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Trini Lopez Standard description | 1965 promotional sheet

Gibson Trini Lopez Standard
Gibson Trini Lopez Standard promo sheet

Promo sheet for the Gibson Trini Lopez Standard from around 1964/1965 - when the model was introduced.

The Gibson Trini Lopez Standard (and it's more expensive companion model, the Trini Lopez Deluxe) were produced at Gibson's Kalamazoo facility from 1964.

The thinline Standard was the most popular of the two models, by far, selling 2000 instruments over 8 years (see shipping figures). It was, however, considerably lower priced than the full-body Deluxe: at the first listing (Feb. 1965) the Standard and Deluxe were $375 and $645 respectively.

The Trini Lopez 'features' were primarily the split diamond neck position marker inlays, the Firebird-style headstock, Trini Lopez emblem tailpiece and diamond-shaped 'f' holes. The two models were quite different though, with the above features applied to a thinline 335-style guitar for the standard, and to a full-body, Barney Kessel-style guitar for the Deluxe.

So the main difference between the two guitars was the thickness: the Deluxe was 3", the Standard just 1 3/4"; and cutaway style the Deluxe had double Florentine, the Standard double Venetian. Furthermore the Deluxe had an ebony fretboard, compared to the rosewood of the Standard.

Both models were included in price lists until late 1970, and shipped up until 1971.

The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson catalogue.

TRINI LOPEZ STANDARD - Artist Model Built for the guitarist who needs an instrument with a modern sound and a stylish appearance. An exceptionally responsive instrument with thin body and double cutaway design.

FEATURES: Select maple top, back and rims with cream binding and bound diamond shaped sound holes. Slim, fast, low action mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod and diamond shaped pearloid inlays, joins body at 19th fret. Twenty-Two fret rosewood fingerboard. Twin humbucking pickups. Chrome-plated Tune-O-Matic bridge. Chrome-plated machine heads. 16" wide, 19" long 1 ¾" thin: 24 ¾" scale, 22 frets.

TL-S Trini Lopez Standard - Cherry finish 519L - Faultless plush-lined case
304L - Archcraft plush-lined case

The Trini Lopez Standard was really only available for a few years in the late 1960s (actually shipping between 1964-1971, but only a handful in the first and last years - see the shipping figures), a time in which Gibson was having production and other problems, and printed less publicity material than usual. It was therefore only included in two major US catalogues, the 1966 and the 1970.

1966 Gibson catalogue

1966 Gibson catalogue
The Trini Lopez Standard appears on page 3 alongside the Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow models.

1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue

1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue

The Trini Lopez Standard appears on page 5

Built for the guitarist who needs an instrument with a modern sound and stylish appearance. An exceptionally responsive instrument with thin body and double cutaway design

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