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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar

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A hybrid Les Paul that also goes acoustic.

The Les Paul Ultra-II is a truly different hybrid guitar combining a real Les Paul Guitar with a fingerboard-mounted NanoMAG Samarium/Cobalt pickup and electronics to produce shimmering acoustic tones with ultra-wide dynamic range. It is crafted with the same acoustic chambers as those in the regular Les Paul Ultra. Comprehensive NanoMAG controls are discretely incorporated into the back cover. True Stereo outputs capable of both mono and stereo with a regular cable.

The NanoMAG is a magnetic pickup with an air coil and a composition of different samarium cobalt magnets incorporating active electronics in a minimum of space. The pickup is protected by an epoxy layer, and the silver-platinum shielding, together with the active electronics, provides a low impedance, hum free output signal. The NanoMAG pickup provides an acoustic sound, but can also produce sweet blues and jazz tones. It is very resistant to the feedback and offers incredible dynamics in all positions.

Based upon Epiphone's top-selling Les Paul Ultra, the Ultra-II adds a proprietary NanoMAG low-impedance pickup embedded into the fingerboard and custom electronics to create a Les Paul that is not only capable of blistering, electric guitar riffs but also shimmering acoustic-like tones and when combined, greatly expanded frequency range and tonal capabilities.
The goal of the Ultra-II was to create a more versatile guitar that was capable of not only real Les Paul tone, but also acoustic-like qualities but without adding a lot of controls and changing the overall appearance of the Les Paul. Unlike other instruments that attempt to create a completely new guitar design, Epiphone went about this differently by starting with a proven, electric guitar design and adding to it.

The Ultra-II is all Les Paul. Its pair of Alnico Classic humbucking pickups combined with traditional LP design let's you rock like famed Les Paul players. However, the Ultra's body is strategically chambered to not only reduce the weight, but to add subtle acoustic overtones. Taking advantage of this design, Epiphone teamed up with the premier German acoustic pickup maker, Shadow to take the Ultra to the next level. The result is the Ultra-II.

At the heart of the Ultra-II is the NanoMAG pickup. Referring to its small size and its composition, the NanoMag is a completely new kind of magnetic pickup that combines 3 Samarium-Cobalt magnets with on-board, active electronics to produce a low-impedance pickup with absolute linear response and an uncharacteristically wide frequency range. Voiced specifically for the Ultra-II, the NanoMAG is embedded in the fingerboard after the 22nd fret. Positioned at this harmonic-rich sweet spot, the NanoMAG is able to capture all the harmonics - from the lowest to the highest - with incredible accuracy and all with ZERO noise or artificial coloration. This again is different from all other acoustic pickup technology.

Front mounted controls for the Ultra-II remain in the standard LP locations. However, function is changed to Neck Volume (magnetic), Bridge Volume (magnetic), Master Tone and NanoMAG volume. Controls specifically for the NanoMAG, as well as the 9-volt battery compartment are discretely mounted on the back of the instrument on the control cavity plate. Using the back controls, you can set the treble, bass and gain of the NanoMAG. Once you find the settings you want, you generally won't make many changes to them. However, the control is there if you need it.

The Ultra-II also adds true stereo outputs that allow you to either combine its Alnico Classic humbuckers with the NanoMAG output or, separate the two for mixing possibilities. Both options allow the use of standard 1/4" instrument cables. With this, the player can route the magnetic pickups to a standard electric guitar amplifier and the NanoMAG to an acoustic guitar amp or the PA. Using the front mounted volume controls, unlimited blending and mixing of the two signals is possible.

If you want a versatile, professional instrument that's capable of both Les Paul crunch and real acoustic-like tones, the Epiphone Ultra-II is it!


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Body: Mahogany, strategically chambered
  • Top: Quilted maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper, satin finish
  • Neck Joint: Glued-In
  • Truss Rod: double-action, 2-way
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Neck Pickup: Alnico Classic
  • NanoMag Low-impedance
  • Bridge Pickup: Alnico Classic Plus
  • Bridge: LockTone Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: LockTone Stopbar
  • Front Controls: Neck Humbucker Master Volume
  • Bridge Humbucker Master Volume
  • Master Tone
  • NanoMAG Master Volume
  • 3-way Toggle (Humbuckers)
  • Rear Controls:
  • NanoMAG Treble
  • NanoMAG Bass
  • NanoMAG Gain
  • Tuners: Grover, diecast
  • Outputs: 1/4" Mono, 1/4" Stereo
  • Power: 9V battery
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Binding: Body, Neck
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime
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4.7

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Nothing else like it.Great combo sounds.

I have a regular Les Paul already as well as about a dozen other guitars so I was looking for something with a unique tone. This is it. At first I was only using...Read complete review

I have a regular Les Paul already as well as about a dozen other guitars so I was looking for something with a unique tone. This is it. At first I was only using it for a few songs a night but little by little as I got use to playing with the combination of tones from the tree pickups, I started keeping it on and playing it longer during sets. This past weekend I probably used it for 80% of the time. It throws you at first but with a little patience the reward is some great tones. Does the Nanomag pickup sound like a real acoustic? No, you won't think you are hearing a real acoustic but it sounds very "acoustic like" mixed with the neck pickup. For me it's like listening to a recording where there is a bit of acoustic guitar playing in the background behind the electric guitars. It gives the guitar a "lighter" more open tone but you can dial in a decent acoustic sound then easily crank into a very dirty, sustained Les Paul lead tone and very quickly get back to that nice open/acoustic rhythm. This guitar gives you sounds that you just cannot get out of any other single guitar period. If you turn off the Nanomag pickup and just go with the Les Paul humbuckers it does have excellent sustain and a nice bottom end. It is not quite as fat as my normal Les Paul but with a little EQ (and I mean just a little) very close.

Just a note on what I run this through for your own comparison. I use a VOX VT-30 amp miked through the P.A. and I have a BBE Stomp pedal that is always on and set about 1:00 on both controls. The Nanomag seems to respond well to the BBE Stomp.

The finish on mine is perfect, a beautiful quilted cherry red finish. I have no tuning issues. I did my own set up when I first got it and the action and intonation have held perfectly. I also have not experienced the electronics problems others have mentioned (maybe that will be an issue at some future time. One last note: the Nanomag is a piezo pickup and has the same 60 cycle hum that any single coil pickup has under similar conditions. In the club I played in on Friday there were no hum issues because I was not near any "beer" lights or dimmers. On Saturday, the club I played in had lots of lights and TV screens near the stage and there was a hum that was only noticable when we stopped playing. The normal humbuckers of course are dead silent as expected.

I am quite happy with my Ultra. I would buy it again and highly recomend it.

VS

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The electronic suck!

I bought the ultraII because I wanted a hybrid guitar to play both accoustic and electric. My ultra had problems from the git-go. The "mono" output picked up a local radio...Read complete review

I bought the ultraII because I wanted a hybrid guitar to play both accoustic and electric. My ultra had problems from the git-go. The "mono" output picked up a local radio station and then stopped working altogether within a couple of months. The nano pickup was functional, but the guitar volume knobs never worked. In short, the electronics were a disaster. It's in the shop being fixed. Made in China, 'nuff said?

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Chambered Honker

By Ron P.-GtOXh

from Conroe, TX

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Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

This is a well-made instrument. I've had none of the issues that I've seen in other reviews related to hardware or finish. This may not be the instrument for you if you plan on playing with a lot of high gain intensity; however, for country, jazz, blues this guitar sounds and looks great with lots of sound options to choose from.
I love the acoustic pup though I prefer to run it through something besides my amp to get the best sound. The std pups sound good, too.
I had no quality issues with the guitar per se, but do have a problem with the guitar feeding back uncontrollably at higher gain settings. So if I want to play at any gain levels above a good crunch, I can't due to the FB problem. I can't get far enough away from my amp to alleviate the issue.
For an extended range instrument, I think the guitar is a good value. Despite the feedback issue I previously described, this a great playing & sounding guitar. I had some minor setup things done but nothing beyond that.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Sounding Instrument!

By Unnamed User-wYXK3

from New Delhi, India

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Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I have had this for over a year now and its been one of my main guitars during this period. The stock pickups are really good (and I habitually change pickups in all my guitars!). The bridge pickup is great for distortion (authentic les paul tone, this guitar can scream!) while the neck pickup excels at clean tones (its a little muddy with distortion). The nanomag brings a lot to the the plate in terms of sonic variation. Dial this in with the neck pickup and you can almost see the bells ring! I love the fretboard, have always found the 12'' radius comfortable. I also play an Epiphone les paul custom and this guitar is about 10-15% lighter.The finish of the guitar is quite good all in all barring a slight paint smudge near the neck. The nanomag pickup on my guitar however does not sit completely flush with the fingerboard - I'm not sure whether this is a manufacturing defect or occurred during shipping. Returning the guitar was not an option for me and since it worked great the cosmetic blemish does not bother me much. The pots are just about okay but cannot be changed (see below). The pickup selector switch lets pickups not in the circuit bleed through but this has been a common problem with a lot of the epiphones I have played. Will probably change it someday.Lastly a note for the tinkerers - you cannot change the pickups on an Ultra II without extensive rerouting work and even then the nanomag will have to be taken out of the equation since it requires a PCB in the control cavity.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

over-all great guitar! sounds amazing

By strungup420

from OREGON

Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

I recently picked up one of these guitars and automatically love it. you can play around and find so many different sounds just by using the knobs. if you dont have any effects its totally fine! the guitar kicks some serious ass, you can go from the classic les paul sound right to an acoustic sound. The pick up system is pretty sweet, the nanomag technology they put into it sounds great for all those acoustical songs you play, and the humbuckers are just a raw and powerful sound. over all it is a great guitar and an amazing guitar for the $$! definitely pick one of these beauties up for yourself!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nothing else like it.Great combo sounds.

By Rick H.

from New Jersey

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      I have a regular Les Paul already as well as about a dozen other guitars so I was looking for something with a unique tone. This is it. At first I was only using it for a few songs a night but little by little as I got use to playing with the combination of tones from the tree pickups, I started keeping it on and playing it longer during sets. This past weekend I probably used it for 80% of the time. It throws you at first but with a little patience the reward is some great tones. Does the Nanomag pickup sound like a real acoustic? No, you won't think you are hearing a real acoustic but it sounds very "acoustic like" mixed with the neck pickup. For me it's like listening to a recording where there is a bit of acoustic guitar playing in the background behind the electric guitars. It gives the guitar a "lighter" more open tone but you can dial in a decent acoustic sound then easily crank into a very dirty, sustained Les Paul lead tone and very quickly get back to that nice open/acoustic rhythm. This guitar gives you sounds that you just cannot get out of any other single guitar period. If you turn off the Nanomag pickup and just go with the Les Paul humbuckers it does have excellent sustain and a nice bottom end. It is not quite as fat as my normal Les Paul but with a little EQ (and I mean just a little) very close.

      Just a note on what I run this through for your own comparison. I use a VOX VT-30 amp miked through the P.A. and I have a BBE Stomp pedal that is always on and set about 1:00 on both controls. The Nanomag seems to respond well to the BBE Stomp.

      The finish on mine is perfect, a beautiful quilted cherry red finish. I have no tuning issues. I did my own set up when I first got it and the action and intonation have held perfectly. I also have not experienced the electronics problems others have mentioned (maybe that will be an issue at some future time. One last note: the Nanomag is a piezo pickup and has the same 60 cycle hum that any single coil pickup has under similar conditions. In the club I played in on Friday there were no hum issues because I was not near any "beer" lights or dimmers. On Saturday, the club I played in had lots of lights and TV screens near the stage and there was a hum that was only noticable when we stopped playing. The normal humbuckers of course are dead silent as expected.

      I am quite happy with my Ultra. I would buy it again and highly recomend it.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not bad, but perhaps overpriced

      By KcMsterpce

      from Seoul, Korea

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      Once again I say "in my opinion" - the Epiphone LP Ultra-II comes off as a guitar that has great conceptual design, but when put together feels like an overpriced gimmicky instrument. I wish the neck was more refined, the NanoMag wasn't so harsh and brittle and adding the light weight of the body - which should be a big PRO and not con - it just wasn't my bag, baby. Your mileage may vary, but I recommend to try before you buy.
      There are some really great features for this guitar, as stated in the description. It's nice to have a piezo - excuse me - "NanoMag" pickup to play tones similar to an acoustic. However, I found that with even the treble all the way down and the bass all the way up for the NanoMag, it was very brittle and harsh sounding with too much top end. Thankfully, you can "round out" the tone a lot by adding in the neck pup into the mix. However, playing on an acoustic amp straight through with the NanoMag, it took some tweaking and sounded "ok" - but there are better pickups out there for an acoustic-like tone.
      As for the stock pups... they are lower in volume than I'm used to, but with raising the volume a little bit you shouldn't have many complaints. Clarity is good and when kicked into distortion, chords come out clear and concise; there's very little muddiness. This I think is in part to the lower output of the pickups. Overall the SOUND of the guitar isn't too bad
      I give a "7" here due to minor finish flaws, and most especially to the neck. I like a satin finish, but this neck is not comfortable to play on. It feels more like a piece of plastic than wood to me. I have not felt so unnerved and uncomfortable playing on a neck before. It feels almost as if I could use my fingernail and pick out chunks of the neck contour; it's that kind of texture.
      It played smoothly right out of the box; my complaints are more about personal preference than overall quality.
      I will also add that this is a VERY lightweight guitar. This is great for a Les Paul body! However, adding the headstock-heavy light weight in conjunction with a plastic-feeling neck, I personally feel that the guitar feels like a big toy. If the neck was nicer, I'd be less inclined to feel silly about the weight. I don't have this problem with my Gibson SG.
      I think if this was priced a little lower - it would be a good buy. For the asking price, I do not feel it is worth it.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The Most Useful Guitar Under $1,000.

      By J. Bone

      from Northern California

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      This guitar achieves what countless others have tried and failed....which is to produce a useable acoustic tone from a solidbody guitar at a reasonable price.Highly recommnded for someone who wants to start giggin but can only afford one guitar for now.Much has already been said about the great look and feel of this guitar, no need to add to that.All agree that the plastic jackplate has got to go. My nephew's broke immediately, I made a new one from .063 brass and polished it. Looks great and will NEVER fail.Since it's no more difficult to make 100 than to make just one on the waterjet, after seeing how many fail, I just might make up a batch.-J. BoneNorthern California

      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Les Paul Ultra II

      By Chris Johnson

      from N/A

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      Some Areas Of The Guitar Are Stronger Then Other Sound The Best Quility But Craftmanship And Quility Low.
      Pretty Good Guitar Sound Wise
      Not The Best, The Neck Pickup Died After 1 Year Of Use. The First Jack Came Out After A Few Months Of Playing
      A Good Starter Guitar

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great guitar!

      By TTPlayer

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      Having previously been in a band but not playing for many years I had an itch to play start playing again. I was looking around and saw this EPI Ultra II and decided to pull the trigger. This guitar represents an outstanding value. Quality is great, sound is awesome and the action is dead on. The Nano Mag makes for all sorts of interesting tones and combinations. And, when both the Humbuckers and Nano Mag are played through two separate amps simultaneously it sound amazing. Since purchasing this guitar a year ago I have added 2 Gibson Les Pauls, an American Strat, an Epiphone Dot, a Seagull Acoustic and a Epiphone Masterbilt to my line-up. I like them all for differenct reasons. However, the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II is my go to guitar and is played twice as much as any of the others. I get the whole thing about "yea, but it is not a Gibson". Well I have 2 Gibsons and I will tell you that with the quality, tone and playability of this guitar it would be interesting to have a blind play test. There just is not that much difference. Awsome job Epiphone!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      not your grandma's les paul

      By Thom

      from Albuquerque, NM

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      In spite of the problems this guitar has, I enjoy playing it and I'm glad I have it.

      The odd finish on the neck seems to be based on an old practice used on Frankenstrats of stripping the finish off the neck and working talcum powder into the bare wood. Feels a lot like that. The objective is to reduce friction so your hand moves faster. Works for me. The color of this finish matches the back of the guitar on my Ultra II but I've seen some where it was an ugly mis-match.

      When I first got the guitar, I had the common complaint of wanting more switches to control all the options available from a three pup guitar. While I still think LPs need a five position switch or two three position switches in the same place the pup selector is now, I'm getting used to the stock setup. I've been leaving the pup selector in the middle position and using the volume controls to select instead.

      When I replace the pots, which has to be done, I will be adding pull switches to let me isolate the standard LP set up from the nanomag.
      Light weight LP with acous pup.

      Because of the chambered body, the Ultra sounds more like a 335 or SG or Wilshire -- heard the tone from Woody's Wilshire on Maggie May coming out of this.

      I love the ergonomics of the Les Paul but wanted more tonal range and this does it. The standard pups sound light and open relative to my Epi LP Custom. The nano mag sounds acoustic when it is amped that way. Wired mono and mixed with your electric sound, it can add single coil highs and even a Tele snarl.

      If you are looking for the "tradional" deep, heavy, thick LP rock tone, you should get one of the other models. If you love playing a Lester but you love to listen to your Leo, this may be the axe for you.

      (Or put a Lace Dually on your LP. The Blue-Gold and Red-Silver Dually's ARE strat pups you can load on your HB style guitars with no mods to the wood. Love mine.)
      The jack plate breaks. Should have been made of metal or much thicker plastic. Virtually universal problem that Epi has failed to fix.

      The tone and volume controls are garbage -- might as well be three position switches: off/on/loud. They are molded into a circuit board. Because the nanomag preamp is mounted in the same hole as the regular controls, replacement pots must be minis. With a chambered body, the nanomag preamp could have been mounted somewhere else.
      Installing a quality jack plate and the same pots found on other Epi LPs would substantially raise the value rating -- and lower the agravation.

      Except for those factors, a beautiful, well made guitar.

      But I won't give high marks to any guitar that lists over $200 and needs repairs out of the box.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      3 pick ups and 2 outputs!

      By matt with an axe

      from omaha, nebraska

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is so sweet. its my second guitar. I love the satin finish on the neck. my hand glides down it so smoothly. the cut away on the back is nice too for my belly. I got it about a month ago and was really excited about the nanomag pick up, but what i didn't realize was how cool the stereo out up is. when you hook up to only one amp the pickups are all blended, BUT you can plug in to two amps and the nano mag outputs to the second. i'm really excited to get some echo/delay pedals for one output and sustain/metal for the other. the sound will be psychotic!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Darrell Miller

      from Dublin

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      Had feedback now its gone!
      I've have guitar for about 6 months now and it took sometime getting it right! It played very well and to keep it playing well I had to keep neck clean. Once montly I get cleaner and whip down neck. It had alot of feedback, I bought foot petal I forget name now there's no feedback at all. I'm very impressed! It please like my other plays now. It's has great action, after effect box no feedback even when I'm right next to Amp. Not to empressed with acoustic sound, so I use my Takamine. Great guitar if you know the tricks!
      Great
      Love it

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great Guitar, That needs a good set up tech

      By Drew Bacon

      from philly

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar because I wanted the acoustic sound so I don't have to switch guitars during short live sets. When you first open it up it is a beauty (faded chry). But you soon find it needs work. At first I was so disappointed that I returned it to musicians friend. The acoustic feature stopped working when I changed the batteries, to test them. I really wanted this guitar however. I bought another new one, and took it to get set up at GC. The guy really helped. He killed the buzz on the low E, using Gibson strings. Set the pick ups to the right height adjusted the neck, and even put on strap locks (which i recommend) ***** Also recommend right angles cables. The tech said that the plastic cover plate on this guitar can crack easy, and he has seen it happen. Difficult to fix/replace.Overall, it has been a love hate love relationship with the ultra 2. Once it was all set up right, and was actually working, i cant be happier, it sounds great, and looks even better. The features do work, but they should add a switch on the guitar to switch between acoustic/electric. Instead you have to turn the volume knobs up and down. I rated quality 3.5 because it came partially broken the first time. And the battery area needs better shielding. You can hear a faint electronic buzz depending on where you stand in relation to other tech equipment.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A thing of beauty

      By Jack

      from Mesa Arizona

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      When it arrived I was amazed at the beauty of it the Front and the back Body. It sounded great to me but I am not an expert or professional. The negitaive to me was the neck they used a red barn stain on the back of the neck and finished it in satin, Why I do not know the guitar is extremely beautiful otherwise. The satin finish is not smooth and you hand sticks. I tried several waxes to have a more free feeling. The plugs are hard to get the chord in you have to bang them in they are so tight. Overall it seems to be a nice guitar and I will keep it.

       
      5.0

      pretty legit guitar

      By SlashJr69

      from washington state

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      tryed this thing at the shop yesterday through your average line 6 amp. this guitar has mean crunch and great distortion, but also has some pretty sick acoustic tones. a few complaints though....the neck is really heavy compared to the rest of the guitar...also, the input jacks are TIGHT! i am afraid to plug it in because of the amount of effort i have to go through to do it...it was scary haveing to push the cord in that hard, i felt like i would break something...but other then that, everything seems super nice!

       
      5.0

      amazing

      By NickB

      from Cincinatti, OH

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is simply amazing! It's my 6th guitar and by far my favorite. I've had no problems since i got it last christmas. It should be priced at a much higher price. Les Pauls are my favorite guitar and Epiphone is one of my favorite brands. So this guitar was perfect. It can stand the lightest classical music to the heaviest of metal! i highly recomend it!

       
      5.0

      rockin guitar for any genre

      By Smitty-COxcd

      from Corydon, IN

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      This is a sweet guitar. It sounds very good and I can get any kind of music I want out of it. There has only been one problem, where you put the chord in the plastic will break if ur not careful. This is a perfect Rock guitar and it sounds really good hooked up with different pedals. It is good for country music too. You can get and acoustic tone out of it. This is an awesome guitar. So get the guitar, you will love it.

       
      5.0

      Epiphone's Homerun

      By 59LesPaulkeeper

      from Medford, OR

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      I wanted the Les Paul tone with something extra to back up my Gibson LP Studio. Frankly, I had my heart set on an '08 Gibson Standard but, it ain't in the budget right now . After watching the Guitar World video demo on the Ultra II, I was a bit skeptical but, I decided to check this baby out due to the fact that I've owned numerous Epi's and they've never let me down. After playing it at my local guitar shop, I had to have it and bought it on the spot.The Faded Cherry finish is flawless. I did find a small taping oops on the headstock but, not a big deal. I'm no luthier but I've built & modified many guitars over the past 30 years and the set up was perfect out of the box on this guitar - string height, harmonics are all dead on. The neck binding, inlays and fret work is top quality, gold plating is clear. The satin finish on the neck is smooth, clean and really allows you to get around the neck with little effort. A litle fastfret and I was amazed. I have yet to find a dead spot and I commonly use the entire Neck. Overall, a very well crafted guitar.It has the legendary Les Paul tone - at any volume. The Alnico pick-ups are crisp and have the right snap to them. I may go with the Burstbuckers in the future but, until Epiphone can come up with some wiring schematics, that will have to wait. Besides, with the modern day modeling processors, anything is merely a knob turn away these days. I have the Nanomag running thru a second guitar amp with a Morely ABY switch to the amps. Just when you think it can't sound any better, hit the foot switch for the nanomag and its like a boost of fresh air during a scorching lead -or- a quick jump to a great acoustic sound. It actually sounds great all the time with the alnicos - in fact, I find it hard to shut it off now. Try this - turn the bass and the gain up on the nanomag, switch the Alnicos off for a cool bass duet with your bass player during the bridge ... don't laugh until you try it !All I can say is, Hey Epiphone guys, NICE JOB !

       
      4.0

      follow up review

      By Anonymous

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      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      I reviewed this guitar already. The quality control on this thing is crap. The nano-mag pickup is so loose, that I had to have it replaced after only two months. It's a weird jack and my tech had to order it. The new one is still crap. Too loose. If you move much, the cord looses contact and causes loud pop from the amp. The treble nano-mag control in the rear failed already. Both problems were repaired under warranty. The stock humbuckers are crap. I had mine replaced with Seymour Duncans, Alnico II in the neck and a JB in the bridge. I also had a coil splitter mini-toggle installed dicreetly between the volume controls. Now this thing sounds awesome. With a good setup this thing feels pretty good. Still like the idea of the nano-mag. An okay buy for the money. Sounds way better with the mods.

       
      4.0

      Great guitar - problems with nanomag output plug

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      It was with great excitement that I purchased this guitar. After trying several Les Pauls in three different guitar stores, I settled on the Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II. The Shadow nanomag pickup was a unique feature that had a lot of wow factor for me. This was my first Les Paul.However, this enthusiasm did not last long. After I brought it home in about a week, I noticed that the nanomag output would cut in and out when I moved the guitar. This did not happen with the other output. I went to two different guitar stores and found that all of the Les Paul Ultra IIs had this sensitivity to motion or to slight pressure on the instrument cable. In my years of playing guitar, I have not seen this for any other guitar.The luthier at the guitar store was not able to fix this problem - he isolated it to the output plug (Shadow manufacture).I have returned this and am now waiting for my Epiphone Les Paul with Bigsby Limited Edition which I have just ordered from Musician's Friend.

       
      4.0

      Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II

      By maddog-8_5fL

      from san diego

      Comments about Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar:

      I just recieved my Epiphone Les Paul UltraII today. My first impression was okay, but not great. I think it is a well made guitar for this price range. I also own a PRS custom 24, and a Fender american deluxe strat QMT. There is no comparison in quality, but I spent way less for the Epiphone. That being said, this guitar is very playable. It took me a while to figure out the "blend" with the acoustic and the humbuckers. You have to use the volume controls between the pickups. I think this guitar would benefit greatly with a switch to select between the acoustic and humbucker pickups. The nut was also glued on with a slight offset, but doesn't seem to effect the string alignment too bad. The back of the neck has a few weird little bumps in the finish. The screw in the pickgaurd has a very rough edge. Sloppy workmanship. The humbuckers were okay, but not great. The grover tuners are the diecast units, and the gold plating was very bad on two of them. The metal underneath is showing through. If you are patient and figure out the right "blend" you can get some pretty good tones. This is a beatiful guitar for the money. I chose the midnight ebony finish, and it looks great. The setup was okay, a little on the high side, and the nut slot for the #1 E string is too wide, resulting in a little buzz. Easy enough to fix. I might throw on a good set of locking tuners, and maybe change out the humbuckers down the line, and this guitar would scream. A good value for the money.

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