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.
- 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
- Trussrod Wrench
- 10' Economy 1/4" cord
- Warranty Information
- Case sold separately
A great Epiphone Les Paul made even better. Order yours today.
Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar Specifications:
- Scale length: 24-3/4"
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Nut Width: 1-11/16"
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- Poor Quality Craftsmanship
Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:
Difficult to evaluate the tone of this thing and can't really recommend it to a friend, given the lack of time to try it out and product flaws. The entire humbucker circuit cut out w/in a few minutes of first trying it. Tested it thoroughly and it wasn't a) the battery, b) the amp, or c) the tuner circuit. Plugged in to the 'bucker output there was barely any weak signal. Plugged into the mono (all pickups) out there was only Nanomag on any setting (nano, nano & buckers). Action was a little high...maybe to counter the reports of the nanomag tending to cause buzz. There are reports (from Gibson/Epiphone) too of faulty wiring in some of the Ultra IIIs. Apparently their "extreme care" to ensure these didn't make it into market didn't prevent them from being in Music123 stock.
From what I could test, the "acoustic" setting is pretty good. Hard to tell if there's anything to the tone that shouldn't be there due to the electronics problem(s). Appearance and craftsmanship of the guitar body, neck, frets, etc. were excellent. Feel of the D shape neck is a bit more of a flattened D than a true D (feels different than other D shaped Epi's), but not bad. The plastic battery compartment cover and controls for the nanomag are cheap, cheap, CHEAP junk. Also, I loath the cream colored pickguard (but admittedly that's personal preference). Needs a black, clear or ivory one to complement the rest of the body. If the replacement isn't faulty as well, I may buy a different one to replace it.
All in all this whole order was a wash. Placed it in plenty of time for XMAS, and EVERYTHING (case and guitar) is going back RMA'd due to defects. To top it off, if you order this guitar BE SURE TO HAVE THEM SEND THE 10' 1/4" cable that's supposed to come with it (in addition to the USB cable). Wasn't included w/mine.
Customer service is very nice about the returns, but now something that was intended for XMAS won't be here until sometime in January. Sigh.
- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- Fret Buzz
Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Guitar:
Ok here goes my honest opinion. The craftsmanship and color of this guitar is unlike most in this price range. It's just stunning. The sound this guitar puts out is lent to only how crazy you wanna get with it. At first all the electronics and the USB everything seems a little overwhelming. But once you get it out of the box plugged in and tuned to your liking you will not be disappointed. Add in a digitech or other peddle of choice and you'll find that this guitar will keep up if not exceed your limits and expectations. Being able to seperate the accoustic sound from the pick ups and sending it threw another choice of amp really makes for a unique set up of multitude of playabilaty and sound. Very light weight in comparison to other axes. Very pleasant sound. Keeps tune very solid. This Epi les is not one that will be replaced anytime soon. If you run into one at a music store do your self a favor and try it out mess with all the features and you will more then likely find a home and place for it. Granted I don't do shows or gigs but I feel comfortable enough to say that this epi les won't let you down. Be on the look out though for some that do tend to have a little fret buzz. But in the 3 I checked out and played was enough to convince me on ordering one and taking the risk. And I will say out of the box. Hands down no problems! But don't take my word on it. Get out there and try one out.