The Hummingbird was Gibson’s first square-shoulder acoustic guitar similar to the dreadnoughts produced by C.F Martin & company .This guitar was not like other flat-top acoustic guitars of Gibson. This is famous by its looks and sound. The distinctive finish and pick guard of the guitar have set it apart Hummingbird which makes it very comfortable instrument to play, and the addition of an LR Baggs Element VTC pickup system gives the excellent onstage sound. Its neck has perfect round profile not like another Gibson guitar. Humming bird has 1.725-inch nut, as opposed to the 1.625 found on late-1960s exam. A limited number of Hummingbirds produced in 1962 and 1963 have maple backs and sides. A plain top with cherry back sides finish was available in 1963. since then, the size of the pickguard has been slightly reduced.
The Gibson Hummingbird had won Acoustic Guitar’s choice Award for the Dreadnought Category, in 2000 and was said that “The Hummingbird has a very wide range of sound, from gutsy and loud, to sweet and soft.” It is Superb for all styles of playing, whether it’s just chording or playing knotty solos.” The Hummingbird Vintage is one of four thermally treated models released by Gibson this year. The others are also equally impressive SJ-200,J-45 Vintage L-00.
Epiphone has also made one version of Hummingbird. The original Epiphone Humming bird was in natural, cherryburst and black. It was made with affordable woods so that the price was low but has the same design fretboard inlays, bridge and same type of pickguard. It also made with Grover tuner, rather than the unbranded tuners which was on cheaper Epiphone models. The Epiphone model was made in China. Epiphone reintroduced another version of Hummingbird in 2012 which was called Hummingbird Pro. The Hummingbird pros are made in Indonesia.
The best part of Gibon’s Hummingbird is that it sounds evenness, the bass and the treble frequencies are perfectly managed with impressive clarity in all registers. The guitarist who use this guitar are Eric Church, Thom Yorke, Chris Cornell, Layne staley, John McLaughin, William Orbit and many more.