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Translucent Ebony
  • Capable of Blistering Les Paul Tone, Plus Shimmering Acoustic-Like Tones
  • Nano-Mag Low-Impedance Pickup for Acoustic Tones, Plus Alnico Classic Humbuckers.
  • Pickup Blend Controls
  • True Stereo Outputs Allow a Variety of Pickup Combinations
  • Figured Maple Top
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Color: Translucent Ebony
  • Product Dimensions: 45 x 17 x 6 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B004XUOKD6
  • Item model number: ENU3MENH1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,866 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at July 1, 2011

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Color: Translucent Ebony

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From the Manufacturer

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III

A Great Les Paul...and so Much More

We all know that deep down, most guitarists love classic designs. That's why we made the new Les Paul Ultra-III with the same look and classic features of a traditional Les Paul along with new technology to give you a guitar that's still a real Les Paul but also so much more.

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III
A tribute to Les' timeless design with the sound and feel that you can only get from a real Les Paul. View larger

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III
Built-in, full-function chromatic tuner. View larger

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III
Plug into a computer to play through a variety of simulated amplifiers.
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Two Great Pickup Systems in One Guitar

At the heart of the new Ultra-III are two pickup systems. Powering the first system are Epiphone's new ProBucker humbucker pickups which are patterned after Gibson's famous BurstBuckers. Featuring authentic 18% nickel silver base and cover, Elektrisola wire, accurate bobbins, slugs and screws, and sand casted Alnico-II magnets, the Ultra-III pickups replicate that classic "Patent Applied For" airy tone that defined rock and roll. The second system features Shadow Germany's patented NanoMag pickup which is 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 Les Paul's 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 Electronics Built-In

If you thought the Ultra-II was jam-packed with modern features, you won't believe what Epiphone has put into the Ultra-III. Built discretely into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a full-function chromatic tuner. Push the ON/OFF button and sound is immediately muted when the tuner is activated. Eleven color-coded LED's identify the note as well as whether it's sharp, flat, or in-tune. To allow quick and seamless changes between each pickup system, the Ultra-III's NanoMag Volume control now doubles as an A/B switch. Just push it in and you can 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 as to 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 pickups are mixed into one signal. When you plug another 1/4" cable into the Ultra III'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 for a USB cable. Using a USB cable (included), you can plug directly into your computer and use guitar applications such as Native Instruments GuitarRig 4LE (software included, downloadable from so you can play your guitar through a variety of simulated amplifiers and effects while listening through your computer speakers or headphones. GuitarRig also features a recorder, a metronome, a tuner and more.

About Epiphone

Epiphone is one of American's oldest and most revered instrument makers and since 1873, Epiphone has made instruments for every style of popular music. The name evokes both history and the spirit of invention. Epiphone has been an audible presence in every great musical era from the mandolin craze of the early 1900s to jazz age guitars of the 1920s. From swing-era archtops through post-war pop, jazz, R&B, and early rock n' roll. From the "British Invasion" to heavy metal, punk, grunge, and thrash. And now, in the 21st century, new Epiphone technical breakthroughs such as the ProBucker pickup, series parallel switching, built-in KillSwitch pots, the Shadow NanoFlex and NanoMag pickup systems, and premier acoustic/electric guitars with the eSonic preamp have brought the historic name to a new generation.

Les Paul Ultra-III at a Glance
  • Classic look and features with new technology
  • Pro-Bucker pickups
  • Shadow NanoMag pickups
  • Native Instruments GuitarRig download
  • USB, mono and stereo outputs
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-III

Customer Reviews

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Anyways the guitar looks and sounds very good.
I've used the USB connection with Guitarix, Rakarrack and Ardour in Linux and Garage Band in OSX with no issues.
Pete I Eby
Not only that, but with the intonation spot on the tuning is still awful!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Arpin on April 14, 2013
Color Name: Midnight Sapphire Verified Purchase
I have owned this guitar for about a year and it has not exceeded my expectations by any means. I appreciate the wealth of features and the tones that you can dial in with the added pickup, but the way it came to me sounding was borderline ridiculous for the price point. After fixing the neck and intonation, and adding Elixir light top/heavy bottom strings, it is to a point where I can enjoy both the guitar and the features. I still have out of tune spots on certain frets, but the guitar sounds acceptable.

Also, my USB connection has never worked properly with any computer, and I've tried it on about 4. Not sure what the problem is, but not really worth the effort in trying to fix it. Just a heads up on that.

Nanomag sounds great, but I am not sure if that alone is worth the extra $250 from the normal Epiphone model. I would suggest getting that model because then at least you know what you're getting. Here, you're almost tricked into thinking you're getting a guitar with hard labor and craftsmanship put into it.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 14, 2013
Color Name: Midnight Sapphire
I've been playing 25 years and I've never owned a Les Paul. I finally bought one and what a huge disappointment it was!! I loved the features this model offered so I decided to go for it. I still love the features, but they're attached to a total POS of a guitar!! Let me explain...

The built in tuner is great. Really great actually. It's better than any outboard tuner I've ever owned.

The nano-mag pickup is also great. Sounds awesome, is very flexible in tone, and the switching mechanism and output system are the best I've seen. I was hugely impressed by the ingenuity of the system.

The fit and finish are pretty nice too.

What's the problem then? Well, this $750 guitar has the worst neck and weakest pickups I've played in 20 years!! They are just total crap.

I've been doing setups on guitars my whole life so I'm not a noob at this. I know how to make minor truss rod adjustments to eliminate fret buzz, and I know how to set action and intonation. This guitar is just unfixable! I can't get the action low enough to play better than a cheap acoustic. With it set higher than any other guitar I own it still buzzes like a plastic kiddie guitar. Horrible!! Not only that, but with the intonation spot on the tuning is still awful! It stays in tune nicely, but as you go up the neck there are bad frets and out of tune spots everywhere.

The regular pickups are both terrible as well! The bridge pickup is weak and thin sounding and the neck pickup is weak and muddy. I've played it through every amp I own, from practice amps to multiple half stacks both tube and solid state. It sounds bad on everything!! If you play jazz or blues, it's thin and lifeless. Classic rock is gutless sounding. Forget metal.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JB on April 24, 2012
Color Name: Midnight Sapphire Verified Purchase
First let me say I am in no way blaming Amazon for for what I'm about to write. If I worked at Epiphone USA or Same Day Music I would be ashamed to send a product that cost $749.00 to a customer the way this guitar came too me. According to the sticker on the neck it was inspected by #23 of Epiphone USA. Well he/she should be fired. This guitar had 20 -23 screws loose or just barley in the hole, and every string but the top E string rattled once tuned. The outside box it came in had very little packing, the guitar was moving around from end to end. I'm very thankful for the inside box. It was very well packed. I was tempted to just send it back when I first noticed all the problems. But the guitar does sound and play good. I tighten the screws up and a friend of mine at Guitar Center is going to do a complete set up on it. This should of been done at Epiphone or Same Day music. At least it should of been inspected. If someone like myself could notice first hand all the screws loose surly someone who gets paid to do this should of noticed them. Anyways the guitar looks and sounds very good. It seems to play good also, other than the strings rattle. Can't wait to see how good it really plays and sound once I have the set up done. It's a very beautiful guitar, craftsmanship seems very professional. Not as heavy as a Gibson Les Paul but sounds just as good. The Nano pick up is amazing. Sounds just like a Acoustic, that's one of the reasons I bought it. Not at all disappointed in the sound, just disappointed in the whole inspection process.
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Color Name: Vintage Sunburst Verified Purchase
Wow. Wow. And. Wow. I read all of the other review before buying this guitar, some were negative but it seemed interesting so I bought it any way. It's an Epiphone, not a gibson. As such I knew it was going to need some setup before it was right. After spending twenty minutes or so with some guitar techs it was sounding beautiful! Took it home and played for three hours straight. Switching effortlessly between acoustic and electric, or playing together was absolutely amazing. The nanomag sounded great and those pro-buckers really do rival my Gibson LP custom. In fact, after I spend another $150 bucks on this guitar to get it really set up right (very reasonable for a good luthier) I will probably sell my LP custom. I could buy four more of these and still have some change leftover. Yes, there are some fret buzz issues, but only when playing Acoustic and a good luthier will sort this out. When you buy a guitar online it will not come setup right, every guitar needs some special attention before it is sold. They do they same thing at the big and small stores. Buy this guitar, get it set up well and you will have an instrument that can surpass anything Gibson has to offer right now. And you will save quite a bit of change :-)
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