Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III
Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III

Les Paul Ultra III, LP-Shaped Guitar from Epiphone in the Les Paul series.

Oli_34160 02/19/2013

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III : Oli_34160's user review


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Purchased new by the original purchaser in October 2012 at Thomann for € 520.
Made in China
Body: Mahogany "Chambered"
Top: Flamed Maple Carved in AAA Grade
Neck: Glued Mahogany
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Handle profile: 1960 Slim Taper D
Body-neck joint: Glued, mortise & tenon
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo guy
Scale: 24.75 "
Radius: 12 "
Nut Width: 1.68 "- 42.67 mm
Bridge Pickup: Epiphone Humbucker Alnico II Humbucker ProBucker 3
Neck Pickup: Epiphone Humbucker Alnico II Humbucker 2 ProBucker
Controls: 1 volume microphone, 1 microphone with tone function by push / pull (series-parallel), 3-position selector
Piezo system: Shadow Nanomag with controls Gain, Bass, Treble
Electronics: Chromatic Tuner switchable, USB output, output jack mono 6.35 stereo
Bridge: Epiphone Locktone Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece: Epiphone Locktone Stopbar
Tuners: Grover Modern Ratio 16:1
Hardware: Nickel
Color: Vintage Sunburst
Verni: polyurethane
Accessories: USB cable (free Asio4All Driver - downloadable from the website designer: http://www.asio4all.com/ and instructions on the Epiphone site page dedicated to the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III), Native Instrument Guitar Rig 4 LE (download on the site by registering Epiphone)

A very good 8 because a violin, a chandlery and sonic possibilities of such a guitar of this price are unparalleled.


The handle is very nice despite my small hands. It says here that there would be one bp "stuffer". By correctly adjusting the curvature of the neck and height of the bridge, there is no disruption of this kind (at least not on mine). This is a Les Paul, while bcp lighter and better access to treble. I have not tried yet standing. But according to some forums, it would tend to "bite the neck." I will publish this comment as soon as I did a test. The sound with the microphone is what I expected and even more thanks to the integrated findings instrument (I've never had Gibson Les Paul). It has a very good sustain despite a much lower weight to the Paul Gibson.


I play all styles and fits very well. Obviously it is "typical" Les Paul therefore plans Knopfler and others, it will be something else (I had LAG Rockline Toulouse equipped with Seymour). The outline sound is sculpted and frequencies produced stand fine. The balance between the two microphones is good (after adjustment). The sound produced by the Shadow is interesting. It is not an emulation (type Variax) but a piezo pick for the more acoustic sound possible. One can imagine that, starting from this premise, Epiphone has made an effort to make the guitar sound without being connected to an amp. Well, it's true. But nothing amazing, however. The introduction of this little "extra" can still get sound surprising but quite usable. Insofar as the volumes and Piezo Pro Buckers are different, you can inject a bit of volume to the middle position sensor micro magnetic, which allows to "simulate" a single coil.


I for 1 month. I had one in the past 76 Strato, a Gibson The Paul, many Ibanez, a Variax 700. I currently have a Lag (described above), a 1990 Aria Pro TA60 (imitation ES-335 type 59), a folk Aria also 1978. I play a Rivera Thirty Twelve and Lunchbox II ZTAmplifiers. This guitar is complementary with the rest of my "flock". I bought this guitar because I refuse to pay € 2,500 for the purchase of a Gibson which essentially consists of the price by the cost of marketing and sponsorship.

One of the features I like most is the USB connection. If you want to record your guitar, no need to buy an external sound card. You plug your guitar into your PC (or other) after you have downloaded and installed the driver Asio4All. You can adjust the latency min. You load your favorite amp simulation on your favorite DAW and go! No latency, and dynamic response simus effects play like a real amp (I use Overloud VH2 - a must!) I broke it with as much as a real amp ... And my neighbors are happy!

As I mentioned in introduction, the price seems unbeatable view of the services offered. The quality of wood and general competing bill some Les Paul midrange price for more than 50% lower. To have tried a few in the store, that's what I felt in laying hands on some of these guitars. Do not take my word for it and make your own experience ... We hear after ;)