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Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar   

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Made to play the blues, the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar features 2 humbuckers with stereo output to two separate amps and a Varitone c...Read More

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B.B. King Lucille is Epiphone's version of King's famous Gibson.

Made to play the blues, the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar features 2 humbuckers with stereo output to two separate amps and a Varitone control that tailor your pickup sounds. The body is laminated maple while the maple neck has a rosewood fretboard with block inlays. Body, neck, and headstock are bound. The TP-6 tailpiece allows precise tuning. Gold hardware adds another classy touch, and Lucille's name is prominently displayed on the headstock to remind you never to run back into a burning building.

FEATURES
  • Body: Laminated Maple semi-hollowbody with no f-holes
  • Top Wood: Laminated Maple
  • Neck Joint: Set Neck
  • Scale: 24 3/4"
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 22
  • Inlays: Block
  • Binding: Body, neck, and headstock
  • Machine Heads: Gold
  • Pickups: 2 Humbuckers w/ Stereo Varitone
  • Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
  • Tailpiece: TP-6 fine tuning
  • Hardware: Gold

Lucille is calling you to sing your own blues. Answer her call and order this B.B. King axe today.

SPECIFICATIONS

B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar

  • Vari-Tone Control:
  • Position 1: Bypass
  • Position 2: 5dB at 1950Hz
  • Position 3: 12dB at 1100Hz (similar to single-coil)
  • Position 4: 18.5dB at 360Hz (similar to single-coil)
  • Position 5: 21dB at 120Hz
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EpiphoneB.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 45 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't write off Epiphone

I received the first guitar and the neck was broken off! I immediately contacted MF and they sent a replacement - no questions asked. I also noticed that the first guitar had a finish...Read complete review

I received the first guitar and the neck was broken off! I immediately contacted MF and they sent a replacement - no questions asked. I also noticed that the first guitar had a finish that was not very good so I was skeptical about even requesting a replacement of the same product but when the replacement arrived, I was more than happy with the quality. The guitar felt very solid and the finish was beautiful. I know there are purists out there that refuse to purchase the Epiphone models of Gibson guitars and if money is no object, buy the Gibson but for the rest of us, Epiphone is a quality instrument. I have owned 2 Gibson ES-335's, 2 Rickenbacker 360's, a PRS, a couple Fender Telecasters and this Epiphone BB King Lucille is every bit as good as anything I have ever owned. I DO wish they would return the manufacturing of these products to the USA but of course, they would probably have to raise the price. The set-up right out of the box was very good and the guitar will require a break-in period but I could not be happier with this purchase and the service I continue to receive from MF. I am not giving this rating 5 stars only because the first guitar should have been checked for overall quality more closely before being shipped.

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One Sweet Axe

I just bought this guitar and I am very well pleased with it. The fit and finish are flawless. The pickups are great and she plays very easy. I play it with and...Read complete review

I just bought this guitar and I am very well pleased with it. The fit and finish are flawless. The pickups are great and she plays very easy. I play it with and without distortion and the sustain seems to go on forever. This is one beautiful guitar. If you're into the blues or even rock, this baby can handle it.

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5.0

GREAT gift!!!

By 

from Ojai, CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

    My wife bought me my Lucille for my birthday back in '09. Ever since then, it has been my go-to-guitar. The first thing that you notice is, of course, the appointments; the beautiful black finish with gold hardware really catches the eye. Epiphone has a reputation for having their hardware fade. There has been some fading on the pickup covers, but, for the most part, it has held up remarkably well in the six years that I have had it.
    Now for the real issue: how does it play and sound? I read a review that suggested that the pickups be swapped out for a set of Gibson PAFs. I can't say that's a bad idea... maybe it would improve the sound. All I can say is that I am VERY happy with the tones that I get from mine. I can go from rough humbucker tones to just about any desired sound by toggling through the different positions on the Vari-tone switch. The stereo output is something that I have used on occession with good success, but I usually don't bother with it.
    Other reviews try to compare the Epiphone version with the Gibson. Let's be honest about a couple of things: first is that, after playing both, this is no Gibson. However, I am not a professional musician, nor am I made of money. The Gibson is far and away the better instrument. For my money and for my abilities, though, the Epi is more than enough! B. B. King often said that the Epi is "a fine instrument." Les Paul would say that Epiphones provide a quality instrument at a price that young people can afford. Who am I to disagree with them?

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent guitar!

    By 

    from Alabama

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar shortly after Mr. King passed away as a not so subtle nod to his influence on my playing style, and I must say that it is an absolute blast to play! Out of the box, it was setup and intonated almost perfectly, I just needed to tune it. After a string change and a couple days out playing it, I noticed that I rarely had to tune it and when I did have to, it wasn't very far off. Holds tune very well..haven't even had to use the fine tuners. I should also add that the "E" on the pickguard is only lightly glued on and can be removed and put away, or removed and glued more securely or left alone to stay and/or fall off eventually. Not sure why Epiphone does it, but it's there and can be dealt with/ignored based on your personal tastes.

      The Varitone makes this very versatile, however you will lose some volume as you go, but that can be adjusted for. The finish is of good quality, the frets were dressed nicely, no snags. The neck feels good and the action was great all out of the box.

      The pickups are good and handle distortion fairly well from what little I've played with distortion. The clean tones are good. There's a little boominess to the neck pickup, but you can either use the varitone or back the pickup itself down away from the strings. The bridge pickup sounds really good as well. A nice change of pace for someone whose played single coils since they started playing.

      You're paying for nice hardware and the name as another reviewer said, but this guitar is definitely worth the money...especially if you can't afford to buy the Gibson but can manage this. Glad I bought it!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply Amazing!

      By 

      from El Paso, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

        Ordered this on May 13 and he passed away the next day. RIP B.B. King. This is a sweet sounding guitar right out of the box. It was flawless....finish, setup, and tone, couldn't ask for more. I highly recommend this axe. Best bang for your buck. Hands down, this is an awesome axe.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it.

        By 

        from S. Illinois

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

            I was looking for an inexpensive hollowbody, and found this. Wow. It sounds wonderful plugged straight into my Fishman SA 220 PA which is why I chose it. As a solo acoustic act, this lets me throw in some electric flavor and feel without lugging around another amp. I can also use the stereo outs to run it through the Fishman and a tube amp at the same time. I also have a American Standard Strat and a 76 Les Paul that sound bad through the Fishman. This guitar really works well. The Lucille is excellent driving a tube amp. The varitone is awesome at obtaining a lot of different sounds, but it does take some volume out as you proceed up the dial. You can adjust for this. It plays great, feels great, and sounds great. Intonation, tuning, and action are spot on. I am very, very happy I bought it. Used with a case, the price could not be beat. If you are looking in this class of hollybodies, try one of these used. You will get way more bang for your buck than its competitors.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Lucille

            By 

            from Houston Texas

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Sweet Sound

            Cons

            • No Cons Found

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Novice To Profesional
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

            I Could not wait for this B B King Lucille to arrive. I sat in my front Porch waiting for the Ups Man to deliver. Wow !! Man !! I was blown
            away withe the beautiful appearence. And it Feels
            grat. Plays fantastic. All I did was tune it as it arrived alittle tone flat. Tuned it up connected to my Fender 25 Watt amp and a Electro
            Harmonix Metal MuffPi Pedal. The sound is FANTASTIC. The value and crafsmanship is unbeatable. I always wanted an Epiphone Sheraton or Casio. Many of my Favorite Old School Guitarist Have played them. I can Now
            see why. This B B King Lucille is the Most Beautiful of this type of Guitar. Buy one before they are all sold out. Hello From Houston Texas

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Don't write off Epiphone

            By 

            from Windsor, WI

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful finish
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

              I received the first guitar and the neck was broken off! I immediately contacted MF and they sent a replacement - no questions asked. I also noticed that the first guitar had a finish that was not very good so I was skeptical about even requesting a replacement of the same product but when the replacement arrived, I was more than happy with the quality. The guitar felt very solid and the finish was beautiful. I know there are purists out there that refuse to purchase the Epiphone models of Gibson guitars and if money is no object, buy the Gibson but for the rest of us, Epiphone is a quality instrument. I have owned 2 Gibson ES-335's, 2 Rickenbacker 360's, a PRS, a couple Fender Telecasters and this Epiphone BB King Lucille is every bit as good as anything I have ever owned. I DO wish they would return the manufacturing of these products to the USA but of course, they would probably have to raise the price. The set-up right out of the box was very good and the guitar will require a break-in period but I could not be happier with this purchase and the service I continue to receive from MF. I am not giving this rating 5 stars only because the first guitar should have been checked for overall quality more closely before being shipped.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Instrument

              By 

              from Illinois

              About Me Novice

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Case not included

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

              I just received this instrument and was thoroughly delighted. The only action I had to perform was to tune the guitar. I have read several negatives, but have not experienced any of them as of yet. Tone, intonation and variety of sounds are fantastic. The only recommendation I have at this time would be to add a hard sided case to the package, as I had to order one after the guitar arrived.

              For those of us that our wives will not let us pay 5-7000 for a Gibson "Lucille" I feel this is the hottest bargain around.

              I don't feel that i can give it an excellent rating due to the short time I have owned it, but I definitely give it a GOOD+.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BB King Freak

              By 

              from Dallas

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

                  I am admittedly a BB King freak, so may be somewhat biased. I have many guitars, including two Dot Deluxes (Koren & Chinese), but this one is destined to be my "go to" guitar. I have found nothing about it that I do not like. I have searched for several years for "that" guitar, one that I could really bond with, and I believe this is the one.

                  Setup was fine right out of the box for me...good intonation & string height. Musician's Friend gave me a great deal on her, which amounted to getting the case for free! And, with free shipping to boot.

                  As far as some of the other comments about being razzed at open jams, etc., all I can say is...Let the dogs bark!!

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                  (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice Guitar

                  Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

                  Keep in mind you are paying for nice hardware. Also for B B King's name. But it's worth the money.
                  The amount of nice trim on the guitar is nice. Gold hardware, binding, inlay on the fretboard and headstock. But you can see all that on the pictures. I think the pickups are top of the line. They can be kind of "boomy,", but the Varitone will take some of the bassiness out of the tone. Neck is great. I've let other guys who are way better than me play it, and they love the neck.

                  Frets have been properly dressed and no sharp edges (one of my pet peeves, so I'm happy to state that.)

                  It would have been really cool if it came with a Bigsby, as does its Sheraton cousin, but I do a lot of palm muting and really have no use for a Bigsby. But darn they do look cool.

                  I do think this guitar can be kind of difficult to re-string because of the slots in the bridge. But the tuners are nice, and I really only need to re-tune (minor adjustments) once a set.
                  Overall, quality is good. I was somewhat disappointed that I had to adjust the saddle for the high e string to fix an intonation problem, but that's all I had to do for intonation.

                  Also, the nut for the mono jack was kind of loose and had to be tightened, so watch out for that.

                  Other than those, no complaints.
                  This was my first nice professional level guitar. All my friends are jealous.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  picker

                  Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

                  I've had my lucille now for about five years now and still love just as much as the first time I touched it. the finish still looks new, and the tone is great..I plugged the rear pickup into a fender bassman and the neck pickup into a fender princeton and just enjoyed the sound..I recommend this guitar....

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