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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar

Where Tradition Meets Technology. A great Les Paul... and so much more!


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The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III starts out with the tried and true construction of a flamed-maple top, chambered mahogany body for improved acoustic resonance and weight relief. The neck is also carved from mahogany into a slim, comfortable profile. Epiphone has added a low-impedance pickup that delivers subtle acoustic-like tones to the traditional dual humbucker schematic. The Ultra III’s dual outputs allow you to run both signals simultaneously for a stereo effect. A third output has been added for a USB connection that allows you to plug directly into your computer and use the included guitar software applications.

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 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.  

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' 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).   

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 (software included) 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.  

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 Epiphones, 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. Case not included.

  • Body Material: Chambered mahogany with Belly-scarf
  • Top Material: AAA Flame maple Veneer
  • Neck: Mahogany, Slim Taper “D” Profile, Gluded-in; Mortise and Tenon
  • Dimensions: 24.75” scale, nut width, 12” Fingerboard radius
  • Nut width: 1.68”
  • Fingerboard: Pau ferro with pearloid trapezoid inlays
  • Fingerboard radius: 12”
  • Pickups: Epiphone ProBucker-2 (neck), Epiphone ProBucker-3 (bridge)
  • Fingerboard Pickup: Shadow NanoMag Low-impedance pickup
  • Front Controls: 3-way selector, neck volume, bridge volume, NanoMag Volume with push-push A/B switch, Master Tone, A/B LED indicators
  • Back Controls: NanoMag gain, Nanomag Treble, NanoMag Bass
  • Chromatic Tuner: On/Off switch, A-G indictors, high, low, and in-tune LED
  • Outputs: 1/4 mono(blended) 1/4 stereo, USB
  • Power: 9 volt battery (computer supplies power when USB connected)
  • Binding: Fingerboard and body 1 ply, cream
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Bridge: Locktone Tune-o-matic/Stopbar
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grover 16:1
  • Includes: Native Instruments GuitarRig download, 3 meter USB cable, 9 volt battery, users manual, bumper stick, poster, truss rod wrench, 10’ economy cord
  • Case: Not included

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great guitar plays fingers great sounds great


Sounds and plays like a Les Paul

The Bear

Providence RI


Real Winner from Epiphone


I play in a praise band. I put the magnetic pickups through my DV Mark 212 tube amp (a hidden gem!) and the nanomag pickup through my Fishman Loudbox Mini. This guitar is perfect for classic rock. The Epiphone Probuckers sound great and they are easy to dial in. The nanomag is a bit harder to dial in, but it's great once you do. Onboard tuner is an excellent idea - it's not on the headstock, but on the bridge pickup ring. It's unobtrusive and works fine. Neck is straight, no fret buzz, and intonation was spot-on right out of the box. A real winner from Epiphone.


Chesapeake, Virginia


Great guitar for the money!


I play in my praise band at church. Magnetic pickups go to a tube amp (DV Mark 212) and the nanomag goes to my Fishman Loudbox Mini. The Epiphone Probuckers sound great clean, but they really shine when you push them a bit - these pickups hold their own own, and then some. The nanomag pickup produces very workable acoustic tones. Factory set up was excellent and intonation was spot-on. Straight neck. No fret buzz. Excellent construction. Good looking - not me, the guitar! I am not kidding. This guitar is, hands-down, one of the best values for the money I have ever seen.


Chesapeake, Virginia


Exceptional Guitar!!


I ordered the Vintage Sunburst LP Ultra III from Sam Ash about two months ago and I honestly could not be happier with my experience (especially since there was no shipping cost or sales tax)! The order status updated quickly which made tracking it easy, set up was spot on (minus some slight tuning adjustments), came in the original box with all the info as well. The Vintage Sunburst finish was so much nicer looking on the Ultra III compared to the LP Standard Plus Top Pro's - the lighter color sweeps up higher above the pickgaurd and IMO makes it look much slicker! The satin finsh neck is a pleasure to play on as your hand just flows up and down it with ease. The built in tuner is actually REALLY great, it works like a champ, is dead on, and is so quick and easy to use I haven't used any others since!! Tones are great on this guy too!! The addition of the NanoMag pickup gives off some really crisp, bright, and twangy tones; couple that with the ProBucker's warm and goey goodnes and it's endless what you can come up with! One thing I found regarding the NanoMag pickup controls on the back of the guitar was setting the gain about 3/4, treble to about 2/3, and bass to about 1/2'ish gives a really nice "acoustic" tone. I had purchased an Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro prior to this guy (ended up returning it) and I have got to say that I am 100% firmly satisfied with paying the addition money for the Les Paul Ultra III. The chamber body lightens up the traditional "bulky" feeling of a traditional Les Paul, and the cut away on the right side of the body (that rests against your abdomen while seated and playing) makes for an extremely comforatble guitar as well! If I could change one thing about the Ultra III it would be to include the "Push/Pull" Coil Spliting that the Standard PlusTop Pro had, beyond that, the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III is perfect! My only advice is to be careful when removing the 9v battery cover on the back for the NanoMag as the plastic it is made of isn't super strong.


Evansville, IN


best guitar ever made!!!


can´t say much about this guitar.. GREAT!!!!!




I feel like it should cost 499 instead.


The price needs to be lowered!!!!!!


Manhattan beach ca


Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar

5.0 6


Series Les Paul
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Les Paul Ultra III Electric Guitar

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