Epiphone Acoustic Guitar: Hummingbird
by Guitar Guru
”An American Cultural Icon “
The Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar has a reputation that is second to none when it comes to great acoustic guitars, especially those guitars built on a dreadnought body. One look at the hummingbirds etched onto the pickguard of this model makes one nostalgic for the folk music and freedom of expression that the 1960’s were best known for, and one that has become a real American cultural icon.
Introduced in 1960, the Gibson Hummingbird
quickly became the guitar of choice for blues, country and bluegrass players thanks to the Hummingbird’s rich, woody tone and its easy playability. The Epiphone Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar is a more affordable version of this Gibson classic, and will play its part in keeping the iconic tradition of the Hummingbird alive for decades to come.
Built with a solid spruce top
for a vibrantly rich tone and excellent projection, the Epiphone Hummingbird has the same woods as the Gibson model, including the mahogany back and sides; a fact which contributes to both guitars having the warm, woody tone that makes it so well loved by so many. When it comes right down to it, however, while the Epiphone Hummingbird stands up well to all styles of playing, the Gibson Hummingbird just has more punch.
In fact, while the Epiphone is an excellent guitar, the Gibson model simply has more of everything; more depth of tone, more volume, and better projection. This is largely attributable to the fact that the overall quality of woods used for Gibson guitars is superior to the Epiphone models. Specifically, the Gibson Hummingbird model is built using all-solid woods, while the Epiphone Hummingbird back and sides are built using laminate construction. Furthermore, the Gibson model is finished in nitrocellulose lacquer and the Epiphone in polyurethane.
The downside is that the Gibson Hummingbird
also costs more; decidedly more. At $3,899 the Gibson Hummingbird is a bit out of most guitarists financial reach, which makes the Epiphone Hummingbird (priced between $299-$349) an incredibly attractive alternative.
While the dreadnought body of the Epiphone Hummingbird may make it a bit large for some players to handle, it stands up well to all styles of playing. Between the Epiphone Hummingbird’s smooth action, eye-catching sunburst design and it’s surprisingly affordable price, it will have you falling in love with your own American cultural icon.Shop safe at Musician's Friend
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