Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

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Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom
Playability
73
Sound
73
Build
77
Value
59
Score
74
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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
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Reasons to Get
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom over Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Neck Profile
60s Slim Taper vs Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Thin and flat neck for playing fast
Body Type
Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
Feedback free
Pickups
HHH vs HH
High output without hum and tons of tone versatility
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.82'' (20.8mm) vs 0.87'' (22.1mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.93'' (23.6mm) vs 0.98'' (24.9mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Bridge
Tremolo vs Fixed
Simple vibratos without too much maintenance

Reasons to Get
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged over Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom

Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Neck Profile
Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape vs 60s Slim Taper
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Body Type
Semi-Hollow vs Solid Body
Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
Pickups
HH vs HHH
High output without hum
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.87'' (22.1mm) vs 0.82'' (20.8mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.98'' (24.9mm) vs 0.93'' (23.6mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
Bridge
Fixed vs Tremolo
Good sustain and needs no set-up

Other Key Differences
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Bridge Pickup
Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker 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
Headstock
3-3 vs 6
Different Headstock

Shared Features
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Neck Wood
Mahogany
Same Neck Wood
Nut Material
Nylon
Same Nut Material
Strings
6
Same tuning options
Switch Positions
3
Same pickups versatility
Volume Knobs
2
Same volume control
Tone Knobs
2
Same tone control
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
Scale Length
24.75'' (628.7mm)
Same string tension and fret separation
Fretboard Radius
12'' (304.8mm)
Same fretboard comfortability
Pickups Power
Passive
Cleaner sound and no battery needed
Neck Joint
Set
Neck is glued to the body
Type of Frets
Vintage vs Medium Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom Prices

Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Prices

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Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged: Which One is Better?

After going through our comparison algorithm, the results show that both guitars scored 74 out of 100, which makes them similar in terms of quality.

The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged wins when it comes to playability. On the other hand, the Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom has the upper hand when it comes to sound, build quality.

If you got small hands, you'll probably feel that the Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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.

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Tall frets
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.

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom Overview

  • From Gibson's 2020 Artist Collection series
  • Jimi Hendrix Signature
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • ABR-1 Maestro Short Vibrola bridge
  • 2 volume and 2 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • 60s Slim Taper Set neck
  • 22 Vintage frets
  • Kluson Waffle Back, Metal Tulip Buttons 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
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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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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

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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom

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.

In this case, both guitars have Nylon nuts. 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

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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom's brige is a Tremolo. Tremolo bridges give you more versatility than fixed bridges. They let you perform the intense vibrato effects that would be impossible with a fixed bridge. However, since the bridge floats and there's less contact with the body, the strings lose sustain slightly faster. They can also be a bit harder to restring and set up correctly than fixed bridges.

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: Tie.

Tuners

Both these guitars come with regular tuners. The Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom's are Kluson Waffle Back, Metal Tulip Buttons 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.

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
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality Nut
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • 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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom
Quality of materials 76
Features 55
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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom has an HHH configuration while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged has HH pickups.

A triple Humbucker (HHH) can be intimidating at first, but it's one of the combinations that offer the most tone versatility. You'll be able to have from a lot of output for Hard Rock genres, to warm and clean sounds that are more common in Jazz.

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.

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:

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom'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: Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom.

Final Sound Quality Scores

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom
Pickups 90
Sustain 70
Versatility 67
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 73
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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom Neck Profile
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom'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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom has a D type of neck. This is a thin and flat neck that is made for playing fast. If you prefer a neck that doesn't get in your way when soloing, this is the shape you should use. Guitarists that prefer to have a bit more grip won't like this type of neck.

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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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 Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom 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 Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged favors large hands more than the Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom. But it's still more comfortable for people with small hands, as you can see in the score meter below.

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom Frets Size
Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom'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 Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged has Medium Jumbo frets, which should be taller than the Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom's Vintage 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

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom
Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 73
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Specs Comparison

General Gibson Jimi Hendrix 1967 SG Custom Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Brand: Gibson Gibson
Year: 2020 2020
Configuration: HHH HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: United States United States
Series: Artist Collection Gibson Murphy Lab Collection
Colors: White Black
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Solid Body Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Mahogany 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Bridge: ABR-1 Maestro Short Vibrola ABR-1
Neck
Neck Joint: Set Set
Tuners: Kluson Waffle Back, Metal Tulip Buttons Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons
Fretboard: Ebony Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Material: Mahogany Solid Mahogany
Decoration: Custom Block Split Diamond Cellulose Nitrate
Scale Size: 24.75" 24.75"
Shape: 60s Slim Taper Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.82'' (20.8mm) - 12th Fret: 0.93'' (23.6mm) 1st Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.98'' (24.9mm)
Frets: 22 Vintage 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
Nut: Nylon Nylon
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Bell Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 2 2
Tone Controls: 2 2
Bridge Pickup: Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker (Humbucker / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: Gibson 68 Custom Humbucker (Humbucker / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)