The Gibson Hummingbird Custom Koa acoustic-electric guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments produced by Gibson Acoustic. Based on the design of Gibson’s renowned Hummingbird, the Hummingbird C... Read More
The Gibson Hummingbird Custom Koa acoustic-electric guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments produced by Gibson Acoustic. Based on the design of Gibson’s renowned Hummingbird, the Hummingbird Custom Koa combines the fundamental features of the original with the fine work of Gibson master luthiers, creating a visual and tonal masterpiece.
Gold Grover Mother-of-Pearl Keystone Tuners
Grover tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Hummingbird. With a gear ratio of 14:1, these Grover tuners deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.
Custom In-Flight Hummingbirds Peghead Logo
The new Hummingbird Custom Koa from Gibson Acoustic sports a beautiful, custom designed and hand-crafted inlay of three in-flight hummingbirds, made from genuine abalone and mother of pearl. It's a beautiful peghead inlay logo, and is exclusive to the Hummingbird Custom Koa.
The tortoise pickguard on the Hummingbird Custom Koa is custom-made and features the Hummingbird’s traditional floral and bird design, all expressed in genuine abalone and mother of pearl. As with all Gibson’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, binding and engraving are all done by hand.
A rosette can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on an acoustic guitar. The rosette on the Hummingbird Custom Koa is one of Gibson’s finest. It is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle. The main ring consists of seven-ply binding, and the second ring is three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Hummingbird Custom Koa.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Orpheum-style Abalone Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson’s Hummingbird Custom Koa is constructed from the high grade rosewood, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge—instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic’s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the Hummingbird Custom Koa.
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The body design of the Hummingbird Custom Koa is known as a square shoulder dreadnought. The top is made from solid AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from highly figured koa, giving the Hummingbird Custom Koa a balanced tonal palette with clear, bright highs and warm upper midrange response. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. Gibson Acoustic’s Hummingbird Custom Koa sports a single “X” bracing pattern similar to the design inside vintage Gibson J-30s. This traditional pattern delivers a balanced midrange tone, with unbiased lows and rich, clear highs, producing a warm tone that has been a favorite among artists and players alike since the original Hummingbird’s introduction in 1960.
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