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2016 B.B. King Lucille
The look, feel and tone of B.B.'s main squeeze
$6,999
A long-standing icon in the Gibson Memphis lineup, the B.B. King Lucille is based closely on the King of the Blues’ own guitar to deliver the look, feel and tone that helped create a legend.
Body
Top
Back
Top
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: Plain
Binding: 7-Ply (W-B-W-B-W-B-W)
 
Back
Wood Species: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Density: Plain
Binding: 3-Ply (W-B-W)
 
Rims
Species Wood: Maple, Poplar, Maple
Pieces: 3-Ply
Grade: Plain
Weight
Weight Relief:
Average Weight (body only): 2.3541 kg / 5.190 lbs
 
Materials Used
Glue: Franklin Titebond 50
Etc.: Maple centerblock, Spruce braces, Mahogany rim liner
 
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The soundwaves resonate within the hollow airspace of the Maple veneered Body and throughout the solid glue joints.
 
Body Contour
Carve: ES (Semi-Hollow without F-Holes)
Neck
Neck
Wood Species: Maple
Pieces: 3
 
Details
Truss Rod: Modern
Profile: Traditional C
Thickness at Fret 1: 20.828 mm / .820"
Thickness at Fret 12: 24.384 mm / .960"
Other Materials: Assembly 65 glue
Average Weight: 566.9905 g / 1.250 lbs
 
Peg Head
Type: SP-2
Inlay: Mother of Pearl "Lucille"
Peg Head Binding: 5-Ply (W-B-W-B-W)
Silkscreen: None
Headstock Angle: 17 degrees
Tonal, Resonant, and/or Technical Effect: The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the tone, aiding this guitar's exceptional sustain and depth, and yielding a resonance that can be felt right through the body
 
Neck Fit
Joint Angle: 4 degrees
Joint Angle Tolerance: 0 deg 0 min 15 sec
Type: Mortise and Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Gauges Used: Pitch Height Gauge, Alignment Gauge
Nut
Style: White
Material: Corian
Width: 4.2697 cm / 1.681"
Slots: E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches

e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
 
Fingerboard
Wood Species: Richlite
Pieces: 1
Shade: Dark
 
Fingerboard Details
Radius: 30.48 cm / 12 "
Frets: 22
Nut/End of Board: 4.2697 cm / 1.681" @ nut, 5.6896 cm / 2.240" @ end of board
Scale: 62.865 cm / 24.75"
Binding: White
Side Dots (Color): Black
 
Fingerboard Inlays
Style: Full Block
Material: Mother of Pearl
Dimensions: Large: 22.479 mm x 27.6352 mm / 0.885" x 1.088"
Small: 34.925 mm x 4.0132 mm / 1.375" x 0.158"
Average Weight: 136.0777 g / 4.800 oz
Finishes
Ebony
Color Code: EB
Surface Texture: Smooth/ Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer
Filler: N/A
Sealer: 1-1.5 mils
Top: Ebony
Top Coat: Hi Gloss Lacquer/ 90 Sheen 7-8 mils
Scraped: Fingerboard Sides, Body and Nut
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Electronics
Pickups Rhythm Lead
Style: 490R 490T
Winds/Coil: Screw side/Slug side: 5250 5250
Material of Wire (gauge): Enamel (42) Enamel (42)
Coil Dimensions (per coil): 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm / 2.61" x 0.68 " 6.6294 cm x 1.7272 cm / 2.61" x 0.68 "
Coil Material: Lacquer coated copper Lacquer coated copper
Coil Winding Process: Machine Wound Machine Wound
Pole Piece Material: Nickel Nickel
Pole Piece Position from Nut: 47.3075 cm / 18.625" 59.52998 cm / 23.437 inches
Slug Material: Nickel Nickel
Slug Dimensions (diameter x length): 4.7495 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x 0.489" 4.7495 mm x 1.24206 cm / 0.187" x 0.489"
Magnet Material: Alnico II Alnico II
Magnet Position from Nut: 48.26 cm / 19 " 58.7375cm / 23.125 "
Magnet Dimensions: 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5" 6.35 cm x 1.27 mm / 2.5" x 0.5"
Polarities: Screw side is the south pole of magnet Screw side is the south pole of magnet
Cover: Gold plated Gold plated
Qfactor: 5.62 5.62
ResistanceDC: 7.80k ohms 7.80k ohms
Resonant Frequency: 2715.71 Hz 2715.71 Hz
Tonal & Resonant Advancements: Slightly overwound to give a traditional Humbucker tone with a touch of modern edge
Control Pocket Assembly Lead Volume Rhythm Volume
Type: CTS 500K Linear CTS 500K Audio
Peak Voltage: 1080V 1080V
Range: 0-500K 0-500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 1/4 watt above 100K ohms
Resistance Tolerance: 500K +/- 20% 500K +/- 20%
Minimum Resistance: 100 ohms 100 ohms
 
  Lead Tone Rhythm Tone Varitone
Type: CTS 500K Audio CTS 500K Audio CTS DP6T
Peak Voltage: 1080V 1080V 250V
Range: 0-500K 0-500K
Power Rating: 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 1/4 watt above 100K ohms 3/4 amp at 125 VAC
Resistance Tolerance: 500K +/- 20% 500K +/- 20%
Minimum Resistance: 100 ohms 100 ohms .015 ohms
 
Capacitors: Lead Value Rhythm Value
  .022mf .022mf
Hardware
Tuning Keys
Style: Grover Tulip 102GKM
Material: Die cast alloy
Weight: 43.0913 g / 1.52 oz
 
Tuning Keys Details
Tuning Ratio: 14:01
Gear Type: Syncronized spur gear system
What is allowable turn: +/- 4 degrees
Plating specs: Gold
Part numbers: 430-14168 / 430-14169
 
String Dimensions
E: 1.1684 mm / 0.046"
A: 0.9144 mm / 0.036"
D: 0.6604 mm / 0.026"
G: 0.4318 mm / 0.017"
B: 0.3302 mm / 0.013"
e: 0.2540 mm / 0.010"
 
Bridge
Style: Tune-O-Matic
Material: Die cast alloy
Plating Specs: Gold
Part number: 430-10123
Weight: 61.235 g / 2.16 oz
 
Dimensions of String Slots
E: 1.2268 mm / 0.0483 inches
A: 0.9601 mm / 0.0378 inches
D: 0.6934 mm / 0.0273 inches
G: 0.4534 mm / 0.01785 inches
B: 0.3467 mm / 0.01365 inches
e: 0.2667 mm / 0.0105 inches
 
Tailpiece
Style: TP-6
Compensated: No
Material: Die Cast Zinc
Plating Specs: Gold
Part number: 430-11183
Weight: 113.3981 g / 4.0 oz
 
Output Jack
Style: 1/4" mono (both pickups)
 
Jack Plate
Style: N/A
Material: N/A
Part Number: N/A
Weight: N/A
 
Strap Buttons
Material: Brass
Plating Specs: None
Part numbers: 430-19521
Weight: 2.268 g / 0.080 oz
Plastics
Pick Guard
Style: Bound Tortoise Shell
Part Number: 430-12095
 
Truss Rod Cover
Style: Gold engraved "B.B. King"
Part Number: 430-19645
 
Knobs
Style: Black Speed Kobs
Part Number: 430-19267
 
Dial Pointers
Yes/No: No
Control Plate(s) (Backplate Cover)
Style: Black Plastic
Part Number: 380-1228
 
Control Plate(s) (SwitchPlate Cover)
Style: N/A
Part Number: N/A
 
Switch Washer
Style: Gold Varitone
Part Number: 430-19302
 
Trim Rings
Style: Black
Part Number: 440-13850
Accessories
Case
Style: Hard Shell
Color: Black
 
Strap Locks: No
Tools: None
 
Manual: None
COA/Other: Gibson Memphis COA
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