Gibson Trini Lopez Standard Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966)

Gibson  Trini Lopez Standard Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1966)
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Gibson Trini Lopez Standard Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 841718, cherry lacquer finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

One of our favorite '60s Gibsons, the Trini Lopez Standard is essentially a cherry red ES-335 with a slightly sassy cosmetic edge! The diamond shaped f-holes and position markers give the guitar a rakish air, while the single-sided headstock adds a certain extra pizzazz. A snazzy engraved rosewood-and-plastic tailpiece insert carries the "Trini Lopez Model" designation, with a couple of extra diamonds. While these guitars are usually referred to as having a "Firebird Style" headstock, this model in fact slightly predates the non-reverse Firebird guitars it shares the design with, so really the later Firebirds have a "Trini head".

This example is typical for 1966, with chrome-plated hardware, nylon tune-o-matic saddles, enclosed strip Kluson tuners, and the "silver capped" clear plastic knobs that were about to be replaced with the less appealing "amp"-style black molded knobs. This one has an unusual but stock black plastic ring around the selector switch, something Gibson added if the rout came out a bit off. This was the era of that sort of thing.

"Mr Lemon Tree" Trini Lopez himself seems to have never played this model, preferring the "Deluxe" artist model bearing his name that is more similar to a Barney Kessel. In recent years this once derided model has become a more sought after instrument, especially favored by Dave Grohl. Then or now, Trini Lopez Standard remains the most colorful of the 335 semi-hollow-body family, and is still a visually striking guitar as well as a fine-playing instrument.
Overall length is 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a superbly clean and all original guitar overall, showing only some minimal play wear. Although the guitar looks very little played there is a bit of finish work to the back of the neck, with a patched ding on the bass side around the 9th fret. Just the cap of the heel has an added black overspray, most likely done to cover a tiny seam separation at the body joint. Somebody VERY finicky owned this guitar once.

Everything else is complete and original; the finish and hardware are very nicely preserved. There is a small dent in the neck pickup cover. The original jumbo frets have been crowned down a bit but still play fine, and the guitar sounds fantastic. Includes a similarly quite clean OHSC. Overall Excellent + Condition.