Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III - Faded Cherry Sunburst

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Chambered Mahogany Body, AAA Flame Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 1 Acoustic Pickup, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and USB Output - Faded Cherry Sunburst
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A Les Paul with a Modern Twist

The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III is the gearhead's dream guitar. You get traditional electronics and pickups, plus a slew of jaw-dropping extras. A Shadow NanoMAG pickup gives you big, full acoustic tones, and a USB output lets you record directly to your favorite DAW. The Les Paul Ultra-III features a chambered mahogany body, a flame maple top, a mahogany set neck, a rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays, classy binding, and chrome hardware! Add ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups, and you have a killer tone machine that looks amazing and sounds great with the Les Paul Ultra-III!

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Electric Solidbody Guitar at a Glance:
  • Great looks, great value
  • Quality construction
  • Vintage appeal
  • Modern flexibility
Great looks, great value

You'll do a double take when you lay eyes on this guitar and check out its unbelievable price! The Les Paul Ultra-III looks just like a vintage LP, with classic features that give it the appearance of a guitar that would easily cost ten times as much!

Quality construction

The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra is no slouch in the construction department. All materials are top-notch, including the chambered mahogany body, mahogany neck, beautiful AAA flame maple top, and rosewood fingerboard. This is no bolt-on-neck wannabe - it's got a set neck, just like the LPs you've been drooling over!

Vintage appeal

From classic appointments such as trapezoid inlays and vintage-style binding to classy chrome hardware and pickup covers, the Ultra-III has it all. And the addition of ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups, individual volume and tone knobs, and a 3-way selector means you'll generate some timeless tone from this axe!

Modern flexibility

The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III features not one, but two pickup systems. The first system has a traditional humbucker setup using the ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups, and the second system utilizes the Shadow NanoMAG pickup. The NanoMAG is discreetly mounted at the end of the fretboard and houses samarium cobalt magnets and active electronics that let it pick up the body resonance and string harmonics to produce acoustic guitar tones. There is a dedicated volume knob for the NanoMAG that also is a push on/off switch. You can blend the acoustic and electric sounds together to create new sonic landscapes or have them remain separate and distinct. The Les Paul Ultra-III also features a built-in USB jack that allows you to plug directly in to your computer. A free copy of the popular Guitar Rig software accompanies each guitar. Quickly and easily dial in your perfect guitar tone, and then record with your favorite DAW. Another surprise in the Ultra-III is a built-in chromatic tuner mounted in the pickup ring. Turn it on and tune your guitar anytime.

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Chambered mahogany body
  • AAA flame maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with 12" radius
  • 24.75" scale length
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • 1.65" nut width
  • ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups; Shadow NanoMAG acoustic pickup
  • Grover tuners and Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • USB out, built-in tuner, and guitar rig software included
The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III puts the look and sound of a vintage Les Paul with modern appointments within your reach!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Les Paul
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material AAA Flame Maple
Body Finish Urethane
Color Faded Cherry Sunburst
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape SlimTaper D Shape
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Trapezoid
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Plastic
Bridge/Tailpiece LockTone Tune-O-Matic, Stopbar Tailpiece
Tuners Grover
Neck Pickup ProBucker-2 Humbucker, Shadow NanoMag humbucker at end of Fretboard
Bridge Pickup ProBucker-3 Humbucker
Controls 3 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way switch, NanoMag - Gain, Treble, Bass
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number ENU3FCNH1

Customer Reviews

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This does it all!! Outstanding play ability, and various tones that can come from this guitar. Epiphone got it right.
Music background: Hobbyist

ultra 3 plek,ed wow ,buttery soft , fast

thanks sweetest of waters,(sweetwater),, and the very profesional technician and salesman..MR GEOFF,, for your patients and guiding light.. this is now of manny guitars that i have acustic and electric in my arsenal of instruments but ultra 3 beats them all all the musical juices just pured out my grey matter and my fingers what a great feeling of a new song creation THANKS......i also have to send my congratulations too ,, EPIPHONE LES PAUL ULTRA DEVELOPER AND CREATORS ...ALL i need now is a amp to withstand acustic and hard rock music finely...thanks again sweet water foe all the instruments i have bought tru the yrs they are all sending there regards lol after all they left your great store .. adios always daniel resto and a warm salute to all the musician s here that give there feedback to all..


I love this guitar, this is my first Epiphone Les Paul guitar and I am extremely happy I bought it. I researched several Epiphone Les Pauls on this site and others and I chose this one because of severl unique features that I like about this one. First off it is lighter than other LPs which I like because I don't like my back hurting after practicing and/or for a few hours. 2nd thing I like was the bevel cut that made it more comfortable for me to play, it might not seem like much of a difference to other players but for me it was a welcome feature. 3rd and most important feature was the Shadow Nanomag pickup. I already have a LP copy which I love but I was looking for an acoustic to play through an amp and when I was looking through several guitars I came across this one that was basically the best of both worlds (electric and acoustic). I also really enjoy the push knob to control the function to switch betweens settings as apposed to a push/pull. The AAA Flame Veneer is unreal and absolutely gorgeous. I recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a well crafted, workhorse of a guitar that can easily handle both electric and acoustic sounds
Music background: student, novice, journeyman

Worthy of 6 stars!

Ok, Here we go again! I just received my Ultra III, Mark Chapman is the absolute best to buy your gear from and you cannot get any better customer service anywhere. First of all, I was able to pick from 4 of these (try that anywhere else!) They all looked good but the one I picked has an incredible AAA flame maple top. I have Gibsons and other higher end guitars that are supposed to be triple A tops and they pale in comparison. I inspected this very closely upon arrival and cannot find one single flaw in the craftsmanship. Let me add that this is the 9th Epiphone I have bought since 2014 because each one has blown me away with the flawless craftsmanship and value for the dollar.7 of these came from Sweetwater and I will now buy ONLY from sweetwater because of their personal and excellent service, The ability to choose from 3-4 guitars online, And their 55 point evaluation along with extra care taken in packing. This model has a TON to offer and it sounds and plays as good as it looks! Mine hardly needed any additional setup, Intonation was spot on, Neck straight, All I had to do was install my strings and tweak the action. The Nanomag stealth pickup is brilliant and I can make this guitar sound very close to an acoustic. Blend it with the humbuckers and WOW! you have a true original! I cannot say enough about this axe. To those of you that have had bad experiences in the past with Epiphones (I was one of them) You should really give them a second look as I swear every Epi I have bought in 2014 to now has been incredible! Honestly, I have a few that I prefer OVER my Gibson counterparts. I have a lot of guitars, 44 now.From Gibson, ESP, Fender, Ibanez, Dean, Prestige, Minarik etc.. With my most expensive being a MIJ ESP. So if I can play an Epiphone and not only like it, But LOVE it, That means Epiphone is doing something right! Here's how I see it, Back in the mid 70's when I started playing my very first guitar was an Ibanez LP Custom. (Wish I still had it) Back then Ibanez was looked at by many the same way people look at an Epiphone today "Oh, Made in Japan, Can't be that good" Remember those days? Well fast forward to today. We now covet the early Ibanez LP copies and any Ibanez, ESP or Fender that is MIJ is considered a very fine instrument. I can honestly see history repeating itself with these newer Epiphones. NOW it's "Ha! Made in China, Gotta be JUNK"Sure, I wish all my guitars were made in USA but nowadays who can afford that? What I see happening right now is the made in China Epiphones are getting better and better, They are getting the builds down and in some cases appear better than the expensive USA models. It will probably take awhile for enough people to realize the huge increase in quality of these MIC Epiphones, But I feel that someday in the future, these gems made in 2014-2015 from China will go the way of the "Made in Japan" guitars. Say and think what you want. If you choose not to give them a try I think your making a big mistake. Absolutely NO better value for the money.
Music background: Ex semi pro, Teacher, Collector, And always a student!

Epiphone les Paul ultra 3

Fast action , great sound, fit and finish excellent , price is modest for this Instrument, still creating new sound combinations. Did I mention I love it
Music background: Playing since 1960s
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