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Nashville, TN, September 13, 2011Building  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’sNanoMag 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 www.epiphone.com/U3.

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