"Owning and playing an Epiphone B.B. King Lucille"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
The Alnico V wax potted pickups that come in this guitar are suffecient but if your a working player then I might suggest the investment of better pickups. An example would be Jason Lollar Imperials. Yes they are expensive... BUT... this Epiphone is worth the upgrade investment!
The Grover tuning gears are very good. Tight and accurate. The Gibson TP6 tailpiece is very nice. One can "fine tune" each string on the fly and string changes are very easy. The Varitone selector switch is effective but I would think most of the time one would leave it in the by-pass position since that gives Lucille the standard volume/tone/3-way pickup selector switch sound combination of most all 2 humbucker guitars. Epiphone could have bothered to use full size CTS pots verses the dime sized ones in the guitar but these are efficient and get the job done. Let me not forget the option of being able to play this guitar in a true stereo mode. It has 2 output jacks. So you can play the bridge pickup through on amplifier and the neck pickup through a different amp and create an awesome stereo sound across the whole stage. Same way BB King does himself.
Ease of Use:
One can accomplish almost any sound or tone short of really heavy metal or shredding. It sounds best when played through a good vintage tube amplifier but doesn't sound bad at all through a good quality solid state amp either. The learning curve is to understand when and how to use the Varitone.
My Lucille was extremely playable right out of the box. The action was at 3/64ths at the Low E string @ the 12th fret and 2/64ths at the high E string. No buzzing and no dead notes.
It is amazingly well built for a guitar in the 700.00 range. Fit and finish is very close to the "real deal" Gibson model. It appears to be very reliable as long as one takes proper care of it. The gold plating will wear off fairly easy but once again, if care is taken it should last quite awhile.
Haven't needed them yet so I don't know. Hope I never do
Absolutely worth every single dollar spent!!!
The Wow Factor:
The overall beauty and feel of this instrument is just magnificent. I am proud to hang it on my shoulder and play it anywhere with pride.
This particular model Epiphone appears to be built with way better quality than most other Epiphones. The attention to detail, materials and craftsmanship seem to be at a much higher level than all the other Epiphones I have owned through over 47 years of playing guitar. If you play the blues, this guitar is for you. Since I specialize in the blues,yes it is perfect for this style of music. The Varitone 6 way switch is very useful but some experimentation is needed to find when to use it. If Epiphone would just install a real bone nut instead of the man-made material one that comes on it and would level, dress and polish the frets better this model would stand right next to the Gibson counterpart model.