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1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard Vintage ES Semi-Hollow Guitar Cherry w/ Pat # Pickups, Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Standard in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. One of Gibson's most enduringly popular ES artist models, the Trini model was first offered in '64 and features distinct diamond-shaped F holes, split-diamond inlays, and a Fender-esque headstock to set it apart from the ES-335.

Retaining a couple of the key earlier features of this model, this Trini has reflector cap knobs and a pair of pre-T Top patent sticker humbuckers. This Trini is a particularly expressive and articulate instrument, and these patent sticker humbuckers are the direct descendents of the PAF, metering at 7.15k ohms in both the neck and bridge positions. Firmly in the “low wind” camp when it comes to how aggressively the patent stickers were wound, these pickups have an airy, sparkling top end with just enough upper midrange snarl when you really dig in. Demonstrably more open-sounding and clear than the T Tops found in many Trinis, these pickups have a real bounce and dynamic responsiveness favorable to both clean tones and higher gain scenarios The guitar weighs 8lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a round medium C-shaped profile carve at the nut with full shoulders in every register and notable heft and chunk as you travel up the fingerboard, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 12th. The original wide/flat Gibson fretwire is intact, showing only faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. The scale length is 24 3/4", and the upgraded hand-carved bone nut measures 1 9/16" in width. The headstock retains the original gold Gibson silkscreen on the face, with a set of vintage double line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. There are also small singular cleanly doweled mounting holes from a different tuner set just inset from the vintage gears.

All of the electronics function as intended, with untouched solder joints and fully intact patent # decals on the baseplates of the humbuckers. The original patent number ABR-1 bridge is intact with the correct foundry stamp on the baseplate, complete with original nylon saddles. The original trapeze tailpiece is intact too, with the Brazilian rosewood insert and Trini Lopez shield, and all of the chrome plating on the hardware is extremely clean and bright. All of the original plastic parts are intact, including the quartet of reflector cap knobs which retain all of their text on the caps, with a bit of scuffing on the bridge pickup Volume knob cap. Visible through the bass-side F hole, the oval Kalamazoo label has clear text and serial details matching the number stamped on the back of the headstock.

The original nitro lacquer Cherry finish is extremely rich and glossy with broad lacquer checking, framed by lightly ambered body binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few minor nicks and light finish scratches mostly clustered central to the lower bout on the back, and a couple small dings on the treble-side lower bout on top adjacent to the controls. The neck profile gloss is extremely smooth and clean, free of palm wear.

The original black tolex Gibson hardshell case is included and equally as well-kept as the guitar, with a longer shape able to accommodate the Trini headstock. A clean "Gibson" badge is present on the case exterior beneath the handle, and the original latches are functional.