Up for sale, a 1995 Gibson B.B. King Lucille ES-355 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original Gibson USA hardshell case and all of the original hangtags. Ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, the Gibson's USA made guitars distributed via Yamano are often considered among their best, featuring the highest quality woods picked for Gibson's discerning Japanese audience.
Finished in gloss Ebony nitro lacquer, the Lucille model is made to King's specifications with no F holes (reducing unwanted feedback) and traditional maple body construction with a one-piece mahogany neck and genuine ebony fretboard. Via the original pair of 490R and 490T humbuckers, this Gibson pairs the attack and articulation of maple with the warmth of the semi-hollow body construction, covering ample tonal ground and delivering everything from harmonic rich growl in the bridge position to Jazz-worthy warmth and fullness with the neck pickup singled out. The six-way Varitone switch adds a bevy of additional tonal options, with some deliciously thinned-out sounds and midrange forward options. This iteration of the Lucille also has dual 1/4" outputs for either mono or stereo operation. Weighing 9lbs 14oz with a notably big acoustic voice, we've had this Lucille dialed in here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with low action, accurate intonation, and 11-49 strings.
The one-piece mahogany neck has Gibson's more slender '60s C profile carve at the nut, with more heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .815" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 12th. The bound ebony fingerboard features pearl block inlay and original practically perfect frets with just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock features the original brass B.B. King truss rod cover, and the guitar features gleaming Gibson-branded Schaller tuning machines with metal tulip buttons.
All of the electronics work as intended, with individual Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker, a three-way pickup selector switch, and six-way rotary Varitone. The gold hardware is extremely clean, save for light wear on the treble side of the pickup covers from minor off gassing of the pickguard. Hardware includes the TP-6 tailpiece and Nashville Tune-o-Matic bridge. The original bound transparent tortoise pickguard shows some checking and minor wear around the neck pickup cutaway, and a quartet of speed knobs rounds out the plastics. The Ebony gloss nitro lacquer is extremely well-kept, with cosmetic wear limited to a few faint finish scratches and tiny marks on the body as a whole, while the neck profile is flawless.
The original brown tolex Gibson USA hardshell case is included and equally as clean as the guitar, along with all of the original hangtags (some of which are in Japanese) and the Gibson/Yamano manual.