Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1968)

Gibson  Trini Lopez Deluxe Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1968)

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Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1968), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 895389, cherry sunburst finish, laminated maple body, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

One of our favorite slightly oddball 1960s Gibsons, the Trini Lopez Deluxe is essentially a Barney Kessel model with a more eccentric cosmetic edge! The proprietary diamond shaped F-holes and position markers give the guitar a rakish air, while the bound, single-sided headstock with a hooked tip adds a certain extra pizzazz. 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". The other unique feature is a Gretsch-like standby switch, supposedly included at Mr. Lopez's request so he could quickly turn the guitar on and off during the audience sing-along part of his act!

This example has typical features for 1968, with chrome-plated hardware, enclosed single unit Grover Roto-Matic tuners and the "amp" style black molded knobs. It has been fitted with a period Bigsby vibrato tailpiece in place of the original tailpiece with the model's logo plaque. "Mr. Lemon Tree" Trini Lopez himself played this Deluxe model, a personalized variant of the more common Barney Kessel that he used in the early 1960s. A fairly expensive Gibson never shipped in large numbers, the Trini Lopez Deluxe is a colorful, visually striking guitar as well as a fine-playing instrument.
 
Overall length is 43 3/4 in. (111.1 cm.), 16 7/8 in. (42.9 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). This guitar is relatively clean overall, with some finish checking and light play wear but no major finish loss. There is an old clear lacquer overspray to the back of the neck, where it looks like there may be an old and cleanly repaired "smile" separation on the bass side of the headstock. This is solid and pretty inconspicuous, and does not affect play at all. The pickguard is gone, the logo'd tailpiece replaced with a Bigsby but other than that the guitar is all original, complete with the black, yellow-lined HSC. A good sounding and playing Trini, as always a totally distinctive and unmistakable Gibson. Excellent - Condition.