Ultra-339 Electric Guitar  

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The Ultra-339 is for guitarists seeking the power of the Ultra-III's breakthrough electronics in an ES-style guitar, featuring Epiphone's legendary ES semi-hollow body construction in a reduced sized,... Read More

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The Ultra-339 is for guitarists seeking the power of the Ultra-III's breakthrough electronics in an ES-style guitar, featuring Epiphone's legendary ES semi-hollow body construction in a reduced sized, the new Ultra-339 will take your guitar playing to the Ultra-level! Case sold separately.

The Birth of a Legend
First introduced in the late '50s at our legendary Kalamazoo factory, the ES series became an instant rock classic, bringing the look and feel of an archtop to a generation of players who had grown up playing solid body guitars like the Les Paul. The ES-335, the first in the ES series, was an instant success. But for many players who were used to smaller solid body guitars, the ES-335 felt too bulky to play on stage. The new Epiphone Ultra-339 is the perfect remedy, featuring smaller body dimensions while still retaining the bell-like tone the ES series is famous for. And best of all, the Ultra-339 is loaded with Ultra technology!

Great Tonewoods
While the Ultra-339 is packed with cutting edge technology, it still maintains the same basic specifications that made ES-style guitars the choice of two generations of artists from Chuck Berry to B.B. King to Alex Lifeson. The Ultra-339 features a laminated maple body with a solid center block, classic f holes, and a comfortable 24.75" scale SlimTaper "D" profile mahogany neck, which is glued-in with a mortise and tenon neck joint. The 12" radius rosewood fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets just like vintage ES-style archtops, a 1.68" nut and mother-of-pearl dot inlays. The Ultra-339 comes in three beautiful color finishes: Cherry, Natural and Vintage Sunburst.

Two Great Pickup Systems in One Guitar
At the heart of the new Ultra-339 are two pickup systems. The classic pickup system features Epiphone's new ProBucker humbucker pickups”a ProBucker-2 in the neck position and a ProBucker-3 in the bridge position. Both are patterned after Gibson's famous BurstBuckers and are wound to the same specs as the Kalamazoo factory's legendary PAF pickups.

Epiphone's ProBuckers feature authentic 18% nickel silver base and cover, Elektrisola wire, accurate bobbins, slugs and screws and sand casted Alnico-II magnets to give you that classic "Patent Applied For" airy tone that defines rock and roll.

The second pickup system features Shadow 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 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
Built discretely into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a full-function, chromatic tuner. Just push the ON/OFF button and sound is immediately muted when the tuner is activated. Eleven color-coded LED's identify the note and whether it's sharp, flat or in-tune. Also, to allow quick and seamless changes between each pickup system, the Ultra-339's NanoMag Volume control now doubles as an A/B switch. Just push it in and quickly toggle between ProBuckers, 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-339 features three different outputs. By using the standard 1/4" MONO output, both the ProBuckers and NanoMag are mixed into one signal. Plug in an additional 1/4" cable into the STEREO output, and the ProBuckers are routed through one cable and the NanaMag the other. In this way, you can send the ProBuckers to your favorite guitar amp and the NanoMag to a 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 with the Ultra 339), you can plug directly into your computer and use guitar applications such as Native Instruments GuitarRig 4LE to play your Ultra-339 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 much more.

Epiphone Hardware
Epiphone hardware is the best in the business and the Ultra-339 features Epiphone's patent-applied-for LockTone locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Stopbar tailpiece for increased sustain and string changing ease as well as quality Wilkinson 14:1 ratio vintage style machine heads with tombstone buttons for tuning accuracy and stability.

Features
  • Compact ES-339 body style
  • Great tonewoods with laminated maple body
  • Two pickups systems: ProBucker and NanoMag
  • Seperate and combined pickup outputs
  • Advanced electronics with tuner and USB audio output
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Body
    Body Type: Reduced-Size Classic "ES" Style with F-holes
    Species: Laminted Maple body with Solid Center Block
    Binding: 1-ply Cream
    Adhesive: Premium Titebond
    Neck
    Species: Mahogany
    Profile: Slim Taper„¢ "D" 1960s
    Truss Rod: Standard
    Adhesive: Premium Titebond
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Premium Titebond
    Joint Angle Tolerance: +/- .015"
    Fingerboard
    Species: Rosewood
    Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Dot
    Binding: Single -ply White Binding
    Nut
    Material: PVC Imitation Bone
    Width: 1.68"
    Headstock:
    Type: Classic Epiphone Sloped Dovewing
    Logo: Mother-of-Pearl '60s Era Epiphone Logo with "Crown" Inlay
    Truss Rod Cover: Kalamazoo Era "Bell Shape" with "Ultra ES-339" Engraving
    Tuners
    Model: Wilkinson„¢ Vintage with Tinted Green Tulip Buttons
    Plating: Nickel
    Tuning Ratio: 14:01
    Bridge
    Type: Locktone„¢ Tune-O-Matic
    Plating: Nickel
    Tailpiece
    Material: Stopbar
    Plating: Nickel
    Hardware
    Knobs: Black Top Hat Knobs with Metal Inserts and Points
    Pickguard: Black with Classic "E" Epiphone Insignia and Black/White Binding
    Pickup Mounting Rings: Black
    Strap Buttons: Die-cast steel, Nickel Plated
    Strings: .010 - .046, Swedish Steel "Hex" Core
    Pickups
    Neck Position: ProBucker-2„¢ (Alnico II)
    Bridge Position: ProBucker-3„¢ (Alnico II)
    Fingerboard: Shadow„¢ NanoMag„¢ Humbucker (Cobalt)
    Electronics
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    Back Controls: NanoMag„¢ Gain
    NanoMag„¢ Treble EQ:
    NanoMag„¢ Bass EQ:
    Coil Wiring: Hand-soldered and Machine Wound
    Toggle Switch: 3-way Toggle with White Cap
    Chromatic Tuner: On/Off Switch
    A-G LED Note Indicators
    # LED Indicator
    High Pitch
    Low Pitch
    In-Tune LED Indicators
    Output: 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)
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EpiphoneUltra-339 Electric Guitar
 
3.7

(based on 9 reviews)

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5.0

Bang for the Buck

By Martin Goldstein

from Cheshire, CT

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

It's tough to find fault with the Ultra 339 package. I purchased the Pelham Blue limited edition version. I expected an imperfect paint job and a neck that needed a set up. Neither arrived. Out of the box appearence and playability were surprisingly good. You can read the product description to find out about the feature set which is what attracted me to the Ultra in the first place. There ARE a wide variety of tones to be coaxed from the Ultra. As another reviewer wrote, don't expect a true acoustic tone from the nanomag pick up....but you may get close...much is dependent upon the amp that you play it through. Needless to say, if you play it through an acoustic amp, that will enhance the acoustic tone possibilities considerably. The only niggle that I wasn't expecting is the weight of the Ultra relative to the size. Consider it small but hefty. The "hollow" is a very semi-hollow...Get a soft wide guitar strap to attach to it. As for the neck and fretboard, not quite as endearing as some of my other hollow body electrics but it seems typical of the 339 genre. (it's a bit on the narrow side for me) But oil the neck good once received and it'll do just fine. Given the price tag relative to my PRS II Hollowbody, it's easy to call the Ultra 339 a bargain. It's a great way to scratch one's guitar itch without emptying the check book! Over and Out

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3.0

But it sounds so nice......

By ROY PARKER

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

I bought mine by pure luck. It was unpacked that morning and I snagged it. Love at first sight. Not perfect, though. The bad first. Issue #1: The USB functionality works, but the more driven the tone, the less the USB can handle it. I've tried three PCs and even had the guitar shipped to Epi/Gibby for an examination. They played all ultra-light tones and recorded no issues, despite the problem description about failing on more driven tone. Issue #2: The neck isn't perfect. Mine is a "tweeker", which means that I need to do some mostly minor set-ups on weather changes and such. If I don't, I get a decreasingly playable guitar as well as the string rattle others have mentioned. Now the good. The tone is simply outstanding. I play lighter music mostly, like light Blues of some Jazzy types of tones. I also do some arpeggio style playing. This things just sings like a song bird. Due to the issues, I've tried to trade this in and was given a fair deal by the BC manager. Only one problem. I can't bring myself to doing it. It sounds that nice. The Nanomag is not a go to option for me, but I'm sure if I spent enough time with my DI that I could get there. The controls on the back give you a wide range to start from. This has become easily my #2 guitar behind an Epi 05 Custom Black & Gold LP, and that's with problems my other 13 guitars do not have.

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4.0

Great Guitar!

By Robert Freeze

from southcentral MO

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

My semi-local GC didn't have any, so I had to order and have shipped. I'm not disappointed in the least! The guitar arrived without any flaws and is playing great. I received it about 2 weeks ago and have put an hour a day or more play time on it. The versatility of the nanomag blended with the Probuckers is awesome. I haven't bothered with stereo or USB other than to make sure they work. Why 4 stars? The fretboard needed a good polishing/cleanup. The tailpiece and other hardware had some kind of film that needed to be polished off. Doing a setup is expected, but film on the hardware and the 'grittiness' of the fretboard are something I don't expect regardless of the price. It is still an excellent guitar. Fit/finish is flawless and I love the tone and the way it plays. If I knew what I know now when I ordered it ... I would be even more eager to place the order. Very happy with the guitar and the purchase experience.

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4.0

Ultra 339

By Adam Henderson

from Sherman, Tx

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

I was looking for a versatile semi-hollow at guitar center. I played several of the thin-line tele's which were in the 1000-1500$ range and the were just ok, nothing to write home about. I just happended to pick the 339 up off the display wall and noticed that it's weight was more substantial than I figured it would be. I hooked up to an AC-15 and WOW, this thing sounded so warm! I play thru a Line 6, just to make sure it sounded good on a different amp. The playability was great, the neck felt smooth and comfortable. I took it straight to the register and paid for it. After I changed the strings the first time, I noticed it had some string buzz on the "E", and "A" strings. I adjusted the truss rod a half to 3/4 turn to the left and it was gone. Easy fix. It was definitely worth the money.

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1.0

Terrible buzz on A & low E

By Terry Turner

from Palatka, Fl.

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

Take to heart the warnings that this guitar can have a bad buzzing on the A & low E string. I bought one then took it to a Gibson servive center after over two hours of hard work it still buzzed. I took it back and tried another in the store and it buzzed also. I was told by the store tech he thought it was the nanomag and I probably agree. They said one person had ordered and tried 5 and could not find one that played. It's a shame because it is a real nice guitar except for the buzzing. Thank goodness for the Guitar Center's return policy. If your looking for a 339 size axe without the Gibby price, I'd maybe try the Epi 339 pro. No nano. I wanted to try one but there wasn't one in the store. Make sure if you buy an Ultra play it first.

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5.0

Great, versatile guitar

By Andrew Crowder

from Grand Rapids, MI

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

I just picked up a 339 Ultra from my local Guitar Center and love it! Off the wall playability and intonation was not great (as expected) but after their in-house tech did a proper setup it plays really well. Features: -The Nanomag pickup is cool, and while it doesn't sound like a Martin, Taylor or Gibson acoustic, it has a nice voice of it's own. It is a nice option for those who need a quick acoustic fix. It sounds best through an acoustic amp or straight into a DI to a sound system but I've toyed with the idea of an acoustic simulator to really fill up the sound. -The humbuckers have a great growl to them and plenty of sustain to keep chords singing and lead lines flying, especially in combination with the comfortable neck. It isn't a small neck but it is still comfortable. -Note- there is a slight delay when switching between acoustic/electric settings. If you pick your spots on when to switch it is no big deal, but a quick switch on the fly will give you a second of dead space. Quality & Reliability: -So far so good! As I said, it needed a proper setup, but after that it feels and plays great. Look & Feel: -Gorgeous! Purchased the natural finish and it is fantastic, everyone who has seen the guitar has commented on how nice it looks. Love the 339 shape and the guitar feels great to hold

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5.0

I'm Back!

By david shank

from Sammamish, Washington

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

I wrote the original review that described the problem I had with string buzz on this epiphany and I was reserving final judgement pending the arrival of the replacement guitar. Well, the replacement arrived and guess what, same problem with the string buzz. So there must be some issue coming out of the factory that you should look for if you are considering one of these. That is the bad news. The good news is that the guys at guitar center went way out of there way and incurred some not insignificant expense to get the guitar configured properly to eliminate the problem. I was REALLY impressed by this level of customer service (occurred at the Tukwila GC store in Washington State). Once they were done the problem was gone and I have been playing this guitar for a few months now. It is truly not only a thing of beauty - it sounds and plays great. And you get all the high-tech bells and whistles that come as part of the "ultra" package. This is obviously the "cheaper" version of the Gibsom 339 which you can get for $2,000.00. To be honest - I have a hard time telling the feel, lay, and sound of the epiphany ultra and the gibson 339......except for the price. Maybe there really is a substantive difference - other than the name on the headstock of the guitar - but if there is I am not able to detect it in the way the instrument plays and sounds. Highly recommended!

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4.0

Ups and Downs

By david shank

from SEATTLE, WA

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

I have been waiting for some time now in anticipation of the es-339. I suppose if money was not an object I would have bought the gibson es-339 and been a happy camper - but money is an issue so I waited for the epiphany version. It finally arrived and I suspect I bought it before the packaging was even out of the dumpster. I love everything about it EXCEPT I had a terrible string buzz on the low E and A strings. I took it back in to the store and the guitar tech started describing all the work they were going to have to do to "fix" it - and even then he was not entirely sure it would work. I said "not my problem - I just bought the thing - how about you get me one that works." So now I am waiting for the one they ordered to replace the one I bought. Out of curiosity I played both of the other two 339 ultra's they had in the store and one of them had a similar string buzz issue. So beware and be forewarned. Possibly a manufacturing defect going on here that could affect lots of them. If you are considering buying one - check it out first. I would be reluctant to buy one sight-unseen (online)

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2.0

Nice concept but....

By Bob Allan

from Coraopolis, Pa

Comments about Epiphone Ultra-339 Electric Guitar:

First one to touch the first arrival at the store. Positive side: These humbuckers are great. Strikingly beautiful guitar at first glance. Finally a semihollow that you can access all of the controls without fishing wires through the "f" holes. Negative side: For the money they might have though about dressing the frets. The neck feels like you are trying to play a neck made out of a saw fish snout. I have heard about playing till you bleed, but this is not what I thought they meant. Really, 14:1 tuners? Come on! The built in tuner is great but it is difficult to tune a guitar using that tiny tuner with these antiquated machines. Control pots.....Well.....the person that installed them is cross eyed. When you turn the knobs they wobble - some guy told me that all archtops do that. BS! Grabbed a Dot, a Gibson 339, and an Ibanez archtop and only the dot acted the same way. Also the tone control was stripped. Tells you about Epi quality control. I repeat...For the money? Really. Finally the Nanomag played through an acoustic guitar amp sounds kinda acousticy but it also sounds like a poorly designed Chinese Tele neck pick up. Although it DID sound better than the Les Paul Ultra III. Schecter, and Carvin with Piezo sound much like an acoustic.

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