The Gibson Hummingbird guitar is a guitar that has been incredibly well built. From its conception, to its design to its finish, this is a guitar that has seen a lot of care. Like all Gibson guitars, the hummingbird is a masterclass in guitar design.
One of the key features of the Gibson Hummingbird is the brace. The brace gives wonderful sound projection through its excellent construction. It is so well constructed that it would usually only be found in limited runs. The bracing in this guitar, like all Gibson guitars, is hand scalloped. This focuses the sound of the instrument into its centre giving excellent sound projection. Each and every sound range is improved by this ‘X’ shaped brace.
One of the greatest testaments to the construction of this guitar is its acoustic pick up system. It is an L.R Baggs element ES. It’s very durable and fitted to the guitar very intelligently. It has a low profile under saddle element, which is more stable than standard ribbon pickups. The volume control is mounted just inside the sound hole so it doesn’t get in the way when you’re playing. This intelligent pickup system gets rid of many internal components.
The fingerboard is sturdily constructed and gives quality sound. Just as many classic Gibson acoustics do, it has traditional binding over the fret ends. The processes and materials used to construct it are second to none. The fingerboard is made from very resilient rose wood. This wood lends itself to providing the chords with excellent clarity and is very stable. The parallelogram inlays are built from real mother of pearl. They are inserted to ensure that there is no need for fillers and no gaps.
The body of the Gibson acoustic electric has been designed to produce fantastic sound and ease of play. It is bound with 6 ply on the top and 4 ply on the back. Selecting the right wood and how to dry it out are two of the most important processes for Gibson. The top of the guitar is made from Sitka spruce. The sides and back are made from mahogany. This is what gives this guitar its incredible sound. It is through this process of construction that this guitar gains its rich lows, balanced mid-range, and crisp trebles. The Gibson hummingbird is a square shoulder dreadnought and this allows easier access to the upper parts of the fingerboard.
The Gisbon Hummingbird is an unbelievably versatile guitar. It is a guitar that can play almost any style. It sounds beautiful cranking out first-position chords and just as sweet flat-picking up the neck. No matter what you want this guitar for, whether it be blues, rock and roll or anything in between and all around, it will deliver sensational sound.
The Gibson Hummingbird is one of the most loved acoustic-electric guitars of all time. This guitar has become the icon of the Gibson range since its release in 1960. Its constant use by legends like Gram Parsons and Keith Richards, are a testament to this beautiful guitar. The Hummingbird was Gibsons first square shoulder release.
No efforts have been spared by Gibson in the creation of this guitar. It seems that every step of the construction and components used have been chosen with the greatest of care. All this care and consideration has created the very excellent sounding and versatile Gibson hummingbird.