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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. Superb for all styles of playi... Read More

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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. Superb for all styles of playing, with a capacity for rich, first-position folk chords and intricate solo playing, the Hummingbird quickly became the icon of the Gibson acoustic line, and a favorite among legends like Gram Parsons and Keith Richards. The Hummingbird acoustic-electric guitar has been one of Gibson Acoustic's most enduring guitars. Includes case.

Body tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The body design of the cutaway Gibson Hummingbird Pro is known as a square shoulder dreadnought that gives you superior access to the upper fingerboard. 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 on the Gibson Hummingbird Pro acoustic-electric guitar extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The 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 acoustic electric guitar's fingerboard also sports traditional binding over the fret ends, which was a staple feature of many classic Gibson acoustics for many years.

Bracing
Every acoustic 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 is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument's sound projection. Gibson Acoustic's Hummingbird Pro cutaway guitar has 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's introduction in 1960.

Fishman Prefix Plus-T acoustic pickup system
The Prefix Plus-T features ultra-quiet electronics and Volume, Bass, Treble and semi-parametric Contour controls. In addition to a built-in chromatic tuner, the Prefix Plus-T adds a Brilliance control and a Phase switch and Notch filter to help fight feedback.

Nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson Hummingbird Pro acoustic electric 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.

Rosette
A rosette is the beautiful, handcrafted 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 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 Hummingbird Pro cutaway acoustic-electric guitar.

Features
  • Body style: cutaway dreadnought
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back and sides
  • Scalloped advanced X-bracing pattern
  • Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl parallelogram inlays
  • Indian rosewood bridge
  • Compound dovetail neck-to-body joint bonded with hide glue
  • Fishman Prefix T electronics with built-in tuner
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Vintage Gibson 1960s-style round neck profile
  • Hand-scalloped top bracing
  • No. of frets: 20/14 open
  • Nut width: 1.68"
  • Neck radius: 12"
  • Binding: white
  • Rosette: parallel rings
  • Bridge: rosewood
  • Pickguard: tortoise
  • Finish: vintage sunburst (nitrocellulose)
  • Tuners: Grovers Rotomatics
  • Electronics: Fishman Prefix Plus-T
  • Case: Hardshell
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4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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Great Fiddle

I own two other Gibsons so the quality of this instrument was no surprise. All that being said, the construction and awesome design of this guitar still impresses me. It's a lot more...Read complete review

I own two other Gibsons so the quality of this instrument was no surprise. All that being said, the construction and awesome design of this guitar still impresses me. It's a lot more acoustic guitar than electric. Other hybrids I've owned were pretty much half/half. The info on the Hummingbird said it has a great design for playing chords up top. They were right! I'll play this guitar forever. DWO

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Disappointed

It was time to shop new and trade in my 15 yr. old Taylor 410ce. I wanted a new sound. I did the same thing when I bought that Taylor 15 yrs....Read complete review

It was time to shop new and trade in my 15 yr. old Taylor 410ce. I wanted a new sound. I did the same thing when I bought that Taylor 15 yrs. ago. Played the big brands until I fell in love. This Gibson did it for me, the feel, the looks the sound, until I got it home and really played it for 45 minutes. My caluses were tearing off my fingers, my hands were sore and I new this guitar will need a serious set up before I do a 2 hr. gig. While doing some leads way down the neck, some strings and notes were dead. Took it back to GC the tech confirmed defective high frets so I gave it up and ordered another. It arrives 6 days later, play it in the store, didn't like the play, string buzz, well getting it set up anyway, take it home, plug it in to find the electronics were messed up, even the on board tuner didn't work right. I was irritated. Took it back for full refund and decided to be willing to pay an additional $1000 for some better quality. The selection at my GC was not good. Ended up elsewhere with a Taylor Grand Orchestra. This guitar is too good to be true.... jeff s.

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5.0

This is the one I always wanted

By Rick Miller

from Northridge, Ca

This is the guitar I always wanted and thanks to the the Fishman Loud Box I can finally get a true sounding acoustic tone without fighting the feedback of a microphone. People always tell me how beautiful my guitar is. The neck is perfect for me and the tone is second to none. I got this at a good discount, payed well under 2000.00. For a Gibson thats great!

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5.0

Great Guitar

By rick miller

from Los Angeles, Ca

Stunning sound and looks! I shopped around for a while trying to find what would be my go to guitar. I played a everything high end Taylor's, Martin's and Gibson's. I wanted an electric acoustic that sounded great plugged in. I already had a fish man loud box acoustic amp so I tested all the guitars through that at several different GC stores. I kept going back to this guitar it really has everything I wanted. The tone plugged in with the combination of the fish man amp is superb and acoustically I think it sounds better than my old Taylor. I did play the Keb Mo parlor style guitar in my search and I fell in love with that as well. I think that will be my next acoustic.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Disappointed

By Jeff Szalkowski

from rochester ny

It was time to shop new and trade in my 15 yr. old Taylor 410ce. I wanted a new sound. I did the same thing when I bought that Taylor 15 yrs. ago. Played the big brands until I fell in love. This Gibson did it for me, the feel, the looks the sound, until I got it home and really played it for 45 minutes. My caluses were tearing off my fingers, my hands were sore and I new this guitar will need a serious set up before I do a 2 hr. gig. While doing some leads way down the neck, some strings and notes were dead. Took it back to GC the tech confirmed defective high frets so I gave it up and ordered another. It arrives 6 days later, play it in the store, didn't like the play, string buzz, well getting it set up anyway, take it home, plug it in to find the electronics were messed up, even the on board tuner didn't work right. I was irritated. Took it back for full refund and decided to be willing to pay an additional $1000 for some better quality. The selection at my GC was not good. Ended up elsewhere with a Taylor Grand Orchestra. This guitar is too good to be true.... jeff s.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar/Amazing Price

By JOHN HAUSMANN

from Milwaukee, WI

This guitar is a great buy! Don't kid yourself about what this is. It's not a True Vintage Hummingbird. It's a Songwriter Deluxe EC made out of Mahagony instead of Rosewood, less fancy inlays, slightly (only slightly) lower quality top and neck wood. The Songwriter prices out for 3500, this one at 2400. The sound and tone on this are absolutely fantastic. Equal in quality to more expensive Martin's and Taylor's. In my opinion, a slightly more bluesy, sad voicing, that lends itself to rock, blues, jazz, though bright enough for anything you want an acoustic for. If you check the Martins, to get a similar one all in Mahagony, you are in the 3-4k range. Neck deserves some mention. It's Awesome! I had a Gibson SG, and sold it, because the neck felt exactly the same as the Hummingbird Pro...why go electric if the 'bird feels better....ha, ha. One reviewer on the Guitar Center site complained about the "cheap plastic bridge pins". I was worried it was a scam review trying to sell more accessories. Guess what? I rolled the dice and followed the advice and it's dead on. The difference with bone bridge pins on this to me is incredible. It made the guitar voicing sound fuller and overall guitar volume, NOTICEABLY louder. After some research, turns out the highest end Gibson Songwriters (custom) comes with better pins like this....and for a reason! Beautiful guitar that looks and smells even better in person. Lots of presence.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

five stars except the tuner

By Casey Thomas

from Portland, Or

Great meaty neck, full scale (unlike most Gibsons) fingerboard with a wide nut. The neck is fantastic. Good Gibson sound but not quite like a "real" Hummingbird (this is a reworked Songwriter with Hummingbird mahogany backs and sides). The electronics make for a pretty good and manageable sound (I still prefer my AJ with a Baggs) BUT the tuner is just plain sloppy and pretty hard to read, plus it picks up other instruments so tuning during a song while the band plays on ... forget it.. I've spoken to others with Fishman Prefix Electronics and my tuning experience is not unique. Buy this guitar if you like big necks and Gibsons but keep your Snark or stomp tuner handy.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds Amazing!

By Kim Matthews

from Fuquay Varina North Carolina

I got this guitar a few years ago as a graduation gift. Since then I haven't had any problems with it. The sound of this acoustic is amazing! The built in tuner is also very helpful. This is by far one of the best guitars I have ever owned.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hummingbird Pro AE

By Dan J. Smith

from St. Joseph, Michigan

I bought this guitar the other day and it is amazing. I traded up from a Martin DCAP4 and am very happy. It plays, looks and out performs the Martins I tried in the same price range. It is a guitar that I will grow old with and value for years.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Love This Guitar

By Mark Summerlin

from Elizabethtwon, KY

I rated this guitar with 4 stars because I just can't get over how Gibson ships its guitars with those cheap plastic bridge pins. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and this is my second Gibson acoustic. The first was better built. It was a more expensive Songbird, and had the orange custom shop label inside. I bought the Hummingbird Pro for its cutaway body and even dreadnought tone. Gibson designed it with a deep body, (I guess to compensate for the cutaway), and, to my ears, it worked! After upgrading with professionally hand crafted bone nut and bridge saddle, and John Pearce bell brass bridge pins, this guitar is now "five stars". I can't play it enough, and for right now my PRS NF3 is taking some serious ignoring. (It's a great guitar, too!) The Fishman electronics on the Hummingbird Pro are a perfect match for any of the Fishman acoustic amps. (There's something to this statement which should not be ignored). I've been shopping around, have compared several in the same price range, and for this guitar the Fishman amps sound the most natural, every time. I like bronze strings, on this guitar. It can handle their brightness, and rewards me with that mellow Gibson tone that compliments any song.

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(12 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Fiddle

By Dennis W. O'Keefe

from Eugene, Or.

I own two other Gibsons so the quality of this instrument was no surprise. All that being said, the construction and awesome design of this guitar still impresses me. It's a lot more acoustic guitar than electric. Other hybrids I've owned were pretty much half/half. The info on the Hummingbird said it has a great design for playing chords up top. They were right! I'll play this guitar forever. DWO

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(7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a very good guitar!

By Mike Stropes

from Minneapolis, MN

If shopping for a nice guitar you need to compare this Gibson to the Taylors or Martins that you might be considering. The tone is richer than Taylor's and it just feels better than Martin's while very comparable to their tone. Many of the Gibsons I played seemed like the lower tones were a little on the dead side but this guitar is very good on the lows and highs as well. Spend a little more money than you had wanted to and buy this excellent guitar.

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