Another classic from Gibson is the Hummingbird acoustic. First released in the early 1960s this square shouldered dreadnought was a favourite for rock, blues, folk and country with the Hummingbird remaining a staple of the Gibson acoustic line up still to this day. Moving through several variations and signature models through the years, 2016 sees it slightly reinvigorated once more.
BIRD IS THE WORD
Sticking with a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and mahogany neck, the 2016 Hummingbird Pro has a few added features – a slightly wider neck profile (1.725” nut), softened fingerboard edges and a LR Baggs Element VTC pickup system as standard. Furthermore Gibson are giving the Hummingbird (along with a lot of their line) a PLEK machine setup for improved intonation, feel, tuning and accuracy. Looking every bit the part, this 2016 Pro has a great burst finish harking back to its vintage roots.
Gibson have experimented with some neck widths, sizes and profiles in recent times, and whilst this isn’t the chunkiest I’ve seen from them, it does seem to have a little extra beef to it. I quite like the feel, especially when bashing out open chords or playing rhythmic parts, as its gives you a little something extra to hold onto. I can also see that as a sticking point for some players too. Neck aside, it looks and feels like a well-made instrument and its fundamental tone is warm with some snappiness to it. Chords ring out nicely, whilst the low end seems to remain tight without getting boomy. From classic rock to folk and country, picking the Hummingbird sits in the mix well.
KEYS TO THE HUMMER
Often associating the Gibson name with Les Pauls and SGs, it should be noted that the Gibson acoustic range features some serious classics too. As a straight out strummer, it’s a great singer songwriter guitar. It can then handle some extra chops if you want to get more intricate in the finger picking realm. Live you’re covered with the LR Baggs Element but the Hummingbird also works well in the studio.
Remember – this is a premium instrument with a load of Gibson know how in its DNA so you’re getting a guitar built to perform. That might cost a little more than your mid-priced guitar but it could ultimately be worth it.
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Hits and Misses
LR Baggs Element system
Versatile guitar across a range of styles
Price may exclude some
Neck size might not suit everyone