The Best Blues Guitars In History

B.B King’s Lucille

Probably one of the most notable guitars in history, Lucille was christened when B.B King was in his early 20’s whilst working in a nightclub which burned down.

A large barrel had been set up in the middle of the dancefloor to keep the place warm, and it worked fine until two men got into a fight and knocked it over.

The blaze quickly spread and resulted in the loss of two lives, B.B King later learned that the fight had been over a woman named Lucille, and he named his Guitar after her to remind him to never let such carelessness happen again.

The Legendary guitar was stolen from him in 2009, but was returned when a fan bought it from a pawn shop and discovered it was stolen. Although he had a guitar he preferred over the others, each guitar was named “Lucille.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Number One

Unlike B.B King who gave all his guitars the same name, Stevie Ray named each one differently.

He had many guitars over the years, giving them such names as Red, Yellow, Scotch, and Lenny. One guitar however, he loved more than all the others.

Referred to as his first wife, “Number One” was his main performing instrument. It came to Vaughan from an Austin, Texas music store in 1974, already well used and apparently being previously owned by Christopher Cross.

Over the years Number One has undergone a few changes, along with a couple of accidents and a bit of abuse, such as having Stevie’s initials glued to the hand guard, and a cigarette burn, all of which adds to the guitars character.

These days a mere replica of the guitar is priced at a whopping $10,000!

Albert King’s Flying V

Albert King chose the Gibson Flying V at a time when few other guitarists did because of its style, and in return he helped make the guitar famous.

King had 3 different versions of Lucy throughout his career, the second and third versions were made by Dan Erlewine in 1974 and Radley Prokopow after 1980.

A fun fact about Albert King is that he was left-handed but he played on a right-handed guitar that he flipped upside down.

A couple of honourable mentions include Johnny Winter’s Gibson Firebird, Robert Cray’s Fender Stratocaster, Dickey Betts and Derek Trucks. George Thorogood’s ES-125 and Bo Diddley’s Custom Gretsch Guitar.

All these guitars would sell for an exorbitant amount of money these days, and even the replicas too!



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