Rock Me Baby
Lucille’s biting tone comes from two Epiphone Alnico Classic™ humbuckers with gold covers framed by a classic multi-bound tortoise shell style pickguard with historic metal “E” insignia. An indelible part of King’s sound also comes from his subtle use of the Vari-tone ™, control which is identical in principle to the vintage models that King uses on stage.
The VariTone™ uses a six-way rotary switch which engages 5 pre-set notch filters and a bypass. In position one, the VariTone™ is completely bypassed. As you rotate the rotary switch into positions 2-6, the center frequency of the notch filter shifts from around 1.9kHz down to 130Hz, providing a player with a wide tonal palette unavailable on most other instruments. Positions 2 through 4 offer tonal shaping while still maintaining great clarity. Position 2, (5db at 1960 Hz) is B.B.’s favorite!
But keep turning and you’ll find Positions 5 and 6 shape-shift the Alnico Classic™ Humbuckers into a single-coil style pickup but without the thin quack usually associated with traditional single coil pickups. Add it all up and between the 6-position VariTone™ circuit and the 3-position toggle switch, you have 18 unique tones available.