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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra Electric Guitar   

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Get comfy with body-contoured mahogany back that has weight relief cavities and is made from choice woods. Alnico Classic and Classic Plus humbuckers...Click To Read More About This Product

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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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After The Honeymoon

When I first purchased my Ultra , I fell in love with the tone and looks, but was having difficulty keeping it in tune. I Long story short, I returned that one and...Read complete review

When I first purchased my Ultra , I fell in love with the tone and looks, but was having difficulty keeping it in tune. I Long story short, I returned that one and got another Ultra. I had the same problems with my second one. I had a well respected tech take a look(to make sure I wasn't crazy) at and I was told that the reason the guitar would not stay in tune was because the nut was too low and the strings were binding in the nut as well. Would have cost another $150 to have the necessary work done. Needless to say I returned that one as well and got my money back. I then got an Epi Standard Plus Top and while it felt great and stayed in tune much better the tone was not as good as the Ultra. Not sure if it was just a lemon, but it didn't sound good to me. Back to the store I went, this time I picked out a black Epi Custom and while it cost a little more is probably the best of the bunch. Sounds amazing and stays in tune great. I also had it set-up while I waited and brought it back the following day to have the neck tweeked.

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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.

 
5.0

The Ultra guitar deal

By Jazzman-w62Dr

from Albany, NY

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I was initially hesitant to buy a solid body guitar because they all felt too heavy and uncomfortable, but this is how all solid body electric guitars should be made...with weight relief cavities and contoured bodies for superior comfort. That aside, this guitar plays and sounds as good as any Gibson, minus hundreds of dollars in unnecessary expense.

 
5.0

What an Awesome Guitar

By Ruben-maUA-

from Los Angeles

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Asked my guitar tech about his thoughts on this babe...he said it's made exactly like the original, only difference is the hardware. He said get it you're getting a great deal...so I did. What a beaute...I am so happy with it. The intonation is right on, the action is amazing and that tone...phew. You just can't beat it for the price.

 
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.

 
5.0

Four days is just NOT ENOUGH!

By InLoveWithMyEpi

from Goshen, IN

I got this guitar 4 days before I left for college, but wasn't able to bring it because of space limitations. I did, however, add a whole new level of caluses to my fingers playing this guitar before I left. The chambered body not only lightens the load considerably, but also lends itself to an incredibly "deep" sound. Even playing through a "questionable" 30 watt Crate the bridge pickup sounded like it was straight out of (the real) Guns N' Roses. (Now if only I was as good as Slash...) Distorted, this thing is amazing especially if like to be able be able to hold that power chord just a little longer to get that 'almost getting feedback' sound. Clean, this guitar does things that I have never seen/heard an electric guitar do as far as going anywhere from that 'pushed' bluesy tone to pseudo-acoustic that I use for my Church worship band. This is an AWESOME guitar, I definitely recomend it.

 
5.0

This Is The Rock And Roll Takeover

By PrettyPathetic913

from Kansas City, Kansas

Anyone looking for cool bluesy tone with slash style metal lead as well, this guitar is for you!!! I have had it since 2001 and have not changed my mind that I love using it for pretty much anything. Fast neck and great action!!! Great guitar

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Joe Average

from Kentucky

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Everyone is amazed at the finish on this guitar. Better than some in the $2500 range. I paced around the showroom of a local shop looking at Gibson Les Pauls that were $3000 or better and this was less than $600 with the hardshell case. Guess I'm overly protective and particular, but I have'nt been able to let anyone else play it yet. I can only imagine how I would have been if I bought a Gibby.Sound is great and with the carved out body, it feels 3-5 pounds lighter than a solid body LP. Still has grea resonant feeling even with less mass in the body. I changed strings and checked intonation as soon as I got it home. Like many I prefer GHS .010's. The low E and A were slightly out but the rest were on the money.I earn my money like a lot of other folks out there and I was prepared after many years to fork out the cash for my dream Gibby LP but I did'nt have to.I am playing this through a new Epiphone So-Cal 50 half stack thanks to the money I saved and it is an awesome combination.I am looking into other equipment too since I didn't have to spend everything on one item.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By PatW57

from Slidell, La.

Got mine about a month ago. I like to just look at in stand in room, that how good it looks. I was worried about buying something I had not played. I wanted a Les Paul but not the weight, when I saw this I thougt great. It plays as good as it looks, great sound on both amps and my stack in a box, when everyone is sleeping. It's not a Gibson but, I'm not a pro either. Gave my SG to my son and play ultra everyday now.

 
5.0

its pretty sweet

By axemaster420

from middelton ma

i ended up getting this guitar after breaking the kneck on my epiphone les paul standard in a tragic strap accident. i was very pleased with just about every aspect of this guitar. the only thing that piss's me off is the kneck is heavier than the actual guitar. i like a lighter more comfortable guitar jsut as much as the next shredder but a little bit more weight in the body wouldnt hurt. Also i have a hard time switching back and forthe from my Gibson SG to my ultra becasue of the great difference in the knecks thinkness.

 
5.0

Halboy

By Halboy

from Michigan

I bought the LP Ultra in May 07. I'm STILL very impressed! Features - The faded Cherry quilt-top with the gold hardware makes this LP absolutely drop dead gorgeous! It hangs on the wall with my 1963 Gibson ES120 w/ gold sunburst, black VG Strat, and blue Highway One Tele, but all eyes go to the Ultra, instantly. The acoustic chambers make the body lighter and a little out of balance with the neck, but not a problem. With those chambers this baby will cry on a note forever. It?s good, adjustable, Grover tuners hold it?s tuning as well as my other guitars. The neck feels exactly like the thin-line neck on my ES120, FAST. The Alnico Classic and Plus pickups are definitely hotter than the ones in my Gibson and Fenders. This Ultra uses my Line 6 Spider III 150w to growl and scream very nicely. As far as I can tell it?s all Gibson (or better!), except made in Korea.Quality - The three-way switch needed to be replaced because of intermittent loss of contact when switching. The action needed to be set up by my local Luthier; strings were set too high, and I replaced them for higher quality and different gauge. BUT, almost ANY new guitar needs to be set up. On mine the fret-side corners on the nut were too sharp and needed to be filed down just a titch. Other than these very minor things (because I?m fussy), fit, finish and attention to detail in its construction are fabulous. Other than the nut needing touch-up filing, the Ultra?s quality of craftsmanship is absolutely flawless! To my ears this Ultra sounds just like a Les Paul should, no need to change pickups. Value ? This is a REAL Les Paul, except for the shape of the headstock and the name ?Epiphone? on it. If you want a ?Gibson? Les Paul, before spending all that money you may wish to try this Epi Ultra first, then put the rest of your money into your retirement fund and pat yourself on the back for making another good decision. Buy it and get it set up. For me, whenever I pick up my Ultra and plug it in, a smile comes right back to my face.

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