2014 Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature Lucille 65th Anniversary Ebony

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2014 Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature Lucille 65th Anniversary Ebony

All Original and clean example with very little playing time on it. This guitar comes with the original hardshell case. These models the six position vari-tone knob that help to recreate BB King’s iconic guitar tone. The guitar is fully functional condition.

Fit for a King!

B. B. King is blues royalty, and his signature guitar is dripping with sumptuous refinements that make it buttery playable, sonically versatile, and drop-dead gorgeous. Disigned to Mr. King’s exacting specifications, the 65th Anniversary Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature gives you a semi-hollow spruce-topped body sans f-holes, two humbucking pickups, a six-position stereo Varitone circuit, fine-tuner tailpiece, gold hardware, and an elegant “Lucille” inlay peghead veneer. Want a guitar that’s fit for a king? Wild West’s got your axe: the Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature.

Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature at a Glance:
Mr. King’s personal touches abound on this impeccable guitar
When B.B. King was playing ES-335s and 3555s, he used to stuff the f-holes to eliminate feedback. So when it came time to design his own dream guitar, his first request was to get rid of those f-holes, which Gibson was happy to do. Another touch is the special fine-tuner tailpiece. Gibson has had a few similar tailpieces through the years, but this one is the best of the lot. Finally, B. B. decided he wanted to keep the six-position Varitone rotary switch, which essentially rolls off highs in a quite different way than by using the standard tone control. Add an Ebony finish and you’ve got the King’s guitar!
No, we’re not talking about the latest fad diet, we’re talking about Lucille’s special rounded neck profile. This fast, satisfying neck occupies a nice middle ground. It’s not super chunky like those huge ‘58 Les Paul necks, but neither is it as thin as Gibson’s ‘60s “slim taper” neck profiles. In any case, the combination of a comfortable maple neck and a Richlite fingerboard with pearl block inlays gives you buttery playability. Go ahead - let your fingers dance a bit. If you’re like us guitarists here at Wild West, you’ll find “Lucille” quite addictive.
You want fat, snarling tone that’s perfect for blues and rock? The Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature serves it up, big time. But Gibson’s 498T and 490R humbuckers are also seriously versatile. Gibson voiced these pups for tonal characteristics similar to their ‘57 Classics, but with a slight increase in the upper mids for a more contemporary humbucker sound. From chimey cleans to searing shred (and everything in between), these pickups reward your touch with world-class responsiveness. Perfect for blues and rock, sure - but equally proficient at jazz and just about any flavor of fusion you might be into.Not too fat, not too thin: this might well be your ideal neck profile490R and 490T humbuckers give you a massive arsenal of toneGibson Memphis B.B. King Signature Features:
Own the legend’s guitar: the Gibson Memphis B.B. King Signature “Lucille”!

  • Mr. King’s personal touches abound on this impeccable guitar
  • Not too fat, not too thin: this might well be your ideal neck profile
  • 490R and 490T humbuckers give you a massive arsenal of tone

  • Honoring the 65th Birthday of “Lucille”
  • Plain Maple veneers, “Window” centerblock, Spruce top and back bracing
  • Maple neck topped with a Richlite fingerboard with MOP block inlays
  • 490R/490T pickups and 6-position stereo Varitone circuit deliver a universe of tone
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge, TP6 Fine Tune stop bar give you absolute tuning stability and control
  • Gold hardware; elegant “Lucille” inlay peghead veneer
  • Custom Shop hardshell case and certificate of authenticity included
  • Handcrafted by world-class luthiers in Gibson’s Memphis, TN Custom Shop
ModelGibson Memphis B.B. King Signature Lucille 65th
BuilderGibson Memphis
Body TypeHollow Body
Top Wood3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Body Wood3-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Finish TypeGloss
Finish ColorEbony
Back FinishGloss
BindingMaple Binding 7-ply White
Neck WoodMaple
Neck CarveRounded “C”
Scale Length24.75" / 62.865cm
Neck Radius12" / 304.8mm
Frets22 (Medium Jumbo - 18% Nickel Silver)
Nut Width1.687" / 42.84mm
Nut MaterialCorian
Neck FinishGloss
InlaysMother of Pearl Full Block
Neck Pickup490R Humbucker
Bridge Pickup490T Humbucker
PickguardMulti-ply Bound Tortoiseshell
BridgeTune-O-Matic with TP-6 Fine Tuner Tailpiece
TunersGrover Rotomatic with Keystone Button
Controls2 Volumes / 2 Tones / 3-Way Toggle Switch / 6-Position Varitone switch
Electronics2 output jacks, hand-wired with ceramic capacitors
ExtrasCertificate of Authenticity
Case Gibson Hardshell Case
Weight9.35 Pounds