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Own the Gibson B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar and you'll own one of the smoothest, sweetest blues axes out there. The guitar features a laminated ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The ultimate refinement of B.B. King's original ES-345.

Own the Gibson B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar and you'll own one of the smoothest, sweetest blues axes out there. The guitar features a laminated maple top for total sustain, a solid maple center block, special laminated maple neck and Richlite fingerboard. Stereo/mono jacks require no special cords; TP-6 tailpiece allows precise tuning. Also includes the name "Lucille" scripted in mother-of-pearl on the headstock and gold-plated hardware. Includes Gibson hardshell case.

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FEATURES
  • Laminated maple top and neck
  • Solid maple center block
  • Richlite fingerboard
  • Stereo/mono jacks
  • TP-6 tailpiece
  • "Lucille" inlaid in mother-of-pearl on the headstock
  • Gold hardware
  • Gibson hardshell case

If you want to play the blues, you gotta pay your dues. Order now.

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GibsonB.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The King of the Blues Guitars

By Back to Bassics Dave

from SoCal

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

While I have given many 9s here, this guitar comes closer to a 10. It's got great tone, has a lot of tonal versatility, plays well, is a thing of beauty, and as I have said before, it is one of my favorite guitars. While I find the varitone switch to be a touch cumbersome, I have gotten used to it and find the tonal variations to be of value. In general, Lucille gives you the tone, quality, and playability that you would expect from Gibson. I highly recommend this guitar!
TONE: The Gibson Lucille starts with a lot of things you'd expect on a quality Gibson and then goes beyond. The semi-hollow body design, humbucker pickups, and the removal of the "f" holes that are normally found on a 345 give this puppy the tone that BB King made famous. While tone selection can be as simple as the traditional, 3-way pickup selector those famously warm blues tones are only the starting point for this guitar that, thanks to the 6-position varitone switch, has multiple, favorable personalities. While the varitone know gives you amazing diversity in tones, it also takes a bit of getting used to at first, but once you have explored its tonal options you will. This is much more than just a "Blues" guitar and can handle everything from Blues, Classic Rock, Country, and Jazz. While the guitar has "stereo" fucntionality, I rarely use it as it simply sends each pickup to a separate output.

PLAYABILITY: I own ten guitars that include Les Pauls, Strats, an L6S, and more, and the Lucille, with its double cutaways and bound neck is one of my favorites. The action and neck are comfortable and smooth and playing in the upper registers is a breeze. Like other Gibson "ES" style guitars, this is a big box that produces great tones. Despite its size, it is well balanced and won't drag your left shoulder like some heavy solid bodies.

AESTHETICS: With its black finish, gold hardware, and body and neck bindings, this guitar has classic, simple elegance. The custom inlay in the headstock has always been one of my favorites in the Gibson line.

SUMMARY: Lucille is one of may all time favorite guitars. It plays well, sounds great, and its simple beauty puts a smile on my face everytime I pick it up.
I have bought some guitars that needed intonation and action adjustments upon delivery, but my Lucille played and sounded great right from day one. I have always been amazed at the precision wood-work that is required for a set-neck, bound, hollow (or semi hollow) body guitar and the Lucille is no exception. The neck was finished to perfection, the inlays fit perfectly in the headstock and fretboard, and the neck bindings make moving up and down the neck a pleasingly smooth experience. My only minor complaint is that in this day and age of digital electronics, I would replace the varitone switch with some digital alternative that made tone selection quicker and more precise. Also, I have a slight preference to the bridges and tailpieces of other brands of guitars. My particilar Lucille has a typical ABR bridge and stop tailpiece. Not bad. The TP6 version offers more versatility. Otherwise, this is a great guitar.
Let's put this in perspective. The first guitar I bought was a brand-new Les Paul Deluxe. It came with a Gibson hard shell case, and my out-the-door cost was a great. This may give you a clue as to my age But, when you put this guitar's tone, playability, and looks togehter with today's economics, I am certain that you will be forever happy with the purchase of a Lucille. The guitar is a keeper. I just wish that high quality guitars weren't as expensive as they are.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best

By Peeg

from Newbury UK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Great Tone
  • Lovely Build Quality
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Performing Anything
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

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

    I have owned a cherry red Gibson lucille since 1996. When i bought it I didn't fully apreciate how good it realy was, as I hadn't played electric guitar much only acoustic. I intended to buy a cheaper guitar, a "Sheringham" or Epiphone 335 but by chance saw this S/H Lucille in a music shop near me. Owned by a session player and I think made in 1994 the Lucille is simply a superb guitar and beautifully constructed. Even with my limited talent at that time my ear told me , yes this is for me. You can play anything on it and it will sound good. In my opinion it has a better tone than a LP but is more versatile. It sounds really clear and sweet played clean but can really rock with the overdrive turned up, with such a creamy sweet sustain for solos. I play mine through a Rivera Quianna 50 amp. I only ever use the varitone switch on max (full humbucker)this is what it does best, or down a notch for rhythm work. The switch works fine but I just prefer a richer sound on this instrument. It can sound quite Stratty when the switch is turned down a few notches but it loses the volume so you need to turn up a bit. You would be better off with a strat if this is the sound you want primarily. By comparison, I was tempted by a top flight PRS one day, with a price tag of 2.5K but the Lucille is easily as good so I saved my money. The gold hard wear rubbed off quite quick round the pickups and bridge where my hand rubs and I had to change the pickup selector switch, unusual for a Gibson? but she is nearly twenty years old!
    The neck feels really comfortable, I have never thought of it as chunky and because the heel is quite small , unlike a LP, you can slide your hand right up the fretboard with ease.
    Heavy? yes but well balanced.
    All in all for me, this guitar is unreplaceable

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    royalty

    By Lalo

    from phoenix, az

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Any and All
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

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

      i own about twelve high-end guitars, and this beautiful cherry is by far my favorite. the appointments are all top notch. the finish is perfect, the binding perfect, factory set-up was the best i've seen, so far... and i think it's worth mentioning that the fret work on this guitar is also the best i've seen. she did not come with the "pleck" sticker on the bridge pickup, as did my les pauls. the master craftsman/artist at gibson that did the fretwork definitely knows his business. i like my action low, so i'm particularly appreciative of quality fretwork. all my life, i've been waiting for a neck like this. i count myself a lucky man to have such a beauty.
      now, as to the sound... unexpected. yes i know; this is the guitar that gibson builds for B.B. King, and any bluesman knows the sounds lucille is capable of... well, yes and no... maybe i gave it too much thought, but knowing that this guitar is made of maple, and not a combination of maple and mahogany as are most of the other es models, i was convinced that this guitar would be naturally very bright/trebley, and that the "king of the blues" somehow darkens the sound... but no, she is primarily Dark and Mysterious! must be the voicing of the pick ups or the poplar in the body laminate(?) i'm not too worried about how they do it, i'm just glad that they do. not to worry; the tones aren't all dark. she can brighten up just fine. amps have tone controls for a reason, and nearly every combination of pick up blend and varitone setting has a real and interesting quality. she really is quite versatile. much more than just the sum of her parts; she is a true masterpiece.i can't heap enough praise on this guitar to do her justice. she's that fine. the rest of my harem are just going to have to get used to having royalty in the house...

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A great jazz guitar

      By Tollund Man

      from Detroit, MI

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

      I agree with the other reviewer who said you don;t need to play blues on this. This guitar sounds nothing like an ES-335 - the only thing similar is its shape. All maple makes it a LOUD, DENSE, DARK sounding axe perfect for jazz. Don't even think about laid back rhythm on this beast.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great blues guitar

      By thebluesman

      from perth

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

      Bought the gibson lucile about 6 months ago and its just a great blues guitar. For those of you that, like myself before I bought this guitar, 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 this guitar. In pos 1 it sounds like bb king and at 6 like chuck berry. I'm currentely playing through a marshall jvm 100w half stack but you'd want to buy a nice VOX blues amp or something similar to finnish the guitar off. The neck of the guitar is brouder than most but it works well for a blues style. the guitar has good balance when using a strap. It is an expensive guitar but the finish is great, the 3 stripe inlay is set perfectly in my opinion it was worth buying

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Magnificent Instrument

      By DiscipleOfMusic

      from Philadelphia

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

      I have had the Gibson Custom B.B. King Lucille Guitar for about five years and needless to say, my love for her is still going strong. This guitar can play anything. It may not "sing" quite like a Strat, but it has so much raunchiness that any Fender can not hold a candle to. Believe me, I do believe Strats have their place, but as for versatility and raw power, this guitar takes the cake. It is a beautiful, finely crafted instrument. I play mine through a Vox classic plus. I play in a classic rock tribute band and with this guitar I can get early Beatles full body clean tones, Jimmy Page balls-out shredding tones, or Pete Townshend's intricate chord structures, with enough dirt to make it rough, but without compromising the value of each note in the chord. The only time I switch to a Strat is for R. Robertson, Dave Gilmour or Hendrix. When crafting original songs, I only use this guitar. I have been through many adventures with this axe thus-far and can only fathom those that lay ahead. Pick one up if you really want to rock.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I am glad I bought this.

      By Truth80

      from Abingdon, md

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Used But In Super Shape

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

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

      Even though it was used, It is in super shape. Feels like it Wants to be played. I'm glad I purchased it. The service by Musicians Friend was superb. This is a great guitar and can be playd in all styles. I have many guitars, this one has become my favorite!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      If you can afford it, go for it

      By Romo Goetzman

      from Deep South

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

      Lucille is my primary guitar for shows. It's such a remarkably well made instrument that it can rise to just about any occasion within the basic rock spectrum.It seems a little counter productive to pay big bucks for Lucille and then not play the blues, but you really don't have to. Think of it like a really nice ES that you can run as hot as you'd like without any danger of feedback.That's been my approach for about five years and it's worked for my playing style - essentially a power pop and 60s rock fusion.There is one thing: I still use a Strat and Jazzmaster to get good, gnarly, fuzzy garage rock sound on some songs. Lucille just isn't really good at sounding bad. For blues musicians, and most people really, that's not the slightest problem.The only thing I can say negatively about this guitar is that there are a lot of choices out there, and most of them cost less. You don't HAVE to have a guitar this nice to get good tone and playability. But if you're ready to really treat yourself, Lucille is the guitar equivalent of a really nice sports car or a trip to Southern France.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      As Versatile as a Guitar Gets

      By Peacefield

      from NJ

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

      I've had this guitar for maybe 10 years now and love it. This is the only guitar I own and that's okay owing to the vast variety of tones you can get out of it. I didn't give it a 5 for quality as my nut needed some filing and ultimately had to be reset. The entire neck also needed some adjustment. Maybe Gibson's QC is better now than it was back then? Nonetheless, as much as it's expensive, this guitar is worth every penny to me. It is heavy, though, and can really drag on your shoulder after about an hour.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Ax

      By Mickey-wKs3R

      from Belmont, Ms

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

      Fits me like a glove. I have a 67 Gretsch Country Gentleman, and a 76 Les Paul Deluxe which are great insrtuments for certain style songs, but overall Lucille, with it's Varitone switch is far more versatile. The 490 humbuckers can get raw or mellow. Overall I'm glad I bought it.

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