Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

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Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior
Playability
75
Sound
69
Build
69
Value
66
Score
71
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    Reasons to Get
    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior over Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

    Neck Profile
    50s Vintage vs Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
    Great if you like to hang your thumb over the fretboard
    Body Type
    Solid Body vs Semi-Hollow
    Feedback free
    Pickups
    P90 vs HH
    Vintage tone with good sustain
    Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
    0.92'' (23.4mm) vs 0.87'' (22.1mm)
    More comfortable open chords for big hands
    Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
    1.02'' (25.9mm) vs 0.98'' (24.9mm)
    More comfortable at higher frets for big hands
    Value Score
    66 vs 59
    Better price/quality relationship

    Reasons to Get
    Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged over Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior

    Neck Profile
    Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape vs 50s Vintage
    Comfortable neck that works for most people
    Body Type
    Semi-Hollow vs Solid Body
    Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
    Switch Positions
    3 vs 0
    More tone options
    Volume Knobs
    2 vs 1
    More volume control
    Tone Knobs
    2 vs 1
    More tone control
    Pickups
    HH vs P90
    High output without hum
    Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
    0.87'' (22.1mm) vs 0.92'' (23.4mm)
    More comfortable open chords for small hands
    Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
    0.98'' (24.9mm) vs 1.02'' (25.9mm)
    More comfortable at higher frets for small hands

    Other Key Differences
    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

    Bridge Pickup
    Gibson Alnico 3 P-90 Dogear vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
    Different Bridge Pickup
    Body Wood
    Mahogany vs Maple
    Different Body Wood
    Headstock
    3-3 vs 6
    Different Headstock
    Nut Material
    Ivory Tusq vs Nylon
    Different Nut Material

    Shared Features
    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

    Neck Wood
    Mahogany
    Same Neck Wood
    Fretboard Wood
    Rosewood
    Same Fretboard Wood
    Strings
    6
    Same tuning options
    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
    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
    Pickups Power
    Passive
    Cleaner sound and no battery needed
    Neck Joint
    Set
    Neck is glued to the body
    Type of Frets
    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 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Prices

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    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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 Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior's 71 score, although not by a lot.

    The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged wins when it comes to sound, build quality. On the other hand, the Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior has the upper hand when it comes to value for the money.

    If you got small hands, you'll probably feel more comfortable playing the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

    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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior
    New Player Friendliness
    • Comfortable shape
    • Easy-to-use bridge
    • Tall frets
    • Wide nut
    • Short scale
    • Locking tuners
    • Comfortable fretboard
    • Comfortable neck
    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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior Overview

    • From Gibson's 2020 Artist Collection series
    • Lukas Nelson Signature
    • Made in United States
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Mahogany body
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Gibson Alnico 3 P-90 Dogear (P90/Passive)
    • Middle pickup: (/)
    • Neck pickup: (/)
    • Vintage Style Compensated Wraparound bridge
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 50s Vintage Set neck
    • 22 Medium Jumbo frets
    • Vintage Deluxe strip with white 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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
    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.

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

    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.

    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 Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior has a Ivory Tusq nut. Ivory used to be considered the best material for guitar nuts due to its beauty, durability, and the rich harmonics and sustain you could get from a guitar with it. However, the way to obtain it is simply unethical. Enter TUSQ ivory nuts, which are made synthetically to imitate ivory. Technically, it's better than ivory because it is consistent piece-to-piece, while natural materials can vary a lot, even if they're made from the same.

    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.

    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 Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior's are Vintage Deluxe strip with white 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior
    • Made in United States
    • Expensive Wood
    • Ivory Tusq Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Stainless Steel Frets
    • Locking Tuners
    • 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

    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior
    Quality of materials 66
    Features 50
    Quality Control 90
    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 Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior has an P90 configuration while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged has HH pickups.

    P90s are vintage pickups that are somewhere in the middle between a Humbucker and a single coil. They have decent output, and the tone is not too warm. It's a very particular type of sound that is used in many genres, but it was more popular decades ago.

    Like any other single-pickup guitars, it should give you a bit more sustain since there will be less interference with the vibration of the strings. However, you're stuck to one single tone, unless you use effect pedals.

    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.

    However, the Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior has a slight sound quality advantage when taking into account other factors like the type of pickups, magnet, position, etc.

    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: Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior.

    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 Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged gives you 3 switch options while the Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior gives you 0. This means that the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged 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:

    The Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior doesn't come with pickup switching 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 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

    Final Sound Quality Scores

    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior
    Pickups 100
    Sustain 65
    Versatility 40
    Tuning Stability 70
    Sound 69
    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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior Neck Profile
    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior'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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior has a V type of neck. This neck shape was more common during Fender's early years. Some people like it because they use their thumb over the edge of the fretboard to press the lower strings. It's rather thicker than most modern necks, so it's not usually used for playing fast solos.

    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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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 Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior favors large hands more than the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior:
    Big Hands
    Balance
    Small hands
    Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged:
    Big Hands
    Balance
    Small hands

    Fret Size Comparison

    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior 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

    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
    Chord Playability 80
    Solo Playability 60
    Playability 75
    Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
    Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
    Chord Playability 70
    Solo Playability 70
    Playability 75

    Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Specs Comparison

    General Gibson Lukas Nelson 56 Les Paul Junior Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
    Brand: Gibson Gibson
    Year: 2020 2020
    Configuration: P90 HH
    Strings: 6 6
    Made in: United States United States
    Series: Artist Collection Gibson Murphy Lab Collection
    Colors: Sunburst Black
    Left-Handed Version: No No
    Body
    Type: Solid Body Semi-Hollow
    Body Material: Mahogany 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
    Bridge: Vintage Style Compensated Wraparound ABR-1
    Neck
    Neck Joint: Set Set
    Tuners: Vintage Deluxe strip with white buttons Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons
    Fretboard: Rosewood Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
    Neck Material: Mahogany Solid Mahogany
    Decoration: Acrylic Dots Split Diamond Cellulose Nitrate
    Scale Size: 24.75" 24.75"
    Shape: 50s Vintage Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
    Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.92'' (23.4mm) - 12th Fret: 1.02'' (25.9mm) 1st Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.98'' (24.9mm)
    Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo 22 Medium Jumbo
    Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
    Nut: Ivory Tusq Nylon
    Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') 43mm (1.693'')
    Electronics
    Switch: 0 Way 3 Way
    Knobs: Speed Bell
    Pickup Mods: None None
    Volume Controls: 1 2
    Tone Controls: 1 2
    Bridge Pickup: Gibson Alnico 3 P-90 Dogear (P90 / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
    Middle Pickup:
    Neck Pickup: Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)