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B.B. King Lucille

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"It seems that it loves to be petted and played with. There's also a certain way you hold it, the certain noises it makes, the way it excites me ... and Lucille don't want to play anything but the blues ... Lucille is real, when I play her it's almost like hearing words, and of course, naturally I hear cries." — B.B. King, liner notes from the album, Lucille, 1968

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. He’s done it all, and at over 80 years of age he is still considered the hardest working man in show business, maintaining a pace many younger artists dream of keeping up with.

Brand: Gibson Custom Shop
Model: B.B. King Lucille
Signature: B.B. King
Finish Color: Cherry
Finish Type: Nitrocellulose
Weight: 9.51 lbs
Top Wood: Laminate Maple
Body Wood: Laminate Maple
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1959 Rounded Profile (.830 1st - .940 12th)
Fingerboard: Richlite
Fingerboard Radius: 15"
Scale Length: 24.75"
Width at Nut: 1.68"
Pickups: 490R Humbucker/490T Humbucker
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 1 Varitone, 3-way switch
Hardware : Gold
Bridge: Tune-o-matic, TP6
Tuners: Vintage Tulip
Unique Features: Stereo/Mono Jacks
Case: Hardshell Case