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A true legend of acoustic instruments, the Gibson Hummingbird Pro acoustic-electric guitar was first introduced in 1960 as Gibson's earliest square-shoulder dreadnought guitar. Superb for all styles o... Read More

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Hummingbird Pro Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Overview

A true legend of acoustic instruments, the Gibson Hummingbird Pro acoustic-electric guitar was first introduced in 1960 as Gibson's earliest square-shoulder dreadnought guitar. Superb for all styles of playing, with a capacity for rich, first-position folk chords and intricate solo playing, the Gibson Hummingbird quickly became an iconic acoustic line, and a favorite among legends like Gram Parsons and Keith Richards. The Hummingbird has been one of Gibson Acoustic's most enduring guitar line. Includes case.

Body tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The body design of the Gibson Hummingbird Pro acoustic electric guitar is known as a square shoulder dreadnought. The top is made from Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from mahogany, giving the Hummingbird True Vintage a perfectly balanced midrange tone, with unbiased rich lows and clear treble registers. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process.

Rosewood fingerboard with traditional binding and split parallelogram inlays
The resilience of rosewood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite.
The Gibson Hummingbird Pro guitar's split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports traditional binding over the fret ends, which was a staple feature of many classic Gibson acoustic guitars for many years.

Bracing
Every acoustic electric guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, handmade guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic guitar is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the guitar's sound projection. Gibson Acoustic's Hummingbird Pro guitar 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 Gibson Hummingbird guitars introduced in 1960.

L.R. Baggs Element ES acoustic pickup system
Gibson Acoustic's Hummingbird Pro comes equipped with the Element ES Active acoustic pickup system from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element-or transducer-that's proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive and volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element ES delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar, and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element ES works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg's new "Battery Bagg."

Nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson Hummingbird guitar. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics 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.

Crown peghead logo
Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES-300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today's Hummingbird Pro acoustic electric guitar.

Rosette
A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and 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 any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the Gibson Hummingbird Pro guitar is a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Gibson Hummingbird True Pro acoustic-electric guitar.

Features
  • Body style: Square shoulder dreadnought
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • 1930s Gibson X-bracing pattern
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl parallelogram inlays
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Dovetail neck-to-body joint bonded with hide glue
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Vintage Gibson 1960s thin line neck profile
  • No. of frets: 21/14 open
  • Fingerboard inlays: split parallelogram
  • Nut width: 1.68"
  • Binding: white
  • Rosette: parallel rings
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Pickguard: tortoise
  • Finish: vintage sunburst (nitrocellulose)
  • Tuners: Grovers Rotomatics
  • Electronics: LR Baggs Element ES
  • Case: Hardshell
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4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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5.0

Best Acoustic I've Ever Owned

By Mark

from El Paso, Texas

I purchased this instrument online here at GC in May 2013. I've played coffeehouses, clubs, streetcorners and concerts for over 40 years and this is my favorite guitar over that long period of time. It has an extremely strong midrange (thanks to the mahogany)and a lot of power. I've had mine for 15 months now and can attest to a very high build quality and finish. The LRBaggs Element is bulletproof for halls, and for living rooms this guitar is hard to match. Montana Gibson has come up with something very special, especially for the price. The only issue was that the action was a little high at the saddle when delivered, but that was easily adjusted. The sunburst is gorgeous.

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5.0

Follow up

By Alan Brandle

from Florence NJ

A brief followup to my previous review: I solved the hum problem with a simple $40 Behringer DI box and I believe that just about any DI will work if hum or feedback is a problem. I also changed the strings to a set of medium Nanoweb 80-20's and find the tone is more to my liking.

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5.0

Love this Gibby!

By Andrew Bellamah

from Potomac, Maryland

I was not planning to purchase another acoustic when I was at my local GC the other day, but when I saw this beautiful guitar hanging on the wall with its vintage vibe and full dread body, I just had to give it a try. Fortunately I have a guitar tuner app on my smartphone now, so I tuned it to perfection and then started strumming away and away and away. The sound is great and distinctly Gibson. I own very high end Martins, Taylors and one McPherson and this guitar is more comfortable to play then any of them. Not quite as loud as the Martin Marquis, lower action, and bound neck and decent sustain. I like this a lot more than the Songwriter Deluxe which I had tried last year. I really like this guitar and find it to be the great to compose and play on. The nitro finish is wonderful, smells great, and doesn't suffocate the resonance. The LR Baggs pick up works quite well but the volume has to be up some or it can fade on the 1st string some times. Finish is great. Case is great. Plus they threw in an extra set of strings, sticker, etc. I was able to purchase a "blemished" one new online from GC. I was never able to find that blemish and I am no longer looking for it. This guitar is all mine now. It is not going back like many have before it. I really look forward to laying down tracks with it. It compliments my other guitars well and plays like butter. The neck feels good to me even though I am used to a 1.75 inch width at nut. This doesn't feel smaller. They didn't cut any corners on this guitar and the electronics and the case are both very good. Now I understand why so many country music stars are playing Gibson?s. Both acoustically and amplified this guitar is great.

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5.0

Hummingbird Pro - Great guitar

By David Ferrell

from Florence KY

I was pleasantly surprised when I recieved this guitar. The store ordered it for me during the Presidents Day Sale. I own quite a few high end guitars and this one rates right up there with them. The playability is great, the sound is great and the price was right. The quality was perfect, no complaints. Check out the specs on Gibson.com. Very impressive. All the people at GC were great to work with.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautiful guitar

By Jim Warnock

from Lincoln Vermont

I was in search mode for a vintage J-48, almost bought one in a small guitar shop in western Michigan in my travels but it didn't happen. Over a six month period constantly visited GC's in Fresno, Louisville and everywhere else where I was working and lo and behold after playing the new J-48 spotted the Hummingbird Pro, took it down and that was it.... Played it against Taylors and Martins, had other shopper/companions comparison play alongside me and every time, the Hummingbird Pro stood out. As so many other reviewers have noted, I played it and then knew I had to have it. So last Feb (2012) while chilling for a few weeks on FLorida's gulf coast I got right over to the GC in Tampa and bought one-- thank you Paul, the manager, and your great staff. It is a beautiful instrument, and at the GC price, a remarkable value. The tone is rich and vibrant, the guitar beautifully finished and it is quickly addictive--you just keep wanting to pick it up! I have a lovely Taylor GS-Mini for my travel guitar but I just can't wait to get home to my Gibson. And like other reviewers, yes, the action is a bit high and I will get it to a luthier to be lowered but a small price to pay for such a legacy guitar.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Guitar Worth Much More than it's Price

By RODOLFO SALON

from Valencia, Ca.

I went to buy my nephew a guitar for christmas. I got him an Epiphone Masterbuilt DR-500MCE. It was satisfactory after some adjustment and replacing the strings. On January I went back to GC to get myself an Ephiphone but when I got there I decided to try the other brands until I got to the Gibson Hummingbird Pro which the attendant has to use a ladder to get it down from the top rack. From the very first chord I played I noticed the big difference the lows, the mids and the highs are very distinct. The manager told me that I could take it home if I couldn't decide and return it the following day, but I told him I had decided to get the Pro. When I got mine, it's perfectly set, it's ready to play out of the box. Now am addicted to it, I play it everyday when I get home from work. It's really a guitar worth more than it's price. It's a PRO indeed.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Amazing Instrument!

By Matthew Rupe

from Cincinnati, Ohio

I was just browsing at my local Guitar Center when I picked up this amazing instrument. I must have played this guitar for an hour. I couldn't believe how good it sounded, and how comfortable it was to play, even with dead strings. I was in love, but decided to think about it for a couple of days. I came back a few days later and bought it. This is the best sounding acoustic guitar I have ever played. It's almost a religious experience. I probably play this thing 4-5 hours a day. One of the best purchases I've ever made. Kudos to Guitar Center for their wonderful service, and for giving me a break on the price too. I will be returning for all my new guitar purchases.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Warm sound

By Paul Nelson

from Raleigh, NC

I have been playing guitar for nearly 25 years and I have zero regrets over purchasing this Gibson. I went to guitar center and sat in the back room for a couple of hours, during which time the salesman checked on me occasionally, but for the most part left me alone to play which was very nice. I compared almost every guitar in the room (Taylors, Martins, Gibsons, etc). To me, the Gibson Hummingbird Pro had the most smooth and warm tone of the group, which was great because it was far from the most expensive guitar. You simply have to strum an E chord to appreciate the deep sound you get from these guitars. I also noticed that each note had great tone and quality all the way up the neck. If you want a bright twangy sound, this is absolutely not the guitar for you. If you want a deep rich sound that is suitable for almost any playing, then you cannot go wrong with this guitar.

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(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Buyer Beware--Not the REAL Bird

By David Duncan

from Oklahoma

I brought my Hummingbird Pro home a few days ago, and it is indeed a nice guitar. I decided to buy it based on info I found on the GC website--both guitars are listed as having a 24 3/4 inch scale neck and a 1.72" nut width. However, after I got my Hummingbird Pro home, something didn't feel right, so, I took some measurements. The scale length is actually 25 1/2 and the nut width is 1.6875. Just to verify, I checked on Gibson.com--they agree with my measurements. So...I called GC customer service and told them about the error on their website. I hope this is corrected soon, because as it stands, the Pro appears to be a more affordable "no bird" Hummingbird with a simpler finish. In reality, these are two very different guitars. For the record, I'm keeping mine--the real Hummingbird just isn't in the budget. However, it's important to know just what you are buying.

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4.0

Great guitar, not so great pickup

By bryan

from warren mi

This is a superb guitar. The highs, mids and lows resonate fantastically. The only real problems I have with it are the neck needs to be adjusted due to the fact that it isn't straight, it isn't off horribly but still, it isn't straight. And the other problem is the pickup; it's awful. I have recorded several songs with it, eq-ed the hell out of it but no matter what I do it always sounds like a cheap toy guitar with plastic strings. If anyone is looking to buy this guitar to record with I highly suggest just using a mic, the pickup doesn't even come close to doing the sound of this things justice.

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