Ibanez AS53 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

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Ibanez AS53
Playability
75
Sound
61
Build
54
Value
73
Score
63
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Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
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Playability
75
Sound
72
Build
74
Value
59
Score
74
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Reasons to Get
Ibanez AS53 over Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Body Type
Hollowbody vs Semi-Hollow
Warm tone, lighter and acoustic sound
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.827'' (21mm) vs 0.87'' (22.1mm)
More comfortable open chords for small hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.945'' (24mm) vs 0.98'' (24.9mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for small hands
Value Score
73 vs 59
Better price/quality relationship

Reasons to Get
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged over Ibanez AS53

Country of Manufacturing
United States vs Indonesia
Built with higher quality standards
Release Year
2020 vs 2011
From a more recent year
Frets Height
Taller vs Shorter
Easier to press down strings and bend them
Pickups Brand
Gibson vs None
Pickups from a renown brand
Nut Material
Nylon vs Plastic
Resistant nut with good tuning stability
Body Type
Semi-Hollow vs Hollowbody
Lighter and allows more gain than a hollowbody
Volume Knobs
2 vs 1
More volume control
Tone Knobs
2 vs 1
More tone control
Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
0.87'' (22.1mm) vs 0.827'' (21mm)
More comfortable open chords for big hands
Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
0.98'' (24.9mm) vs 0.945'' (24mm)
More comfortable at higher frets for big hands

Other Key Differences
Ibanez AS53 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Bridge Pickup
Infinity R vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Bridge Pickup
Neck Pickup
Infinity R vs Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted)
Different Neck Pickup
Body Wood
Basswood vs Maple
Different Body Wood
Neck Wood
Nyatoh vs Mahogany
Different Neck Wood
Fretboard Wood
Walnut vs Rosewood
Different Fretboard Wood
Headstock
3-3 vs 6
Different Headstock
Nut Material
Plastic vs Nylon
Different Nut Material

Shared Features
Ibanez AS53 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged

Strings
6
Same tuning options
Switch Positions
3
Same pickups versatility
Pickups
HH
High output without hum
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 Profile Type
C
Comfortable neck that works for most people
Neck Joint
Set
Neck is glued to the body
Type of Frets
Medium vs Medium Jumbo
You'll feel the fretboard when pressing down the strings

Common Weaknesses

  • Neck-Through Build
  • Pickup Alter Switch/Knob
  • Locking Tuners
  • Stays in Tune (Evertune)
  • High-Quality 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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Ibanez AS53 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 Ibanez AS53's 63 score, which is a significant difference.

The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged wins when it comes to sound, build quality. On the other hand, the Ibanez AS53 has the upper hand when it comes to value for the money.

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

Which Guitar is Better for Beginners?

Both guitars meet 6 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness. 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. If you're looking for your first guitar to learn how to play, you can't go wrong with either of them.

Ibanez AS53
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Locking tuners
  • 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.

Ibanez AS53 Overview

  • From Ibanez's 2011 AS series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Basswood body
  • Nyatoh neck
  • Bound Walnut fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Infinity R (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Infinity R (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Gibraltar Performer bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • AS Artcore Set neck
  • 22 Medium frets
  • Ibanez 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
  • Weight around 8.125lbs (3.7kgs)
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Sound Quality Comparison

The wood used in an electric guitar is not as important to determine the final tone. However, some people prefer specific wood types, so we'll take a look at those first. Then, we'll take a look at the electronics to determine the versatility and sound quality of each instrument.

Woods Used in the Ibanez AS53

Nyatoh wood pattern used for guitar building
Nyatoh
Walnut wood pattern used for guitar building
Walnut
Basswood wood pattern used for guitar building
Basswood

Nyatoh has been replacing Mahogany for guitar building. It's fairly hard, durable, more sustentable and common than Mahogany.

It's a hard wood with a chocolate color that is often used to give an elegant finish. Since it's quite expensive and rare, it's mostly used for guitar tops.

Basswood is a lightweight type of wood that isn't as expensive as other popular choices for guitar building. It gives more power to the mid-range frequencies. Its color can vary from pale white to light brown. Find out more about Basswood.

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
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple

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. Find out more about Mahogany.

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. Find out more about Rosewood.

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

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

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

The Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged pickups from a more specialized brand than the Ibanez AS53. Its pickups should give you a fuller, richer sound, although it all depends on what type of music you're going to play. We recommend these pickups for Jazz and similar genres.

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 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged.

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.

Neither 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:

Ibanez AS53 and Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Ibanez AS53 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

Ibanez AS53
Pickups 60
Sustain 70
Versatility 50
Tuning Stability 65
Sound 61
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Pickups 90
Sustain 75
Versatility 54
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 72

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 Ibanez AS53 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 Ibanez AS53 is built in Indonesia while the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged is made in United States.

Indonesia is becoming the most popular country for guitar building because they can make good instruments for a low price. Some people think that they're 'the new China' when it comes to build quality. But the truth is that Indonesian guitars are more consistent, although Chinese quality has improved a lot in the last few years.

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: 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 Ibanez AS53 has a Plastic nut. This is a low-quality nut that you might want to consider upgrading soon. Bone and TUSQ nuts are the best for guitars with a fixed or simple tremolo bridge.

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

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

Fret Material

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

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

Winner: Tie.

Bridge

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

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

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

Winner: Tie.

Tuners

Both these guitars come with regular tuners. The Ibanez AS53's are Ibanez 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 a 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
Ibanez AS53
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No Expensive Woods
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock
Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Tremolo
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Final Build Quality Scores

Ibanez AS53
Quality of materials 41
Features 55
Quality Control 65
Build Quality 54
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Quality of materials 66
Features 55
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 74

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

Ibanez AS53 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 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

Ibanez AS53 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

Ibanez AS53 Neck Profile
Ibanez AS53's neck profile
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Neck Profile
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged's neck profile

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

Both the Ibanez AS53 and the Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged have a C-shaped neck. This is what you'll find in most modern guitars. Most people feel like the thickness of a C neck is simply the less intrusive one for playing fast, while at the same time allowing you to grab the neck easily for resting if you want to.

Fretboard Radius Comparison

Ibanez AS53 Fingerboard Radius
Both Guitars Have The Same Fretboard Radius

Most 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 Ibanez AS53 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 .

Ibanez AS53:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged:
Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Fret Size Comparison

Ibanez AS53 Frets Size
Ibanez AS53'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 Ibanez AS53's Medium 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

Ibanez AS53
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75
Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 70
Playability 75

Ibanez AS53 vs Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged Specs Comparison

General Ibanez AS53 Gibson 1964 Trini Lopez Standard Ebony Ultra Light Aged
Brand: Ibanez Gibson
Year: 2011 2020
Configuration: HH HH
Strings: 6 6
Made in: Indonesia United States
Series: AS Gibson Murphy Lab Collection
Colors: Sunburst, Black, Brown Black
Left-Handed Version: No No
Body
Type: Hollowbody Semi-Hollow
Body Material: Basswood 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Bridge: Gibraltar Performer ABR-1
Neck
Neck Joint: Set Set
Tuners: Ibanez Kluson Single Line Strip with Metal Buttons
Fretboard: Bound Walnut Indian Rosewood, Hide Glue Fit
Neck Material: Nyatoh Solid Mahogany
Decoration: White Dot Split Diamond Cellulose Nitrate
Scale Size: 24.75" 24.75"
Shape: AS Artcore Authentic 64 Medium C-Shape
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.827'' (21mm) - 12th Fret: 0.945'' (24mm) 1st Fret: 0.87'' (22.1mm) - 12th Fret: 0.98'' (24.9mm)
Frets: 22 Medium 22 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12" 12"
Nut: Plastic Nylon
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'') 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Infinity R (Humbucker / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup:
Neck Pickup: Infinity R (Humbucker / Passive) Gibson Custombucker Alnico 3 (Unpotted) (Humbucker / Passive)
Switch: 3 Way 3 Way
Knobs: Speed Bell
Pickup Mods: None None
Volume Controls: 1 2
Tone Controls: 1 2