Gibson announces the B.B.King “Live at the Regal” ES-335

This, friends, is a Gibson ES-335 outfitted and reliced to look like the guitar played by B.B. King on his Live at the Regal record. It is, in a word, stunning.

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that this guitar looks lived in. The folks at Gibson have given this guitar the look and feel of the B.B. King’s original model and even copied the special additions Gibson made for the King back in the 1960s.

The guitar was “custom-ordered with an Argentine Grey sunburst finish,a Bigsby® vibrato, and a Varitone switch.” writes Gibson. “It also features Grover® “Milk Bottle” Rotomatic tuners, pearl dots to cover the stop bar holes , and nitrocellulose dot inlays on the rosewood fretboard.”

The kit includes some nice case candy including the “original” control knobs.

They are only making 100 of these at Gibson’s Nashville workshop and they’ll be selling at a bracing $9,999. You either really have to love the ES-335 (I do) or B.B. King (I do) to splash out on this thing but it is, in the end, an absolutely gorgeous guitar.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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