Les Paul Ultra review by Epiphone

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (241 votes)
Epiphone: Les Paul Ultra
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Price paid: C$ 700

Purchased from: Blue Mountain Music

Sound — 9
I play a vary wide range of musical genres, and it seems to suit all well. Playing though a Line6 spider allows flexibility, but the guitar is extremely quiet, even on the highest gain settings. Both warm acoustic sounds, and rich Les Paul tones can be pulled from the guitar, making it a very versatile instrument.

Overall Impression — 9
It's great for any type of music. I've been playing for almost 3 years, and it blows my original guitar out of the water in terms of quality and playability. It easily competes with higher end guitars. If it were lost or stolen I would definitely consider getting another! The pictures do not do the finish any justice, and it looks amazing. (note that there are some, of the same model with extremely faded finishes, and lower quality flame tops, compared to the one I own) so be careful if you're considering buying one only for that! I browsed several music stores before I found this, and love it to death. Might look at putting in some classic Gibson pickups, for a more Vintage tone, but that again, is personal preference!

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is very solid, and appears as though it will last quite a while. I'd definitely gig with it. Purchased strap locks, more out of preference, the stock ones aren't bad, but I'd rather be safe than sorry! Finish seems to be durable, it's been knocked a few times, no chips dents or scratches yet.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Guitar was set-up extremely well, no fret buzz until tuning was dropped from Standard to drop-c, holds nearly every tuning very well though. Even though the frets did buzz, the noise was not heard through the amp, so it was not extremely noticeable. Pickups were adjusted fine, no adjustments needed. Great action, just how I like it. No visible flaws, although there was a small crack in the finish when the pick guard was removed (very small) and unnoticeable with the pick guard on.

Features — 9
This guitar was made in korea, and features a chambered mahogany body, cherry burst quilted maple top. It has a 24.75" scale length, nut width of 1.65", 22 medium jumbo frets and a rosewood fretboard. One thing that separates this Les Paul from the others, is the shadow nanomag acoustic pickup located after the 22nd fret, Alnico classic plus humbucking pickups, controlled by 2 volume and master tone knobs. The fourth controls the nanomag pickup, with a 3-band eq located on the back of the guitar.

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    dutch5367
    I'm sure this guitar rocks. I have an Epi LP Standard and love it, so I'm sure this one is even better.
    jimmy d'soul
    i thought UG check the spelling mistakes...maybe some reviewers should use Microsoft Word!!!
    freshtunes
    I owned it, emphasis on the own[i}ed[/i]. Piece of garbage. The neck is junk, the sound is completely nasty, and very thin. Pickups are shit as well. Miserable guitar, please buy something else.
    gerbil_mastr
    Howe-n-Harrison wrote: uno why its ****ing light, becuz its an epiphone, there not made with mahogany liek les pauls
    Dude my $250 epi lp 100 is made from mohogany this one is too
    punk Rocker 32
    iplayed it...its ok....but if you really want a decent guitar get it...and another thing.WHY WOULD AN EPIPHONE LES PAUL NOT HAVE MAHAGONY.IF IT SAYS ITS MAHOGANY ITS MAHOGONY.I HAVE A BLACK BEAUTY. ITS MAHAGONY.IF THEY R LIEING THEN THEY COULD GET SUED FOR FALSE ADVERTISEMENT
    theotherguy7145
    the weight is a small price to pay for the amazing tone you get from a solid body LP i love it to death
    guitarfreak0401
    I've actually had this guitar for a while now. its a pretty decent guitar...i replaced the default pick-ups with zakk wylde EMG's. because of that, it sounds 10x better than before. not only on overdrive but on clean and everything else too. so those that dont like the sound of it can just customize it a little bit.
    tristan_deity
    My singer plays this model. It sounds good and everthing but the craftmenship is poor. After about 8 monthes of playing the gold on the pickups and machine heads has withered and now its like a silver plus the switch has gone faulty and the nut that holds the neck strap has poped off. this guitar is nowhere near a 9.2. ide say 6.5 to 7.
    inside_ape
    Whats the difference with the ultra and a standard. Which one is better. Im thinking of getting one of them. Which one would suit my style of music? I play zeppelin, hendrix,santana, and mostly blues.
    suicidehummer
    tristan_deity wrote: My singer plays this model. It sounds good and everthing but the craftmenship is poor. After about 8 monthes of playing the gold on the pickups and machine heads has withered and now its like a silver plus the switch has gone faulty and the nut that holds the neck strap has poped off. this guitar is nowhere near a 9.2. ide say 6.5 to 7.
    LOL, the gold will wear off on any guitar over time, how the **** is that bad craftsmanship?
    STRYPER4EVER
    this is a nice looking guitar and definitely a good deal for the 500 i paid for it at best buy, but it does have some flaws. this is not a gig guitar at all, good for session/studio play but this guitar cannot handle rigorous playing for extended periods of time. the strap buttons are very suspect, not at all heavy-duty/touring quality, i've already had one come completely off and had to rescrew it further down the body. this is a beautiful looking and sounding guitar, but if you're serious about playing in front of more than the mirror you need to go get a gibson.
    les-paul-dude
    mhh change tha strapbuttons!! but yes, it s a ****ing great guitar,also the new ultraII is really great and with it s new nano mag pickup great for clean stuff. roxxx !!!