1967 Gibson Trini Lopez Guitar & Original Case + Purchase Documents
In superb original condition with no modifications or repairs. Please note the broken handle on an otherwise excellent original hard-shell case.
Throughout its long and esteemed history, Gibson has kept its guitars associated with artists. Top players were often seen in Gibson advertisements and catalogs, and a few models were named after leading artists of the day, including Nick Lucas, Les Paul, Hank Garland, and Billy Byrd. By the early 1960s, Gibson accelerated this tradition by concentrating on even more artist-endorsed models. The list of ’60s players with signature Gibson guitars includes Tal Farlow, Johnny Smith, Barney Kessel, the Everly Brothers, and Trini Lopez.
The Trini Lopez model was introduced in 1965 with input from the popular singer. After moving from Dallas to Beverly Hills in the early ’60s, he was discovered by Frank Sinatra and signed to Reprise Records. Lopez had several hit records, including covers of “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree.” The Trini Lopez model also came in two versions: the Standard (based on an ES-335), and the Deluxe (based on the Barney Kessel). The main features that make the Lopez different from the Kessel are an asymmetrical “Fender-like” headstock, diamond-shaped soundholes and fretboard inlays, and a standby switch.