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Gibson Lucille. Your thoughts & pics

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Bob Pollock, May 18, 2011.

  1. Bob Pollock

    Bob Pollock Supporting Member

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    I'm considering purchasing a used Lucille, and would appreciate your observations. Particularly interested in neck profile and weight. Please post a pic if you have one too. -Thanks.
     
  2. Bob Pollock

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    I bought one in 1990 (it was called a "BB King Custom" back then) and it became my main guitar for standup gigs for the next ten years. It was a fine guitar and sounded terrific through the Mesa Boogie Mark IV I was using then. Can't comment specifically on the neck profile, except that it was the similar to an ES-355 of the period and was quite comfortable for me. It was pretty heavy--these days I prefer lighter (and smaller) guitars for standups.

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  4. Bob Pollock

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    Thanks Danny, I'm 6'4", so a big guitar works for me, but not too heavy. I've owned a couple of 355's in the past, and their weight was ok. Just need a slightly bigger neck profile, seems like Gibson is using "slim-taper" for everything.
     
  5. LTE

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    I want to say that it was a 60's slim taper neck. I think the pickups were run of the mill Gibsons (I think one was a 498?)

    Nice guitar, but a little muffled sounding due to no f holes, but the trade off was reduced feedback.
     
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    JazzyDave had one he dug, but I think he's on the road this week so won't be able to check in for a bit. Dave? Dave? Dave's not here man... (couldn't help myself)
     
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    I had one for about a year. I lived in SC at the time (super hot and humid). I liked it but mine didn't stay in tune very well. I really dug the tone of it, but sold it b/c the tuning was always kind of finicky. Some people knock the variatone circuit, but I thought it was kind of cool. I remember reading a GP article from the Dan Erlewine's Guitar Repair Book interviewing BB. He said he never even used the switch. HA!

    All of that said, perhaps mine was just a lemon. I'm in the market these days for a 335 style guitar. I'm probably gonna get an older 335.
     
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    I have never played one...but LOOKS alone put it at the top of the "cool factor".
    If I won the lottery tomorrow, I would get one of the nesest ones in Emerald Green (or maybe the Purple). ;-)
     
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    I've played them and yes they tend to be heavy guitars. They also have thin/wide maple necks which I don't care for. Cool guitars, but I prefer my 335...
     
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    Remember, Gibson Historic recently did a fat neck 335. They might even still be making them. If not, they do come up used occasionally.
     
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    The ones I've seen over the years were all slim-taper necks. They bore a heavy plastic finish and had lots of cruddy binding. IMO, Gibson cut a lot of corners on the Lucille. For a long time the Lucille has been a cheaper version of the ES-3x5 series, just as the ES-137 models are to the ES-175.

    Maybe more recently built Lucilles are closer in overall quality to the the RI 355s or the other semihollows Gibson builds in Memphis. That would be good news, indeed.
     
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    My 2001 Lucille has a nice fat neck, but not over the top. Love it. Well made
    instrument, Memphis I believe. I like the slight extra weight, but it's not Les Paul
    type weight.
     
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    Your guitar has aged much better than the singer's windsuit.
     
  14. Bob Pollock

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    Thanks all! Keep it going.
     
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    I played one for years....One of my all time favorites. Mine had a nice bug neck too....beefier then most 335's. I'm a big guy too. But developed back problems...then I sold it to a student. It is on the heavy side. Not ridiculous, but like an average les Paul (solid) or more. Great sounder though...and the black ones really look classy.
     
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    Mine's from '92, I still love it. Comfortable, but heavy. A lot of folks don't care for the varitone, I find it allows great variety, and I enjoy it.
     
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    i think its good guitar, good for BB.....give me an es 335
     
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    Does BB even mess with the varitone knob?
     

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