Gibson Makes History Again with the B.B. King Lucille Legacy

Gibson B.B. King Lucille Legacy
(Image credit: Gibson)

Continuing their generations-long association with blues guitar hero B.B. King, Gibson have just announced the release of the new B.B. King Lucille Legacy model. 

This premium semi-hollowbody instrument from Gibson's Custom Shop – currently priced $6,999 – features a plethora of high-end appointments and is a fitting tribute to the man known as the King of the Blues.

Standout features of the B.B. King Lucille Legacy include a Transparent Ebony nitrocellulose finish, split block inlays, “Lucille” mother-of-pearl headstock inlays, and gold hardware throughout.

Those familiar with Gibson's earlier B.B. King signature guitars will notice the Lucille Legacy also comes sans f-holes. This unique feature was requested by the man himself when his original models – the Lucille Standard and Lucille Custom – were introduced in the early '80s.

“It has been a pleasure working with the Gibson team in developing a new line of B.B. King Signature Lucille guitars,” said CEO and Chairman of the B.B. King Music Company, Vassal Benford. 

“I am proud of the new Lucille Legacy guitar and delivering a true work of art, opening B.B. King’s life and legacy to new artists across the globe.”

Gibson ad for original B.B. King Standard and Custom signture models

Early '80s Gibson ad for the original B.B. King signature models. (Image credit: Gibson)

“We are honored to celebrate the life and spirit of B.B. King,” adds Senior Director of Product Development at Gibson, Mat Koehler. “The Lucille Legacy model features both classic Lucille features and some new ornate elements like split block inlays and a stunning figured maple body. 

"Its beauty and character pay tribute to the man who brought joy to millions around the globe and created music so powerful it will live forever.”

The Lucille Legacy’s body is constructed using a 3-ply (maple/poplar/maple) lamination and a maple centerblock, while its mahogany neck boasts a 355-style ebony fingerboard. 

In tandem with a TP-6 tailpiece, an ABR-1 bridge allows for accurate setup and easy adjustment, while Grover tuners provide excellent stability and smooth operation.

In terms of electronics, the B.B. King Lucille Legacy comes loaded with a pair of Gibson Custombuckers. Wired by hand, the instrument’s circuit comprises a 6-position Varitone switch (mono), CTS audio taper pots, and paper-in-oil Bumblebee tone caps.

A Custom Shop hardshell case and certificate of authenticity are also included.

Epiphone B.B. King Lucille

Epiphone B.B. King Lucille (Image credit: Epiphone)

Those seeking a less expensive alternative may be interested in checking out the new Epiphone B.B. King Lucille (above).

For more information on the Gibson B.B. King Lucille Legacy click here.

Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.