The Gibson Hummingbird holds a special place in music history. Its square shoulders have carried the thoughts, words and chords of some of the greatest musicians our centuries have had to offer. The Hummingbird has been more than an attraction for men of wealth and taste, songwriters from Keith Richards to Frank Turner have used the soulful charm and balanced tones of the Hummingbird to inspire their songs. Jimmy Page used the Hummingbird extensively on Led Zeppelin I, II & III and used the Hummingbird for a live performance of "White Summer". The balance of a strong chordal resonance embraced by softer sweeter overtones makes The Hummingbird a rare bird and a true thing of beauty.
Spruced up Mahogany
The foundation for the timeless quality of the Hummingbird lies in several features, most notable is the choice of tonewoods. The Sitka Spruce top provides the sparkle and shimmer of the guitar at the higher register, this is what gives the Hummingbird its distinctive melodic flavour. The Mahogany back and sides are the sturdy chordal support. Mahogany is one of the most loved tonewoods due to its ability to evolve with the player, the sound of the guitar becomes more mature and more unique with use. The square-shouldered dreadnought body shape helps project the sound clearly and with a confident resonance.
Handle with flair
The neck of the Hummingbird is as integral to the history of modern music as the music itself. Its effortless playability with its 12" round profile and hand rubbed Mahogany finish has graced the songs and recordings of albums we have cherished. American folklore, mythology, sadness and joy are crafted into and weaved through the wood and joints of the Hummingbird. This is the guitar and fingerboard that helped bring the blues to Britain, was transformed and sent back with swagger and relish. The Rosewood fingerboard and mother of pearl split-parallelogram inlay has inspired and entertained for decades. The decorative ply binding sealing an American vintage married to the body with a beautiful compound dovetail joint.
Hardware for hard wear
The Hummingbird is a musical investment, whose value has been proven over the years. Gibson knows that this is a one of a kind instrument and that the owner will likely be putting the guitar through the rough and tumble of studio work, live shows and tours and has made the fundamentals of the guitar as reliable and sturdy as can be. The Grover Machine heads provide the highest level of accurate and stable tuning in the most trying of circumstances. The traditional belly up Rosewood bridge is not only decorative but is steadfast and strong. The saddle and pins are both made from Tusq providing certainty and consistency of material where the strings encounter the instrument. The Hummingbird decorated pickguard is not only the most striking aesthetic of the guitar but helps protect the Sitka Spruce from scratches.
L R Baggs VTC pickup
Unlike the usual under saddle acoustic guitar pickups that are dependent on string compression for their sound, the L.R.Baggs Element was engineered to mirror the soundboard’s actual movement as you play. At the very centre of the pickup, an incredibly thin and flexible film picks up the guitar’s most delicate sounds. Tracking the motion of the top rather than a direct string attack suppresses “quack” caused by compression and unlocks the L.R.Baggs Element’s unrivalled dynamic range. The pickup’s minimalist construction lessens any influence on the acoustic properties and creates an intimate coupling between the pickup and guitar for the highest fidelity possible.
Into the arms of America
The Gibson Hummingbird is an American Vintage, created, crafted and constructed in a way only a Bozeman born guitar could be, but more than any other instrument it somehow draws the player into the American landscape, so many British bands have not only adopted the music of America but adopted the instruments that shape it and in doing so have re-invented the mythology around The Hummingbirds folklore. Its x-scalloped brace and dovetail joint are but components when taken as an individual but together with the Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany body start to produce a tone that has inspired and delighted across nearly seven decades. The Gibson Hummingbird has earned its price tag and if you knew what great music it would go on to produce and still will go on to produce you would know what an investment this magical instrument is.
Manufacturer Gibson Model Hummingbird Body Shape Sqaure-shoulder Dreadnought Top Material Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Mahogany Bracing Traditional Hand-Scalloped X-Bracing Body Binding Multi-Ply Top, Single-Ply Back Finish Nitrocellulose; walnut Burst Neck Material Mahogany Number of Strings 6 Neck Profile Round Neck Joint Compound Dovetail Neck-To-Body Joint Scale Length 24.75-inch Nut Tusq Fingerboard Material Rosewood Fingerboard Radius 12-inch Number of Frets Radius 20 Position Inlays Mother of Pearl Dots Tuners Grover Rotomatics with Kidney Buttons Plating Nickel Bridge Traditional Belly Up; Rosewood Pickups LR Baggs VTC Control Volume, Tone Included Accessories Gibson Hardshell Case
Gibson Accessory Kit
Gibson Acoustic Owner's Manual
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