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Gibson B.B. King Lucille Gem Series Amethyst Electric Guitar   

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Lucille dressed in new hues for the King of the Blues.

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.

B.B. King Lucille Gem Series electric guitars are a limited release of BB King's iconic "Lucille" finished in dazzling colors. Today's B.B. King Lucille from the Gibson Custom Shop is made to exactly the same specifications as the guitar played by King himself. The most outstanding qualities that make this instrument 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.

The Gibson Lucille is loaded with dual 490 humbucking pickups that feature alnico magnets for a classic tone that is well balanced, smooth, and warm. The 6-position Varitone switch circuitry adds capacitors of different value to the circuit. The capacitors act as a notch filter, so each position on the switch notches out mid-range frequencies, thinning out the sound. You'll get a surprising range of great tones that will let you cover any musical turf. Stereo wiring provides both stereo and mono connections, with two output jacks on the lower bout.

Other standard appointments include all gold hardware, metal tulip tuners, a Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge and TP-6 fine tuning 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 a Gibson Custom hardshell case and certificate of authenticity. Each certificate is printed in white, with artwork in the color that matches the guitar. This is a first for Custom and Memphis. The cover of the certificate holds "BB King" and an image of his crown logo, inside lists the serial number, and a facsimile of BB King's signature.

Also included are The Best of B.B. King Christmas Collection CD with B's bluesy interpretation of 13 holiday songs, and the 160-page hardcover book The B.B. King Treasures: Photos, Mementos & Music from B.B. King's Collection that tells the story of King's life and includes an hour-long CD of conversation with the bluesmaster also playing musical examples on his very own Lucille. The book also included facsimiles of tickets, programs, posters from King's shows.

  • Model: Lucille
  • Body: laminated maple top, back and sides
  • Finish: nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Color: Amethyst Purple
  • Binding: multi-ply on both the top and back.
  • Neck: three-piece set maple neck
  • Neck profile: traditional rounded
  • Peghead pitch: 17
  • Fingerboard: bound ebony
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • No. of frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Radius: 12"
  • Inlays: blocks on neck, crown and B.B. King on headstock
  • Hardware: gold
  • Tailpiece: TP-6 tailpiece
  • Bridge: Nashville Tune-O-Matic
  • Knobs: black speed
  • Tuners: metal tulip tuners
  • Neck pickup: 490R alnico magnet humbucker
  • Bridge pickup: 490T alnico magnet humbucker
  • Controls: two volume, two tone, 3-way toggle pickup selector, 6-way "chicken" head Vari-tone switch
  • Input jacks: Stereo/mono

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Gibson CustomB.B. King Lucille Gem Series Amethyst Electric Guitar

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Wonderful guitar!

By BluesFan-sDdxC

from Texas.

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Comments about Gibson Custom B.B. King Lucille Gem Series Amethyst Electric Guitar:

Received this guitar the day before Christmas!THANK YOU, SCOTT!!First off, I've been playing for a little over 40 years and I've had my share of guitars. The fit, finish and overall quality of this guitar is just amazing! I currently have around 30 guitars in my collection and this is my first true Custom Shop Gibson. Hopefully it's not my last!Sound and playability of this guitar is terrific.Easy to dial in a good blues or classic rock tone.The ebony fingerboard with the pearl feels nice and smooth and the neck plays fast. No "F" holes means no feedback! It may just be my imagination, but it seems the gold plating is a little heavier on this guitar than on my 2007 Howard Roberts. The metallic purple paint is just the icing on the cake!The inlay in the headstock didn't really thrill me when I saw the pictures but I had an entirely different impression when I pulled the guitar from the case. I read a few other reviews and people seemed put off by the headstock inlay. I felt the same way until I saw it in person. The pictures DO NOT do it justice! It's quite obvious Gibson only allowed their artisans to build this series. If you're considering one of these guitars and are on the fence about it, I say "Go for it!".I did and I'm glad I made the plunge! I felt the price was a little high at first BUT... seeing it in person and playing it eased the pain a great deal!Overall, I'm VERY happy with this guitar!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


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By Christopher McKeever

from Melbourne Florida

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Comments about Gibson Custom B.B. King Lucille Gem Series Amethyst Electric Guitar:

This is a wonderful guitar and one that I will be proud of all of my life. The color is just amazing and tone is great.
This guitar is wonderful. When I got home the night she arrived, I just had to play her. It has been hard to put her down ever since then. Then neck fits your hand like it should, as a result your able to move from cord to another very fast and with full tones. The finish is super. The pictures while they are good can not show just how beautiful this guitar is. When I put her down that first night, my wife picked her up and played her for at lease a hour. My wife has never done that with another guitar. This is my forever guitar. I just love the way she plays.
She is everything you would expect from Gibson and more.
This guitar is worth every penny.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


amazing guitar

By L-teitelbaum53

from i live in hollywood, california

Comments about Gibson Custom B.B. King Lucille Gem Series Amethyst Electric Guitar:

i think this guitar is an extremely good guitar the brand, the sound the owner its a great guitar if you like to play blues so i recommend this guitar for you never the less it comes in several colors.

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