Gibson BB King Lucille Custom Electric - Review
Gibson BB King Lucille Custom | Specifications, pricing and rating information on this semi-hollow-body blues legend electric guitar.
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Gibson BB King Lucille
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No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Semi-Hollow Body, Double Cutaway
Top Material:Maple - Laminated
Back & Sides: Maple - Laminated
Neck Material:3-piece Maple 16 Frets To Body
Neck Shape: Gibson Standard Rounded Profile
Fretboard: Ebony Bound - Solid with Rectangle Style Mother of Pearl Inlay
Scale Length: 24.75"
Body Dimensions: 16"w x 20"l x 2 1/4" d
Total #Frets: 22
Nut Width: 1.6875" Finish: Gloss
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Tailpiece
Binding: Multi-Ply Cream on Top; Single-Ply Cream on Bottom
Sitka Spruce 5/16" Wide
Tuners: Gold or Silver Plated
Electronics: Humbucker 490R and 498T 2 Volume & Tone + One Three Way Switch
Gibson BB King Lucille Custom MSRP: $4,449.00
Warranty: Limited Lifetime
In 1980, King joined the Gibson family as a signature artist, and has played a custom-built ebony ES-355 ever since.
Today’s B.B. King Lucille from Gibson Custom is made to exactly the same specifications as the guitar played by King himself.
The most outstanding qualities that make the Gibson BB King Lucille Custom his own include a body with no F holes and a fine-tuner tailpiece.
The body consists of plain laminated maple top, back, and rims, with multi-ply binding on both the top and back.
The neck is a three-piece maple neck with Gibson’s traditional rounded profile, a scale length of 24¾-inches, and a 22-fret ebony fingerboard that is outlined with single-ply binding and adorned with genuine pearl block inlays.
It is available in King’s traditional Ebony finish and Cherry.Own the Gibson BB King Lucille Custom Electric Guitar and you'll own one of the smoothest, sweetest blues axes out there.
Other standard appointments include all gold hardware, metal tulip tuners, a Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge and TP-6 tailpiece.
As is customary with the ES-355 there are two volume, two tone knobs, and a three-way selector switch, Vari-tone switch, and both stereo and mono jacks. The B.B. King Lucille comes with the standard Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity.
Gibson BB King Lucille Custom Electric Guitar MSRP $4,449.00
The Gibson BB King Lucille Custom is one of the best guitars in the world. not only of Gibson, and one of the best guitars I´ve ever played, also B.B. King is one of the best guitarists in the world. Gibson rules.
For those of you who are still trying to play blues on a custom lespaul it just can't be done. Although not the most versital guitar, the features really cater for a blues musician. A tone switch with 6 different positions is a great feature of the Gibson BB King Lucille Custom guitar. In pos 1 it sounds like bb king and at 6 like chuck berry.
Tuning machines operate smoothly and effortlessly for easy dead-on tuning and string changes.
I would prefer a solid Ebony fingerboard to the Rosewood. Ebony is denser, smoother and faster - far more resistant to fingernail gouges.
The Gibson BB King Lucille Custom guitar is a jazz specializist. It has a beautiful, modern CLEAN sound that is really pure through a good cleam amp.
The Gibson BB King Lucille Custom tones are very clean with good sustain. I would definitely not describe the tone as "woody" as in a 335 model - VERY different sounding than a 335.
The ebony board and maple body make for a much denser sound that doesn't excel that well at overdriven or distorted sounds from my experience.
Varitone selection 1 is full, solid humbuckers. Varitone 2 I think is a bit more relaxed but actually darker than 1. When you go to setting 3 it starts to thin out the mids alot and become more useful for pop/funk strumming but it is less powerful so if you're using pedals, you'll notive your signal is not pushing as much in the higher Varitone settings.
In conclusion - the Gibson BB King Lucille Custom guitar is not for everyone. If blues guitar playing is your thing, you will have to get one. The Gibson BB King Lucille Custom really shines in jazz for a rich, solid clean that sustains forever. Great for chord melodies or soloing.
The finish of the Gibson BB King Lucille Custom guitar that I reviewed was flawless. I have read different reviews of guitars that were less than perfect. These were typically older models though.
Action as a bit stiff and high for me. It is very easy to adjust the bridge end of the action though. The nut did not have to be touched.
Although it is a semi hollow body the guitar has a solid feel to it and robust set up. All electronics work very well. This guitar is utterly dependable, build like the proverbial tank. I only keep guitars I can depend on and never use a back up and I feel this is such a guitar
Your new Gibson BB King Lucille Custom instrument is warranted to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of the original retail purchaser, subject to the limitations contained in this warranty.
If at any time this Gibson instrument malfunctions as a result of faulty materials or workmanship, Gibson will repair the defect(s) or replace the instrument, as it deems appropriate in its sole discretion. Gibson reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair in the event that original materials are no longer available, If replacement of your instrument is deemed appropriate by our staff, Gibson will replace the instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument.
This warranty covers the cost of both labor and materials on any repair deemed necessary by our Customer Service Representative for the lifetime of the original purchaser. In the unlikely event that your instrument is destroyed, lost or damaged beyond repair, while in the possession of Gibson for repair, Gibson will replace that instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of your instrument. Any insurance covering the instrument, including but not limited to collector's value insurance, must be carried by owner at owner's expense. For more info please refer to the Gibson website.
It seems that it loves to be petted and played with. There's also a certain way you hold it, the certain noises it makes, the way it excites me ... and Lucille don't want to play anything but the blues ...
Lucille is real, when I play her it's almost like hearing words, and of course, naturally I hear cries." — B.B. King, liner notes from the album, Lucille, 1968
In the history of all music, there has never been a guitar associated with one musician quite like blues legend B.B. King is linked to his beloved Lucille – a custom-built Gibson ES-355 manufactured exclusively for the true “King of the Blues” since 1980.
And B.B. King is not only the most renowned blues musician of our time; he’s also one of the most important electric guitarists of all-time.
His singular bluesy style has influenced generations of players across genres, and his powerful and distinct songs have appeared on the charts more than 70 times, from blues to R&B to pop.
He’s done it all, and at 83 years of age he is still considered the hardest working man in show business, maintaining a pace many younger artists dream of keeping up with.