The gibson blues Gibson BB King Lucille Limited guitar is blues royalty. The guitarist is playing the blues before most of us knew what a guitar was. For many of his early years, he played an gibson es 355 lucille before moving on to a gibson es 355 lucille. Said King in The Electric Guitar – An Illustrated Guide, “I knew I liked the gibson es 355 lucille from the first time I played one…the neck was so thin and the body was so shallow so it was comfortable to play.” Eventually, King named his favorite guitar, Lucille. And eventually, the man hooked up with Gibson to create the B. B. King Signature Edition, not surprisingly named “Lucille.” Special touches include a fine tuner tailpiece, a semi-hollowbody design with no f-holes, multi-ply binding and Varitone circuitry. Hey, if you’ve ever heard this man play live, you know just how sweet or saucy he can make his guitar sing. The Gibson Lucille model is just like B. B.’s!
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Semi-hollowbody design with maple / poplar / maple top, back and sides in Ebony finish with multi-ply binding.
Rounded ’59 profile maple neck with Richlite fingerboard and real pearl block inlays
Two Alnico magnet humbuckers – 490R (neck) and 490T (bridge)
When Gibson BB King Lucille Limited was playing gibson es 355s lucille and 3555s, he used to stuff the f-holes B.b. King Gibson to eliminate feedback. So when it came time to design his own dream guitar, his first request was to get rid of those f-holes, which Gibson was happy to do.
Another touch is the special fine-tuner tailpiece. Gibson has had a few similar tailpieces through the years, but this one is the best of the lot. Finally, bb King decided he wanted to keep the six-position Varitone rotary switch, which essentially rolls off highs of Gibson BB King Lucille Limited in a quite different way than by using the standard tone control. Add an Ebony finish and you’ve got the King’s guitar!
We’re not talking about the latest B.b. King Gibson fad diet, we’re talking about Lucille’s special rounded neck profile. It’s not as big as those huge 1958 Les Paul necks, but neither is it as thin as the 1960s so-called “slim taper” neck profiles. In any case, the combination of a nice, rounded 3-piece maple neck and a Richlite fingerboard with pearl block Gibson BB King Lucille Limited inlays is what this instrument is all about. It’s not for everyone, of course. But if you picture yourself as the next blues legend, take a tip from the King and get “Lucille.” She won’t let you down.
When you’re talking about “tone for days,” you’re talking about humbuckers. They’ve got it all: Complex midrange, punchy lows and a smooth top end that won’t make your teeth hurt. For those seeking the often overused “out-of-phase” session sound which ruled the airwaves back in the 1980s, this is not the guitar you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a pickup of Gibson BB King Lucille Limited that starts out clean and can really smoke when your amp is on 11, well then, so trap one on!