Lu­cille is 65

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

Few gui­tarists have had such a deep and en­dur­ing re­la­tion­ship with their in­stru­ment as BB King has with his beloved Lu­cille. As the leg­end goes, BB risked his life to res­cue his first ‘ Lu­cille’, a Gibson L- 30, from a night­club fire in Arkansas started by two men fight­ing over a girl. “We learned that her name was Lu­cille,” BB re­calls. “So I named the gui­tar Lu­cille to re­mind me to never do a thing like that again.”

Many Lu­cilles have come and gone since, but her most iconic guise is that of the Ebony ES - 355 with Vari­tone switch and lack of F- holes – it’s the gui­tar you see BB hold­ing in your mind’s eye. Now, on the 65th birth­day of ‘ Lu­cille’, Gibson’s Mem­phis Cus­tom Shop has cre­ated a lux­ury An­niver­sary ver­sion (£ 2,799), with mother- of­pearl ‘ Lu­cille’ peg­head in­lay, ‘ a gold- en­graved ’ 65 Years’ mo­tif on the truss- rod cover, and a bound pick­guard. There’s also the TP6 Fine Tune Stop Bar and gold Grovers favoured by BB, and a ‘ win­dow’ cen­tre- block. A gui­tar fit for a King, no less! See www. gibson. com for more.

Gibson has long hon­oured BB King with sig­na­ture Lu­cille mod­els

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