Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III - Midnight Sapphire

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Chambered Mahogany Body, AAA Flame Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 1 Acoustic Pickup, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and USB Output - Midnight Sapphire
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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 an 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, 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
  • 24.75" scale length
  • Trapezoid inlays
  • 1.65" nut width
  • ProBucker-2 and ProBucker-3 pickups; Shadow NanoMAG acoustic pickup
  • 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Grover tuners and Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
  • USB out, built-in tuner, and Guitar Rig software
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 Midnight Sapphire
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
Number of Pickups 3
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 ENU3MSNH1

Customer Reviews

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An Awesome Guitar

I love the USB interface, It works seemlessly with Garage band and the Guitar Rig 4 software that is included as a download. It sounds good plugged strait into the amp as well, I haven't had a lot of chance working with the acoustic pick up yet but there are lots of awesome sound that can come from this guitar. I miss the split coil design of my gibson Les Paul, but it plays as nice and I really can't put it down.
Music background: I have had guitars since I was 12 years old, 55 now

A steal!

I went into this purchase a little skeptical because of all the reviews I've read on other sites saying there was a ton of fret buzz. My sales engineer assured me that fret buzz is something they check on the 55 Point inspection and that if there was a problem they would fix it. Received the guitar today, and it is perfect. No buzz at all! The guitar itself is the best value in an electric guitar you can get. The probucker pickups sound awesome and really full and the Nanoag acoustic pickup does its job well as well. Overall, if you're looking for a guitar that is packed with technology and won't kill your bank account this is it. AND BUY FROM SWEETWATER. They were the real magic in this transaction
Music background: Worship Guitarist, Classically training Violist, Music Education major in College.

This is a Home Run by Epiphone

I was pleased from the time I removed the guitar from the box. It’s the EXACT guitar represented in the picture when I chose it by serial number on the web-site. Kudos to Sweetwater for that!!! As for the guitar, it’s not an American made Gibson and I didn’t expect one. I’ve got them to compare and there is a difference but hey, for this price point I’m very happy. For playability, I did do a little set up of the neck to my preference and it plays and sounds great. The Humbucking pickups are great; the nanomag in particular is an awesome feature. And with the three different outputs, Humbucking, nanomag or both, and the USB, this is a real gem. And Gibson doesn’t even offer a guitar like this for any price. The only complaint I have is with the strap buttons. On all of my guitars, I install the Dunlop Dual Design Straplock on them for versatility but when I pulled the back one off, two strips of wood fell out of the screw hole and now no screw will fit. Rather than try to repair it, I just drilled a new hole about a half inch from the old one and I’m good with that. I would have hated to have tested the strap on-stage though. Overall, this is a great guitar for the price.
Music background: Home Studio Hobbiest, Part Time Wanna Be Pro Musician

love the acoustic sound

worked great for several months, then the pickup ring lights would not go off. they used to go on and off using a 1/4" plug. Now, they just stay on. I called epiphone directly and was to to bring it to a tech for repair. I've had the guitar less than 6 months. Other than that, I build have offered a better rating....

Epiphone needs better quality control!

I bought this guitar and the Epiphone 339 Ultra III at the same time because I really liked the features. The Les Paul is for me and the 339 Ultra III was for my grandsons birthday. Both of these guitars should have never left the Epiphone factory in the condition they were in. The look and finish of the guitars was beautiful, no complaints there. However, they were both unplayable. They had terrible string buzz on all strings even when strumming them open. I had to take both of them to a Luthier to have a complete setup done on them at a cost of $50 a piece. The truss rod on the 339 was completely loose and had never been set from the factory and the fret board was really dried out and needed to be treated. Several of the frets on the Les Paul were rough and the Luthier recommended a fret dressing. Intonation on both guitars was more than just a little off. These problems were not Sweetwaters fault but In my opinion, Sweetwaters 55 point inspection should have cought them. After the Luthier finished the setups on both guitars they sounded very good and I would have given them a 4.5 overall rating if I had received them in that condition out of the box. Sweetwaters customer service was excellent. After I notified them of the problems with the guitars, they did reimburse me for the $100 I spent on the Luthier.
Music background: Amature Guitar palyer
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