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A Rare Quintet of Gem-Colored Lucilles, in an Extremely Limited Run


In addition to their collectors' appeal, the Limited Edition Gem Series B.B. King Lucilles are top-flight performance instruments, primed with specs honed at the King's own request over the 30 years since the introduction of the first Lucille, and constructed with all the unparalleled quality that only Gibson Memphis can offer. Designed along the lines of the Gibson ES Series of semi-hollow guitars, the Lucille has a laminated maple semi-hollow double-cutaway body with a solid maple center block for enhanced definition and sustain, but is made without the dual f-holes of the traditional models, to help combat the feedback encountered at high volumes.

A three-piece maple neck with ebony fingerboard contributes clarity and precision to each note, while being fast and extremely comfortable thanks to a smoothly rounded profile. A solid, body-mounted Nashville Tune-o-matic bridge helps to maximize resonance and sustain, and is partnered with a stud-mounted TP-6 fine-tuning tailpiece for easy on-the-fly tuning corrections. Tuners are high-quality Grovers with metal tulip buttons, long an upgraded component of high-end Gibson models, and all is gold plated, naturally. To capture every sweet tonal nuance this instrument puts out, Gibson Memphis loads it with a pair of alnico-magnet humbuckers, a 490R in the neck position and a slightly hotter 490T in the bridge. These are routed through Gibson’s unique 6-position Varitone switch (which enables instant tonal changes), a three-way toggle pickup selector switch, separate Volume and Tone controls for each pickup and a pair of output jacks for stereo output (but can also be used in a mono configuration)..

The piece de resistance, of course, is the range of five rare and exclusive colors that cap off these Limited Edition guitars (which have only ever been finished in Ebony and Cherry before now): Sapphire, Amethyst, Diamond, Ruby and Emerald. Only 25 guitars of each color will be available, giving Lucille a gorgeous new wardrobe that also makes her an instant collector’s item. Reserve your Gem Series B.B. King Lucille in your choice of one of the five great finishes, only available at Musician’s Friend.
Body and Finish
Each Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is made with a semi-hollow double-cutaway body made from laminated maple, with a solid maple center block for enhanced sustain and no f-holes to combat feedback. This Limited Edition is finished in five exclusive new colors: Sapphire, Amethyst, Diamond, Ruby and Emerald, all with a high-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
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Body
Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
The Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is made with a three-piece maple neck that is carved to a fast and comfortable rounded profile, and capped with an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl block in lays. It has a back-angled headstock with custom mother-of-pearl "B.B. King" and crown headstock inlays.
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Neck and Headstock
Pickups and Electronics
The Gem Series B.B. King Lucille carry a pair of Gibson U.S.A. Modern Classics pickups, including a 490R in the neck and a 490T in the bridge. These are routed through Gibson’s 6-position Varitone switch, three-way toggle pickup selector switch, separate Volume and Tone controls and a pair of output jacks for stereo output, but can also be used in a mono configuration.
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Hardware & Electronics
Hardware
The Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is equipped with upgraded hardware to boost the performance of this Memphis model. This set that consists of a Nashville Tune-O-Matic bridge with TP-6 tailpiece for easy mid-flight fine-tuning, and premium Grover tuners with metal tulip buttons, all plated in gold.
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Hardware