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 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard

A discriminating ES-335

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Notes: To a vintage guitar fan there is a select group of musicians that has ultimate status and "Holy Grail" appeal because of their signature model instruments. Les Paul, The Everly Brothers, Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith and a few others will forever be enshrined in the vintage guitar player hall of fame by virtue of their Gibson artist signature guitars. The same goes for Trini Lopez, the original Latin Pop Superstar, who had two Artist Models between 1964 and 1971, the Trini Lopez Standard and the Trini Lopez Deluxe.

Materials: 16" wide and 1 ¾" deep Maple body with beautiful figuring and double rounded cutaway with cream binding and bound diamond-shaped sound holes. It sports a one-piece mahogany neck with split diamond-shaped pearloid inlays and a Rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets, nut width 1 9/16", scale lenghth 24 ¾"

Hardware: Two original Patent Number humbucking pickups with stickers intact, original pots and wiring harness, original solder joints everywhere, original plastic parts, original Patent Number tune-o-matic bridge, 6-on-a-plate Kluson tuner just like the original ones but with improved 15:1 gear ratio (new replacement tuners), original pickguard, original trapeze tailpiece with Trini Lopez name engraved in wood inlay.

Facts: The Trini Lopez Standard was based on the ES-335 model with the same thin line body and Mahogany one-piece neck but with a non-reverse Firebird headstock, a design that first appeared on the Trini Lopez Standard model one year before it became a staple motif of the Firebird line. The guitar bears the "union made" orange label from Kalamazoo. 242 were built in 1968 and this is one of them. From 1964 - 1971 a total of 1999 Trini Lopez Standard were made. Today, the model is used as the basis to create a Trini Lopez Reissue from Gibson's Custom Shop.

Condition: The guitar is in excellent condition considering the age. The original cherry finish is deep and unfaded. The frets are original and have been recrowned nicely. Plenty of metal left (90%). Truss rod works fine.

Playability: The neck is straight as an arrow with very low and buzz-free setup. Plays like butter and feels very comfy

Case: A Gibson hardshell case is included. It has been used a lot but is still in working order. Handle could be replaced but is still o.k. All latches and hinges work fine.

Setup: This instrument is strung with round wound strings (.010-.046). The guitar will accommodate heavier or lighter gauge strings, according to your preference. The frets are levelled and crowned recently, fingerboard oiled, bridge intonation and string height adjusted.

To Summarize: By 1964, Gibson contacted Trini Lopez and approached him to not only design his own guitar but to make it his signature Trini Lopez Gibson guitar. His design of the headstock - well known from Fender but not used by Gibson before that time - and the distinctive diamond-shaped soundholes were radical steps. We are happy to be able to offer this discriminating and rare guitar.

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