Epiphone B.B. King Lucille In Ebony Finish w/ Vari-Tone...The Thrill Is Not Gone
Availability: In Stock
Condition: Seller Refurbished
When B.B. King made his first recordings for Sam Phillips’ Memphis Recording Services, he didn’t always play lead guitar. King was initially known as a talented vocalist, but that would all change by the mid ‘50s as King and his guitar, nicknamed Lucille, became the voice of the blues. King put the blues on the Top 40 charts, made himself and Lucille household names.
King’s singular tone had 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.
Lucille’s ES-style body shape features a maple top and body and is constructed without “F” holes. King always preferred ES style guitars, most prominently the ES-355. But 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 Gibson factory to make a version of Lucille without “F” holes.
Lucille’s biting tone comes from two Epiphone Alnico Classic humbuckers with gold covers. But King’s signature sound also came from his subtle use of the Vari-tone control, 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 was B.B.’s favorite). But keep turning and you’ll find Positions 5 and 6 shift the Alnico Classic humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack (and hum) usually associated with 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 Grover machine heads, and a Tune-O-Matic bridge with a TP-6 fine-tuning StopBar tailpiece for precision tuning.
This specific listing is 100% free of any player's wear and needed no refurbishing. It has been discounted because Epi marked it as a "2nd" due to two minor cosmetic blemishes. They can be seen in the final two super-closeups, but they are beneath the finish, and the angle and lighting have to be "just right" to see them. Your audience will never know, and we'll never tell...
And although this guitar played "well enough to sell" when it arrived here at LightSpeed Music, I have just given it a complete "post factory" setup. First, the truss rod was checked and adjusted. Then the frets were leveled crowned and polished. These first two steps allowed me to lower the bridge and improve the action to better than factory specs, and yet, still keep it completely buzz free. The fretboard was conditioned and the nut slots were lubed and polished. The pickup heights were adjusted, the electronics were tested and then given a protective application of contact cleaner and lube. Everything was snugged up and the guitar was polished. It received a fresh set of S.I.T. Power Wound strings gauged .010" to .046" and then the intonation was set. If you are one of those players that don't like taking your new guitar to your luthier before you even play its first gig, then this should appeal to you.
You Can Add A New Gator Case To Your Order!
You can add a new Gator GWE-335 hard case to your order for only an additional $99.99, and it would be a very wise decision. This is a well-made, wood arch-top case with a durable Tolex exterior and heavy hardware. The plush-lined interior is densely padded and includes an accessory compartment.
Why Buy From LightSpeed Music?
The pictures shown in the listing are of the actual instrument you will receive. Every piece of wood is unique, and you deserve to see exactly what you are buying. We know that buying musical gear online is hard, so we welcome any questions you have. If you would like an "in hand" description or you need more details, please call weekdays at 618-719-2392. We are here to assist you M-F from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Central time.
This instrument needed no refurbishing. Final checking, polishing and setup is performed here, in our shop. Epiphone has marked the back of the headstock with “2nd” and required our supplier to assign it a new serial number. It's a big internet, and we know you have many choices. As such, we are thankful for the thousands of musicians that have chosen us, and hope to be able to add you to our family.
Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Specifications:
Neck: Hard Maple
Neck Construction: Glued & Hand-Set
Scale Length: 24-3/4”
Nut Width: 1-11/16”
Fretboard Radius: 12”
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Headstock: Sloped Dovewing w/ Pearloid “Lucille” Inlay
Pickups: 2 Classic Alnico Humbuckers
Outputs: 1/4” Mono (both PUPs or Neck only) in Stereo Mode and 1/ 4” Stereo
Controls: 2-ea Volume, 2-ea Tone, 3-Way Switch, & Vari-Tone
Inlays: Pearloid Block
Bindings: Body Top, Back, Neck & Headstock
Tailpiece: TP-6 Fine Tuning
Pickguard: Multi-Bound Tortoise
Finish: Gloss Ebony
Tuners: Sealed, Grover
Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable
Manufacturer's Part #: ETBBEBGH