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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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

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(50 of 55 customers found this review helpful)


Sweet as Honey Hummingbird

By guitarlane

from Woodbridge, VA

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

To say that I love my Hummingbird would be an understatement. From the first time I picked up one to give it a try to me picking it up last night, it just gets better and better. I have had my Hummingbird for about nine years now. As I have played it, sometimes abused it, the tone has gotten more smooth and sweet. It has also become very loud, so much so that I have to make a concious effort to play quieter when in a group. My best friend has a Dove (another great model) which he has had for over twenty years and while it sounds great, it just doesn't sound as sweet as mine. I have done a few minor adjustments to mine to make it fit me better, purely a personal choice. I let a friend who was an outstanding player lower my action, this resulted in a major buzz on the A and D string about half way down the fret board. I was scared to death, but finally took it into a professional and he was able to bring it back and give me the lowest action with no buzz. I also have played with the bridge pins, changing to first solid wood pins and then abolone pins. Believe it or not I changed back to wood and love the fullness of tone I get from them. My next small change is to go with a bone ivory nut and bridge. Another constant search has been to find the perfect strings. I have found that Martin strings are consistantly good at first, but seem to not last as long as others, so if you were playing every night and changing strings two and three times a week, these would do. I have tried many others, but I keep coming back to D'Adrio strings, they have a good lifetime, great ring, and both light and medium sets have a loud volume potential. Also, since I have a bad habit of playing percussive when I really get going, they seem to be able to take it well. After nine years, almost ten the guitar shows little wear. The pick guard has faded so that the hummingbird, or part of him is vanishing, there is a place on the head stock where I missed the stand and it hit another piece of furniture, but there is no cracks in the finish, no dull spots. The binding is intact and the fretboard is not cracked or de-laminating. The only thing that I would change on the guitar itself would be the tuning machines. Don't misunderstand and think I am saying that they are bad, they are really good, but if I could order this one again, I would go with an upgraded tuner. They have never giving me any trouble, work just as well as when I first got it, but it is just something I want to do. Do I recommend this guitar, without a doubt. If you buy one brand new, don't worry, it is like a fine wine, and only gets better with age (and use).

(23 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


there is only one.

By Raindog

from memphis, TN

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

There are many nice guitars and I have played them all, From Loprinzi to Taylor But there is only one I truely love. I have had the guitar for 25 years it is a 69 model. I put it up when my exwife knocked it off the stand and puntured the bottom side bt the strap peg. I did not get it fixed for a long time and when ever I played another guitar I just could not be comfortable. The Hummingbird is the one guitar that makes me want to play harder and faster. It urgesme on to find note combos I would not normally try. I have no idea why it is always there for me when I go too far. It brings me back like no other instrument has ever done. I have several guitars but if you ask me what guiatar I own I will say a Hummingbird everytime. Save up and get the one that is the differance. You will see what I am talking about.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


This is a GREAT Bird

By NorCal Gibson Fan

from norCal

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If you are looking at this beautiful piece of art, you probably already know about its storied history. This is the one to have. No doubt, it is a lot of $$, but it is worth it. IT SOUNDS AMAZING. The new pickup in it makes it easy to play live & captures the great sound of this guitar. the touch on the neck is outstanding (I had the action lowered, but that is the only change I made), it feels great, looks great & makes you want to play. It is an inspiring instrument to play live with and to write with. It also looks a lot better in person than in pictures & looks great on stage. Everyone notices this guitar for its big warm sound & the way it looks. I heard that Keith Richards once said ?this is the only acoustic you will ever need? ? I?m not sure if he really said that, but it is true. It?s worth every dime. Buy it & love it.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


A Guitar to Appreciate

By Darren

from Massachusetts

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'm writing this review around the one year anniversary of purchasing a Hummingbird. I've played guitar for a little over 5 years now, and since the first song I've played, I always wanted my guitar to sound like the professionals. The Hummingbird has allowed me to do this. The chords that this guitar belts out are extremely crisp (and are getting more crisp with age), loud, and pleasing to the ears. The action is great, and it is fairly easy to play with medium strings. This instrument was a huge upgrade from a low budget Takamine, but worth the money; no regrets. A Hummingbird will last a lifetime, and it will never stop impressing me. I appreciate this guitar's quality, and the Hummingbird will always appreciate with time.

(12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


must have

By adrian4him

from california

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I recently bought this beautiful guitar and I must say WOW. Buying this guitar is probably the best decision a I have ever made. This guitar will inspire you to play your best.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


An American Classic

By Nerve Specialist

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

As we all know, the classical guitar (nylon string) originates from Spain. So if you want a good one, you find a Spanish-made one. The steel-string guitar is an American invention, so if you want a good one of those, you find an American-made one. Two really good makers are Martin and Gibson. Martin has always been adept at making beautiful plain guitars; Gibson has always been exceptionally good at glitz. Their pickguards, especially, are often outlandish, and the Hummingbird is Gibson's acoustic masterpiece. It's both handsome and outrageous! I play mostly Atkins/Travis finger-style stuff. The tone is lusty, "furry" (furry in a good way) in the upper registers, and sweet. A nice blend. Play one. If it compliments your style, saddle up �ۡ���� I did. (2007) Oops, there's the money problem. They're expensive. All I can say is this: sell all your lesser guitars for this single good one, live on weiner-water soup (for as long as you can) and keep driving that old pickup truck for another year or two to make it happen. I predict you'll be happy.

(6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)



By zappa'sboy1

from fenton, mICHIGAN

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

well, i have a 1958 gibson hummingbird electric guitar, i went ahead and picked out this beauty and fell in love with it. the tone of this guitar I cant explain, it's just a simple masterpiece!! this goes great with any type or style of music.. from the beatles to blink 182, it's great

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Worth EVERY Penny

By David Duncan

from Sterling, OK

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Yes, 3K seems like an obscene amount to pay for a guitar. It took me 20 years to finally get my "Bird" and I've not been disappointed. Features: The shorter scale length (24 3/4) and slightly wider nut width (1.68") make the guitar great for finger style. The L.R. Baggs under saddle pickup sounds great. Quality and Reliability: I have looked and looked and can't find one flaw in workmanship on this guitar. The nitrocellulose finish has both backers and bashers. Time will tell. Look and Feel: This is the most beautiful guitar I've ever owned. Mine is more of a blonde sunburst than orange or red. The action and playability were perfect straight from the factory. Sound: My Hummingbird has a very balanced sound--even from bass to treble. As a former Martin owner, I was used to a boomy bass end--took a little getting used to.

(5 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Someone's Stepping Stone

By Harry George

from Ohio

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I got talked into a show at a college even though a didn't have a guitar. So, someone gave me one of these...which had be stepped on by a drunk and sort of repaired! No intonation about three quarters of the way up the neck of course, but it was still a fantastic guitar. I said to the guy, "I bet the owner is pretty upset." "Yeah, he feels like an idiot, but it still sounds good." Enough said. OK, not as compressed as a Dove or chilled as an Ovation for vigorious strumming and not as deep as a Martin for bluegrass G runs, but very good all around indeed.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


What a great guitar!

By chris

from baltimore md

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Today i went to guitar center and i happened to play this guitar...i was amazed how easy it was to play and sound it produced was beautiful...i didnt care for the hummingbirds very much but my wife liked them...all and all i found myself going back to this guitar the whole time i was in the store, if you have the cash i would pick this wont regret it!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)



By james

from delad florida

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

this guitar is a classic but the sound is beyond anything you have heard its cleen yet great lows just looking at 1 time shows you the time and how good the people were who made it try it just pick one up

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Sell the house and GET THIS piece of ART

By jeff bleacher

from Fayetteville, N.C.

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar aprox. 3 months ago and I know that some of reading this will think I am stretching the truth but this instrument sounds better each and every time she is pulled from the case. I traded in my Martin which I thought would be tough, however I have had zero regrets. This baby plays like a songbird instead of a hummingbird. I have combined it with the Fishman SA220 and boy there is no shyness involved with this combo. I realize that this baby seems pricey, however you all know that it will only rise in valve and sound better with time. I guess I should also mention how beautiful this guitar is but that is really just secondary in my opinion, because we all have had beautiful girlfriends and wives but what really matters is what is on the inside. Well like my wife this guitar is beautiful on the inside and out. JUST buy it and you will not have any regrets. I give you my guarantee or I'll buy it from you!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Did My Home Work, Bought The Hummingbird!!!!

By Kevin

from Troy, NY

Site Member

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I spent 2 1/2 to 3 months looking, playing and listening to others people, play a great assortment of guitars. After investing all this time into my search I bought the Gibson Hummingbird and have never been happier.I have guitars that are custom built from well known luthiers and my Bird is my favorite. I used to try to convince my wife that I should own a guitar for every day of the week. Now all I need is my Hummingbird. Take my word for it I checked out Martins,Taylors,Takamine etc and The Bird wins. When playing out I get feed back from people and they tell me how beautiful the guitar looks and how wonderful it sounds. I love the Square shoulder Dreadnought look the shorter scale length the sustain,tone,playability. I must stop, I could go on forever.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


This Gibson Hummingbird is your Stairway To Heaven...

By Alan Davis

from Allentown, Pa

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar from Guitar Center, and I would like to give my local Guitar Center 5 stars (Whitehall, Pa.) for their premium service, and high quality inventory. Thank you Guitar Center for being the best place on earth to buy any guitar! Particularly if you live in the WhiteHall, Pa area. They are the best place to buy any guitar of your dreams. ...Onto the GIBSON HUMMINGBIRD, which you will find to be different from any other guitar on earth. Exquisite in looks, feel, and sound, tone, even smell...this guitar is like no other I have ever owned. And I've owned them all..Gibson, Martin and Taylor, Guild, Epiphone, RainSong...and more. This Gibson Hummingbird stands alone. No other guitar looks, plays or sounds like it. It will play all music well. It is perfect for the human voice and matches it like a glove for vocal work. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones once commented... "The Gibson Hummingbird is the only guitar you will ever need." I agree. Buy it today! You WILL LOVE THIS! Attain your goals, reach your dreams, climb your personal Stairway To Heaven with this picture perfect all time classic acoustic guitar, it will take you there...with ease! Is it expensive..definitely. Is it worth it? Definitely!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


One beautiful and great sounding guitar

By Brenda J. Ward

from Saint Louis , Missouri

Comments about Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Being a Gibson owner in past I've not always been impressed with Gibson guitars. I'm a owner of Martin and Gibson as well and I got to say I am very impressed the way this Hummingbird plays, sounds, and looks. This is one fantastic guitar. I was also very satisfied with the way this guitar was shipped and protected inside the boxes. A lot better than even Martins ships. You have no buyer remorse with this Hummingbird. Little pricey but as the old saying goes, " You get what you pay for ", holds true with Guitar as any quality product you purchase . Best Gibson I have ever owned and give it a 5 star.

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