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Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar Heritage Cherry Sunburst Nickel

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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

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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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Pros

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

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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    5.0

    EXCELENT

    By IANNALE

    from Montevideo, Uruguay.

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bougth the Hummingbird for my duagther 14 years old. She is an passionate musician. I always buy all my musical portable instruments at Musician´s Friend. It´s the best website to buy musical instruments (trustfulness, quality service, better prices, big discounts). My next purchase will be a Taylor 12 strings acoustic-electric guitar.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Instrument

      By Gibson Soul

      from Ontario, Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Cannot Think Of Any

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Just Playing
      • Open mics
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am so happy that I took the plunge and paid the money for the gibson hummingbird. I will never regret this decision. This instrument makes me feel good and has heightened my confidence when I am playing. I never have to concern myself with the sound - it is clear, consistent and clean. Since owning the hummingbird my practice time has improved tremendously and I am very motivated to improve. I also have an entry level Martin that I also like a great deal but, once you have been playing for ten years or more you deserve a fine instrument. Now, I am on the market for a high end mandolin and would like to find a Gibson Goldrush. We will see.

      Comment on this review

      (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 !!!

      Comment on this review

      (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.

      Comment on this review

      (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.

      Comment on this review

      (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

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

      By Bruce Lee

      from Salinas, Ca

      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

      Comment on this review

      (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "The Bird" is Worth Every Buck

      By GodSurfer

      from Sterling, OK

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The Gibson Hummingbird sings!

      By Ben-i5.hk

      from Pennsylvania

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (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!!!

      Comment on this review

      (7 of 9 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.

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