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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra Electric Guitar  

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    Ultra hot, ultra cool, ultra comfy.

    Get comfy with body-contoured mahogany back that has weight relief cavities and is made from choice woods. Alnico Classic and Classic Plus humbuckers for searing tone, gold hardware, quilted maple top for suave looks, and Grovers for sure tuning. Angled headstock and slightly narrower nut. The set hard maple neck has a satin finish and rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays. The LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece provide more sustain and make string changing easier.

    Features

    • Alnico Classic/Alnico Classic Plus humbuckers
    • Gold hardware
    • Chambered mahogany/alder body
    • Choice quilted maple top
    • Set hard maple neck with satin finish
    • Rosewood fretboard with trapezoid inlays
    • Body and neck binding
    • Grover tuners
    • Locktone Tune-O-Matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece

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    4.8

    (based on 95 reviews)

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    great guitar

    i got this guitar a little over a year and a half ago for christmas. I had been playing a little while, and i needed an upgrade from my brothers old crappy...Read complete review

    i got this guitar a little over a year and a half ago for christmas. I had been playing a little while, and i needed an upgrade from my brothers old crappy c-1.As soon as you pull it out of the box it looks amazing, the gold and the paint really shine. I noticed the difference in the neck from my schecter immediatley, it way more comfortable.this guitar has a neck like other les pauls, but a little thinner, fits ur hand pretty well. i was a beginner and i loved it. the pickups are great, love the sound, granted i play mostly metal and i like alot of output and alot of gain. These pickups can make most people happy, but i prefer a little more output. great for 60's-80's rock especially. Guns n' roses sounds great on it.The only turn off about this guitar is the weight relief cavities. They make the guitar VERY VERY light for a les paul, and u still get a thick punchy tone out of it which is great(good choice for beginners and smaller players), but the cavaties cause the body to be lighter than the neck, making it unbalanced. This, for beginner players, is not generally a problem. i didn't notice it until about a year after i bought it(granted i didn't play any other guitars in that time period). because the guitar is unbalanced, when you stand up, if u take you hand off the neck, it will fall and point towards the ground. this means while your playing, your hand has to support the weight of the neck. This causes your hand to move slower while your playing. it doesn't widely affect my playing but it still bothers me. If your a serious musician thats been playing for ahwile, you might suggest looking for another guitar, but the balance issue may not bother you. I require alot of speed when im playing so it tends to be a little bit of a problem. i suggest trying it before you buy it, but that goes along with any guitar.Overall, this is a great guitar. it didn't come to me with any flaws and had a great setup when i got it. If your a beginner, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this guitar to you. If your a gigging musician, you might look at other options for yourself, but you may love it. The guitar is an AMAZING value for what your paying for it. Definatley consider it if your looking to get a guitar. If you have any questions you can email me.

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    look close before you buy

    I was actually looking for an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top when I saw this beauty... cherry sunburst, gold hardware, and that beautiful quilted maple top. I played it for a...Read complete review

    I was actually looking for an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top when I saw this beauty... cherry sunburst, gold hardware, and that beautiful quilted maple top. I played it for a short time, then had the salesman play it for me (since I've only been playing for about a year), then paid and rushed home like a kid at Christmas... and that's where the joy ended.Once the volume and distortion were turned down, there was an ugly buzz on the low E and a slight buzz on the A... I returned to the store where the salesman raised the action to get rid of the buzz. So I took it home again and started playing and sure enough, no buzz... but the action was so high I couldn't play scales.So, back to the store again where I had the repairman take a look. He told me the nut had been cut too deep and needed to be repaired. In the process, he discovered one or more frets that were coming up and others that needed to be leveled. He also pointed out that the neck was not one, not two, but three pieces of wood glued together... you could see the seams. Not like plywood either. The first third near the body was one piece, then the next third was another piece, and the headstock was another piece.He finished the repairs (5 weeks later) and told me to come and pick it up... I played it for about 10 minutes and decided to find another guitar. I ended up buying a Les Paul Standard Plus Top... the one I was originally looking at to begin with. The store was really good about refunding my money and helping me find a guitar I was happy with... even though it was past the 30 days.Bottom line, Epiphone makes great guitars, but the Ultra I selected was a lemon. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top I have now is awesome.

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    5.0

    Rockin' in Lake Oswego

    By Tommy-yTszW

    from Portland, OR

    I've waited several years to write this review as I wanted to give this guitar time to age, and to see if my opinion about it waivers. I purchased the Ultra in Feb. 2007, paid $499 which included a hard shell case.Good - The stock pups do a good job, bridge pickup especially, a Classic Plus. No need to change this but a Gibson 57 in the neck would clean things up. Easy to play, nice fretboard and super nice neck - the satin I keep hearing about that gets sticky hasn't gotten sticky yet, so I doubt it will. The looks are killer - my finish looks 6 inches deep. I've changed the look a bit - removed the creme pickguard, creme pickup selector ring, and creme pickup rings, replaced with black pickup rings and put a black knob on the pickup selector. Go check out the Gibson LP Supreme Figured and you'll get an idea of what this guitar looks like now - stunning!Not so good - have a bad buzz at the B string saddle that I haven't had fixed yet, but this should not be a bid deal. The pickup switch misses connection sometimes, and it needs to be replaced. That's it.Summary - I paid $499 4 years ago and have not regretted it for a minute. I can afford to buy any guitar I want but decided a while back not to get too crazy with my collection. This has been the guitar I always reach for when I need to play some Gary Moore or Joe Bonamassa blues/rock and anything from the 70's or 80's for that matter. GNR sounds great, but I prefer to equate it to early 70's Joe Walsh or Neal Schon, and perfect for Montrose (for you "seasoned" rockers).Even if budget is not a concern, you will not go wrong with the Ultra.

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    5.0

    A steal

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I bought my guitar used for a "lowball, drop dead price" I couldn't believe the value, then I played it and the dream came true. I've had a Strat for over ten years and it plays like a champ, but I wanted something with broader tone. You can't beat humbuckers, I finally got the sound I was looking for. I couldn't afford a Gibson but this one did not disappoint, everything about it is just great. No complaints.

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    5.0

    This L.P Ultra ROCK'S ! ! !

    By Hippy Hall 66'

    from South Mississippi

    I bought this guitar over a year ago and I love it. I've been playing guitar for over 30 yrs. and I own several guitars now. The Epiphone LP ULTRA is by far the best guitar for the money I have too date. The guitar is beautiful, the quilted top and gold hardware looks amazing, the sound and playability are just as good. This guitar come set up great, right out of the box. I play everything from LYNYRD SKYNYRD to BLACK SABBATH and this guitar does not disappoint, all my friends and fellow musician's agree that this guitar is a great deal. I would recommend it to anyone young or old, for the money you just can't beat it. ROCK ON !!!

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    5.0

    Pretty Nice

    By Jimmypage2.0

    from Dayton, ohio

    This Is a great guitar for the price. Very high end for a Epiphone. YOu can get a great sound from it if you add in Gibson '57s like i did. I HIGHLY recomend getting this guitar for your first if you can afford it. I'm using it untill i can finnaly buy A Gibson '59

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    5.0

    One MoFo'n Guitar!!!

    By Twist-3Qs3c

    from wichita, ks

    My first trip to a guitar center equaled me leaving it with this bad ass guitar! This is my first les paul i've owned and if i had to chose one adjective, it would be none because there's no way you can use one word to define it. I have it E flat and man it does have a nice bluesy, GnR tone. It's perfect for hard rock and metal. I was jsut shredding on this in guitar center and the awesomest dude ever told me it suited my playing because well im kinda a slash zakk wylde guy. With all the shredding i did to it i realized that the necks on les pauls are like so radically badass! The satin finish on it gives a soft waxxy feel so when you need to shred the crap out of it, it ends up being flawlessly and smooth. I read some of the reviews that rated it low and i got a question...What the hell's a matter with you people?! But then everyone is a different player. The classic alcino pups aren't that bad. I think the only thing i have against this guitar is that i didn't get two because they have the classic sunburst and this beautiful tranparent black colour that's badass too.

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    5.0

    Good for the price

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar is good, its much better than most of the guitars other people who've been playing s long as me have. The tone COULD be better, but its great for being an Epiphone and for the price range. Great intermediate guitar.

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    5.0

    Les Paul Ultra

    By EvBarnes

    from Waterbury, CT

    I bought this guitar as an upgrade to my sons first guitar which is a Squier Affinity strat. What a difference in sound and quality. The Epiphone has great tone and long sustain. With the stop bar bridge , it stays in tune for a long time too. The gold hardware and quilted maple top make it a beautiful looking guitar. The hidden hollow body makes it alot lighter than a LP standard which is great for my 17 year old son. I bought a hardcase for the guitar to protect it when he takes it to guitar class. Its not a 2K Gibson ,but he treats it with the same respect. I hope he keeps it in his slowly growing collection when he makes it on stage. Its definitely a keeper. This is a real nice guitar for the price. If you can't afford the Gibson LP this is the guitar your looking for.

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    5.0

    great guitar

    By reis griffin

    from Waco, TX

    i got this guitar a little over a year and a half ago for christmas. I had been playing a little while, and i needed an upgrade from my brothers old crappy c-1.As soon as you pull it out of the box it looks amazing, the gold and the paint really shine. I noticed the difference in the neck from my schecter immediatley, it way more comfortable.this guitar has a neck like other les pauls, but a little thinner, fits ur hand pretty well. i was a beginner and i loved it. the pickups are great, love the sound, granted i play mostly metal and i like alot of output and alot of gain. These pickups can make most people happy, but i prefer a little more output. great for 60's-80's rock especially. Guns n' roses sounds great on it.The only turn off about this guitar is the weight relief cavities. They make the guitar VERY VERY light for a les paul, and u still get a thick punchy tone out of it which is great(good choice for beginners and smaller players), but the cavaties cause the body to be lighter than the neck, making it unbalanced. This, for beginner players, is not generally a problem. i didn't notice it until about a year after i bought it(granted i didn't play any other guitars in that time period). because the guitar is unbalanced, when you stand up, if u take you hand off the neck, it will fall and point towards the ground. this means while your playing, your hand has to support the weight of the neck. This causes your hand to move slower while your playing. it doesn't widely affect my playing but it still bothers me. If your a serious musician thats been playing for ahwile, you might suggest looking for another guitar, but the balance issue may not bother you. I require alot of speed when im playing so it tends to be a little bit of a problem. i suggest trying it before you buy it, but that goes along with any guitar.Overall, this is a great guitar. it didn't come to me with any flaws and had a great setup when i got it. If your a beginner, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this guitar to you. If your a gigging musician, you might look at other options for yourself, but you may love it. The guitar is an AMAZING value for what your paying for it. Definatley consider it if your looking to get a guitar. If you have any questions you can email me.

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    5.0

    I love this guitar!

    I just arrived home from Iraq, and I ordered this guitar while I was over there. It was waiting for me when I got home.I've owned several Epiphone guitars, and they've been mediocre, but for the price, I couldn't complain. I enjoy playing them.I got the Les Paul bug, but couldn't justify paying the price for a Gibson that would meet my needs, so I've been watching the Ultra reviews for some time. I finally pulled the trigger and bought this thing.The finish is beautiful, though it's not the "teardrop" shaped sunburst you see in the stock photo. The "cherry" is only painted around the perimeter of the guitar, it doesn't fill the area above and below the neck pickup. The headstock doesn't read "Les Paul Standard", but rather "Les Paul Ultra".Yes, I can see the neck joints, but I can't see a problem with that.Mine has a nice, low action, and no fret buzz anywhere. I can't imagine 100% QC, so I'm sure someone gets a lemon from time to time. Mine is certainly no lemon. This guitar makes me want to play, and I'm very pleased. The neck and fretboard are fast. Before I got this guitar, I didn't know the meaning of a fast neck and fretboard. I'm pleasantly surprised.I am going to replace the pickups with a Gibson '57 Classic at the neck, and a Burstbudker Pro at the bridge. I'm also replacing the nut and saddles with Tusq parts. I wanted a Gibson, but I can afford to make this Epiphone the closest analog possible.I'm amazed at this guitar. Chances are that you won't regret your purchase, if you choose this one.

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    1.0

    look close before you buy

    By 3jrBoAY.T

    from West Palm Beach, FL

    I was actually looking for an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top when I saw this beauty... cherry sunburst, gold hardware, and that beautiful quilted maple top. I played it for a short time, then had the salesman play it for me (since I've only been playing for about a year), then paid and rushed home like a kid at Christmas... and that's where the joy ended.Once the volume and distortion were turned down, there was an ugly buzz on the low E and a slight buzz on the A... I returned to the store where the salesman raised the action to get rid of the buzz. So I took it home again and started playing and sure enough, no buzz... but the action was so high I couldn't play scales.So, back to the store again where I had the repairman take a look. He told me the nut had been cut too deep and needed to be repaired. In the process, he discovered one or more frets that were coming up and others that needed to be leveled. He also pointed out that the neck was not one, not two, but three pieces of wood glued together... you could see the seams. Not like plywood either. The first third near the body was one piece, then the next third was another piece, and the headstock was another piece.He finished the repairs (5 weeks later) and told me to come and pick it up... I played it for about 10 minutes and decided to find another guitar. I ended up buying a Les Paul Standard Plus Top... the one I was originally looking at to begin with. The store was really good about refunding my money and helping me find a guitar I was happy with... even though it was past the 30 days.Bottom line, Epiphone makes great guitars, but the Ultra I selected was a lemon. The Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top I have now is awesome.

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