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Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird

Overview By GAK

The Gibson Hummingbird could be the most immediately-identifiable acoustic guitar ever made. The Hummingbird is an iconic guitar, lusted after by guitar players across the world. Its popularity has been validated by sitting on the bellies of some of the biggest artist’s in the world. It’s the apotheosis of washed out early 70s slacker-cool, Keith Richards in his Exile On Main Street period - headbands, ripped denim and all!

Epiphone are renowned for making high-quality instruments at an affordable price tag. Despite a few downgrades here-and-there from their Gibson counterparts, the Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird is a fantastic option for those looking for a guitar at a more modest price tag.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird is constructed with a solid Sitka Spruce top and Solid Mahogany Back and Sides. Sitka spruce is the most common spruce wood in use today. Sitka spruce is good for volume and will age nicely over the first four or five years of the guitar’s life, improving with time. Mahogany is the undersung hero of tonewoods. Always cheaper than rosewood, this may have led some to consider it lesser than rosewood. Nowadays there is little difference in price and it is becoming more prized due to there being more issues around obtaining all woods. Tonally mahogany is sweet-sounding in the midrange, like its cousin Sapele, and naturally compresses whether you play chords or single notes. A nice byproduct of this is that it seems to mesh really well with other instruments rather than challenge them. While a guitar gets a certain amount of volume and sustain from its solid top, a solid back and sides will impart a great deal of character to a guitar.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird has a Short Scale Length, measuring at 24.724". Short scale lengths cause the strings to be held under a lower tension at concert pitch, which means slightly less volume but the strings are more forgiving. The fundamental note rings very clearly with fewer overtones.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird is fitted with a bone nut and saddle, which offers a better sound and is far more durable than a plastic-made one, gold Epiphone Deluxe tuners, top and back multi-ply binding, a Kalamazoo style headstock and a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and Sonitone preamp.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird is available in Aged Antique Natural Gloss and Aged Heritage Cherry Sunburst Gloss and there is even a 12-string version.

12 string guitars feature double courses of paired strings. The plain strings are tuned in unison and the wound strings are partnered with strings one octave higher in pitch. Paired strings create volume and a ‘chiming’ sound that sounds like a chorus pedal. Or maybe it’s better to say that a chorus pedal artificially creates a 12-string like sound. Notable 12 string players in history include Doc Watson, Roger McGuinn and even David Bowie.

An optional hardshell case is sold separately, which is the Epiphone Case for Dreadnought.

Overview By Epiphone

Inspired by the iconic Gibson Hummingbird acoustic, the Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12-String produces a clear, bright tone with a beautifully balanced sonic range and comes equipped with a unique Hummingbird pickguard. The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird 12-String has a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, dovetail neck joint, bone nut and saddle, Fishman Sonitone pickup system, and an aged vintage gloss finish. Hardshell case sold separately.

  • NECK
  • Material Mahogany
  • Profile Rounded C
  • Scale Length 24.724"
  • Fingerboard Material Indian Laurel, Antique Ivory binding
  • Fingerboard Radius 12.01"
  • Number Of Frets 20
  • Frets Medium Jumbo
  • Nut Material Bone
  • Nut Width 1.875"
  • End of Board Width 2.461"
  • Inlays Mother of Pearl Split Parallelogram
  • Joint Tapered Dovetail
  • BODY
  • Body Shape Square Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Body Material Solid Mahogany
  • Top Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back Solid Mahogany
  • Side Solid Mahogany
  • Bracing Quarter Sawn Spruce
  • Binding 6-ply Top, 4-ply Back
  • Finish Aged Gloss
  • HARDWARE
  • Finish Nickel
  • Tuner Plating Nickel
  • Bridge 12-String, Reverse Bell
  • Saddle Material Bone
  • Tuning Machines Grover Mini Rotomatic
  • Pickguard Hummingbird Shape with Hummingbird Graphics
  • TrussRod Dual Action
  • Truss Rod Cover 2-ply Bell with HUMMINGBIRD in White
  • Bridge Pins Ivory
  • Strap Buttons 2 - end pin jack and side of heel
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Under Saddle Pickup Fishman Sonicore
  • Controls Fishman Sonitone Soundhole mounted Volume and Tone
  • Output Jack Endpin Jack
  • Preamp Fishman Sonitone
  • MISCELLANEOUS
  • Strings Gibson Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings - Plain Steel .010/.10, .014/.014, Wound .023/.008(p), .030/.012(p), .039/.018(p), .047/.027(w)
  • Case Optional Acoustic AJ/Dreadnought Hard Case 940-EDREAD; Dread/AJ Acoustic EpiLite Case 940-EDREADHG

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