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A no-frills, economy version of the legendary dreadnought.

A true legend of acoustic instruments, the Gibson Hummingbird was first introduced in 1960 as Gibson's earliest square-shoulder dreadnought. The Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist is a no-frills edition of a classic acoustic guitar that features a solid spruce top, mahogany backs and sides for a warm, natural acoustic tone. The 25.5" scale mahogany neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard that facilitates fast picking styles. Appointments include a sculpted tortoise shell pickguard and split parallel fingerboard inlays. The Epiphone Hummingbird Artist Guitar possesses all the power you expect from a dreadnought and has strong bass tones that are favored by country and bluegrass players.

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FEATURES
  • Body Style: Square-shoulder Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back: Mahogany
  • Sides: Mahogany
  • Neck: Set mahogany
  • Scale Length: 25.5
  • No. of frets: 20/14 open
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlays: Split parallelogram
  • Nut width: 1.68"
  • Binding: on body and neck
  • Rosette: Parallel stripes
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Pickguard: Sculpted Tortoise shell
  • Tuners: Tulip style

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EpiphoneLimited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Stays in tune (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impression after two years

I bought this guitar in the summer of 2010. At first I wasn't so sure about it, but after trying some in a store I decided to order it. Out of the box...Read complete review

I bought this guitar in the summer of 2010. At first I wasn't so sure about it, but after trying some in a store I decided to order it. Out of the box the sound was a little flat and I wasn't so happy but after a few months of playing the sound opened up nicely. Mine has a minor cosmetic flaw on the binding, but it's only visible if you look for it, so I decided not to ask for another one. The mahogany on the back and sides is gorgeous.

I've played a lot of acoustic guitars thanks to my friends [some of them are professional musicians]. I think this guitar stands up to almost all of them.
Percussively it's way better than my friend's Taylors [$600-900]. The highs are clear and loud, the mids are rich and punchy, the lows are somewhat weak for me, but that could be because I've played some Martins lately or the strings I'm using [D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze 12-53].

It handles alternate tunings very well, I've played from Andy McKee to John Mayer on it and I'm quite happy with the sound. I'd describe the neck as wide and thin, it's thinner than the neck on my Epiphone Riviera, but definitely not as thin as my Gibson Flying V, but it's definitely comfortable for an acoustic guitar.

Overall I think it's a pretty good guitar for the price, honestly my favorite thing about this guitar is the looks. Oh the looks... I mean, it's gorgeous and the fact that you get split parallelogram inlays, bindings on the neck, top and back, vintage style tulip tuners and a sunburst finish that contrasts beautifully with the mahogany sides and back for this price is almost unreal.

The only thing I think would make it better is a cutaway but it's not a deal breaker. I'll not tell you to buy this guitar as every player has different needs but if you're considering doing it I think you'd hardly be disappointed.

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Ok, BUT

I'm hoping I did not make a mistake buying a second Epiphone.
It's a pretty little guitar but very light. I have about 10 accoustics and this guitar is noticably lighter...Read complete review

I'm hoping I did not make a mistake buying a second Epiphone.
It's a pretty little guitar but very light. I have about 10 accoustics and this guitar is noticably lighter than any of the others. Has ok tone.
Low E string is set up with too low "action" and buzzes against frets. Sadly middle D is in tune "open" but goes out of tune as I move up neck so bar type chords are dissappointing. Corner of pick guard lifted slightly. Paint seems good.
This is the 2nd one recieved - the first was received with a crack in top.
An Epiphone J-45 from several years ago seems better in quality although I did have that one set up by a specialist as action was too high.
Will see if I can tolerate playing a guitar that is out of tune for bar chords. Bought this as a replacement for a National I got for my birthday in 1969 which is no longer tuneable due to neck issue, as a travelling guitar.

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More bang for your bucks

By michael rommel

from S.D.

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I am one of the fortunate people to have actually owned a '71 Gibson Hummingbird. Though I'll try and not compare these two side by side, this guitar will give memory lane a good shot. The Gibson i had was battle scarred but had tons of vibe and maybe the only dreadnought sized guitar I enjoyed playing. One of the things i remember most about it was, it could take a lickin' and keep on tickin'. There have been a lot of guitars since then, but I never got over this one. Never. So, gettin past this little past unrequited love and on to the Epi Humummingbird....

Imagine how my eyes opened up when I saw this guitar for this kind of money? A lot of the reviews were pretty positive and some pretty petty picking on things like the strings it came with. Never ordred a guitar online and thought this is kinda like buying a pair of shoes... how do you know you'll like it until you try them on? Had to try it. Upon arrival I opened up the box to find my new bird shiney and un-damaged. I imagine I had a smile on my face. I wasted no time tuning her up and having a sit down with her. Didn't take me long to figure out her strings were too low. I was comfortable with this bird in my lap and grateful the folks at Epiphone saw it a good thing to include a strap button. Strumming her I noticed she had a good bottom end and mids. After a few days of tweaking her with get the string height just right, I put her through all the lead gymnastics and went down all the progressions I could think of. It really did start to open up to me with a pretty decent voice. The guitar has some mojo going for it. It's plenty loud enough on it's own and I'm sure it gets plenty of projection. Now I'm gonna pick on it a little... It is a real spruce top but it's a split top and I can see the seam down the middle.It don't bother me too much but you can notice it. Here's the downer for me so far... these green Keystone tuners are pretty neat and you see them on other Gibsons sometimes but I'm not too sure if they are like these. Two days after havin this guitar I noticed a buzz. I listened carefully and know it was'nt the strings. Coming from the tuners? Can't be.I checked eveything from loose tuss rod plate to bad strings. Not it. After going on aqnd on I noticed it was the green tuner piece itself loose on the Bottom E and D strings. It does'nt buzz when doing barre chords or playing out of a capo and I doubt anyone but the player will notice but geeze... I don't like this. It's not a dealbreaker for me but if I bought this at a local store... I'd be exchanging. Maybe some good grover tuners would be better. I'll let some guitar tech deal with this.

Bottom line: Is this Bird worth your money? I have to say a big yes.I wish they made affordable guitars like this when I was a tadpole. What is this Bird good for? Well heck, I wouldn't be at all embarassed to bring her to any informal jam or throw in the back seat of the car (with hard-shell case) and make it your run around guitar. This is not a high end guitar but she holds her own well and would be nice guitar for the budding troubadour or maybe a good front porch guitar. She does bring me down memory lane folks and it does look nice. If you are a guitar snob you won't be happy anyway. I bet I could bring this this thing to any park have a ton of fun and not worry if someone will breathe on it wrong. If you don't have alot of experince, have a local guitar tech set it up for you. This is very important and you won't be sorry. And hey...did I mention right before this purchase I bought the Musician's Gear acoustic hardshell case for dreadnoughts? Well, it fits this guitar like a glove as well as some of my spendier guitars. Have fun whatever you decide...
Budget guitar with tons of vibe and maybe some mojo to spare.There is a lot of competition at this price range. Could become your kick around town guitar. They didn't make guitars like this when I was a tadpole at these enrty-level prices. Classic look that never goes out of style. This square shoulder axe is comfortable with a strap button included. Easy to play. Light. Cleans up well after long sessions. Fits in common dreadnought guitar case. Keep it near ya for song ideas.

(9 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

What you see is not what you get

By Melissa Gill

from Gods Country

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

Nothing about this instrument is worth the price, sound, tone, appearance nothing. The only reason I rated it a 2 is ...#2 is self explanatory !
If the "Vintage Antique" look of the Limited Edition Hummingbird artist has any thing to do with your decision to purchase this guitar please think again. The actual finish of this model is much closer to the cherry finish with a fade to black.The color and general appearance of the finish is not accurately represented in the pictures and if you call customer service all you get is an apology that the pictured guitar is not the orange one you will receive.They claim to have looked and none of the stock resembles the model as pictured. It looks like a cheap department store reproduction of a guitar the appearance proved to be a huge disappointment. From the orange finish to the puckered not properly glued pick guard to the sloppy assembly. A real # 2 sums it up.
The one I received appears as if it had been manfactured 15 minutes before quitting time on a long weekend,very sloppy assembly. But it did include six strings.
I had expected a much nicer instrument for the price. I did not expect Hummingbird quality at this price point but did expect it to sound better than a 30 year old flea market special.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Ok, BUT

By Kevin Edge

from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I'm hoping I did not make a mistake buying a second Epiphone.
It's a pretty little guitar but very light. I have about 10 accoustics and this guitar is noticably lighter than any of the others. Has ok tone.
Low E string is set up with too low "action" and buzzes against frets. Sadly middle D is in tune "open" but goes out of tune as I move up neck so bar type chords are dissappointing. Corner of pick guard lifted slightly. Paint seems good.
This is the 2nd one recieved - the first was received with a crack in top.
An Epiphone J-45 from several years ago seems better in quality although I did have that one set up by a specialist as action was too high.
Will see if I can tolerate playing a guitar that is out of tune for bar chords. Bought this as a replacement for a National I got for my birthday in 1969 which is no longer tuneable due to neck issue, as a travelling guitar.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

buy now

By One Old Guy

from Tulsa, OK

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

Far exceeds my expectations. Looks really good and really well-built. And it sounds GREAT. I am just amazed at how well it sounds. I can't tell you whether mine is 'special' in any way but I can tell you that it sounds like a very expensive guitar. I own over 50 guitars so I have a few to compare it with.
I bought this one after being very satisfied with the J-200 Jumbo Artist that Epi is also selling. Whereas I am very happy with my Jumbo Artists I am downright thrilled with the Hummingbird Artist. No fancy pickguard or bridge but certainly has all it takes to be a good guitar with an unexpected bonus- this guitar sounds WAY better than I expected.
I bought the cherry finish. It is beautiful. Very good quality. Again, you're getting more than you're paying for.
This guitar is worth more than it's selling price, IMO.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Quality Guitar!

By Guitar&Fiddleman

from Mars Hill, N.C.

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

I've been playing for the past 50 years, and I needed a "beater" guitar to take around to small gigs and jam sessions and not have to worry about messing up my vintage guitar. Decided on this Limited Edition Hummingbird, since I've always wanted one - - never could afford a real Gibson, so thought this might make a decent beater. I really wasn't expecting much, for the money I was investing. But, let me tell you, this thing is amazing! Mine is the Faded Cherry version, and after the initial shock of how bright orange it was (the pictures are not even close to the true brightness!) I can live with the color OK, and in fact it's kind of appealing. Sure does grab the attention of the audience, too. Next thing I noticed out of the box was the sheer neatness and quality construction of this guitar. Very neat inlays on the shiny, almost polished rosewood fingerboard. The frets were silky smooth and very shiny, and it played like butter. Intonation was perfect all the way up the neck, which was a fairly fat "C" shape, but I like the fatness - - great for bar chords. The finish was flawless, with nice white binding and beautiful figured mahogany back & sides (laminate), but surprisingly lightweight. The one-piece top really booms, and after taking it to an outdoor concert recently, I believe it's actually louder than my sure-nuff Gibson J-35, which is no small feat. The tone that this thing pumps out is almost unbelieveable - - wasn't expecting that from a new guitar. Of course, I had to do the usual set-up - - lowered the action at the fingerboard nut and saddle, and adjusted the torque rod, and lost the crappy stock strings and added med.-light D'Addario's, and it's really a pleasure to play now. I find myself playing this Hummingbird much more than my others now. It stays in tune great, and I love the classic green "keystone" tuners - -very smooth and accurate. The nice understated pickguard also adds to the vintage look, and I am totally blown away by this guitar. Now, obviously, this is NOT a Gibson Hummingbird, or I'm not implying that it's equal in every way to that guitar, but to tell the truth I just can't see shelling out an extra $2500 for a guitar that looks almost identical and that sounds about the same. I'll never be able to afford a real Hummingbird, but for my purposes this guitar will do just fine, thank you. There's nothing to be ashamed of here, and I'll put it out in front of a lot of guitars costing 5X the price in sound and playability anytime. Maybe this one was just a fluke, but it has that BIG Gibson flattop sound that you're paying all that extra $$$$ for when buying the real thing. I've played all my life, all kinds of guitars, and do repairs and set-up professionally, and I must say again this guitar is amazing. If you need a good-sounding, great-looking guitar for a song, this one is a no-brainer. Buy this guitar!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best acoustic guitar ever!

By Alex Luangrath

from Modesto, California. U.S.

Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

Overall, I absolutely love this guitar! I've always wanted a Gibson Hummingbird because of the color of it which the Epiphone doesn't have. which is vintage cherry. but the faded cherry comes close to it! I recommend you get this guitar now because it's only for a limited time. Get it before it's gone!
This is a square shoulder dreadnought which features a mahogany back and sides and a split parrallelogram mother of pearl fretboard and inlays. Everything you would expect from a hummingbird. The downside is that it doesn't come with the iconic decorative pickguard with a hummingbird design you would see on the regular epiphone hummingbird or gibson. But you could always purchase the pickguard off ebay like I did. It looks fantastic! If you're buying this guitar because of the faded cherry then great choice. I personally don't like the cherry sunburst on the other epiphone because it's too bright and harsh on the eyes. I simply love the faded cherry way better.
When the package arrived at my house and I opened the box. All I could smell was fresh wood. It was like they made it fresh and packaged it right away. I picked it up and played it right away. Of course it was out of tuned, but man! The strings were new and the action felt great. I couldn't find anything wrong with it! Absolutely love it.
For the price, this guitar sounds and looks like a thousand dollar guitar. You can't go wrong with that. Plays and sounds great for the price you're paying. which a bargain.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good Guitar. Worth the money.

By Community User

from Texas

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Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

Overall, decent guitar. Worth the money.
Beautiful finish and tone.
No this is not the real Gibson Hummingbird, but it is a solid remake of it. Guitar plays pretty and stays in tune very well. Overall, I found it to be worth the $300 bucks. It isn't a gig guitar but it's fun to play with friends or pick on. Might be a decent guitar for someone to start out on who doesn't want to break the bank. Easy on fingers, as well.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar Totally Worth It

By Alexrulez4696

from El Paso TX

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

    This is really good guitar its a steal for only [$] its a really good guitar for beginners and experienced guitar players the only other acoustic guitar i can think of thats better than this one would probably be a Gibson Acoustic Guitar. I dont really have any complaints about the guitar it sounds great, it stays tuned, and it does sound consistent

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Impression after two years

    By Valadez19

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nice Tone
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought this guitar in the summer of 2010. At first I wasn't so sure about it, but after trying some in a store I decided to order it. Out of the box the sound was a little flat and I wasn't so happy but after a few months of playing the sound opened up nicely. Mine has a minor cosmetic flaw on the binding, but it's only visible if you look for it, so I decided not to ask for another one. The mahogany on the back and sides is gorgeous.

      I've played a lot of acoustic guitars thanks to my friends [some of them are professional musicians]. I think this guitar stands up to almost all of them.
      Percussively it's way better than my friend's Taylors [$600-900]. The highs are clear and loud, the mids are rich and punchy, the lows are somewhat weak for me, but that could be because I've played some Martins lately or the strings I'm using [D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze 12-53].

      It handles alternate tunings very well, I've played from Andy McKee to John Mayer on it and I'm quite happy with the sound. I'd describe the neck as wide and thin, it's thinner than the neck on my Epiphone Riviera, but definitely not as thin as my Gibson Flying V, but it's definitely comfortable for an acoustic guitar.

      Overall I think it's a pretty good guitar for the price, honestly my favorite thing about this guitar is the looks. Oh the looks... I mean, it's gorgeous and the fact that you get split parallelogram inlays, bindings on the neck, top and back, vintage style tulip tuners and a sunburst finish that contrasts beautifully with the mahogany sides and back for this price is almost unreal.

      The only thing I think would make it better is a cutaway but it's not a deal breaker. I'll not tell you to buy this guitar as every player has different needs but if you're considering doing it I think you'd hardly be disappointed.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By mike a-s-LO0

      from portsmouth,va

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      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

      This guitar was everything i'd hoped it was.Very beautiful finish ( i have vintage sunburst)I will agree with others that the pickguard was smaller then the one shown in photos here, overall perfect.some new strings and light set up and it will out do guitars two or three times its price.The only problem was the pick guard needed more adhesive in one place.

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