels like my '74 L6-S, my very favorite. This Epi has taken over as my second favorite betting out my '98 California Strat. It feels solid, lighter than a Gibson Standard LS thanks to the chambered and contoured body, it is also comfortable to play for extended periods of time. On a one to ten I would give it a nine. For the price I don't think you can get better value for the money. Oh, I have been playing guitar for over 40 years and I have owned many guitars and although I never buy one with the intent of selling it later I have, for whatever reason. This one is definitely a keeper.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good bang for the buck but...

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....Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Happy Customer

By CurtisP

from BROOKINGS, SD

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Tweaked the setup a bit

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

This guitar is packed with lots of features. I love the acoustic pickups combined with the Pro Bucker pickups. It plays and sounds great. This is a great guitar for the money.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Check discripto carefully it is wrong.

By Lewy

from So. Cal

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Looks wonderful

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • High frets and they are not finished as polished
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

    The fret markers according the the Epiphone web site are not MOP but pearloid AKA mother of toilet seat.
    Not playable out if the box. Needs set up.

     
    5.0

    I Love this Guitar!

    By Bobplawyer

    from Monument Beach (Cape Cod).

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

        I had placed an order for a special edition Joe Bonammasa special edition Les Paul with added Bigsby Tailpiece only to discover it was sold out. I quickly jumped on the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III, and I'm glad that I did. Guitar Center honored the 15% weekend discount even though it was several days after the original sale. The guitar arrived in excellent condition and in tune. A gorgeous instrument. Playable right out of the box. This is my second recent Epiphone electric purchase. I am pleased with the workmanship. If I made a living playing guitar, I'd probably recommend the Gibson Les Paul. For an intermediate level player such as myself, I highly recommend the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III for the price. The new features are truly amazing. You won't be disappointed.

         
        5.0

        Waaaaay better than expected

        By Bradley

        from Lubbock, tx

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

          While there is a few small cosmetic imperfections(binding on nano pickup for example), the wood and finish is AMAZING. This guitar is by far the most beautiful I own, I enjoy lookin at the wood grain on the back as much as the front. Equipment is solid, volume/tone knobs quick and solid, tuners heavy and firm as they should be. All electronics work great, a amazing range of tones, many voices none of which are bad. The thin 60s neck is smooth and comfortable.

           
          4.0

          I love it and will recommend

          By Sa.mu

          from Oakland, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

            Great instrument. Real LP. Shadow NanoMag does a very good job thought not quite like Martin and others . But the buzz at 6th and some at 5th strings is very disappointing. This seems to be a chronic problem that Epi knows about for a long time but hasn't taken care of for unknown reason. They advise Setup as a cure but don't cover it. If that's what is required for a bran new instrument, Gibson should cover it. A new car should not run with a whining noise, should it?

             
            5.0

            Great sounding, fun to play guitar.

            By EHowe

            from OH

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent feel
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Very Well Crafted

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

                This guitar will serve you for years to come.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Color

                By Connor

                from new jersey

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Acoustic Pickup
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • GREAT sound

                Cons

                • The Color Isn't Right

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

                i got this guitar for my birthday and bought it right the GC website. i was pumped to open it up when it finally came. i asked for the Midnight ebony because of the cool looking color on the website. however, when i opened the box, i noticed that the midnight ebony was more of a faded green color. also, the satin finish is good but the white stripe above and below the fretboard looks like a yellow cream as does the stripe that outlines the body of the guitar. besides the color though i really enjoy this guitar and all the features. I suggest to go with the vintage sunburst, seems that that one would look most similar to the actual picture. hope this helps.

                 
                4.0

                Great guitar

                By Mikey

                from Fla

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

                Had to return it had some damage I believe it was from the shipping all in all the guitar arrived ok The tuner did not mute other than that the acoustic and electric switching back-and-forth that's awesome All in one for a level 2 guitar ....Peace

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                A Great Guitar... Eventually

                By Byrdman

                from Downey, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Looks beautiful
                • Looks Beautifulsapphire

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Church Choir
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

                My specific experience may have been the result of great demand and limited supply. When I received my guitar it looked beautiful (sapphire). Okay, A+ on aesthetics. But the strings SERIOUSLY buzzed off the frets. While the amplified sound was good, the fret buzz was most annoying. I changed the strings to 10s,and that helped some; however, I had to get a professional setup. The frets will eventually need to be leveled to completely eliminate the buzz, which is now barely noticeable.
                What this tells me is that in its effort to meet the Christmas demand Epiphone rushed through its supply making a less quality guitar. I have seen other Ultra IIIs,and they were great. Mine is fantastic now after the professional setup. Great tone and sound with variability with the added nanomag pickup. When I get the frets leveled, something Epiphone should have done itself, my Ultra III will be great.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very Fine Guitar

                By DCA1945

                from Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • SOLID
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Any and All

                Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:

                I have played acoustic guitar all my 68 years, rhythm and finger style. This is my first electric, and I love it. I wanted a rich jazz sound, good tone, good sustain, and a beautiful, classy instrument. This is it. It is a pleasure to hold and to play. Affordable class and quality. I have zero regrets or complaints.

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