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Lucille is the name B.B. King gave to his guitars. They were usually black Gibson guitars similar to the ES-345-355.

The story of Lucille

In the win­ter of 1949, King played at a dance hall in Twist, Arkansas. The hall was heated by a bar­rel half-filled with burn­ing kerosene, a fairly com­mon prac­tice at the time. Dur­ing a per­for­mance, two men began to fight, knock­ing over the bar­rel and send­ing burn­ing fuel across the floor. The hall burst into flames, and the build­ing was evac­u­ated. 

Once out­side, King re­al­ized that he had left his gui­tar in­side so he went back into the burn­ing build­ing to re­trieve his beloved $30 Gib­son gui­tar. King learned the next day that the two men that started the fire had been fight­ing over a woman who worked at the hall named Lu­cille. King named that gui­tar, and every gui­tar he sub­se­quently owned, Lu­cille, as a re­minder never again to do some­thing as stu­pid as run into a burn­ing build­ing or fight over women.

B.B. King wrote a song called Lu­cille in which he talks about his gui­tar and how it got its name. The song was first re­leased on the album Lu­cille and is in­cluded on the B. B. King An­thol­ogy 1962–1998 album.

Lucilles through King's career

Early Lucilles

King played gui­tars made by dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers early in his ca­reer. He played a Fender Tele­caster on most of his record­ings with RPM Records (USA) How­ever, he is best known for play­ing vari­ants of the Gib­son ES-335.

In 1980, Gib­son Gui­tar Cor­po­ra­tion launched the B. B. King Lu­cille model The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ences be­tween the Lu­cille and the Gib­son ES-355TD-SV on which it is based are the "Lu­cille" script on the head­stock, the maple neck, and the lack of F-holes on the top. King re­quested that, to re­duce feed­back, there be no F-holes.

Gib­son made the B.B. King Stan­dard model from 1980 to 1985. This model had chrome hard­ware and dot in­lays in­stead of block inlays.

The Gib­son sub­sidiary Epi­phone mar­kets a low-cost, for­eign-made Lu­cille model based on the Gib­son Lu­cille. Dif­fer­ences in­clude a vari­a­tion on the head­stock in­lays, a gloss fin­ish and dif­fer­ent pick­ups.

In 1999, Gib­son launched the Lit­tle Lucille, a ver­sion of their Blue­shawk gui­tar. It dif­fered from the Blue­shawk in hav­ing a Tune-o-matic bridge and a TP-6 stop tailpiece.Gib­son dis­con­tin­ued the Lit­tle Lu­cille and the Blue­shawk, on which it was based.

The 80th Birthday Lucille

In 2005, for B.B. King's 80th birth­day, Gib­son made a spe­cial run of 80 Gib­son Lu­cilles, re­ferred to as the 80th Birth­day Lucille. They pre­sented the first pro­to­type, which was en­graved by Baron Tech­nol­ogy, Inc, with de­sign work by Scott Jef­frey, to King as a birth­day pre­sent. King used the gui­tar as his main gui­tar until the sum­mer of 2009, when it was stolen. On Sep­tem­ber 10, 2009, Eric Dahl un­know­ingly pur­chased the stolen in­stru­ment from a pawn shop in Las Vegas, and was con­tacted by a Gib­son Artist Re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive, who in­formed Dahl of the stolen sta­tus of the gui­tar. This Lu­cille was re­turned to King in late No­vem­ber 2009

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