ESP Kamikaze-4 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

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ESP Kamikaze-4
Playability
77
Sound
82
Build
77
Value
64
Score
79
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Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
VS
Playability
75
Sound
72
Build
76
Value
59
Score
74

Reasons to Get
ESP Kamikaze-4 over Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Type of Frets
XL Jumbo vs Medium Jumbo
You won't feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Joint
Bolt-On vs Set
Allows you to detach and swap the neck
Neck Profile
GL Original U vs Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Comfortable neck with more grip
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Pickups
HS vs HH
High output with bright neck cleans
Bridge
Floyd Rose vs Fixed
Allows intense vibratos and techniques like Dive Bombs
Scale Length
25.5'' (647.7mm) vs 24.75'' (628.7mm)
Lower action and brighter natural tone
Pickup Mods
Coil Split vs None
Splits humbuckers into single coil pickups
Value Score
64 vs 59
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged over ESP Kamikaze-4

Release Year
2020 vs 2013
From a more recent year
Type of Frets
Medium Jumbo vs XL Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings
Neck Profile
Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape vs GL Original U
Comfortable neck that works for most people
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 HS
High output without hum
Bridge
Fixed vs Floyd Rose
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm) vs 25.5'' (647.7mm)
Easier bending, shorter fret separation and warmer natural tone

Other Key Differences
ESP Kamikaze-4 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Bridge Pickup
Seymour Duncan Signature George Lynch “The Hunter” vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
ESP SS-120 vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Neck Pickup
Neck Wood
Maple vs Mahogany
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Maple vs Rosewood
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
R6 vs 6
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Locking vs Nylon
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
ESP Kamikaze-4 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Body Wood
Maple
Same Body Wood
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Switch Positions
3
Same pickups versatility
Number of Frets
22
Same maximum octave
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm)
Same string separation at the nut
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Common Strengths

  • High-Quality Nut
  • From a High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Top Pickup Brand

Common Weaknesses

  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • Strap Lock
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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ESP Kamikaze-4 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 ESP Kamikaze-4 is probably the better product overall with its final score of 79 compared to the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's 74 score, although not by a lot.

The ESP Kamikaze-4 wins when it comes to sound, playability, build quality, value for the money. This means that it wins over the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged in every aspect.

However, there's still a reason to choose the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged instead. If you got small hands, you'll probably feel that the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged is easier to play.

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 ESP Kamikaze-4 meets only 4. 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.

ESP Kamikaze-4
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Comfortable neck
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • 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.

ESP Kamikaze-4 Overview

  • From ESP's 2013 Signature series
  • George Lynch Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple body
  • Maple neck
  • Maple fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Signature George Lynch “The Hunter” (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: ESP SS-120 (Single Coil/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • GL Original U Bolt-On neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Retainer bar

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 ESP Kamikaze-4 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. The ESP Kamikaze-4 was built in Japan while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged was made in United States.

Japan has a long history of high-quality guitar building. Little has changed in terms of their manufacturing and quality control over the years. Many guitars made in this country can be compared—and even beat—others made in the US.

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

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.

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

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood

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.

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.

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 ESP Kamikaze-4 has a Locking nut. Instead of a regular nut, this guitar has a locking system that will lock down the strings at the nut, preventing it from getting out of tune. It removes one of the disadvantages of tremolo bridges, tune stability.

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: Tie.

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.

The ESP Kamikaze-4's brige is a Floyd Rose. This is a double-locking bridge system that allows you to perform techniques like dive bombs and pinch harmonics. The locking nut allows your guitar to stay in tune even after the most intense tremolo usage. The disadvantage is that it takes more work to change the strings and set up everything correctly.

On the other hand, the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's is a 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: ESP Kamikaze-4.

Tuners

Both these guitars come with regular tuners. The ESP Kamikaze-4's are Gotoh 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 ESP Kamikaze-4 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: ESP Kamikaze-4.

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

Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Kamikaze-4
  • Made in Japan
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Woods
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Weight Relief
  • 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

ESP Kamikaze-4
Quality of materials 60
Features 70
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 77
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 ESP Kamikaze-4 has an HS configuration while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged has HH pickups.

An HS configuration gives you a bridge pickup with a lot of output for playing distortion parts, but you'll also have the bright sound of a Tele or Strat neck pickup for your clean tones.

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.

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

Both guitars are equal when it comes to the pickup switching option.

Only the ESP Kamikaze-4 comes with some kind of pickup modification: Coil Split.

Coil Split lets you disconnect one of the pickup coils. When used with humbuckers, it turns them into single-coil with lower output and cleaner tone.

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

ESP Kamikaze-4 pickups switch and push knobs diagram
ESP Kamikaze-4'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: ESP Kamikaze-4.

Final Sound Quality Scores

ESP Kamikaze-4
Pickups 90
Sustain 80
Versatility 73
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 82
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

ESP Kamikaze-4 Nut Width
Both Guitars Have The Same Nut Width

The nut width will affect the separation between strings at the nut. In this comparison, both guitars have a nut width of 43mm (1.693'').

This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size found in electric guitars. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Scale Length Comparison

ESP Kamikaze-4's Scale Length
ESP Kamikaze-4'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 ESP Kamikaze-4 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

ESP Kamikaze-4 Neck Profile
ESP Kamikaze-4'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.

In this case, both guitars have different neck shapes:

The ESP Kamikaze-4 has a U type of neck. This is also referred to as ''baseball neck'' because of its shape. It's usually thick, which is why some people with big hands like it. However, they can also be thin, similar to a C shape, but with more shoulders for a better grip.

The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged, on the other hand, has a C 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

ESP Kamikaze-4 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 ESP Kamikaze-4 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.

And after taking into account the scale length, nut width, neck profile and fretboard radius, we can conclude that the ESP Kamikaze-4 favors large hands more than the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

ESP Kamikaze-4:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

ESP Kamikaze-4 Frets Size
ESP Kamikaze-4's Frets Size
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Frets Size
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's Frets Size

The ESP Kamikaze-4 has XL Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's Medium Jumbo frets.

Some people prefer taller frets because they result in more sustain since the strings get pressed cleanly without interference from the fretboard. However, if they're too tall—like Jumbo frets—, you might change the pitch of the strings accidentally if you press too hard because you won't be touching the fretboard with your fingers. This is also why some guitarists with a heavy grip prefer smaller frets. They like to feel the fingerboard to avoid pressing down too hard and getting out of pitch.

Final Playability Scores

ESP Kamikaze-4
Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 70
Playability 77
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

ESP Kamikaze-4 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Specs Comparison

General ESP Kamikaze-4 Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Brand: ESP Gibson
Year: 2013 2020
Configuration: HS HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Japan United States
Series: Signature Gibson Murphy Lab Collection
Colors: Green Patterns Black
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Maple 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Bridge: Floyd Rose Original ABR-1
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On Set
Tuners: Gotoh Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons
Fretboard: Maple Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Material: Maple Solid Mahogany
Decoration: Offset Dots Split Diamond Cellulose Nitrate
Scale Size: 25.5" 24.75"
Shape: GL Original U Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Frets: 22 XL Jumbo 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
Nut: Locking Nylon
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Dome Bell
Pickup Mods: Coil Split None
Volume Controls: 1 2
Tone Controls: 0 2
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Signature George Lynch “The Hunter” (Humbucker / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup:
Neck Pickup: ESP SS-120 (Single Coil / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)