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Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar  

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Made to play the blues, the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar features 2 humbuckers with stereo output to two separate amps (one for treble, one for bass) and a Vari-Tone control that tailor ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Made to play the blues, the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar features 2 humbuckers with stereo output to two separate amps (one for treble, one for bass) and a Vari-Tone control that tailor your pickup sounds.

The body is laminated maple while the maple neck has a rosewood fretboard with block inlays. Body, neck, and headstock are bound. The TP-6 tailpiece allows precise tuning. Gold hardware adds another classy touch, and Lucille's name is prominently displayed on the headstock to remind you never to run back into a burning building.

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.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple
  • Body wood: Maple
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Lucille
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut width: 1.68" (42.67mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Classic Alnico
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Classic Alnico
  • Brand: Epiphone
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Vari-Tone, Dual outputs: 1/4” mono (both pickups or neck pickup in Stereo Mode and 1/ 4” Stereo (bridge pickup)
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: TP-6 tunable
  • Tuning machines: Grover
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: South Korea
Specifications
  • Vari-Tone Control
  • Position 1: Bypass
    Position 2: 5dB at 1950Hz
    Position 3: 12dB at 1100Hz (similar to single-coil)
    Position 4: 18.5dB at 360Hz (similar to single-coil)
    Position 5: 21dB at 120Hz
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EpiphoneB.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Epiphone Lucille: A SWEET Deal!

I received my new Lucille from Guitar Center as a birthday gift from my girlfriend. The first thing that one notices are, obviously, the cosmetics. Wow! Is this eye candy!! The...Read complete review

I received my new Lucille from Guitar Center as a birthday gift from my girlfriend. The first thing that one notices are, obviously, the cosmetics. Wow! Is this eye candy!! The finish is like a mirror, flawless and clear. The creamy white binding on the headstock, neck, front and back of the body set a strong contrast with the ebony finish that makes the appearance pop. The rosewood fretboard, with its beautiful block mother of pearl inlays, is buzz-free, smooth and fast while the frets have been perfectly filed and shaped. The gold appointments sing of style. The inlaid "Lucille" on the headstock and gold "BB King" truss rod cover add the finishing touches to make this lady the queen of my guitar collection! I cannot get over how versitile this axe is! The 6 position Varitone switch provides an incredibly wide variety of tones to choose from. The stereo output is awesome. One channel is for the bridge pickup, the other is for the neck. I plug the bridge pickup into my Fender Princeton guitar amp, and the other into my Peavy bass amp, and the tonal options that I have, literally at my fingertips, are incredible! The pickups ring with full tones, both bright and rich. When adjusting the volume and tone pots, the motion is smooth and crackle free. Lastly, tune-o-matic bridge and TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece are the ideal combination; once tuned, my Lucille STAYS in tune! Whether playing clean or distorted, I am able to get tones and harmonics that I had never dreamed of before. This guitar is not just another pretty lady; she's a sonic monster that has helped me reach new levels of musicianship that I did not think I could get to before. I highly recommend this axe!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

One Sweet Axe

I just bought this guitar and I am very well pleased with it. The fit and finish are flawless. The pickups are great and she plays very easy. I play it with and...Read complete review

I just bought this guitar and I am very well pleased with it. The fit and finish are flawless. The pickups are great and she plays very easy. I play it with and without distortion and the sustain seems to go on forever. This is one beautiful guitar. If you're into the blues or even rock, this baby can handle it.

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4.0

Exceptional for the price

By Adam ant

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

    This guitar really is one of the best at this price point. It's versatile, has great warm tones, smooth to play, and looks amazing. I'm still on the fence about the varitone and probably won't actually use it that much but it's been fun to mess around with so far. I was choosing between the Lucille and a Sheraton pro II and I'm really happy with my decision. I will say that you should test one out in person before you make a purchase. It may just be me but I think the neck on the Lucille is a little thicker than the Sheraton or comparable guitars, which is something I like, but it may take getting used to or surprise online purchasers.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar for the money

    By billg

    from Seville OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • No case or gig bag included

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

    I am very satisfied with the guitar, however, I am surprised that it did not come with a case or gig bag. I know it is not a Gibson but it still deserves protection. Could not even find a case with Musicians Friend. Had to go elsewhere to find a case

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Epiphone BB King Lucille, Best purchase ever made.

    By Badhabit

    from Jacksonville, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics
    • Very Nice Appointments

    Cons

    • Bad set up out of the box

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

    Plays great but had to do complete setup. Neck relief with 0.009 now, and action low with no buzz, she plays great with flatwounds 11's. Addario Chromes for the rythme style of smooth jazz, but, to each his own. Also had to set pickups to height. No feedback and feels good and easy to play. I play high end guitars and this one fits the bill but without the high cost. Love the dual jack outputs for two amp sterio. In all fairness, I love this guitar because of the low price and quality. I didn't realize Epiphone made such a nice guitar till a good friend in our band of misfits got one from a local talent on christmas as a gift. I have no talent just a few skills so this fits my wallet fine.

     
    5.0

    I would definitely buy this product again.

    By Ron

    from Colorado Springs, Co

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is capable of many different sounds. I have Gibson and Fender guitars and this Epp is very close to their quality and playability.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT gift!!!

      By D. C. MacLingus

      from Ojai, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

        My wife bought me my Lucille for my birthday back in '09. Ever since then, it has been my go-to-guitar. The first thing that you notice is, of course, the appointments; the beautiful black finish with gold hardware really catches the eye. Epiphone has a reputation for having their hardware fade. There has been some fading on the pickup covers, but, for the most part, it has held up remarkably well in the six years that I have had it.
        Now for the real issue: how does it play and sound? I read a review that suggested that the pickups be swapped out for a set of Gibson PAFs. I can't say that's a bad idea... maybe it would improve the sound. All I can say is that I am VERY happy with the tones that I get from mine. I can go from rough humbucker tones to just about any desired sound by toggling through the different positions on the Vari-tone switch. The stereo output is something that I have used on occession with good success, but I usually don't bother with it.
        Other reviews try to compare the Epiphone version with the Gibson. Let's be honest about a couple of things: first is that, after playing both, this is no Gibson. However, I am not a professional musician, nor am I made of money. The Gibson is far and away the better instrument. For my money and for my abilities, though, the Epi is more than enough! B. B. King often said that the Epi is "a fine instrument." Les Paul would say that Epiphones provide a quality instrument at a price that young people can afford. Who am I to disagree with them?

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent guitar!

        By Josh

        from Alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar shortly after Mr. King passed away as a not so subtle nod to his influence on my playing style, and I must say that it is an absolute blast to play! Out of the box, it was setup and intonated almost perfectly, I just needed to tune it. After a string change and a couple days out playing it, I noticed that I rarely had to tune it and when I did have to, it wasn't very far off. Holds tune very well..haven't even had to use the fine tuners. I should also add that the "E" on the pickguard is only lightly glued on and can be removed and put away, or removed and glued more securely or left alone to stay and/or fall off eventually. Not sure why Epiphone does it, but it's there and can be dealt with/ignored based on your personal tastes.

          The Varitone makes this very versatile, however you will lose some volume as you go, but that can be adjusted for. The finish is of good quality, the frets were dressed nicely, no snags. The neck feels good and the action was great all out of the box.

          The pickups are good and handle distortion fairly well from what little I've played with distortion. The clean tones are good. There's a little boominess to the neck pickup, but you can either use the varitone or back the pickup itself down away from the strings. The bridge pickup sounds really good as well. A nice change of pace for someone whose played single coils since they started playing.

          You're paying for nice hardware and the name as another reviewer said, but this guitar is definitely worth the money...especially if you can't afford to buy the Gibson but can manage this. Glad I bought it!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          B.B.'s voice

          By Jose

          from Mexico

          Site Member

          Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

          I just got my brand new Epiphone Lucille and it's perfect. Sounds great and is so beautiful! B.B.'s voice is in this guitar.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply Amazing!

          By Rubedawg

          from El Paso, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

            Ordered this on May 13 and he passed away the next day. RIP B.B. King. This is a sweet sounding guitar right out of the box. It was flawless....finish, setup, and tone, couldn't ask for more. I highly recommend this axe. Best bang for your buck. Hands down, this is an awesome axe.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tone Demon!

            By Breukelenman

            from New York City

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

                This is a solid, well-built guitar. Feels like an oak tree. Very good neck feel and playability. Both pickups deliver excellent tone both clean and dirty, with beautiful, long-lasting sustain on solo tone going thru my two Roland Cube 80 amps. The guitar looks very nice as well. The only downside is weight, but I knew it would be heavy prior to purchasing - it's 9.4 pounds. I bought a padded, 4.5 inch, leather bass guitar strap that gives some relief. This is one amazing guitar and I'm more than pleased with it. Great job Gibson/Memphis! Highly recommended!

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                absolutely amazing guitar!

                By gingalls.

                from New York

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar:

                  This beauty has amazing tone and top of the line craftsmanship. It allows anyone to go from soulful blues to rock and anything in between. You will not be disappointed with this guitar!

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