Epiphone B. B. King Lucille Electric Guitar, Ebony, Gold Hardware
Epiphone introduce the B. B. King Lucille. Designed by B. B. King, this guitar delivers the legendary blues tone he's renowned for.
- Designed with B.B. King
- Classic VariTone™ control
- Mono and stereo output
- TP-6 fine tuning bridge
- Colour: Ebony (EB)
When B.B. King made his first recordings for Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Services, King was initially known as a talented vocalist and in fact didn't always play lead guitar on his early records. But that would all change by the mid '50s as King and his guitar, nicknamed Lucille, became the voice of the blues. With hits like 'Rock Me Baby', 'Sweet Little Angel', 'Sweet Sixteen', and 'The Thrill Is Gone', King put the blues on the Top 40 charts, made himself and Lucille household names, became the first blues artist signed to a major label, and with his singular vocal and guitar style, was an inspiration to a mighty generation of blues and rock artists including Otis Rush, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Michael Bloomfield, Duane Allman, and Magic Sam.
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King's singular tone has everything you'd want to hear in electric blues guitar: a bell-like ring with a hint of overdrive, soaring highs and gritty lows, and all driven home by King's mighty left hand tremolo. The Epiphone B. B. King Lucille was designed by B. B. King himself and puts all the tone and nuance of King's own favourite guitar in your hands.
The Thrill Is Back
Lucille's ES-style body shape features a maple top and body and is constructed without f- holes. King has always preferred ES style guitars, most prominently the ES-355. To get the tone and volume combination that he wanted for his sound, King found he was often on the verge of feedback. His solution was to ask the Kalamazoo factory to make a version of Lucille without f-holes.
King's new Epiphone design incorporates three decades of refinements with stunning results. The hand-set 24.75 inch scale hard maple neck has a 1.68 inch nut with a SlimTaper™ 'C' shape, perfect for chording or solos. Lucille's rosewood fretboard has pearloid block inlays, a classic Epiphone Sloped Dovewing headstock, and a gold metal truss rod cover engraved 'B.B. King'.
Rock Me Baby
Lucille's biting tone comes from two Epiphone Alnico Classic™ humbuckers with gold covers framed by a classic multi-bound tortoise shell style pickguard with historic metal 'E' insignia. An indelible part of King's sound also comes from his subtle use of the Vari-tone™, control which is identical in principle to the vintage models that King uses on stage.
The VariTone™ uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariTone™ is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the centre frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity. Position 2, (5db at 1960 Hz) is B.B.'s favourite!
But keep turning and you'll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico Classic™ Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups. Add it all up and between the 6-position VariTone™ circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available.
Outputs include a 1/4 inch Mono output (both pickups or neck pickup in Stereo mode) and 1/4 inch Stereo (bridge pickup). Along with an ebony finish and gold hardware, the B. B. King Lucille also features Grover machine heads and Epiphone's famous LockTone™ Tune-o-matic bridge with a TP-6™ fine-tuning StopBar™ tailpiece for precision intonation during bends.
Epiphone B. B. King Lucille Specifications
Body Material: Maple
Neck: Hard maple, glued, hand-set
Scale Length: 24.75 inch
Nut width: 1.68 inch
Fingerboard: Rosewood, with 22 medium jumbo frets
Headstock: Sloped dovewing with pearloid 'Lucille' inlay
Pickups: 2 Classic Alnico Humbuckers
Outputs: 1/4 inch mono (both pickups or neck pickup in Stereo Mode and 1/ 4 inch Stereo (bridge pickup)
Controls: 2-volume, 2-tone
Inlay: Pearloid, block
Bridge: Lock-Tone™ Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece: TP-6 fine tuning bridge
Machine Heads: Grover
Colour: Ebony (EB)
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