“The Gibson guitar that was inspired by Trini Lopez is as exciting as the young performer who helped create it.” - Gibson ad, circa 1965
“An exceptionally responsive thin body instrument with double cutaway and outstanding appearance … designed for today’s musicians who need the modern sound in a quality fashioned guitar.” – Gibson catalog, circa 1968
Growing up in the Latin “barrios” of Dallas, Texas, longtime Gibson signature artist Trinidad “Trini” Lopez, III, learned quickly how to be a survivor, a trait that would serve him well on his way to becoming one of the premier guitar players and songwriters of the early 1960s. Gibson Memphis is proud to once again honor the heritage of this 1960s pop icon with the new 2009 Trini Lopez Reissue – a detailed recreation of the popular Trini Lopez Standard from the mid 1960s. Gibson first honored the “Original Latin Pop Superstar” in late 1964 by introducing two very distinct models bearing his name. The first was the full-body Trini Lopez Deluxe model, fashioned after Gibson’s Barney Kessel model, and the other was a thin-body semi-hollowbody electric based on the ES-335 and called the Trini Lopez Standard – the model used as the basis to create today’s 2009 Trini Lopez Reissue from Gibson Memphis. This new reissue from the master craftsmen at Gibson Memphis features all of the classic appointments that gave the original model its unique look and sound, including a plain laminated maple top, with matching maple back and rim, finished in an antiqued faded red hue that delivers the desired vintage look so commonly sought in today’s guitars. Distinct diamond-shaped f-holes adorn the guitar’s semi-hollow body, and single-ply white binding decorates the edges of the top and back. The guitar is available with two tailpiece options: the standard stopbar tailpiece, or a trapeze tailpiece similar to the original design of the late 1960s. Also familiar is the non-reverse Firebird headstock – a design that first appeared on the Trini Lopez Standard model one year before it became a staple motif of the Firebird line – and the figured acrylic split diamond inlays that adorn the guitar’s 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. A pair of Gibson’s renowned ’57 Classic humbucker pickups gives the Trini Lopez Reissue all the vintage “PAF” tone expected from such a classic guitar. The 2009 Trini Lopez Reissue comes with a standard Gibson Memphis Reissue case and certificate of authenticity.