Circa 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Guitar Great Old Vintage Player With No Reserve For Sale
We are having to relist this sale because the winning buyer, a new first time buyer, informed us a couple of days after the sale ended that he simply did not have the money to cover his offer. Please, offer only if you are able to honor your commitment, thank you...
Here we have one of those instruments that really makes my job such a pleasure. This is one very cool old Gibson Trini Lopez Standard model electric guitar, circa 1968. Plays great and has such a sweet rich soulful tone with smooth singing sustain… I can say for a fact that if I did not already personally own an ES-335 Gibson, this Trini would never have made it to sale. This is a vintage original made in U.S.A. Trini Lopez semi-hollow body and not to be confused with the recent reissue DW-335 that Gibson is presently offering due to recent popularity created by Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. We can find no evidence that there has ever been any repair work or modifications made to this guitar. It appears to be totally original except for 2 small mounting screws that secure the trapeze tailpiece to the body that have been replaced and the wooden model name insert is missing from the trapeze tailpiece… a fairly common thing, since the tailpiece badge on this model can often be a source of unwanted rattle and so many players remove it. Please look at the pictures and thoroughly read all descriptions below for further details as to condition.
Our experienced professional instrument technician has thoroughly inspected, tested, and adjusted this guitar, as we do with all our instruments, so that it will arrive in the best possible playing condition. Nice comfortable playing action on this one with approx 1-9/16” width at the fingerboard nut, rosewood fingerboard, frets in great shape with no issues or problems and showing hardly any wear… my best guess would be that this guitar has seen primarily flat wound strings over the years, which would account for the frets being in such nice shape. The old nitro lacquer finish has the typical “spider webbing” in the finish that you find on most all of the old Gibson guitars. Of course associated with the nearly 50 years this fine old guitar has been around, there are various dinks and dings to the finish, some of which can be seen in the pictures.
On the back of the headstock, next to the serial number, this guitar has the factory impressed stamp “2”. Over our many years in business we have purchased quite a few new guitars directly from Gibson with this same 2 stamp on the back of the headstock. It was our understanding from Gibson that guitars marked with the “2” had strictly a cosmetic blemish and never any structural issue. Of course now that this guitar has seen use and all these years have passed, it is impossible to tell what might have been the blemish that promoted Gibson to stamp it with the 2.
At some point many years ago this guitar was subjected to moisture while in the case, probably while leaned up in a corner. The bottom edge of the case got a little wet and wicked up some moisture and this dampness then caused the finish to turn milky along the bottom side around the lower strap buttton where the trapeze tailpiece mounts to the side and on a portion of the lower back as can be seen in the pictures below. The previous owner was also in the habit of storing the guitar in the case with the strap still attached, wrapping it around the lower side of the guitar. As can be seen in the picture of the side in the area around the strap button where the trapeze tailpiece is attached, the strap chipped some small areas of finish off the side. I realize there are some who will not be able to get past the milky finish areas, so please look carefully at all the pictures of these blemished areas and make sure whether this one is right for you… either way, thank you for looking.
In the picture below you can see the finish checking (spider webbing) in the lacquer on the back of the neck, again very typical of the old nitro finishes.
All original hardware and pickups… all the electronics have been thoroughly tested and are functioning as they should.
Also included and shown above is the original arch lid hardshell case and it is in poor condition. It will be more than adequate for packing and shipping the guitar in but is musty smelling, patched in places with black tape along some of the edges. In my opinion this guitar needs and certainly does warrant a better case.
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Circa 1968 Gibson Trini Lopez Guitar Great Old Vintage Player With No Reserve: $2,900