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1997 Gibson B.B. King Lucille ES-355 Cherry Red w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1997 Gibson B.B. King “Lucille” ES-355 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a molded hardshell case. This signature iteration of the 355 platform was built to King’s specifications with no F holes (designed to further reduce unwanted feedback) and stereo outputs, finished in a Cherry Red nitro lacquer gloss.

Tonewoods comprises a semi-hollow maple body (maple centerblock), mahogany neck, and bound ebony fingerboard, and this Lucille weighs 9lbs 7oz. 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 thinned-out sounds and midrange forward options, and there are dual outputs for stereo functionality. This Lucille has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Slender C at nut, more heft in upper registers, measuring .810” 1st fret, .975” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, pearl block inlay
-Frets: Medium jumbo, virtually no wear
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Tuners: Upgraded Sperzel locking
-Serialization: Stamp translates to ‘97

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: 490T/490R humbuckers
-Controls: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector, six-position rotary Varitone
-Hardware: Nashville bridge, TP-6 tailpiece
-Plastics: Multi-ply bound tortoise pickguard, gold speed knobs (replacement)

The gloss Cherry Red nitro lacquer finish is framed by multi-ply binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle wear on the back and a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear.

An SKB molded hardshell case is included.