Tradition Meets Technology With The Release of Epiphone's Les Paul Ultra-III

September 13, 2011

Nashville, TN – Building on the success of the most notable guitar body in music, Epiphone is taking its classic Les Paul design and raising the bar with the launch the brand’s most technologically advanced guitar ever – the Les Paul Ultra-III!  The Ultra-III, which fuses the classic look, design and shape of a classic Les Paul with the latest in new guitar technology, is packed with modern features while maintaining the traditional appeal that guitarists love.  A guitar like no other, the Ultra-III is a real Les Paul electric guitar that also has the ability to sound acoustic, and is the only electric guitar with Shadow’s built-in tuner, NanoMag and A/B switch.  Offered in four colors, Faded Cherryburst, Midnight Ebony, Vintage Sunburst and Midnight Sapphire, the new Les Paul Ultra-III is available beginning in September 2011 at authorized Epiphone retailers worldwide for the U.S. MSRP of $1,332.
“With the release of the new Les Paul Ultra-III, Epiphone continues to set the standard for guitars worldwide, and we’re truly proud to offer musicians the opportunity to experience one of our most versatile guitars yet,” said Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone. “With all of the exciting new features on the Ultra-III, we’ve taken an original Les Paul and turned it ‘up to 11’!”
One-Of-A-Kind Electrics Built-in
Built discretely into the bridge pickup mounting ring is a full-function, chromatic tuner, which immediately mutes the sound or activates the tuner simply by pushing the ON/OFF button. Eleven color-coded LED’s identify the note as well as whether it’s sharp, flat or in-tune.  Also, to allow quick and seamless changes between each pickup system, the Ultra-III’s NanoMag Volume knob now doubles as an A/B switch.  Two additional LED’s on the pickup mounting ring provide a visual indicator of which pickup system is active.
Hook-Up Directly To Your Computer
The Ultra-III features three different outputs.  By using the standard ¼” MONO output, both the Humbuckers and NanoMag are mixed into one signal, so when you plug another ¼” cable into its 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.  Using the third output, which is a USB cable (included),  you can plug directly into your computer and use guitar applications such as Native Instruments GuitarRig™ 4LE (software included) to play your guitar through a variety of simulated amplifiers and effects and listen through your computer speakers or headphones.
Two Great Pickup Systems in One Guitar
At the heart of the new Ultra-III are two pickup systems.  Powering the first are Epiphone’s new ProBucker™ humbucking pickups, and with authentic 18% nickel silver base and cover, Elektrisola wire, accurate bobbin, slugs and screws and sand-casted Alnico-II magnets, they replicate that classic “Patent Applied For” airy tone that defined rock and roll.  The second system features Shadow™ Germany’s patented NanoMag™ pickup 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 subtle body acoustics and string harmonics.
Woods and Hardware
While the Ultra-III is packed with technology, it still maintains the same basic specifications that has made the Epiphone Les Paul the choice of so many guitarists, including a solid Mahogany body with glued-in Mahogany neck and comfortable SlimTaper™ neck profile, a flame Maple veneer top and Rosewood fingerboard.  The result is a guitar with that classic Les Paul tone and sustain.  It is also equipped with Epiphone’s patent-applied-for LockTone™ locking tune-o-matic bridge and stop-bar tailpiece for increased sustain and string changing ease, as well as quality Grover 16:1 machine heads for tuning accuracy and stability.
For more details and a comprehensive video demonstration of the power of the Ultra-III, visit
About Epiphone
Epiphone fretted instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories are known worldwide for offering the best combination of quality, performance and value. One of Gibson’s most formidable competitors through the first half of the 20th century, Epiphone was acquired by Gibson Guitar in 1957. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Epiphone is part of the Gibson family of brands. For more information on Epiphone, go to Follow Epiphone on Twitter at  or on Facebook at  
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