Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

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Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst
Playability
75
Sound
72
Build
69
Value
62
Score
72
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Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
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Playability
75
Sound
72
Build
76
Value
59
Score
74

Reasons to Get
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst over Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Neck Joint
Bolt-On vs Set
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Switch Positions
5 vs 3
More tone options
Pickups
HSS vs HH
High output with beautiful cleans and tone versatility
Nut Width
1.58'' (40.1mm) vs 1.693'' (43mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.75'' (628.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Value Score
62 vs 59
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged over Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Release Year
2020 vs 2017
From a more recent year
Nut Material
Nylon vs Plastic
Resistant nut with good tuning stability
Body Type
Semi-Hollow vs Solid Body
Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Tone Knobs
2 vs 0
More tone control
Pickups
HH vs HSS
High output without hum
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm) vs 1.58'' (40.1mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone

Other Key Differences
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Bridge Pickup
Customized Seymour Duncan JB Alnico II vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
DiMarzio SDS-1 DP111 vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Poplar vs Maple
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Maple vs Mahogany
Different Neck Wood
Nut Material
Plastic vs Nylon
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Fretboard Wood
Rosewood
Same Fretboard Wood
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Number of Frets
22
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Profile Type
C vs C
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Top Pickup Brand
  • Expensive Wood

Common Weaknesses

  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Locking Tuners
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Prices

Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Prices

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Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged is probably the better product overall with its final score of 74 compared to the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's 72 score, although not by a lot.

The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged wins when it comes to build quality. On the other hand, the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst has the upper hand when it comes to value for the money.

If you got small hands, none of these guitars will make a big difference when it comes to comfortability.

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged is the better choice.

The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged meets 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst meets only 5. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players.

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Short scale
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard

Nevertheless, when it comes to choosing a guitar, you should pick the one more compatible with your personal style. Still, below we'll try you to give you our results as objectively as it's possible to help you decide.

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Overview

  • From Charvel's 2017 Artist Signature series
  • Jake E Lee Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Poplar body
  • Quartersawn Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Customized Seymour Duncan JB Alnico II (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: DiMarzio SDS-1 DP111 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: DiMarzio SDS-1 DP111 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Charvel Hardtail bridge
  • 1 volume Bell knobs
  • 5-way Switch
  • Jake E Lee Custom Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh Die-Cast tuners

Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Overview

  • From Gibson's 2020 Gibson Murphy Lab Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple body
  • Solid Mahogany neck
  • Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker/Passive)
  • ABR-1 bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape Set neck
  • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons tuners

Build Quality Comparison

When it comes to build quality, we like to take into account everything used to build the guitar. This includes materials, hardware and the quality control expected depending on the country where it was built. Let's see how the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst compares to the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

Country of Origin Comparison

The manufacturing country can tell a lot about the build quality of an instrument. Both guitars in this comparison where made in United States.

The United States is considered one of the best electric guitar manufacturers in the world. A guitar made in this country is supposed to have world-class quality control. Nowadays, guitars made in other countries can beat some of the ones made in the US, but most of the time, this country offers the best you can get. Of course, that comes at a price.

Winner: Tie

Woods Used in Both Guitars

Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood

Maple is one of the most popular necks for good reasons. It is a strong wood that is relatively cheap to make and looks beautiful. The highest quality maple is the hardest that comes from North America.

Rosewood is an almost purple-looking wood that is used mainly for fretboards since it's heavy, rare, and expensive. It's sometimes used on acoustic guitar bodies to create stronger warm tones.

Woods Used in the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst

Poplar wood pattern used for guitar building
Poplar

Poplar is a cheaper and heavier alternative to Alder wood. It terms of tone, it emphasizes the low-end and has cutting mids. It's relatively soft compared to most body woods.

Woods Used in the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany

Mahogany is a fairly rare wood nowadays. It's used mostly for bodies due to its relatively lightweight. Gibson popularized it with their Les Paul guitars during their golden years, so this wood has a lot of good reputation behind it. The most expensive type comes from South America and it's still used by Gibson even today.

Winner: Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

Nut Material

If you want your guitar to stay in tune and sound good, you need a well cut nut. Nut quality can be inconsistent even when comparing two copies of the same guitar model. The best way to make sure you're nut will be well done is by getting a nut made by an expert company like TUSQ or Micarta.

The Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

On the other hand, the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged comes with a Nylon nut. It used to be one of the highest quality materials for nuts (and still is), but it's rare to find nowadays because it's hard to work with. It's a very resistant material with very low friction, so it will keep the guitar in tune and will last for a long time

Winner: Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

Fret Material

Most guitar fret wire is made of nickel silver. This material eventually wears down after a lot of use and most guitars end up needing a complete fret replacement. However, some expensive guitars come with stainless steel frets. This is what you should aim for if you can afford it.

Unfortunately, none of these guitars come with stainless steel frets.

Winner: Tie.

Bridge

The perfect bridge for you will depend on your playstyle because they all have advantages and disadvantages. However, some bridges are more expensive—like Floyd Roses and Evertunes—and thus add more value to a guitar.

Both guitars come with a similar bridge: Fixed. It's a simple bridge that is very beginner-friendly since it doesn't require any set-up. You can swap strings easily. It might also give more sustain since it doesn't have complex moving parts that make the strings lose vibration. However, it doesn't have the same versatility as a tremolo bridge.

Since we need to be objective, the most expensive type of bridge will be the winner of this section. In the end, this doesn't matter if you're not going to use the bridge for its original purpose, so choose the bridge that fits your playing style better.

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

Both these guitars come with regular tuners. The Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's are Gotoh Die-Cast while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's are Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons

Winner: Tie.

Neck Joint

Contrary to popular belief, the difference in sustain and tone that some neck joints give to an electric guitar is simply unperceivable—if they're all well built. However, some of them do have advantages over the others.

The Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst has a Bolt-On neck joint. This neck is joined to the body by 4 bolts that you can simply unscrew. This allows you to replace the neck or take it off for travel. It's the most common and cheapest way to build a guitar.

On the other hand, the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged comes with Set neck joint. This neck is tightly glued to the body. They give you the least versatility because you can't swap them for a neck that fits your hand better if you want to, unlike bolt-on necks. Some people think this gives more resonance and sustain, but there's no real difference if the bolt-on joint is well built.

Winner: Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst.

Here is the list of features that were considered when choosing the winner in the Features subcategory:

Strengths & Weaknesses
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay
Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Final Build Quality Scores

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst
Quality of materials 62
Features 50
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 69
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Quality of materials 74
Features 55
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 76

Sound Quality Comparison

Determining which guitar sounds better objectively is a difficult task since not everybody will love the same pickups. However, we still can take a look at the instrument specifications to determine how versatile, how much sustain, and the tuning stability it might have. Let's see now how both these guitars compare to each other when it comes to sound quality.

Pickup Configuration

The Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst has an HSS configuration while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged has HH pickups.

HSS provides a great balance if you like to play with a lot of distortion, but also love to use clean tones. You'll get a lot of output at the bridge position, but you'll be able to play bright clean tones at the other positions.

On the other hand, Double Humbucker (HH) is the choice for people who want a fuller, more round sound with tons of mids and lows. Humbuckers also get rid of the hum noise that plague single-coil pickups. They can work out for almost any genre going from Djent to even Jazz.

Pickups Quality

Both guitars come with very good pickups from at least one of the specialized brands in the market. With pickups like these, you probably won't need an upgrade anytime soon.

You can purchase similar pickups to the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's and use them on any guitar:

Both guitars use Passive pickups. This is what's used for most music genres. They have a regular output and will serve you for both high-gain and clean tones. The alternative (Active pickups) offer a higher output that is mostly used for heavy music.

Winner: Tie.

Versatility Comparison

Some guitars offer you more ways to explore your creativity than others. Below you'll find how both guitars compare when it comes to versatility.

Switch Options

The Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst gives you 5 switch options while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged gives you 3. This means that the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst gives you more options to find the right pickup combination for the type of sound you want to achieve

None of them come with some kind of coil split or pickup mod option. This makes both lacking in terms of versatility.

Here's the diagram comparing all the pickup combinations you can get with both guitars:

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst pickups switch selector and push knobs diagram
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's switch options
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's switch options

When evaluating versatility, we also take into consideration bridge and neck joint type, number of frets, switch options, amount of pickups and more.

Winner: Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst
Pickups 90
Sustain 75
Versatility 59
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 72
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Pickups 90
Sustain 75
Versatility 54
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 72

Playability Comparison

Let's now compare the playability of both guitars. Bear in mind that the guitar will feel different depending on your hand size and play style. That's why you should always test a guitar before buying it. But if you can't or want a second opinion on it, we can still take a look at each of the important measurements of the guitar for you. This way, we can predict how easy a guitar is to play, or how different it will feel compared to the other.

Remember that, even though the difference might seem small, every inch counts when we're comparing guitars. Any variation can completely change how comfortable a guitar feels in your hands.

Nut Width Comparison

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Nut Width
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Nut Width
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Nut Width
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged has the wider nut with 43mm (1.693'') vs 40.1mm (1.58''). This is a 2.9mm (0.113'') difference

This means that it will be more difficult to do bar chords on the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged, especially closer to the nut. However, it's also easier to play without muting strings accidently. This favors people with big hands.

Scale Length Comparison

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's Scale Length
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's Scale Length
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's Scale Length
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's Scale Length

The scale length is one of the things that influences playability the most. This is the distance between the nut and the bridge and will affect everything from low action allowance, difficulty to perform bends, fret separation, and even tone.

The Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst has the longest scale: 25.5". The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged is only 24.75" long. This is a 0.75'' (19.1mm) scale length difference.

This longer scale means that the strings need more tension to get in tune. This is good if you want to avoid fret buzz, which can happen when the strings are too loose and touch the frets while vibrating. This is especially important when playing in lower tunings. This will also let you reduce the gap between fretboard and strings (low action) to make them easier to press down. However, this higher tension will also make it harder to perform bends and vibratos as the strings will feel stiffer.

This also means that the frets have a longer separation between each other, so this will make it harder for people with smaller hands when playing some chord positions.

Another characteristic of a longer scale is that it makes the guitar sound 'snappier' or brighter. This is due to the extra separation between harmonics and overtones produced by the tension. This influences tone more than any other factor (except the pickups).

Lastly, remember that you can also affect the tension of the strings by changing your string gauge. You can use a thicker gauge for more tension and a lighter one for less tension.

Neck Profile Comparison

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Neck Profile
Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst's neck profile
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Neck Profile
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's neck profile

No single neck shape is better than others. However, most people tend to prefer a thinner necks because it doesn't get in their way when playing fast and most hand sizes can adapt to it pretty well. However, some people still prefer thicker necks for a better grip, especially if they have big hands.

Both the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst and the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged have a C-shaped neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

Fretboard Radius Comparison

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Fingerboard Radius
Both Guitars Have The Same Fretboard Radius

Most electric guitar fretboards are not flat; they usually have a curve or arc across their width. A curved fretboard will make it easier to perform chords without muting strings, while a flatter one will make it easier to play single notes, which is good for bending and soloing in general. The best fretboards have a compound radius that varies across the fingerboard, but they're not common since they take a lot more work to build.

Both the Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst and the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged have the same fretboard radius of 12". This is the radius used in most Gibson guitars. It gives you a good balance for playing chords without muting, but also good comfortability for playing single notes and bending.

Hand Size Comfortability

Everyone has a different hand size, and that's why it's recommended to try a guitar before buying, even if others tell you that it's comfortable to play. However, we can know whether a guitar favors small or large hands just by knowing its exact measurements.

After taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that both guitars in this comparison favor small hands .

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst and Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Frets Size
Both guitars have a similar Medium Jumbo fret size

Both guitars have a Medium Jumbo fret size. These are slightly shorter than full Jumbo frets, so you'll still feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings. However, they interfere less with your fretting hand than medium-size frets. This is a good size if you like easy-to-press frets, but would still like to feel a bit of the fretboard when playing.

Final Playability Scores

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst
Bending & Vibrato Ease 75
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Specs Comparison

General Charvel Jake E Lee USA Signature Blue Burst Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Brand: Charvel Gibson
Year: 2017 2020
Configuration: HSS HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: United States United States
Series: Artist Signature Gibson Murphy Lab Collection
Colors: Blue Burst Black
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Poplar 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Bridge: Charvel Hardtail ABR-1
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Set
Tuners: Gotoh Die-Cast Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons
Fretboard: Rosewood Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple Solid Mahogany
Decoration: White Dot Split Diamond Cellulose Nitrate
Scale Size: 25.5" 24.75"
Shape: Jake E Lee Custom Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
Nut: Plastic Nylon
Nut Width: 40.1mm (1.58'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 5 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Bell Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 2
Tone Controls: 0 2
Bridge Pickup: Customized Seymour Duncan JB Alnico II (Humbucker / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: DiMarzio SDS-1 DP111 (Single Coil / Passive)
Neck Pickup: DiMarzio SDS-1 DP111 (Single Coil / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)