Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Archtop Electric Guitar

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Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Archtop Electric Guitar - Overview

One of the landmark archtop electric guitars is the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Archtop Electric Guitar. This guitar is based on B.B. King's own custom shop Gibson Lucille and features not normally found on guitars of this range. The six-position rotary varitone switch brings the tone control normally found on the ES-345/ES-355 guitars which B.B. King used for many years. The body, is a maple body guitar without the usual f-holes to reduce the chance of feedback. The slim-taper neck is a pleasure to play and features block pearloid inlays and, the guitar is topped off by the distinctive "Lucille" peghead inlay. The hardware on the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Archtop Electric Guitar is gold plated and features a Tune-O-Matic tailpiece and T-6 Fine Tuning Tailpiece. The Alnico Classic Humbucker pickups, 6-position VariTone circuit and 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available.

Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Archtop Electric Guitar - Features

Designed with B.B. King
Classic VariTone™control
Mono and stereo output
TP-6 fine tuning bridge

Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Archtop Electric Guitar - In Depth

B. B. King Lucille
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.

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 favorite guitar in your hands.

As with all Epiphones, Lucille comes with our Limited Lifetime Guarantee and 24/7/365 Gibson Customer Service. Get the thrill and play the Epiphone B.B.King Lucille today at your Authorized Epiphone Dealer.

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” scale hard maple neck has a 1.68” nut with a SlimTaper™ “C” shape, perfect for chording or solos. Lucille’s 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 center 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 favorite!

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” Mono output (both pickups or neck pickup in Stereo mode) and 1/4” Stereo (bridge pickup). Along with an ebony finish and gold hardware, the B. B. King Lucille also features the 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 Archtop Electric Guitar - Specifications

Body: maple
Neck: Hard maple, glued, hand-set
Scale Length: 24.75”
Nut width: 1.68”
Fingerboard: 22 medium jumbo frets
Headstock: Sloped dovewing with pearloid “Lucille” inlay
Pickups: 2 Classic Alnico Humbuckers
Electronics: Vari-Tone™
Position 1: bypass
Position 2: 5db at 1950 Hz
Position 3: 12db at 1100 Hz
Position 4: 15db at 620 Hz
Position 5: 18.5db at 360 Hz
Position 6: 21db at 120 Hz
Outputs: 1/4” mono (both pickups or neck pickup in Stereo Mode and 1/ 4” Stereo (bridge pickup)
Controls: 2-volume, 2-tone
Inlay: pearloid, block
Bridge: Lock-Tone™ Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece: TP-6 fine tuning bridge
Hardware: gold
Machine Heads: Grover®
Color: ebony (EB)
Typical Weight (+/- 5%): 9.0 lbs
Strings: D’Addario® 10, 13, 17, 26, 36, 46



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