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Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar  

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  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Body: Select mahogany
  • Neck: Select mahogany
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A country/rock classic plugs in.

The Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric guitar brings the legendary country/rock "Hummingbird" into the 21st century with the new Shadow ePerformer preamp and Shadow NanoFlex pickup system.

First introduced in 1960, the square shouldered Hummingbird quickly became a classic thanks to Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, who used a Hummingbird for rhythm on early Stones hits like "Satisfaction," "Play With Fire," and "Under My Thumb." There are also many classic photographs of Keith using a Hummingbird on sessions for Exile on Main Street, Goat’s Head Soup, and Sticky Fingers. Today, the Hummingbird is still a go-to acoustic for rockers like Noel Gallagher, Sheryl Crow, and Kid Rock when they need a rhythm guitar with smooth action and superb “woody” tone that’s full of character.

On its own, the Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric can drive an all-acoustic band or be front and center at a picking party with its sweet, balanced tone. Now with the Shadow ePerformer preamp and Shadow NanoFlex pickup system, The Hummingbird PRO can plug-in and hold its own on any size stage.

Solid Spruce Tonewood
The Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric features a solid spruce top. Spruce is a rich and complex tonewood that begins to breathe and improve with age. The more you play, the better it sounds! The body and neck are made from select mahogany. The Hummingbird PRO neck has a classic SlimTaper D profile and features a 24.75" scale and is attached to the body with a glued-in dovetail joint. The rosewood fingerboard has pearloid parallelogram inlays, 20 medium frets, a 12" radius, and a 1.68" nut. There is single ply white binding on the fingerboard and 5-ply white & black binding on the body top while the back of the body has single ply white binding. The Hummingbird PRO has the classic sloped dovewing headstock has the “Epiphone" logo in white.

The Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric's reverse belly rosewood bridge has a compensated saddle for smooth action and intonation. The Shadow NanoFlex pickup system is under the saddle and the classic Hummingbird/flower tortoise shell style pickguard is easy to spot on stage or across a room.

Shadow Pickup System
Epiphone and Shadow Germany have worked together for over a decade at perfecting ways to amplify an acoustic guitar on stage. The Hummingbird PRO is just one of many Epiphone guitars that feature a cutting edge pickup system that can handle any size gig and still produce an "acoustic" sound. The Hummingbird PRO's controls for the Shadow ePerformer Preamp are on the upper bout and include controls for Master Volume, Treble and Bass EQ, Mute, and a Dynamics control adjusted via a frequency curve. There is also a low batter indicator. The preamp is powered by two 2032 batteries. The output jack and strap locks are nickel and the Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric is strung at the Epiphone factory with time-tested D'Addario Phosphor (12-53) strings.

Features

  • Top: Solid spruce
  • Body: Select mahogany
  • Neck: Select mahogany
  • Neck Profile: SlimTaper "D" Profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Radius 12"
  • Truss Rod: Adjustable
  • Binding: fingerboard 1-ply (white), -body top 5-ply (white/black), -body back 1-ply (white)
  • Fingerboard Inlay: pearloid parallelogram
  • Scale: 24.75"
  • Frets: 20, medium frets
  • Nut: 1.68"
  • Bridge: Rosewood, reverse belly
  • Saddle: Compensated, imitation bone
  • Pickguard: Imitation Tortoise with traditional Hummingbird artwork
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • Machine Heads: Grover 14:1
  • Electronics: Shadow ePerformer Preamp
  • Controls: Master volume, treble EQ, bass EQ
  • Case sold separately

Enjoy the new acoustic-electric sound of this timeless classic. Order today.

 
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EpiphoneHummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

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    (32)

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    (5)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (34)
  • Good feel (34)
  • Good audio (33)
  • Stays in tune (30)
  • Consistent (24)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (32)
    • Jamming (29)
    • Small venues (22)
    • Recording (19)
    • Rock concerts (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (27), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Great Deal

    I've had this guitar for less than a week, but I've owned and played many acoustic guitars, so I think I can give a fair review. First of all, this is a beautiful...Read complete review

    I've had this guitar for less than a week, but I've owned and played many acoustic guitars, so I think I can give a fair review. First of all, this is a beautiful guitar. It's called "faded cherry," but it's more of a faded orange, which I actually like better. The finish is stunning. Everyone who's seen it loves it and/or is jealous.

    Unlike many of the reviews I've read (on many different websites), mine was not "perfect out of the box." The action was set very low, but there was a lot of fret buzz on the low end (the "E" and "A" strings) and on the "B" string, especially on the 3rd and 5th frets. I contemplated returning the guitar, but I had already fallen in love with it and didn't want to wait for a new one (especially since they are/were out of stock), so I decided to see what I could do with it. I needed to loosen the truss rod a bit to get rid of the buzz, and, even then, the "B" string still had a slight buzz on the 3rd and 5th frets. I thought the guitar might have some dead frets, but when I put a new set of Martin SPs on, the problems with fret buzz on the "B" string, to my great relief, disappeared completely, so it must have been the factory strings. Still the action is a tad higher than some might like if they do a lot of lead playing up and down the neck. Since I often strum very hard and mostly play in the first few positions, it isn't a problem for me. It is still very, very playable, just not perfect. But, this is not a Gibson, so perfection can't be expected. The intonation is just about perfect up and down the neck, and the tone is great in every position on the guitar.

    Speaking of tone, this guitar has a wonderful, full, warm tone. It's the best sounding acoustic guitar I've ever had, and I've had some more expensive ones. I can't say I've heard many, if any, acoustics that sound better. It projects well and, I think, has strong lows and ringing highs. It sounded good with the factory strings, but even better with a new set of Martins (medium/12's). And what really makes this guitar such a bargain is that it sounds fantastic plugged in. Many acoustics lose their "acoustic" sound when played through an amp, but the Hummingbird Pro retains its "acoustic" sound when plugged in, whether fingerpicking or strumming. They've done a fantastic job with the pick-ups. I just wish they would have used the version with the onboard tuner. I wouldn't have minded paying a little more for it. It would have been useful.

    Overall, this guitar is a steal for the price. It is certainly not the quality of a Gibson Hummingbird, but that costs ten times as much. After reading 15 reviews about how they were perfect out of the box, I was a little disappointed with the fret buzz. After a little adjusting, though, I couldn't be happier. I can't wait to gig with it.

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    bad element

    bought this on a whim...wanted to use it on a few gigs coming up that needed some country western..rockabilly tunes figured this would be fun to switch out with my regular...Read complete review

    bought this on a whim...wanted to use it on a few gigs coming up that needed some country western..rockabilly tunes figured this would be fun to switch out with my regular acoustic electric...when i received it the action and sound acoustically was great however plugged in it had an annoying hum...instead of sending back i sent it to a guitar tech...bad element...epiphone is sending me a new one via snail mail but the fact remains im missing 3 gigs i wanted to use it on....no testing of pickup before shipping?...i guess this is one reasonfolks dont buy online..a testing of the electronics before shipping would be appreciated....casey

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    5.0

    Nice Guitar

    By The Boogie Man

    from Decatur Illinios

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nice Guitar
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

      The guitar plays and sounds great. I am using it at actual live performances now on select tunes. The only issue I had was upon receipt the input for the cord was very loose and I had fun trying to get my hand inside of the body to tighten it up. Still a great guitar

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      5.0

      You can't do better for the price!

      By Knights--OG

      from Yokosuka, Japan

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

        I've been playing guitar for 50 years and also play bass, ukulele and mandolin. I've had good and bad instruments throughout my life in various price ranges and qualities. That includes Epiphone, Fender, Takamine, Martin, Yamaha and on and on. My first Epi was a black EJ-200EC and has been my go-to guitar for my live gigs since I bought it 10 years ago. I bought the old style Epi Hummingbird on line a couple of years after that, put an undersaddle pickup in it and ended up selling it recently to a friend who's son needed a good beginner instrument. I used that money to buy this one and I do not regret it...well, maybe just a bit. I'm partial to vintaged and aged, being that myself.

        You've read the warnings about buying on line and that CAN be true, but since I live in Japan most of my guitar buying IS done on line. I've never had a problem with the 20+ instruments I've purchased on line over the years. With Epiphone you never have to worry. The guitars are all good and this one is worth twice the price.

        Some folks think "set up" means "in tune" when it comes out of the box. Stringed instruments are normally shipped with slacked strings to prevent damage from changing atmospheric conditions. The fact that this guitar is just "slightly out of tune" out of the box means that Epiphone did the setup (adjust action, inspect neck, neck relief, etc.) in the USA after it made its overseas transit. That said, ALL guitars will eventually need some sort of setup and usually on a regular basis. It's a good idea to learn how to do it yourself. There's lots of resources on line. (And the more guitars you have the more you get to practise!)

        That said, the setup is, for my preferences, perfect.

        The Hummingbird is designed to have a bright tone and bright it is. Don't try and compare it to other guitars because it is what is. The old "apples and oranges" thing. The resonance is great and the electroncs are as well. Intonation is dead on. Mine gets run through a Loudbox Mini and a PA and sounds just as natural amped as it does unplugged, which is semi-rare. No, it doesn't have an installed tuner. Suck it up and spend an extra 10 on a Snark.

        Fit and finish on this instrument is excellant. Top and back are bookmatched very nicely, frets are smooth, inlays gorgeous and the tuners smooth and accurate.

        While I gig two or three times a month at various venues where I live in Japan I'm not a pro and don't pretend to be. Just like I know that expensive golf clubs won't make me a better golfer, expensive guitars won't make me a better musician. But I DO want instruments that are reliable and sound good if not great.

        This is the PERFECT guitar for the beginner and the price is right. Invest in this Hummingbird for the young one and let them have something to be proud of. They'll want to hold on to it even as their skills increase and they start pestering you for a Taylor.

        Also, don't confuse this guitar with the previous issues of the Epiphone Hummingbird. While still an excellant guitar, the construction is different as is the color and the old one didn't come with electronics.

        The bottom line is that you can't go wrong with this guitar for the price.

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        5.0

        Converted!!

        By Former Brand Snob

        from Apple Valley, California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Craftsmanship
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

          I needed a decent acoustic to do some home recording/playing/jamming. Was tired of always having to keep my amp in check while jamming with friends who played acoustic, PLUS...you just start jonesing for that good ol' acoustic tone. I didn't want to spend a fortune, but wanted some beauty and versatility so I rolled the dice and ordered The Hummingbird sight-unseen expecting that an inexpensive Epiphone was OBVIOUSLY going to need some work right out of the box. WRONG!!!!! Was AMAZED at how well this guitar looks, feels, plays and SOUNDS after a literal 30-40 seconds tuning. The tone is classic, the feel is so comfortable, and the sound? Well let's just say that this may be the best three-bills I have ever spent in my life. Epiphone - I apologize for seriously under-estimating you! Never been the guy to say it but, "Don't even hesitate. Just buy it!".

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Another Nice Epiphone Guitar

          By Epiphone Guy

          from Beaverton, OR

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

            I love Epiphone. The Hummingbird Pro is a sweet guitar. It's pretty. (Ok, not like the Gibson versions that cost thousands). But, the fade is pretty good on this finish. Some burst finishes on lower-priced guitars can be flat out ugly because the fade is often done poorly. This one is pretty good. It's a little on the too-glossy side for some, I'm sure. I don't mind it. When I look at it, I just want to pick it up and play it. And it plays well too. It's easiest to compare this guitar to the Epiphone Dove Pro. The Dove is also very nice and is probably richer and punchier in tone and volume. However I think the Hummingbird is more versatile, and works better with a slide and for playing single notes. I think the Hummingbird has a nice, elegant sound. A solid spruce top, mahogany body and neck, and Grover tuners! The electronics have been very satisfying. It stays in tune. Some may prefer to have the action lowered by a pro/luthier but mine was playable out of the box (after a slight adjustment on the truss rod and tuning it). Overall I think this guitar is an easy 5 stars for the value.

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            5.0

            Great value-Great guitar

            By blzman61

            from Aurora Colorado

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

              Needed a guitar that I could let my son take out of the house to his first apartment. Did not want to give up any of mine because of value, sentimental reasons etc...I bought this gently used from MF and it arrived in 3 days looking brand new. Tuned it up and it plays great, sounds great and is very easy on the eyes. Not my first epi or gibson and I have been pleased with all of them. QC at epi is as good as any out there. Fit and finish are great, frets are perfect on the ends. Strums awesome and packs a punch when you dig in. Perfect for it's purpose and I won't cry if it's stolen out of the apartment. Nice job Epiphone as usual, and as always Musicians Friend is great.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best accustic guitar I've ever played!!

              By Guitar Nut

              from Wichita Falls, Texas

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

                This guitar sounds fantastic, looks beautiful and plays just wonderful. Sounds great through an amp or just by it's self. The action is great. I did lower the strings with a turn on the truss rod and it's perfect for me. Stays in turn for days. I really love it. MF did a great packing job.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Replacement was Great

                By albertb

                from Freeport IL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

                  The first Epiphone Hummingbird Pro I received was unplayable do to consistent fret buzz at the 7-9 Fret.
                  However, MF replaced it immediately with another that is a great sounding and playing guitar. I bought this as a practice guitar, but I will play it at our shows without fear.It has great sound and intonation and the action and on board electronics are quite good. Just be sure to check your instrument over very carefully, as obviously you can get one like I did that was either not set up well or is just a dog.
                  Musicians Friend definitely stand behind their products!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  More than I expected!

                  By musicman

                  from logan, west virginia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                  • Needed Minor Adjustments

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

                  I wanted an acoustic with the Gibson sharp, clear highs and mids and that's what the Epi Hummingbird delivers. Also I was suprised at the incredible playability of this guitar. It frets very easily all over the neck, the intonation was perfect.....just a little buzzing on the 1st and 2nd strings. A small adjustment of the truss rod took care of this. This guitar has a beautiful finish, good fretwork and the electronics are great. Very satisfied, especially for the price I paid. And I love that Hummingbird "Vibe" this guitar has been around a long time and has been a favorite of many. Always wanted one!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  One of the best acoustics I ever played

                  By patt murphy

                  from Florida

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Electronics Are Awesome
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Sounds Good Unplugged
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

                    This Hummingbird is incredible, plays like an electric. A lot of acoustics sound good when plugged in but sound flat on its own, this sounds great plugged in or unplugged. It rivals my Taylor big baby.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    "Best Bang for a Buck"; I know of

                    By C. Dan

                    from Weatherford, Texas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Love The Guitar
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Playing With My Children
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Electric Guitar:

                    The best deal I have made in a long time on a really outstanding Guitar. Thanks much!!

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