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Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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Originally designed around the frequency range of the human voice for peerless vocal accompaniment.

The Gibson Hummingbird is an acoustic-electric guitar that has lured celebrity players with its sweet, velvet tone and distinctive appearance since its release in 1960. The Hummingbird guitar features a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, 24-3/4" scale length, dovetail neck-to-body joint, scalloped bracing, and an authentic Hummingbird pickguard.

Plug the Gibson Hummingbird in and jam with the integrated L.R. Baggs Electronics system.


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FEATURES
  • Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Bone nut and Tusq saddle
  • "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
  • Industry's finest electronics
  • Premium hardshell case
  • Distinctive labels
SPECIFICATIONS

Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
    Mahogany back and sides
    Mahogany neck
    24-3/4" scale length
    Rosewood fingerboard
    Dovetail neck joint
    Scalloped bracing
    Tortoise Hummingbird pickguard
    Mother-of-pearl split parallelogram fretboard inlays
    Mother-of-pearl crown headstock inlay
    Nickel Grover tuners
    L.R. Baggs Element Electronics
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GibsonHummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 47 reviews)

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    (41)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Consistent (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

"The Bird" is Worth Every Buck

A timeless classic that has followed the same winning recipe for 50 years. Carefully and proudly hand crafted right here in the U.S.A. Keith Richards is right, "This is the only acoustic...Read complete review

A timeless classic that has followed the same winning recipe for 50 years. Carefully and proudly hand crafted right here in the U.S.A. Keith Richards is right, "This is the only acoustic guitar I will ever need."
Love the shorter scale length (24 3/4) and the slightly wider spacing at the nut.
The L.R. Baggs under-saddle pickup is also a helpful addition--I love the discreetly placed volume control in the sound hole. The nitro-cellulose finish has both backers and bashers; time will tell how it holds up.
The fit and finish of my Hummingbird is flawless. I've looked and looked and can't find one blemish. This Gibby has the look and feel of the hand made treasure it is.
Yes, this guitar is expensive. But, as my father used to say, "Son, it only cost a little more to go first class." I've owned many low to intermediate priced Martins, but never bit on a Gibson due to the price. Finally, I saved enough money and bit the bullet. I've not regretted it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a Gibson

I played this guitar the other day in Gibson Showcase. The sound was the sound of just about any acoustic, but oh the action did not please me at all. It just felt...Read complete review

I played this guitar the other day in Gibson Showcase. The sound was the sound of just about any acoustic, but oh the action did not please me at all. It just felt akward to play and so go with a Dove or somthing else. Really doesn't live up to the Gibson I know.

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"The Bird" is Worth Every Buck

By GodSurfer

from Sterling, OK

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A timeless classic that has followed the same winning recipe for 50 years. Carefully and proudly hand crafted right here in the U.S.A. Keith Richards is right, "This is the only acoustic guitar I will ever need."
Love the shorter scale length (24 3/4) and the slightly wider spacing at the nut.
The L.R. Baggs under-saddle pickup is also a helpful addition--I love the discreetly placed volume control in the sound hole. The nitro-cellulose finish has both backers and bashers; time will tell how it holds up.
The fit and finish of my Hummingbird is flawless. I've looked and looked and can't find one blemish. This Gibby has the look and feel of the hand made treasure it is.
Yes, this guitar is expensive. But, as my father used to say, "Son, it only cost a little more to go first class." I've owned many low to intermediate priced Martins, but never bit on a Gibson due to the price. Finally, I saved enough money and bit the bullet. I've not regretted it.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Own one

By Windwalker

from Southern Blueridge Mountians

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Factory Set Action High

Best Uses

  • I Play Blue Grass Also
  • I Play Gospel At Church
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a great Guitar for accompanying vocals as well as playing Instrumental's. I have owned a new Taylor Custom built 9000 series and a new Martin D-45 and several other Martins including a D-35 Brazilian Rosewood and I own a Gibson custom shop Dove inflight the Martins have a different sound from the Gibson's the Taylor sound was very thin and bright. Gibson's and Martin's are both top of the line Instruments that's why I own them. Gibson's have the best of both worlds looks and sound. Martin's have the edge in bluegrass. The Hummingbird is a Great all purpose Guitar with a lot of style !!!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've got "GAS" "Guitar acquisition syndrome"

By Bruce Lee

from Salinas, Ca

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just purchased an AJ Acoustic electric a couple weeks ago to compliment my two Hummingbird artists, J160E, J45 A/E, Artist 12 string, and now I have the ultimate Gibson Acoustic Electric,
My new Hummingbird. I don't know why I waited so long. This guitar out of the case Plays and sounds awesome, It's the most beautiful guitar I've ever owned. I now have the ultimate acoustic guitar collection!
Excellant, Sound, Finish, Setup
Perfect

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

The Gibson Hummingbird sings!

By Ben-i5.hk

from Pennsylvania

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just received this guitar last week and was blown away when I opened up the case. It is strikingly beautiful. The guitar felt great right out of the case with no need for a set up. And the sound was magnificent. I plugged it into my VOX AC15 and was amazed at the way this sounded. I also own a Gibson J45 and was worried that the Hummingbird would not live up to the J45 but I was wrong. This guitar is pricy... Well worth the money if you are looking for a great looking and great sounding acoustic guitar. I always wanted a Hummingbird and I am glad I finally made the purchase.
Very expensive.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally after 20+ years

By 9guitarsnow

from Boise Idaho

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I played a Hummingbird 20+ years ago and fell in lust on the spot. Owning one of these has been a goal of mine for a very long time. I finally have one and it is in no way a disappointment. This guitar sounds a good as the one I played over 20 years ago. I have a Martin and a Taylor also and they are both wonderful guitars but they don't hold a candle to the sound that is produced by this Hummingbird. When I ordered this there were 5 sales people trying to get a look at it when I picked it up. One of them kept saying "it's so pretty" and she wasn't too bad herself. This is one of the prettiest looking production guitars on the market and the sound matches just as much. If you can get hold of one DO IT!!!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It is worth the praise

By mikeyee

from Houston, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Blends Great With Voice
  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Careful Of Humidity

Best Uses

  • Church Worship
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I got this used from someone that needed money and really wanted to own this guitar for a while. I had the j45 gibson which is more like a taylor sound in being really bright but this is different in its own right. It is no wonder they called it the songwriter guitar. This guitar is not only beautiful but just really rich sounding. When you play from finger picking to regular chords, it really speaks to the heart. I have played martin, taylor guitars in the top end and each have their own quality. Gibsons are not the brightest nor loudest sounding guitars as taylors/martins but was made to add that warmth and richness not found uniquely like in the hummingbird.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Best Friend.

By Herb-Ad6ZP

from Virginia

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I traded a seriously beat Flying V for a new 1969 starburst Hummingbird almost 40 years ago. I play it daily, and the sound becomes sweeter all the time.It took me a while to understand just how special this box is. The sound is flat heavenly. For years I've been searching for a better-sounding guitar. If I find it--and I've looked at some of the best guitars on earth--I'll buy it, but nothing I've tried belongs in the same room with the 'Bird.The action has never been the best, the frets are nearly gone, the lacquer is badly checked, and the case disintegrated a long time ago. But that sound! It's the music they play in heaven.The sound of a Hummingbird is instantly recognizable. I saw a movie last night about a country singer who played one. For all the awards the actors won, that guitar was still the star of the show.Get one to play, not to collect.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love my Hummingbird

By RogueRiver

from Southern California

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Ever since I saw a picture of Keith Richards playing a Hummingbird on the album High Tide and Green Grass, I've wanted one. At the time I saw it on that album, I was a young teen teaching myself guitar on an $85 don't know what. I had to have it. Took me 25 years but damn worth every cent. Truely a legend, fun to play, superb action and sublime simplicity. I don't know how they build them this good!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Dream Guitar!!

By Taylor

from Opp, Al

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • High Action

Best Uses

  • Anything

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Ive wanted one of these guitars for a long time. I was finally able to come upon one for a good deal at the right time.. and I love it. It has a nice warm tone, sounds great hooked up, and is beautiful. Great guitar.

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Over priced?!?!?!?

By BoneYardDave

from Tetilio, Mi

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I can't believe what a pile this is for the money! The neck broke off the third day! Was missing two strings when it arrived NEW from here! Called support, they told me to expect things like this from an vintage type Gibson. Nice answer!

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