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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony Critiques

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony Critiques

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Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony

Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony

  • Chambered Mahogany physique
  • Alnico Classic Plus(TM) Humbucker pickups
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24.75 scale

Most guitar authorities would agree, it really is really, really, really tough to increase on the Les Paul Model. In above 50 years, the master’s design is unbeatable. However, we took a cool concept for a lighter version, our Ultra II and played up to it’s surprising acoustic bonus properties by adding a Shadow NanoMag pickup method. We embedded the tiny, effective, device into the actual finish of the fretboard, correct at the sweet spot for grabbing wealthy, acoustic harmonics. We also added the versatility of stereo output, and altogether, yeilding a single of the most incredible, award-winning Les Paul models ever. The Epiphone Les Paul Ultra II, with internal chambers producing it 3 pounds lighter than an average LP, nonetheless sounds like you’d anticipate the “King of Solidbodies” to sound with Humbuckers engaged. The comfortable contour on the back is also a plus. The carved Mahagany body characteristics a Quilted Maple leading with a set, Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard and is voiced by a pair of large-output Alnico Classic Humbuckers, and the Shadow NanoMag program. Add Gold Grover™ tuners, and our new Epiphone LockTone™ locking Tune-o-matic bridge and Quit-bar tailpiece for even much more sustain and unparalleled versatile tone.

List Cost: $ 1,299.00

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  1. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fixes everything I hate about LP’s, …and then some!, May 4, 2009
    By 
    S. Swanson “Sunswan” (Chicagoland) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony (Electronics)

    I love the sound of a Les Paul, but I refused to buy one because having been a Strat player for years, I just felt that LP’s were uncomfortable to play. This Les Paul addresses the two major factors in why a traditional LP is uncomfortable:

    #1, Weight. Ever pick up a real LP? They weight a ton and by the end of a show, your shoulder and lower back are killing you. This thing is super light! The acoustic chambers make it essentially a hollow-body. I’m not sure what the actual weight is, but it’s significantly lighter than a solid body LP, but sounds the same (actually better with the piezo).

    #2, Body Contours. I don’t have a huge belly, but the sharp corners on regular LP’s cut into my gut and just aren’t comfortable. This guy has a nice body contour in it, so it’s really quite comfortable.

    The neck has some kind of radical “satin” finish on it that is LIGHTNING fast to play on. It’s almost like a rough finish, but it’s great because your hand doesn’t stick to it like it would to a traditional painted finish. You just have to try it.

    This thing has that LP growl that all guitar players associate with a LP. The humbuckers are phenomenal!! In my band, we play classic rock covers with a few heavier tunes thrown in. I figured this guitar would fit right in with some of the more “mild” songs, and songs that were recorded on a LP. “Hold On Loosely”, “Deuce”, “Life In The Fast Lane”, and a couple of Journey tunes… stuff like that. This guitar certainly covers those styles perfectly. But wait… The first time I took this to practice, we started playing “Man In The Box” with a heavy overdrive, and when I hit an artificial harmonic in “G” on the low “E” string… O-M-G!!! The rest of the band members jaws all dropped and they commented that this guitar screamed like a Zakk Wylde. It’s VERY responsive!! Then I dialed it back, and tried out the piezo acoustic pickup for our rendition of “Comfortably Numb”. I know, shudder at the thought of playing a LP for a Pink Floyd song… The piezo acoustic sound was absolutely incredible, but then when I turned the piezo down and the humbuckers back on for the solo’s, it filled the bill again!
    This guitar will get you pretty much ANY tone you want (except for the buzz of a single coil). All I can say is, try it!!

    There are only 2 things I don’t like about this guitar, hence the 4-stars. While the body is light, the headstock isn’t, and it tends to pull on the shoulder. It’s just not very well balanced, so it takes some getting used to. Also, it’s still tough to get to the higher frets just like any LP.

    Otherwise, you get the killer LP sound with the added bonus of an acoustic, and the unexpected bonus of COMFORT! This guitar is well worth the price and I’d say it’s essential to any collection. You can cover so much ground with it!

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  2. 5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great design, poor hardware, September 25, 2010
    By 
    Thumper

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    This review is from: Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony (Electronics)

    Sorry this review is so long, but this is a complex guitar.

    I am a musician that plays eclectically. Some songs, I play the acoustic guitar and some the electric. That creates a restrictive set list as we have to plan around decreasing guitar changes. This guitar seemed to be the best of both worlds (which it is- now). The way I route this guitar is NanoMag>DI>mixer and Humbuckers>pedal board>amp (microphoned). I have a footswitch to route it this way. I had to purchase a T-Rex stereo footswitch as an ABY wouldn’t accomplish my goals of separating the pickups and sending them to different places. (Acoustic pickup doesn’t sound as good going through an electric amp.) The only issue is I can’t have both pickups working at the same time. (Both pickups working together sound kind of cool for certain things.)

    Pros: Appearance is beautiful! NanoMag active acoustic pickup sounds great accompanied by the chambered body giving it a good acoustic sound. Humbuckers also are really good. Ergonomically speaking, it feels great. The satin finish on the neck really assists well in sliding my hand back and forth quickly. The volume and tone knobs are in a good position so they are out of the way yet easily accessible. Warranty covered necessary repairs.

    Cons: Some of the electronics were poor quality, so I had to take it for repair twice. I had a ground wire problem that created this gnarly hum when I took my hands off the metal parts of the guitar and the stereo output jack was popping badly. I got a ground wire soldered properly (which stopped the humming), but received a new jack from Epiphone (which was also substandard). It just so happened that the repairman had a better jack and now the guitar works without fail! The circuit board compartment is a little crammed, so some metal parts may touch (which mine did and caused the bridge pickup to cut in and out). The plastic around the output jacks is thin and will probably break. I needed a footswitch that would separate the pickups and combine them (which one would think Epiphone would have someone make since they made the guitar that basically requires one for optimal sound). I had to compromise and get the aforementioned footswitch that will only separate the NanoMag and Humbuckers. I don’t like playing timidly, but had to at my last gig so I didn’t make the pickup cut out.

    Overall, now that I have this guitar in proper working order (thanks to an AWESOME repairman), I can play with confidence and I am well satisfied. I just hate that I had to go through such an ordeal on a brand that I thought I could trust (quality control needs work).

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  3. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Innovative design well executed, January 15, 2011
    By 
    Kishore Raghoobar (Caribbean) –
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    This review is from: Epiphone Les Paul Ultra-II Electric Guitar, Midnight Ebony (Electronics)

    This is a beautiful instrument the finish is immaculate. It embodies all that I need in a guitar at this time, great acoustic tone, the Les Paul “classic look” and sound – without the weight (its about 3lbs lighter than an average “solid body” Les Paul).

    A couple of points dampened my initial enthusiasm for this guitar, although it arrived with a tag that says it was setup and inspected in the USA, this instrument needed to be properly setup, it suffered from “fret buzz” and intonation was difficult. Also one of the bridge string saddles has a severe rattle that may require replacement of the bridge and/or saddles, disappointing in a new guitar that was “inspected”.

    Don’t be put off by the points I mentioned above this a fantastic instrument at a great price and another sample may not have these problems. Once these minor annoyances have been corrected I foresee I will be keeping this guitar for a long time.

    I recommend getting an Epiphone hard case for this instrument at the time of purchase and of course good care and maintenance will ensure good performance and longevity. The “Dunlop” brand has a good line of polishes and cleaners for guitars.

    Final note: All new electric guitars when purchased should be sent to a “guitar tech” for proper setup, factory setups are seldom adequate. The gold finish on the hardware tend to tarnish and fade with a few months of average play so after about a year you will have a guitar that has -well- shall we say a lot of character, again this is not peculiar to Epiphone but all brands with gold finish hardware fitted.

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