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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.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    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

    Get a great sounding guitar at a very popular price.

     
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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

       

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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

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (6)
      • Practicing (6)
      • Small venues (3)
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        • Experienced (5)

      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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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      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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      5.0

      One of my favorite acoustics that I own

      By gretschman 6122

      from South Miami, FL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

        I bought mine in Nov. 2009. I have a "big pickguard" version. the body dimensions are almost identical to the Gibson mode. Truly square shaped in comparision to the regular Epi Hummingbird ( of which I own a 1995 and a 2005, and a 2006 limited edition Hummingbird 12 string). the faded finish is the best I have seen in this price. Epiphone should offer their Hummingbird ( and Dove) in this finish. Came w/ " still live" strings. I detune mine to Eb, still sweet sounding. Probably play it more than the two Epi Hummingbirds. In Jan of 2013, I finally " electrified" it, w/ an undersaddle transducer and no preamp, and it sounds great,I have many acoustic and acoustic/electrics, butthis is my"baby" Epi has shown it as " out of production" so this may be your last chance of getting one. A great deal !!!!!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good guitar

        By Nat

        from Phila

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

            Great guitar for price. Bought this guitar for another musician to just pick up and play whenever in the mood. Good sound.

            Comment on this review

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wonderful product!

            By Jammin

            from Winslow, AZ

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • School Bands

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

              The product came in perfect shape in a very carefully prepared set of boxes. The wood is very well shaped, the sides are even to each other and the colors are beautiful. After a two hour tuning,(I forgot to get a tuner and had to look online for help) The guitar has stayed in tune and sounds exquisite. I recommend buying a set of soft to medium picks, a strap and a hard case along with this guitar.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The Life And Death Of My Hummingbird.

              By chaz

              from palm springs ca.

              About Me Experienced

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

              • Poor Construction
              • Very Thin Headstock

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

              Well I played this at guitar center and i absorbingly Loved it. I bought it online and to be honest it was my favorite acoustic. one day like a idiot i brought it to a local skate park and leaned it on a railing it fell and the head stock snapped off. the head stock was is very thin on this guitar. so do not let it fall just take good care of it and it will be your favorite acoustic.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT VALUE!!

              By Nick S

              from Indiana

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

                    I have played and own a lot of acoustics, and this one really holds its own. It looks great, and sounds great. The only thing cheap about this is the pickguard, but that got torn off and replaced immediately anyway.
                    Tuners are great. Finish looks great. You can tell it's not the most choice spruce on the top, mine kind of has a dirty looking grain, but it looks good enough for me! Plays great! sounds great! I own taylors, and for half the price of a low end taylor, you can get something that sounds about 80-90% as good.

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                    4.0

                    Solid guitar to jam and not worry about.

                    By mojorayjones

                    from Northern California

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

                      I bought this as a "travel guitar" of sorts as an alternate to hauling around my precious Martin of vintage Washburn. So, it is a travel guitar because I can live with it getting damaged or even crushed (God forbid). I found a like new jumbo Epiphone travel case to complement it and it was a great investment for its purpose.

                      I care more about the sound, but the looks of this guitar are fantasitic! I have the faded Cherry, which is quite bright indeed. It's shiny and red and a lot of people like the look when they see it.

                      I found the sound of this guitar to be superiour to the Epiphone AJ200 I had previously owned. The low ends are not amazing, but solid, the mid range is fantastic, and the upper trebble pretty solid too. It's not like Martin or Gibson, but it's a lot better than other second hand guitars for the same price. I would even do an impromptu or small gig with this guitar without much worry. It sounds fine. You don't have to tune it constantly, but it's good to check the tuning before each time you play. The tulip style tuners are decent, but this is where you see the difference between a Gibson or Martin, in the tuner option. They are hard plastic.
                      The fretboard feels particularly nice. It's not a jumbo guitar, but is a little bit bigger in the neck and headstock than a regular dreadnaught.

                      The guitar itself is made of quality construction in both craft and materials. It has a solid spruce top; I think the sides and back are laminated wood, but that's what I expected at this price. There is a nice binding around the guitar and the fretboard is handsome and nice to get around.
                      I use this guitar for folk and classic rock. I also play a lot of country fingerpicking on it, and it performs well.
                      Epiphone calls it part of the 'Artist Series', which I'm not sure what that signifies. It says made in Indonesia on a sticker on the back.

                      I travelled several, several thousand miles by plane, boat, train, and car with this guitar in 2012, and it survived quite well.
                      If you plan to fly or do serious traveling, I suggest you loosen the strings and pad the guitar in the case, which you can find more info on the web about that. I have an Epiphone case for a jumbo guitar that I put this in with padding and it locks too. It worked well. See my review of the case. But, I traveled far with this guitar and it was fun to have a long on the travels.

                      I just recently had a problem with the upper neck and took it to a luthier for the first time since owning it in over a year, who adjusted it. He only spent a few minutes with it. I think it needs one more adjustment, but it should be fine. But, right now it plays well except for the 12th fret beyond it makes a little buzzing. I think he can adjust it.

                      I'm using this guitar so I don't have to freak out about traveling with my Marting, and seeing it get broken. I would much prefer to have my Martin or Washburn, but this Epiphone is a quality guitar that sounds good and serves it's purpose for short outings for a no worry environment.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Happy!

                      By acso_506

                      from Lufkin, TX

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird Artist Acoustic Guitar:

                        Good guitar for small gatherings. I wouldn't consider it a gig guitar but it serves it's purpose in it's own niche.

                        Comment on this review

                        (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

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                          (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.

                            Comment on this review

                            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Good Guitar. Worth the money.

                            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.

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