From the 1950s on B.B. King, the king of the blues, played a Gibson ES-335, which he gave the nickname "Lucille". The reason for this lay in an experience he had in 1949 in a music club in the U.S. state of Arkansas, where there was a fire during a concert. King, who had already fled, ran back to save his guitar, and when he later learned that the fire had occurred because two men had been fighting over a woman named Lucille he named his guitar after it. To the press King once declared, "Aside from real sex with a real woman there's nothing that gives me such inner peace as Lucille." A peculiarity in the construction of his ES-335 is that, although it is semi-resonant, it does not have the characteristic f-holes. In addition, the model has an advanced tone control called the Varitone rotary switch. Same with the present 2015 Gibson Memphis model, which delivers a fantastic and varied sound with its 490R and 490T humbuckers. Just as fat and smacky as its solidbody sisters, but with an extra pinch of airiness in the sound, which is a real pleasure not only on clean chords, but especially on distorted Blues riffs. The characteristic look of the gloss finish in noble, deep black Ebony with Tortoiseshell pickguard, ebony fingerboard and gold hardware puts a smile on the face not only of fans of B.B. King. And the playing characteristics of this ES-335 are just great due to the relatively high frets and the pleasant medium neck with Rounded-C profile. As icing on the cake, the guitar also features a TP-6 fine tuner tailpiece. As always with black guitars there are minimal signs of use on this Semi-Hollow, but otherwise it is in top condition including the frets. So, if you want to secure a great looking and sounding icon of music history, don't wait too long here.
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