B.B. King is unquestionably known the world over as the King of the Blues thanks to his innovative guitar-playing style, fusing together a unique vibrato and stunning string bends. “Lucille” is the name B.B. King chose himself for his Gibson guitars and this tradition has been carried on through in this 2016 model. For those who choose to sing by the power of playing guitar, the B.B. King Lucille is destined to please.
CLASSIC ES-335 BODY
The B.B. King Lucille model has a classic ES-335 style contour without the standard “F” cutaway holes in the body which minimizes the sound of feedback on stage. Gibson have elected 3-ply plain grade Maple / Poplar / Maple to construct the body, back and rims of the guitar; this allows sound waves to reverberate freely from within the hollow airspace, providing you with a rich, sonorous output. A maple centreblock and spruce braces are also employed beneath the body, reinforcing its overall strength, while multi-ply binding offer a unique appearance.
The Lucille is given an Ebony high gloss finish done in nitrocellulose lacquer which gives it a truly luxurious appearance and feel.
A 3-piece maple neck is firmly fitted to the body via a Mortise and Tenon joint and reinforced using Franklin Titebond 50 adhesive. Equipped with a modern truss rod and shaped to the traditional “C” profile. the tonewood combined with the construction methods to build the neck also contribute to a comprehensive, improved sound output.
Married to the neck is a 22-fret richlite fingerboard adorned with Mother of Pearl block inlays to guide you from one fret to another, guaranteeing a seamless and confident playing experience.
To provide you with the ultimate humbucker sound just like the King of the Blues himself, the Lucille is endowed with 490R and 490T pickups at the neck and bridge positions. The pairing of 490R and 490T pickups take many similarities from the original PAF pickups and are powered by Alnico II magnets. Gibson have overwound the pickups somewhat as this contributes to a vintage humbucker tone.
Controls for lead and rhythm volume and tone allow you to shape your sound, and a 6-position Varitone network control adds versatility to your output.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
The high quality status of the Lucille model is very apparent in the form of its gold hardware, a very customary Gibson feature.
Grover Tulip 102GKM tuning machines are firmly fitted to the headstock and given a 14:01 ratio for tuning precision. At the opposite end of the guitar to the lower bout is a Tune-o-Matic bridge with a TP-6 fine-tuning tailpiece, further improving tone and sustain.
Gibson include a black hardshell case to offer additional protection for your legendary new axe no matter where you take it. It also comes with a Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity.
For blues lovers and avid guitarists alike, the B.B. King Lucille draws influence from the King of the Blues himself to bring you a modern take on his best-loved Gibson electric guitar.
Manufacturer Gibson Memphis Model 2016 B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar Top Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple Body Material 3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple Neck Material Maple Neck Profile Traditional “C” Fingerboard Material Richlite No. of Frets 22 Pickup Configuration HH Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-o-Matic / TP-6 Position Inlays Mother of Pearl Blocks Active/Passive Passive Tuners Grover Tulip 102GKM Pickups Neck: 490R Bridge: 490T Controls Lead Volume Lead Tone Rhythm Volume Rhythm Tone Varitone Pickup toggle switch Finish Ebony Included Accessories Gibson Hardshell Case; Black Gibson Memphis Certificate of Authenticity
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