Gibson Hummingbird

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About Gibson Hummingbird

The Gibson Hummingbird is one of Gibson's best loved and most recognisable acoustic guitar models. It is very similar to a dreadnought in shape and sound. The Hummingbird has remained roughly the same in design and appearance since it was first released in 1960. The Hummingbird is described by Gibson as being a square shouldered acoustic. It famously gets its name from the intricately decorated pickguard displaying a floral graphic of a Hummingbird.

The Gibson Hummingbird is generally built with the classic combination of solid mahogany and Solid Spruce. This tried and tested formula generates a large sound full of character, liveliness and body. This is perfect for both strumming and fingerpicking. Performers love this guitar as it provides a large and beautiful accompaniment to vocal performances. Some models have rosewood instead of Mahogany, which takes away a little of the mids and brings in a deeper low end.

Available in a range of finishes, the most well known is possibly the Vintage Cherry Sunburst. This is a classic finish not only for the Hummingbird but for Gibson as a brand. There are now a number of Hummingbird models on offer from Gibson. This includes Vintage reissue models, models with cutaways and even 12 string Hummingbirds!

If you are looking for a quality Gibson acoustic guitar like the Hummingbird, come to guitarguitar. As one of the UK's largest authorised Gibson dealers, we have the best collection of Gibson acoustic and electric guitars in the country! Visit any of our stores to find a large acoustic area. Or come to Glasgow or Birmingham for entire showrooms dedicated to acoustics instruments.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gibson Hummingbird

Question: What does the Gibson Hummingbird sound like compared to the Gibson J-45?
Comparing the two Standard range models, the J-45 sounds largely similar to the Hummingbird but the Hummingbird has slightly more top end and a 'bigger' sonic voice. It is not louder, though. Both guitars sound exceptional and sonically, it is difficult to choose between them!
Question: What is the Gibson Hummingbird's fingerboard made from and what are the fingerboard inlays called?
The Gibson Hummingbird's fingerboard is made from Rosewood. It has split parallelogram inlays made from Mother of Pearl. These are all traditional, vintage choices which help to create that distinctive Hummingbird look.
Question: Is the Gibson Hummingbird an electro-acoustic?
Yes, the standard Hummingbird acoustic guitar has an excellent LR Baggs pickup and preamp system installed. This provides excellent live acoustic tones.
Question: What different Hummingbird models are available?
The Gibson Hummingbird is available in a relatively large range of models. This includes the Standard, Vintage, Avant-garde, Rose AG and Walnut AG. Some of these have cutaway body shapes and all have their own specific finishes. Gibson do produce Limited Runs of Hummingbirds regularly throughout each year. So, it pays to keep an eye on our website or sign up for guitarguitar emails! Limited Run guitars from Gibson are always interesting and always high in demand.
Question: What is the most popular Hummingbird model?
At guitarguitar, the bestselling is the Rosewood Antique Natural. This classic beauty sports a mahogany neck, rosewood back and sides, a sitka spruce top and a finish of nitrocellulose lacquer.