Jalmus
Music learning and muscical instruments guides

Home > Guitars > Electric Guitars > LES PAUL Models > EPIHONE LES PAUL ULTRA II

EPIHONE LES PAUL ULTRA II

All the versions of this article: [Deutsch] [English] [français]


EPIHONE LES PAUL ULTRA II

First, the new Ultra-II is all Les Paul. It’s pair of Alnico Classic magnetic humbucking pickups combined with traditional LP design let’s you rock like legendary 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.

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 legendary 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.

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. 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 discreetly 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 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.

Long time Ultra player, Nancy Wilson was instrumental in the testing of the Ultra-II. Her live performances with Heart as well as her extensive film scoring made her a perfect partner. I am extremely happy about the new Ultra-II. I’ve never liked a lot of complex sound choices, especially on stage, but this guitar is just versatile without being confusing. There are 5 or 6 sounds I can switch between in the course of one song and it really bridges the gap between acoustic and electric. That is especially great for me as I usually have to choose between one or the other on a song by song basis. This guitar is awesome! said Nancy.

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

Reviews on Web

- Youtube

- Ultimate Guitar (en)
- Musician’s Friend (en)
- Thomann (de)

Bookmark-Share-Tweet


Buy it at the best price in our partner online shops

Thomann Cyberstore (Europe-UK) Thomann Cyberstore (Europe-UK)

Musician's Friend (USA-Canada-Australia) Musician's Friend (USA-Canada-Australia)

Adding a review


Coupons - Hot deals

Retrouvez-nous sur Google+ Price drops LP-Models (U.K. International Cyberstore)
  • Gretsch G5230T Electromatic Jet FT BLK

    Price slashed the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Electromatic Series, Chambered body: Mahogany, Top: Maple, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Walnut, Pearloid Thumbnail fretboard inlays, 22 Medium jumbo frets, Nut width: 43 mm, Scale: 625...
    554 eteuro; previously 569 eteuro; - item no. 438158
  • Epiphone Les Paul Studio Deluxe AW

    Price slashed the 20.07.2018: Electric Guitar Limited edition, Body: Mahogany, Top: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Rosewood, Trapezoid inlays, 22 Frets, Scale: 628 mm, Pickups: 2 Alnico Classic Plus humbuckers, Golden...
    309 eteuro; previously 319 eteuro; - item no. 223568
  • Epiphone Les Paul SL Sunset Yellow

    Price slashed the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Body: Poplar, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Neck profile: 1960et#39;s Slim Taper D, Nut width: 43 mm, Scale: 628 mm, 22 Medium jumbo frets, Pickups:...
    124 eteuro; previously 128 eteuro; - item no. 419133
  • Epiphone Les Paul SL Turquoise

    21% additional discount since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Body: Poplar, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Neck profile: 1960s slim taper D, Nut width: 43 mm, Scale: 628 mm, 22 Medium jumbo frets, Pickups: Epiphone...
    98 eteuro; previously 124 eteuro; - item no. 419144
  • Epiphone LP Black Beauty

    Price slashed the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Les Paul Custom, Body: Mahogany, Set-in mahogany neck, Slim taper neck profile, Fretboard: Rosewood, 22 Frets, Scale: 628 mm, Block inlays, Pickups: 3 Humbuckers, Gold hardware,...
    577 eteuro; previously 589 eteuro; - item no. 135013
  • Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Pro HCS

    price slashed by 9% on the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Top: AAA flamed maple, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), 22 Frets, Scale: 628 mm, Trapezoid inlays, Pickups: Probucker 2 (neck) and Probucker...
    433 eteuro; previously 475 eteuro; - item no. 124487
  • ESP LTD EC-1000 Black

    5% additional discount since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Single Cut, set-in mahogany neck, Three-piece mahogany body, Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Abalone etquot;flagsetquot; fretboard inlays, 24x Frets, Pickups: EMG 81 and EMG...
    899 eteuro; previously 949 eteuro; - item no. 153904
  • Gibson LP Standard 58 IT VOS

    Price slashed the 14.07.2018: Electric Guitar Vintage Original Specs, Custom shop, Les Paul 1958, Body: Mahogany, Archtop: Maple, One piece mahogany neck, One-piece rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Neck profile: Medium...
    3,698 eteuro; previously 3,888 eteuro; - item no. 434887
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard 2018 HCS

    price slashed by 6% on the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Top: AAA Flamed maple, Ultra Modern Weight Relief - weight-reduced body, Neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: Asymmetrical slim taper, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia...
    2,444 eteuro; previously 2,599 eteuro; - item no. 418955
  • Gibson Std Historic LP 59 FT Gloss

    price slashed by 10% on the 14.07.2018: Electric Guitar Custom Shop, Les Paul 1959, Maple top, Mahogany body, One-piece mahogany neck, One-piece rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Glued, Aniline dye back, Historic trussrod assembly...
    4,498 eteuro; previously 4,998 eteuro; - item no. 415290
  • Gibson LP 57 Black Beauty 2PU VOS

    price slashed by 14% on the 21.07.2018: Electric guitar Custom Shop - Historic Collection, VOS - Vintage Original Specifications, Hand-selected, one-piece solid mahogany body (non-chambered), One-piece mahogany neck, Ebony fretboard, LP...
    5,999 eteuro; previously 6,998 eteuro; - item no. 429300
  • Gibson 60th Anniversary LP 57 GT

    price slashed by 6% on the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Custom Shop model, Les Paul 1957 - limited to 60 copies worldwide, Arched top: Maple, Body: Mahogany, One-piece neck: Mahogany, One piece hot glued fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia...
    3,490 eteuro; previously 3,698 eteuro; - item no. 418690
  • Epiphone Les Paul ES Pro TB

    Price slashed the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Model: Semi Hollow, Body: Laminated maple, Top: Flamed maple, laminated, Neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: 1960s Slim Taper, Fretboard: Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia), Trapezoid...
    511 eteuro; previously 533 eteuro; - item no. 383718
  • Gibson Les Paul Collectors Choice #30

    7% cheaper since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Paul Collectors Choice Model #30 - aka etquot;Gabbyetquot;, Limited to 300 copies worldwide, One-piece mahogany body, Strongly flamed maple top, One-piece mahogany neck, Rosewood...
    6,999 eteuro; previously 7,498 eteuro; - item no. 440881
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom MN Ebony GH

    Price slashed the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Custom Shop Model, Body: Mahogany, Arched top: Maple, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Maple, Mother-of-pearl block fretboard inlays, Long neck tenon, 5-Ply binding, Stinger headstock, Scale:...
    3,999 eteuro; previously 4,198 eteuro; - item no. 440426
  • Gibson Les Paul Collectors Choice #30

    price slashed by 7% on the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Paul Collectors Choice Model #30 - aka etquot;Gabbyetquot;, Limited to 300 copies worldwide, One-piece mahogany body, Strongly flamed maple top, One-piece mahogany neck, Rosewood...
    6,999 eteuro; previously 7,498 eteuro; - item no. 440880
  • Gibson Les Paul Rock Top Trans Goede

    price slashed by 8% on the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Custom Shop model - limited to 25 pieces worldwide, Ultra light one-piece mahogany body, Arched hard rock maple top, One-piece mahogany neck, Hot glued one-piece rosewood fretboard...
    5,499 eteuro; previously 5,998 eteuro; - item no. 440825
  • Gibson Les Paul Axcess Custom WR

    13% cheaper since the 21.07.2018: Gibson Les Paul Axcess Custom WR Wine Red, weight-relieved mahogany Body, maple top, 1 pcs mahagony Neck, richlite fingerboard, 22 frets, 628 mm (24,75") scale lenght, Gibson 496R and 498T...
    3,199 eteuro; previously 3,698 eteuro; - item no. 440906
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Quilt TA

    15% additional discount since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Les Paul Custom Shop model, Mahogany body, AAA Quilted maple top, Mahogany neck, Richlite fretboard, Pearloid block fretboard inlays, Split diamond headstock inlay, Medium...
    3,999 eteuro; previously 4,698 eteuro; - item no. 440802
  • Gibson LP Axcess Custom Neon Green

    22% additional discount since the 21.07.2018: Gibson Les Paul Axcess Custom Neon Green, electric guitar, limited run, mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla) body, 2-piece maple top, solid mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla) neck, Richlite fretboard,...
    3,499 eteuro; previously 4,498 eteuro; - item no. 440904
  • Gibson Les Paul Special Cardinal Red

    7% additional discount since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Custom Shop Model, Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Medium etquot;Cetquot; neck profile, 22 Frets, Scale: 628 mm, Pickups: 2 Custom P90 Soapbar...
    2,799 eteuro; previously 2,998 eteuro; - item no. 440812
  • Gibson LP Axcess Custom Neon Orange

    price slashed by 22% on the 21.07.2018: Gibson Les Paul Axcess Custom Neon Orange, electric guitar, limited run, mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla) body, 2-piece maple top, solid mahogany (Swietenia Macrophylla) neck, Richlite fretboard,...
    3,499 eteuro; previously 4,498 eteuro; - item no. 440905
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Ash Crimson

    11% cheaper since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Custom Shop Model, Body: Alder, Top: Flamed ash, Neck: Maple, Fretboard: Richlite, Mother of Pearl Block fretboard inlays, Long neck tenon, 5-Ply binding, Split Diamond headstock...
    3,999 eteuro; previously 4,498 eteuro; - item no. 440423
  • Gibson Les Paul Collectors Choice #30

    7% additional discount since the 13.07.2018: Electric Guitar Paul Collectors Choice Model #30 - aka etquot;Gabbyetquot;, Limited to 300 copies worldwide, One-piece mahogany body, Strongly flamed maple top, One-piece mahogany neck, Rosewood...
    6,999 eteuro; previously 7,498 eteuro; - item no. 440879
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Quilt TA

    price slashed by 15% on the 21.07.2018: Gibson Les Paul Custom Quilt Trans Amber, Electric Guitar - mahogany body, AAA quilt maple top, 1-piece mahogany neck, split diamond headstock inlay, richlite fretboard, medium "C" shape, pearloid...
    3,999 eteuro; previously 4,698 eteuro; - item no. 440895
  • Jackson Pro SC Monarkh Satin Amber

    Price slashed the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Top: Ash, One-piece neck: Maple, with graphite reinforcement and scarf joint, Fretboard: Ebony, Fretboard radius: 304.8 - 406.4 mm, 22 Jumbo frets, Perloid Outline...
    745 eteuro; previously 777 eteuro; - item no. 428498
  • Dean Guitars Leslie West

    20% cheaper since the 10.07.2018: Electric Guitar Leslie West Signature, LP-style, Mahogany body, Flamed maple top, Set-in mahogany neck, Rosewood fretboard, Soltero inlay, Pickups USA Dean Leslie West etquot;Mountain Of Toneetquot;...
    398 eteuro; previously 498 eteuro; - item no. 215501
  • ESP LTD EC-1000T CTM SW

    Price slashed the 09.07.2018: Electric guitar Set-neck construction, Body: mahogany, full thickness, Neck: mahogany, Fretboard: ebony, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Scale: 628 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Thin U neck shape, 22 XJ frets,...
    948 eteuro; previously 974 eteuro; - item no. 261603
  • Gibson Les Paul Standard HP 2018 BOF

    6% additional discount since the 04.07.2018: Electric Guitar Body: mahogany, Top: AAA+ flamed maple, Ultra modern weight relief - weight-reduced body, Neck: mahogany, Neck profile: asymmetrical slim taper, Fretboard: Richlite, White body...
    2,799 eteuro; previously 2,972 eteuro; - item no. 418844
  • Epiphone Bjorn Gelotte Les Paul Custom

    24% cheaper since the 21.07.2018: Electric Guitar Limited edition, Bjetouml;rn Gelotte (In Flames) signature model, Body: Mahogany, Neck: Mahogany, Neck profile: Custom '59, Fretboard: Ebony, Pearloid etquot;blocketquot; fretboard...
    666 eteuro; previously 877 eteuro; - item no. 383751