- Jan 28, 2013
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I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
I'll use my Lucille as example again. Before I bought mine (used) I actually didn't know there was a BB King signature guitar. When I pulled it off the wall I simply had to have it. It was easily the nicest playing guitar I'd ever played up until that point. A few years after I bought mine there was new one in the store. I hated it. A little while later there was a new one in Cherry. I hated it too. Tried a few more throughout the years and hated them all. I thought maybe they changed the specs on the newer ones. Then I had a chance to play an older one and hated it too.
I've owned many many many guitars and have been doing my own set ups, repairs and mods for over 30 years. I most definately know the difference between a guitar that isn't set up to my liking vs a neck that has a different profile.
If I had come across one of the other Lucilles first I would just think it was neat that you could own one.
Gibson deliberately has variation in neck profiles because that's how it was back in the day with hand-sanding (which they still do). They generally stick around a target thickness, but can go thicker or thinner depending on the guitar. It has its pros and cons when you think about it; yes, you can't order a guitar and know exactly what you're getting, but on the other hand it allows you to find one that suits you perfectly. It's possible that your Lucille is unusually thick or thin and only exists because they varied from the official specification.