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Neck and Headstock

Neck Species
The neck of the Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is constructed from three pieces of premium hard maple, a dense, strong wood that has long been used in this application. Neck Species
Neck Profile
The neck on the Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is carved to a rounded profile that fits comfortably in the hand. Neck Profile
Tonal Characteristics
The glued-in maple neck contributes added clarity, definition and sustain to the guitar.
Joint
Gibson uses what is known as the Mortis & Tenon joint to bind neck to body so that the two pieces form one solid unit. This glued-in neck joint has been recognized by luthiers for centuries as a superior method for attaching guitar necks and bodies. Neck Joint
Headstock Shape and Angle
The Gem Series B.B. King Lucille headstock is carved to the traditional Gibson "dove wing" shape. It is carefully angled at the 17 degrees, which increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots, while retaining crucial strength at where the headstock meets the neck. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Truss Rod
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in most of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain. Truss Rod
Logo
A Mother-of-Pearl “B.B. King” and crown are inlaid into the headstock. Logo
Fingerboard and Nut

Fingerboard Species
The Gem Series B.B. King Lucille carries an ebony fingerboard, a wood traditionally used by Gibson for upmarket models. Fingerboard Species
Frets
The guitar has 22 medium jumbo frets, with 20 frets clear of the body joint. Frets
Tonal Characteristics
Ebony fingerboards are known for their quick, precise tone.
Radius
The 12" radius of the Gem Series B.B. King Lucille fingerboard provides smooth note bending capabilities and eliminates "dead" or "choked out" notes, common occurrences on fingerboards with lesser radiuses.  
Inlays
The fingerboard of the Gem Series B.B. King Lucille fingerboard carries mother-of-pearl block position markers like those of the original ES-355. Inlays
Nut Material
The nut on the Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is made from Corian. Nut Width
Nut Width
The width of the nut on the Gem Series B.B. King Lucille is approximately 1.68".