B.B. King Lucille is Epiphone's version of King's famous Gibson. This guitar features 2 humbuckers with stereo Varitone controls, gold hardware, a set maple neck, laminated maple top and back, and block inlays.
B.B. King Lucille is Epiphone's version of King's famous Gibson. Made to play the blues, the Epiphone B.B. King Lucille Electric Guitar features 2 humbuckers with stereo Varitone controls that give you single-coil sounds as well as the throatier humbucker tone. The body is laminated maple.
The neck is maple and has a rosewood fretboard with block inlays. Body, neck, and headstock are bound. 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.
How Does the Varitone Control Works?
Lucille’s biting tone comes from two Epiphone Alnico Classic™ humbuckers with gold covers framed by a classic multi-bound tortoise shell style pickguard with historic metal “E” insignia. An indelible part of King’s sound also comes from his subtle use of the Vari-tone ™, control which is identical in principle to the vintage models that King uses on stage.
The VariTone™ uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariTone™ is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the center frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments.
Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity. Position 2, (5db at 1960 Hz) is B.B.’s favorite! But keep turning and you’ll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico Classic™ Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups.
Add it all up and between the 6-position VariTone™ circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available.