Howard Roberts had three Gibson models and one Epiphone (built by Gibson) model that featured his signature.
Trini Lopez has two models named after him.
Yes, Trini is the actor from The Dirty Dozen and a music performer that Peter, Paul and Mary once quipped, "Our next album is going to be called 'Trini Lopez' Greatest Hits', since many of Lopez' popular songs were covers of Peter, Paul and Mary recordings.
Trini was a Latin performer that liked to sing the folks songs of that era. He infused a distinct Hispanic rhythm to the tunes and accompanied himself on electric guitar. He added a bass and drums to achieve his sound.
When he first started his guitar of choice was a Gibson Barney Kessel Model (Barney only had one Gibson model), with it's dual Florentine cutaways.
A light bulb went off with Gibson designers and Trini was asked for his input in designing a signature model.
What emerged was the Gibson Trini Lopez Deluxe. The body of this guitar was essentially a Barney Kessel Model with a 6 on an unusual side reversed head stock and bound diamond shaped "F" holes. The guitar also had a standby switch on the upper bout, the fret markers were diamond shaped and the bound neck seems to have an ebony fretboard. The pickguard was also unique to this model. There were only 2 built in 1964. Though the photo states it was a 1965 model it may have been from 1964.
Trini has been photographed with at least 3 different variations of his signature instrument.
The Deluxe model was available in Cherryburst and Sunburst.
Gibson took things a step further in 1964 with the introduction of the Trini Lopez standard model.
ES-335 with a 6 on a side headstock and neck more like the one found on the non-reverse Firebird.
The thin neck was bound with a rosewood fretboard and diamond position markers. The "F" holes were diamond shaped and bound like on the Deluxe.
I have seen one Trini Lopez that had the neck reversed so the tuners are on the bottom. It seems that some of the early models from 1964 were made this way.
In 2007 Gibson once again started producing the Trini Lopez standard, only now called it The Dave Grohl Model. Instead of a trapeze tailpiece this featured a stop bar.
In 2009 Gibson changed the name back to The Trini Lopez Standard. It is available with a trapeze or stop bar tailpiece as long as you can cough up around $4700.
The standard finish is transparent red, but also is available in black or metalic blue. One key difference is the "F" holes are no longer bound on either the Dave Grohl or 2009 Trini Standards.
The Trini Standard with the stop bar tail piece looks a lot like the Dave Grohl model to me.
|1967 Gibson Trini Lopez|
For anyone who owns a Trini Lopez Standard, I have a word of caution. I have a Bigsby Vibrato on my 1967 model. The vibrato is from the same era, so it does not diminish the value of the instrument. However the length from the peg end of the vibrato to the top tuner for the 1st string is longer than 1st strings in most sets.
I've found using a banjo string will work just fine.