Gibson Memphis B.B. King Lucille - Ebony

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Maple Top, Back, and Sides, Maple Neck, Richlite Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Ebony
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Gibson Memphis B.B. King Lucille - Ebony
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A Guitar Fit for a King

Gibson Memphis based the 2016 B.B. King Lucille semi-hollowbody electric guitar closely on the specifications and sound that the King of the Blues demanded in his personal guitars. The B.B. King Lucille gives you a semi-hollow, maple-ply body sans f-holes, two humbucking pickups, and a six-position stereo Varitone circuit to get the singing tone we all know and love. A TP-6 fine-tune tailpiece ensures your performance will be in tune and stable. And the guitar's ebony finish, gold hardware, and elegant binding make the 2016 Lucille a stunning guitar to behold.

Gibson 2016 B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Mr. King's personal touch
  • All dressed up
  • Sings with the tone you know
Mr. King's personal touch

When B.B. King was playing ES-335s and 355s, he used to stuff the f-holes 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. Another touch is the TP-6 fine-tuner tailpiece used to ensure B.B. sounded great night after night. Finally, B.B. decided he wanted to keep the 6-position Varitone rotary switch, which rolls off highs in a quite different way than a standard tone control.

All dressed up

The Gibson Memphis 2016 B.B. King Lucille looks as sharply dressed as King did every time he took the stage. The all-gold hardware looks classy against Lucille's smooth ebony finish. Multi-ply binding seductively wraps the entirety of the instrument, and even the tortoise-type pickguard is outlined in binding. And mother-of-pearl block inlays are expertly set into the sleek and jet black Richlite fingerboard. The look of the 2016 B.B. King Lucille is as classic as a well-tailored tuxedo.

Sings with the tone you know

B.B. wasn't shy about digging in and making his amp work for it. That's why he chose a pair of Gibson's 490 humbucking pickups for his guitar. These models are voiced similar to Gibson's '57 Classics, but with a slight increase in the upper mids for a more aggressive character. The semi-hollow construction adds warmth and detail to your tone. But the center block helps keep uncontrollable feedback at bay. And the 6-position Varitone control rolls off selected frequencies to tailor your tone to whatever your application.

Gibson 2016 B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar Features:
  • B.B. King's signature guitar "Lucille"
  • 3-ply maple/poplar/maple body construction
  • Maple neck topped with a Richlite fingerboard
  • 490R/490T pickups offer and edgy take on vintage
  • 6-position stereo Varitone circuit deliver multiple tone combinations
  • TP-6 Fine Tune stop bar offers tuning stability and control
  • Gold hardware
  • Elegant "Lucille" inlay peghead veneer
The 2016 Lucille is as close as you can get to the King's main guitar.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape ES-355
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material 3-ply maple/poplar/maple
Top Material 3-ply maple/poplar/maple
Color Ebony
Body Finish Nitrocellulose
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Traditional C
Radius 12"
Scale Length 24.75"
Fingerboard Material Richlite
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-pearl Blocks
Number of Frets 22
Nut Width 1.681"
Nut Material Corian
Bridge/Tailpiece Tune-O-Matic/TP-6 Fine Tune Stop Bar
Tuners Grover Tulip 102GKM
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup 490R humbucker
Bridge Pickup 490T humbucker
Controls 2 x vol, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle, 6-pos varitone switch
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number ARLC16EBGH1

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