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A Tribute to the King

The legendary Gibson B.B. King Lucille Legacy returns to the Custom Shop ES™ lineup as a core Artist model. Lucille features all of the high-end appointments that are fit for a King. Highlights include gold hardware, including a gold “B.B. King” engraved truss rod cover and a TP-6 tailpiece with fine tuners. A “Lucille” mother of pearl inlay adorns the headstock, and the ebony fretboard features split block mother of pearl inlays. A mono Varitone switch, along with four audio taper CTS® potentiometers and paper-in-oil Bumblebee capacitors, are paired to Gibson Custombucker humbucking pickups. The legendary semi-hollowbody design remains, but the f-holes are gone, in keeping with B.B. King’s personal preferences. The top, back, and sides of the body feature stunning figured maple veneer, which is visible through the Transparent Ebony nitrocellulose lacquer finish, making Lucille a very special guitar that’s fit for blues royalty.
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B.B. King Lucille Legacy Specifications

Body

Body Shape
ES-355
Body Material
3-Ply Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
Top
3-Ply Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
Back
3-Ply Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
Side
3-Ply Figured Maple/Poplar/Maple
Centerblock
Maple
Binding
7-ply Top, 3-ply Back, 5-ply Headstock, Single ply Fretboard
Finish
Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer

Neck

Material
Mahogany
Profile
SlimTaper
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
22
Frets
Reissue
Nut Material
Corian
Nut Width
1.69" / 42.85mm
Inlays
Mother of Pearl Split Block
Joint
Set Neck, Long Tenon
Headstock inlay
Gibson Logo and Lucille Inlay in Mother of Pearl

Hardware

Finish
Gold
Tuner Plating
Gold
Bridge
ABR-1
Tailpiece
TP-6 with Fine Tuners
Tuning Machines
Grover Tulip
Pickguard
Bound Tortoise
TrussRod
Adjustable
Truss Rod Cover
Gold, Engraved "B.B. King"
Control Knobs
Black Top Hats with Gold Inserts; Varitone: Black Chicken Head
Switch Tip
White
Switchwasher
Gold Varitone Plate
Strap Buttons
2 - Brass
Pickup Covers
Gold

Electronics

Neck Pickup
Custombucker
Bridge Pickup
Custombucker
Controls
2 Volume, 2 Tone, 6 position Mono Varitone Switch, 500K CTS Audio-Taper Potentiometers, Paper in Oil Bumblebee Capacitors, Hand-Wired Harness
Pickup Selector
3-Way Switchcraft
Output Jack
1/4" Switchcraft

Miscellaneous

Strings Gauge
.010, .013, .017, .026, .036, .046
Case
Custom Shop Hardshell
Accessories
Certificate of Authenticity

In order to continually improve the design, quality and performance of our products and instruments and to make use of the best materials at all times, Gibson reserves the right to change specifications without notice.