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The Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar is built around the celebrated square-shoulder dreadnought design and is hand-crafted in the U...Click To Read More About This Product

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Save big bucks on this modernized "no-bird" 'Bird.

The Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar is built around the celebrated square-shoulder dreadnought design and is hand-crafted in the U.S. The washed heritage cherry finish offers the look of a well-seasoned vintage instrument while the unadorned pickguard gives it distinction from other Hummingbirds. Construction details include a deluxe solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides that deliver the tonal balance sought by singer-songwriters. The round mahogany neck is topped with a rosewood fingerboard inlaid with mother-of-pearl parallelograms. The Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric is equipped with a top-quality L.R. Baggs Element undersaddle pickup and unobtrusive preamp soundhole-mounted volume control. The top has 6-ply binding and the back is bound in 4 plies. Traditional appointments include gold keystone tuners, an MOP headstock crown inlay, tortoise pickguard, and a vintage rosewood bridge. The Hummingbird ships in an included, premium hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Handcrafted in: Bozeman, MT
  • Body
  • Body style: square shoulder dreadnought
  • Top species: premium Sitka spruce
  • Back and sides: mahogany
  • Bracing: Hand-scalloped
  • Body binding: 6-ply top, 4-ply back
  • Neck
  • Species: mahogany
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Profile: round
  • Joint: Hand-set dovetail
  • Fingerboard
  • Species: rosewood
  • Binding: single-ply
  • Inlays: Mother-of-pearl parallelograms
  • Nut width: 1.725
  • Other inlays: mop crown on headstock
  • Bridge
  • Bridge: traditional Gibson rosewood bridge
  • Bridge inlay: mop dots
  • Pins: white
  • Hardware
  • Tuners: Gold Gotoh keystone with traditional white keys
  • Pickguard: modern sculpted
  • Active electronics: L.R. Baggs Element undersaddle transducer and preamp with sound hole mounted volume control
  • Other
  • Case: premium hardshell

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GibsonHummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Surprisingly Great

I just got mine about a week ago and I was pleasantly surprised about a few things. First, the color is much better looking than the pics. The pics make it look darker...Read complete review

I just got mine about a week ago and I was pleasantly surprised about a few things. First, the color is much better looking than the pics. The pics make it look darker than it really is. The specs say it's cherryburst, but it looks more like a honey color to me, anyway it's much better than I thought. Also, there wasn't a single flaw with the finish either. Usually from Gibson (at least with my guitars), the binding will have a flaw or two, especially by the nut and where the neck and body meet. It also said that the tuners were Gotoh keystones with white keys, but mine came with Grover Deluxe keystones with tan keys. Even with the new stock Gibson Masterbuilt strings, this thing stays in tune better than any other acoustic guitar I have. Finally, the sound is absolutely great. I was pretty sure it would sound good, but not this good. I have a Martin HD-28, a Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage, a Gibson SJ-150,and a Martin D-41. I'm seriously thinking of selling a couple of these, if not all of them, which were all more expensive guitars. If you're thinking about getting one, I think it's worth it. I've read some negative reviews, and maybe Gibson had a bad day or something, because mine is perfect. The set-up was actually pretty good too, which is another thing I've had problems with from Gibson in the past. You can't beat this guitar, especially for the price. I have $3,000 guitars that don't sound this good. $1,999 is a great value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Expected More

I was going to buy one of these Gibson Hummingbird acoustic or Acoustic electric but ended up buying a Guild Gad 50 E. I played this Guitar at the nashville showroom, Granted it may...Read complete review

I was going to buy one of these Gibson Hummingbird acoustic or Acoustic electric but ended up buying a Guild Gad 50 E. I played this Guitar at the nashville showroom, Granted it may have been the Guitar I tried but I played more than just one and I am dissappointed that Gibson isnt taking better care and producing better guitars. The one that i played had poor action and just didnt have that sound that i was looking for. I own a Takemine, a DC16GTE Martin, a Simon and Patrick and a Gibson Les Paul plus the ne Guild I bought. I love the sound from the Guild and even though it is made in China. It is Handgrafted by Guild and sounds better than the Gibson Hummingbird. I would not recommend the Gibson

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

2 American Icons

By Uncle Don

from String Tinkers, CT

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Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought a Gibson Hummingbird Artist from Musician's Friend on-line. Later I noticed that Guitar Center was running a special on the Hummingbird at $200 less. I notified MF and they immediately credited my account.Recently the guitar developed a crack on the soundboard--I returned it to Gibson and was given a brand new Hummingbird at no cost. Moral: Buy Gibson from Musician's Friend. Well Played, MF and Gibson!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bang for the Buck

By Mason Roberts

from Los Angeles, California

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar for the purpose of using it as something i could hammer out my song ideas on; as sort of a workhorse. When it arrived, it met my expectations as far as tonal quality. BUT, over the last year or so that I've had it, it has grown tremendously on me. It seems almost as if the tone and playability improved over time. I now use it to record virtually all of my songs. In addition to this, the finish on mine is superb, I couldn't ask for more. I'll admit, I was skeptical at first of this buy, but it has developed into one of my most rewarding purchases ever. Great job Gibson; great buy!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprisingly Great

By Jeffroski

from Rockford, IL.

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just got mine about a week ago and I was pleasantly surprised about a few things. First, the color is much better looking than the pics. The pics make it look darker than it really is. The specs say it's cherryburst, but it looks more like a honey color to me, anyway it's much better than I thought. Also, there wasn't a single flaw with the finish either. Usually from Gibson (at least with my guitars), the binding will have a flaw or two, especially by the nut and where the neck and body meet. It also said that the tuners were Gotoh keystones with white keys, but mine came with Grover Deluxe keystones with tan keys. Even with the new stock Gibson Masterbuilt strings, this thing stays in tune better than any other acoustic guitar I have. Finally, the sound is absolutely great. I was pretty sure it would sound good, but not this good. I have a Martin HD-28, a Gibson Southern Jumbo True Vintage, a Gibson SJ-150,and a Martin D-41. I'm seriously thinking of selling a couple of these, if not all of them, which were all more expensive guitars. If you're thinking about getting one, I think it's worth it. I've read some negative reviews, and maybe Gibson had a bad day or something, because mine is perfect. The set-up was actually pretty good too, which is another thing I've had problems with from Gibson in the past. You can't beat this guitar, especially for the price. I have $3,000 guitars that don't sound this good. $1,999 is a great value.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson Hummingbird Artist

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had my Hummingbird Artist for a few years now, and I will say this guitar grows on you over time...it's not a 'cannon' as the term goes, but it has a nice, well balanced sound. I have it in my office and use it regularly when I'm working out a song. I think the mahoghany back and sides lend to it's midrange balanced tone. The electronics are superb and make it come alive when run through a PA or acoustic amp. Visually it's a striking guitar to look at(l love the inlays); as far as quality, Gibson fell in this one category--on the top of the guitar you can see where the workman sanded too deep, showing diagonal sanding marks in the finish on one side! No excuse for this! On the flip side, the amberburst finish is superb and looks like a desert sunrise. I got this guitar for literally cost, so I can live with those imperfections on the top; you can only see them if you look close. Yet I still think almost 2K for this guitar is too much.It has a tone all it's own, and sounds better with strings that have been on for awhile. It is not a guitar that does it all, but combined with excellent LR Baggs electronics, it still sings...Gibson's are not consistent in quality, so before you buy, try....

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect singer's companion

By Tom

from Middle Georgia

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Pros

  • Hummingbird Neck Hello
  • Moderate Volume
  • Perfectly Balanced Tone
  • Rich But Not Boomy Bass

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I can't think of much to say that hasn't already been said about this fine instrument. I use my Hummingbird Artist for singing accompaniment and it blends with my voice better than any acoustic I've played. I guess the two things I like best about it are the neck(wide, but not too wide). Hello! it's a Hummingbird neck! ...and the overall balance and tone. Honestly, I was shopping for a full 'Bird. But after giving the Artist a whirl it didn't take long before I was sold. The slightly lighter weight and slightly smaller size of the Artist seems custom made for me. And the tone is just that perfect mix of richness and moderate volume that you sometimes have to fight for when playing a full Hummingbird. Not saying a full 'Bird sounds bad. I'm just saying the Artist is a little less "in your face", which is perfect for performers that want to SONG to stand out most. It's the perfect singer's companion.

      (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      To Expencive

      By Shagnasty

      from New Concord,Ky

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      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I own a J45 Gibson and it is a good guitar not great but good enough my only gripe is the price of a Gibson they will price there self out of business as well as martin.these prices are not in line with what most musicians are paid.and there are other guitar Co. that sound as good for one third or less the price of Gibson.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This isb what acoustic guitar is all about

      By TBO from Guitartown

      from Bourbonnais, IL

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      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I have been playing guitar for 36 yrs. Yup! An old guy. I am a song writer and collector of guitars. 26 so far. Acoustics: I love Taylor (I own 3, a 315ce, T-5 and a solid Koa dread) I love Takamine (I own 2-EF341's and a EG523SC) I hate when guys brag about their collections on here but wanted to take a minute to tell players about the Gibson Humingbird Artist. Plays UNREAL, finish is perfect, playability is second to none. I love the size of the neck. And I've never played a more tonally balanced guitar. Crispy, fat and plenty of mid. I have never played a naturally unplugged acoustic that is louder. The on board pick up is very natural sounding. I would prefer some on board EQ but other than that this is my all time favorite. Remnds me of a friends 1950 J-50. If you're worried if this one is worth your hard earned money...Trust me....I love it...I'd buy it again if something ever happened to it. Tim

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Expected More

      By Frank tennessee

      from Wiesbaden Germany

      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I was going to buy one of these Gibson Hummingbird acoustic or Acoustic electric but ended up buying a Guild Gad 50 E. I played this Guitar at the nashville showroom, Granted it may have been the Guitar I tried but I played more than just one and I am dissappointed that Gibson isnt taking better care and producing better guitars. The one that i played had poor action and just didnt have that sound that i was looking for. I own a Takemine, a DC16GTE Martin, a Simon and Patrick and a Gibson Les Paul plus the ne Guild I bought. I love the sound from the Guild and even though it is made in China. It is Handgrafted by Guild and sounds better than the Gibson Hummingbird. I would not recommend the Gibson

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Well-Balanced Professional Guitar

      By Red Dog Music Books

      from Virginia

      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      After a bit of a lull in the late sixties and seventies, Gibson is now making some of the finest acoustic guitars available. This version of the Hummingbird is, I think, the best one Gibson has made. It's easy to set the guitar up to a specific player's specs, and the tone is appealing and extremely well-balanced. Perhaps not a powerhouse flatpicking guitar, but certainly suitable for doing that when "bonecrusher" volume is not needed, and excellent for strumming and fingerpicking. A very, very good guitar, nice-looking, solidly built. And a good price too.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Beauty!

      By Dylan-aCbnn

      from West Lafayette, IN

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      Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Artist Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar for it's simple design, as I don't like the traditional Hummingbird Pickguard. I also purchased it for its slightly wider nut width, as I have clumsy, large hands.Right from the case, this guitar is good to go. A very good and professional set up in MT left me with nothing to do but play and enjoy.I am used to cheaper, $500 range acoustics, so this was a significant and welcome difference in sound, projection, and quality.Awesome guitar!

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