(SOLD) Epiphone BB King Lucille Ebony Korea 2000
Epiphone Lucille, made in Korea 2000, black gloss. There's not many players who cast a shadow as large as BB King, he's the influence behind the influencers and a true giant of the instrument. The Lucille model is based off BB's modified Gibson ES355, so it's got a varitone switch, a fancy bridge with fine tuners and stereo outputs for all your manic double-amp desires. You can still get a new one of these, but this one was made in the Peerless factory in Korea a couple of decades ago, whereas new examples come out of China. The build and finish quality on these MIK Epiphones is very good: this feels really tight and tidy and the details are all executed really well. The neck is slim and agreeable, it's similar in shape to a Gibson slim 60s profile. The tone on offer is dark and gooey, with a long sustain and heaps of warmth. It's tasty and full for cleans, but it does it's best work with an overdriven tube amp playing legato leads and juicy chords. There's a lot to like here!
Model: Epiphone BB King Lucille Ebony Korea 2001
Made: Korea, Peerless factory, 2000 (serial R0103012)
Finish: ebony (black), gloss poly
Body: laminated maple, maple centre block, thinline depth
Neck: maple and mahogany five piece, rosewood board, 12" radius, 24.75" scale
Pickups: Epiphone 'Classic Alnico' humbucker x2
Case: basic non-original hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has dimples on the end, scuffs on the back and a sticker mark above the serial number. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs, most notably in the neck joint and middle areas, no major marks. The sides have minor dimples on both horns, the elbow area and near the jacks. The front has some dimples near the knobs, scuffs behind the bridge and in the elbow area and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, intonation is good, action is low, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. The frets have some normal wear but are pretty even with no major buzz issues, 7/10 for fret life left. Setup with fresh 11/49 Moonshiners strings.