Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar  

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A hybrid Les Paul that also goes acoustic.

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!


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

Features
  • 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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5.0

my favorite guitar

By michaelj

from Westchester, Illinois

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

way back in the olden days when i was in high school, my best friend and i used to jam in his basement. i played my acoustic, and he played his faded cherry epiphone les paul. at first, i thought it was just a cheap knock-off of the original gibson, but its sound was no knock-off, and i loved to play it anytime he was willing to put it down. for me, it became the paradigm of an electric guitar. years later, having never forgotten that guitar, i had to have one myself. the ultra-II is an absolute pleasure to play. with the nanomag and stereo capabilities, there is a world of sonic possibilites at my fingertips. i don't even have to plug it in. i am amazed at how great this guitar sounds unplugged, and it looks and feels so good. it's the good old days all over again!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

simply!! a unique one

By marwan

from egypt

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

....gorgious look....touch...perfect performance......and weight........the best lespaul ever!!.......it worth the price!!!!..... buy it if u want a lespaul gibson look and weight at an epiphone price :)...peace

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Carlos-D2j6V

from Miami, FL

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I can't put this guitar down. It is in my opinion the top of the line Epihone, and comparing it to some entry level Gibsons, I would pick this one up every time. The nanomag works beautifully. I was afraid that the colors were limited, and chose Ebony, and well, I love it ! You can't go wrong with this guitar.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing sound, Remarkable to play and Versatile ! ! !

By Jim -.fjXC

from Winnipeg, MB

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar mainly to play at church, as the versatiliity is needed because of the types of songs. Its nanomag acoustic pickup has such a realistic sound, and the humbuckers give it that Les Paul rock feel. I was so surprised at the versatility of this guitar. I play it through a 2 channel amp, first channel with the nanomag, nice and clear acoustic sound, and then plug the electric pickups through the second channel, and adjust the gain so I get a light crunch. Then I blend the sounds with the awesome controls on the guitar, and I can play most any sound, from 12 string acoustic to raunchy blues. When I started playing this, I sold my Gibson LP Studio, because this guitar sounds and feels better. I can't say enough good things about this guitar, and the black wavy finish is to die for. It looks about 20 feet deep, and feels like you could just dive in. This is a gotta have guitar, if you need versatility on stage or in the basement.

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(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

broken on arrival

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

Was not impressed with quality control, both the regular pickups didn't work right out the box. The nanomag would on both jacks but nothing but some serious popping out the regular output. The top of the guitar looked cheap, defintley looks like a big old sticker with a gloss coat. The nanomag sound good neck was nice. The back was an ugly red

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All in One Wonder!

By CD

from Freeport, ME

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I can play acoustic to punk, grunge, jazz, classic rock, and everything in between just by twisting a few knobs and changing a few amp settings. Light weight, fast thin satin neck, contoured body, Les Paul tone plus Nanomag acoustic tones- one of kind!

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Insane, Versatile Guitar

By matt with an axe

from omaha, ne

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

WOW! It was my second electric guitar, moving up from a squire strat. I got WAAAAY more than I expected for a great price. Super light compared to other les pauls, super fast neck. I got obsessed with playing guitar when i got this, since I've bought a zakk lp, and a g 400 custom, all are very very different guitars with different strengths. the lp ultra 2, however, can do everything. it has billowing open acoustic sounds and huge sustain. whether its jazz, blues metal or just rocking out, this axe is my go to, and it plays everything super smoothly. the fast satin neck, it's length and the back contour fit me perfectly too! love it, recommend it to everyone!

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