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Hummingbird New builds? Considering sale/trade HD28, Tell me about the new birds.

#1 User is offline   JET777 

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 06:20 PM

Hello,

I am such a Gibson fan.

However, I love the sound of my HD28. To be honest, my dream is to own a Hummingbird. Could you give me your thoughts on the new ones? I play a bluesy style, and my J-45 suits this well. However, I find a lot of other acoustics are stiffer to bend on. What are the new Birds like? I am thinking of trading or selling my Martin for one. I love the sound of the Martin and I might be crazy to even think of doing this!! Anyone any advice would be appreciated to users who are familiar with both.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 06:30 PM

I would not trade a HD 28 for a Hummingbird... thats just me... HD is just a better guitar.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 12:02 PM

View Postslimt, on 03 March 2014 - 06:30 PM, said:

I would not trade a HD 28 for a Hummingbird... thats just me... HD is just a better guitar.


I have a D-28 and not a HD-28 in which the only differences is a D-28 does not have scalloped bracing and the HD-28 does and so they sound a bit different, but my D-28 it is without a doubt the best sounding (at least to me) acoustic I have ever heard. If you are that big of a fanboy that you need to trade or sell what is considered one of the "Best"(which of course is personal choice) guitars ever made, I think one day you will regret it. At any given point in time my guitar collection ebbs and flows, but the 2 guitars I would run back in my house to save if it was on fire are my Martin D-28 and Gibson BB King Signature Model.

But the guitar is yours and it is your choice to do with it as you please.

I hope you take no personal offence to me using the term fanboy.
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:04 PM

As many 'Birds as there are out there, I would have expected a great response...would still love to hear the discussion.

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:27 AM

View PostDJ in FL, on 30 March 2014 - 07:04 PM, said:

As many 'Birds as there are out there, I would have expected a great response...would still love to hear the discussion.



Go play them side by side somewhere and let that be the determining factor.
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Posted 28 November 2014 - 06:52 PM

Only ONE reply since March?

Where are the 'Bird supporters at least offering their view. I agree with you, it is a very SUBJECTIVE question as to what is best, what sounds best...better way is to say how they sound differently??

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Posted 30 November 2014 - 12:17 PM

View PostJET777, on 14 February 2014 - 06:20 PM, said:

Hello,

I am such a Gibson fan.

However, I love the sound of my HD28. To be honest, my dream is to own a Hummingbird. Could you give me your thoughts on the new ones? I play a bluesy style, and my J-45 suits this well. However, I find a lot of other acoustics are stiffer to bend on. What are the new Birds like? I am thinking of trading or selling my Martin for one. I love the sound of the Martin and I might be crazy to even think of doing this!! Anyone any advice would be appreciated to users who are familiar with both.


Keep the Martin. You may regret it in the end. I have owned 3 and currently have 2. I love mine. Even my $1200 D-15M Burst. My D-28 will never leave my possession.
1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth J Bass Neck
1997 - Fender California Edition HS Tele with a Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Tele Neck
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28
2014 - Martin D-15M Burst

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Posted 10 December 2014 - 09:39 PM

Ok I'll stand up for the Hummingbird. I played Martins for years I owned a D28 a D18 the 2012 model a custom Martin plus a D15M and going way back a D1 and a DM. I will say 2 I had wanted were a D35 and a HD28. I bought a Hummingbird just recently and love the sound, and the feel of it the neck is perfect for me. The D28 I was never real happy with I didn't care for the neck and 1 11/16th nut width same with the D18 Performance neck even thought the nut width was 1 3/4in. My Hummingbirds bass is way better than I thought it would be and it has a ice woody sound. It has made me forget about getting a D35 or the HD28. I just finished some recording with the Hummingbird today and was more than pleased with it. Playing Martins for so long getting a Gibson was a good move for me getting a Hummingbird is the best guitar move I have made after years of playing I feel I got the acoustic with the sound and feel I've been searching for.

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Posted 18 December 2014 - 11:24 AM

View PostCibby53, on 10 December 2014 - 09:39 PM, said:

Ok I'll stand up for the Hummingbird. I played Martins for years I owned a D28 a D18 the 2012 model a custom Martin plus a D15M and going way back a D1 and a DM. I will say 2 I had wanted were a D35 and a HD28. I bought a Hummingbird just recently and love the sound, and the feel of it the neck is perfect for me. The D28 I was never real happy with I didn't care for the neck and 1 11/16th nut width same with the D18 Performance neck even thought the nut width was 1 3/4in. My Hummingbirds bass is way better than I thought it would be and it has a ice woody sound. It has made me forget about getting a D35 or the HD28. I just finished some recording with the Hummingbird today and was more than pleased with it. Playing Martins for so long getting a Gibson was a good move for me getting a Hummingbird is the best guitar move I have made after years of playing I feel I got the acoustic with the sound and feel I've been searching for.


Congrats. I just played Hummingbird Pro yesterday and it has been a while since I played a Hummingbird. The one I played yesterday I never would have bought. I played it side by side with a J-35, 15 and 45, and some Taylor's and some Martin's. I liked the J-15 I played much better than the Bird, and I would never part with my D-28. I also love my Martin D-15M Burst. I played and all Koa Martin that was the bomb.There is a store close to my house that has a pre-war Martin D-18 fully restored for $9500. I play it every time I go in and to me it is about $7000 over priced. I know it is pre-war, but it just does not wow me. It is cool to know you are playing something that old, but many of the other Martin's in the acoustic room sound better for that price you could buy about 4 Martins depending on model.
1995 - Fender American Standard Jazz Bass with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth J Bass Neck
1997 - Fender California Edition HS Tele with a Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Tele Neck
2003 - Fender American Deluxe HSS Strat with Rio Grande Pickups and a Warmoth Strat Neck
2009 - Gibson BB King "Lucille" Signature Model
2009 - Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele
2011 - Martin D-28
2014 - Martin D-15M Burst

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Acoustic B100 Bass Amp 100 Watt
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Posted 19 December 2014 - 12:51 AM

View PostFZ Fan, on 18 December 2014 - 11:24 AM, said:

Congrats. I just played Hummingbird Pro yesterday and it has been a while since I played a Hummingbird. The one I played yesterday I never would have bought. I played it side by side with a J-35, 15 and 45, and some Taylor's and some Martin's. I liked the J-15 I played much better than the Bird, and I would never part with my D-28. I also love my Martin D-15M Burst. I played and all Koa Martin that was the bomb.There is a store close to my house that has a pre-war Martin D-18 fully restored for $9500. I play it every time I go in and to me it is about $7000 over priced. I know it is pre-war, but it just does not wow me. It is cool to know you are playing something that old, but many of the other Martin's in the acoustic room sound better for that price you could buy about 4 Martins depending on model.

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