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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
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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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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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!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Songwriter's dream

By powerpopper

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After collecting a bunch of Rosewood guitars, I figured it was time to try out a Mahogany for quiet, in-home, sometimes late night playing. I settled on the Hummingbird Modern Classic and I couldn't be happier. Whoever said this guitar was matched to the human voice is right. Unplugged, this guitar is not going to have tremendous volume, but it sure does sound sweet and is a perfect accompaniment to vocals.I had heard plenty of stuff about spotty Gibson quality, but mine showed up in pristine condition. It really is a thing of beauty if you're into this kind of thing. One thing that I like is that my Hummingbird is not as "red" as others I have seen. It really is more golden, which I prefer. But if you're looking for a "red" one, this isn't it.As others have said, action is a little higher because of the short scale length, but it's still awesome. The Grovers on it are solid, but don't add much to the vibe. Still, I prefer them to plastic Keystones, but I may change them later. The electronics seem ok, nothing special, but I'll run through a DI to dial it in better.All in all, I'm very happy with my Hummingbird and look forward to making a lifelong friend out of it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Off the wall, literally!!

By Tom-_g8av

from Bridge City, LA

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Friends, musicians,countrymen...I come not to rate the 'bird, but rather it's case. Yes, the hummingbird is a beautiful, warbling instrument, but I must give praise to the long overlooked, but no less important...case in which it resides when it is not enthralling us with its melodic notes. I lived in New Orleans until Katrina innundated my home with 10' of briny, Gulf water for 13 days. Thus, my Hummingbird floated around in the house during that time. When the civil authorities allowed us back in, I found my 'bird, case rotten and the guitar slightly moldy, but otherwise perfect; something a little bleach and orange oil corrected in short order. So, if you buy a Gibson for any reason beyond its quality, playabilty, appearance, and sound, know that you are also getting a top-notch case in which to keep it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Edbro

from Philadelphia

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I picked up this guitar and just started to mess around and I was blown away, not by the volume, but by the depth of the tone and how well it went along with vocals. Just incredible.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Hummingbird

By Tyler-AohnP

from Atlanta

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

So I was between the Dove and Hummingbird . . . both had great sound and both played phenomenal, but I was, for some reason, attracted to the Hummingbird. It's sound is the perfect rich tone and everytime a chord is struck, it lights up with life! It's such a beautiful guitar that I'm 200% satisfied with!

(2 of 2 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.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Slightly Dissapointed.

By Johnny-LaWAH

from Marietta, GA

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'll be completely honest, I'm a bit disappointed. My brand new 2007 Gibson Hummingbird arrived in yesterday. At first I was really happy with it. Then I played it. The factory setup is just not good. Action needs to be lowered and the fretboard has buzzing. I just don't know what to say after spending this amount of money. I previously owned a Martin D16GT that really played a lot better and had to buzzing or anything. This Gibson is truly beautiful...but in terms of playability out of the box....not so much. And for all that money...I'm selling to get a J45 Rosewood.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

oh my!

By stratocaster4life

from lowell,ma

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

i played this guitar for 1 hour at a guitar store.. and i seriously thought i was in heaven.. if the price was around 1000-1500 i'd buy it.. maybe if i hit the lottery i'd pay 2 grand

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great but $$ mahogany dreadnaught acoustic.

By ScotSan

from Woodstock, GA

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A great, big, warm, sweet sounding, easy playing mahogany & spruce dreadnaught guitar. Expensive for a mahogany & spruce acoustic, but totally different from (say) a Martin D-18, and worth it. If you want that warm, sweet Gibson sound, and a beautiful guitar that's not afraid to be decorated to the hilt, you gotta buy one. If you like Hummingbirds, there's no real substitute.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Singin' Bird

By dbelgard

from Pittsfield, ME

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've owned my hummingbird for about 7 years now and I have to say it is a pure joy to play. I've never had to adjust the action-it was perfect since day one. The mahagony back and sides give this guitar a very warm and bright tone, perfect for vocal accompaniment. Needless to say the guitar is absolutely beautiful. The heritage cherry finish is stunning and the fret inlays are gorgeous. Mine has only gotten better with age. This is a complete opposite to my other guitar-a martin HD-28 (see my other review on the martin). While the martin is louder and darker due to its rosewood back and sides the gibson is bright and airy. Other than the initial cost there is nothing not to like about the humminbird. As in the description it does "play like butter" and is truly a visual work of art. Everyone who's ever played mine has fallen in love with it. Far and away one of the best sounding guitars you will ever play. Get down to your better music store and test drive one. If its within your financial reach-go for it-you will not be disappointerd.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not a Gibson

By stratguitarist-7J_w2

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

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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