ESP Snakebyte vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

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ESP Snakebyte
Playability
78
Sound
79
Build
79
Value
64
Score
79
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Reasons to Get
ESP Snakebyte 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 Profile
Thin U vs Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Comfortable neck with more grip
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Locking Tuners
Yes vs None
Easier to change strings
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.787'' (20mm) vs 0.87'' (22.1mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.866'' (22mm) vs 0.98'' (24.9mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Nut Width
1.654'' (42mm) vs 1.693'' (43mm)
Favors small hands, easier bar chords and other shapes
Strap Lock
Yes vs None
Protects your guitar from dropping by locking the strap
Pickups Power
Active vs Passive
More output for heavier genres
Value Score
64 vs 59
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged over ESP Snakebyte

Release Year
2020 vs 2011
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 Thin U
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Nut Material
Nylon vs Bone
Resistant nut with good tuning stability
Body Type
Semi-Hollow vs Solid Body
Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
Tone Knobs
2 vs 0
More tone control
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.87'' (22.1mm) vs 0.787'' (20mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.98'' (24.9mm) vs 0.866'' (22mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
Nut Width
1.693'' (43mm) vs 1.654'' (42mm)
Less likely to mute strings by accident and more space for fingerstyle
Pickups Power
Passive vs Active
Cleaner sound and no battery needed

Other Key Differences
ESP Snakebyte vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Bridge Pickup
EMG JH James Hetfield vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
EMG JH James Hetfield vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Mahogany vs Maple
Different Body Wood
Fretboard Wood
Ebony vs Rosewood
Different Fretboard Wood
Nut Material
Bone vs Nylon
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
ESP Snakebyte vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Neck Wood
Mahogany
Same Neck Wood
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Switch Positions
3
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
2
Same volume control
Pickups
HH
High output without hum
Number of Frets
22
Same maximum octave
Paint Finish
Poly
Resistant paint that ages well
Bridge
Fixed
Good sustain and needs no set-up
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Neck Joint
Set
Neck is glued to the body

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Luminescent Sidedots
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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ESP Snakebyte 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 Snakebyte 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 Snakebyte 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.

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 ESP Snakebyte is the better choice.

The ESP Snakebyte meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged meets only 6. 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 Snakebyte
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
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 Snakebyte Overview

  • From ESP's 2011 Signature series
  • James Hetfield Signature
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • 2 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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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
  • Compare Specs >

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 Snakebyte 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 Snakebyte 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

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.

Woods Used in the ESP Snakebyte

Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony

Ebony is a high-end wood, so it is not cheap. It's only used for fretboards because it's also very heavy. It does an excellent job as a durable material while looking elegant.

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

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

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.

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.

Winner: Tie.

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 Snakebyte has a Bone nut. It's a type of nut found in high-quality instruments. They sound similar to Ivory since they give a lot of sustain and a bright sound (at least when striking open strings). The only problem they can run into is that you may get a bone piece that simply doesn't sound as well as others because that's just how natural materials are.

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

The ESP Snakebyte has the best tuners of the two because they are locking tuners. They'll help to keep your guitar in tune because they allow you to tune the guitar without wrapping the strings around the posts. This avoids variations in the tuning due to the strings changing position at the post after a bend. They come at the disadvantage of being slightly heavier than regular tuners. Also, it makes it a lot easier to restring.

Winner: ESP Snakebyte.

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.

Both guitars have a 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: Tie.

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

Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Snakebyte
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • 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 Snakebyte
Quality of materials 71
Features 65
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 79
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

Both guitars have an HH pickup configuration. 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.

However, the ESP Snakebyte has a slight sound quality advantage when taking into account other factors like the type of pickups, magnet, position, etc.

You can purchase similar pickups to the ESP Snakebyte's and use them on any guitar:

The ESP Snakebyte's pickups are Active while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's are Passive.

Passive pickups are what most guitars use. These have a normal output that works well for most genres. However, Active pickups are the preferred choice of heavy metal players because they offer extra output thanks to their 9v battery, which results in a heavier, more distorted sound. Bear in mind that achieving a completely clean tone with them won't be easy. So if you want to also use clean tones, you might want to avoid Active pickups.

Winner: ESP Snakebyte.

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.

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

They both share the following switching options:

ESP Snakebyte and Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged pickups switch and push knobs diagram
ESP Snakebyte and 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: Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

Final Sound Quality Scores

ESP Snakebyte
Pickups 100
Sustain 90
Versatility 45
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 79
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 Snakebyte Nut Width
ESP Snakebyte 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 42mm (1.654''). This is a 1mm (0.039'') 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

ESP Snakebyte and Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's Scale Length
Both guitars have the same 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.

In this case, both guitars have a scale length of 24.75".

This is the scale length that Gibson uses for most of its Les Paul guitars. It's a smaller scale than the typical Stratocaster's 25.5''. Short scale lengths like this make it easier to bend the strings, which is pretty important if you have a fixed bridge. They also have a shorter fret separation, which makes it easier to change position fast at the fretboard.

On the other hand, a shorter scale like this one will make fret buzz more likely, which can affect you if you want to use thicker string gauges.

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 Snakebyte Neck Profile
ESP Snakebyte'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 Snakebyte 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 Snakebyte 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 Snakebyte 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 .

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

Fret Size Comparison

ESP Snakebyte Frets Size
ESP Snakebyte'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 Snakebyte 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 Snakebyte
Bending & Vibrato Ease 95
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 78
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

ESP Snakebyte vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Specs Comparison

General ESP Snakebyte Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Brand: ESP Gibson
Year: 2011 2020
Configuration: HH HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Japan United States
Series: Signature Gibson Murphy Lab Collection
Colors: White, Black Black
Left-Handed Version: Yes No
Body
Type: Solid Body Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Mahogany 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Bridge: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece ABR-1
Neck
Neck Joint: Set Set
Tuners: Sperzel Locking Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons
Fretboard: Ebony Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Material: 1Pc Mahogany Solid Mahogany
Decoration: Dots with Snake at 12th Split Diamond Cellulose Nitrate
Scale Size: 24.75" 24.75"
Shape: Thin U Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.787'' (20mm) - 12th Fret: 0.866'' (22mm) 1st Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.98'' (24.9mm)
Frets: 22 XL Jumbo 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
Nut: Bone Nylon
Nut Width: 42mm (1.654'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Dome Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 2 2
Tone Controls: 0 2
Bridge Pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker / Active) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup:
Neck Pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker / Active) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)