Introduced in 1960 as Gibson’s first square-shouldered dreadnought, the Hummingbird arrived at the dawn of a new era in music, and was rapidly embraced by the prime movers on the scene.
From Gibson – “Much of the Hummingbird’s appeal lies in its versatility. No matter how you attack this flat-top, it pumps out rich, deep tones, and is equally at home strumming first-position chords as it is taking the spotlight for picking lead lines. Its spacious body and sweet, select sitka spruce top are more than capable of nailing down the rhythm in the hands of a rock and roll sideman, or accompanying the most nuanced performance under the fingers of today’s alternative singer-songwriter.”
From Gibson’s Custom Shop in 2012, this is a 1960s style Hummingbird Maple acoustic finished in Vintage Cherry Sunburst. A limited number of Hummingbirds produced in 1962 and 1963 had maple and sides. This limited edition “Hummingbird Maple” model is a tribute to those very special 60s guitars, and features a quite beautiful two piece back and sides of quilted maple which can be seen through the translucent nitro cherry finish.
Built to vintage specs, this Custom Shop Hummingbird Maple reflects the appearance and performance of those early icons. Finished with Gibson’s Thin Finish plus a hand rubbed VOS process.
Hummingbird Maple Specifications –
Body Shape Square Shoulder
Top Material Solid Sitka spruce
Back Material Quilted maple
Side Material Quilted maple
Bracing Traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing
Binding Multi-ply top, multi-ply back
Finish Thin Finish Nitrocellulose, VOS
Neck Material Mahogany
Neck Profile Round
Scale Length 24.75″ / 62.865cm
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 12″ / 304.8mm
Number of Frets 20
Nut Material Tusq
Nut Width 1.725″ / 43.815mm
Inlays Mother-of-Pearl Parallelograms
Tuners Grover Rotomatic
Tuner Plating Nickel
Pick Guard Hummingbird
Saddle Material Tusq
Bridge Traditional belly up
Bridge Pins Tusq
Electronics Built in LR Baggs VTC pickup with discrete volume control
This Gibson Custom Shop Hummingbird Maple is in excellent condition. It has been played at home and looked after by a fastidious owner, and always stored in its fitted hard case. Some light pick wear on and near the guard, very hard to see. No dings, dents, scratches or other blemishes. Almost no discernible fret wear, neck is super clean front and back.
It proudly wears its Gibson Custom Shop markings on the interior sticker, and on the back of the neck below the headstock.
This one has been set up by respected Sydney guitar tech Alan Rigg, and plays like a dream. It presents like a new guitar that has been played in, so it’s comfortable and easy to play in all positions, for all styles of music. Also features a great sound LR Baggs pickup with tiny thumbwheel volume control hidden at the top of the sound hole.
Comes in its fitted Gibson hard case in new condition.