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#1 User is offline   chriscwill07 

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 02:05 AM

So I just purchased a 1998 "Early 60's" Hummingbird (reissue) online. Everything looked in order except I noticed that the label showed "Early '60s Hummingbird". It looked strange to me so I started researching other guitars of this model. The other birds I was seeing had "Early 60's Hummingbird" as the model. Very subtle difference. To be honest I thought I had bought a fake for a second. I mean why would they be different? After some vigorous researching I found another guitar with the same issue. I'm assuming two different techs stamped these labels and misprinted the name. Or two different stations making labels. I can assume this is not a fake right? Just a quality control problem? Kind of unique and quirky if you ask me. Anybody heard of this or can educate me on why that is????
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 05:19 AM

Well, this is a new one on me...I had to read your OP about 5 times to see the difference (stupid bifocals)...my kneejerk reaction is to contact Gibson, but I'm sure others here will give better responses...hope it turns out to not be a fake (I suspect it's legit)...
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:08 AM

You’re ok. Of course pics (using image hosting site imgur.com would be best to embed photo in your post) or it didn’t happen. Labeling mistakes happen all the time and are so Gibson . . . I’ve seen it spelled Humminbird as well.

And welcome to the forum.

Edit: Also- 1998 could’ve been a transition year going back from long (25.4”?) to short scale… Check and report back, if you could. And does the 1960s reissue also carry with it a more narrow nut width? Congrats on the new bird- they are great guitars.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 06:52 AM

Iíve got one where the stamped s/n and label are a couple digits off but there is no doubt about itís legitimacy.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 07:56 AM

View Postchriscwill07, on 06 November 2018 - 02:05 AM, said:

To be honest I thought I had bought a fake for a second.

Heh he. . .


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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:11 AM

I briefly owned a 99 Early 60s Hummingbird reissue. It was more powerful and loud for certain the any other Bird I have owned - a thicker sound... and a heavy guitar. Great guitar!

I did one recording with it at home having fun with an old Kenny Loggins tune:

http://forum.gibson...._1#entry1924520
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:13 AM

Kenny logins
Ye gods
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 08:21 AM

Grunt, if you want I'll take you right into the danger zone.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 09:34 AM

If it makes you feel better, I consider your label more grammatically correct.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 10:51 AM

View Post62burst, on 06 November 2018 - 06:08 AM, said:

Youíre ok. ..... Labeling mistakes happen all the time and are so Gibson . . . Iíve seen it spelled Humminbird as well.


I'm pretty sure the "Humminbird" was a special model done up for the Caribbean dealers...mon.

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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:47 PM

View Postchriscwill07, on 06 November 2018 - 02:05 AM, said:

So I just purchased a 1998 "Early 60's" Hummingbird (reissue) online. Everything looked in order except I noticed that the label showed "Early '60s Hummingbird". It looked strange to me so I started researching other guitars of this model. The other birds I was seeing had "Early 60's Hummingbird" as the model. Very subtle difference. To be honest I thought I had bought a fake for a second. I mean why would they be different? After some vigorous researching I found another guitar with the same issue. I'm assuming two different techs stamped these labels and misprinted the name. Or two different stations making labels. I can assume this is not a fake right? Just a quality control problem? Kind of unique and quirky if you ask me. Anybody heard of this or can educate me on why that is????


The folks that go to the "Homecoming" all know the answer to this. The location where the labels are put in is called the set-up area. The guys doing the work there get a guitar off the rack and make it playable. You know, they put on the tuners and strings and make quality control inspections. They also hand type a label for the guitar. They have been using this old,very old electric typewriter that has a very small font. The folks doing the typing are just not very good with a typewriter. There are many instances of very humorous labels out there. Once when the typewriter finally gave out there was a general panic until the local office equipment store found a guy that was so old he could remember typewriters and sent him out to fix it. It has nothing to do with quality control. It's just a typo.
If you can remember back that far then you know that if you make a mistake with a typewriter there is little you can do to correct it. It's all good so just play it and don't think about the fact that a typo on the label can seriously affect the sound quality.
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Posted 06 November 2018 - 12:55 PM

Each label is typed out individually so mistakes can be made. In this video of the Montana factory tour at 21:31 they show Mike typing out
a label and the tour guide say in the video that Mike is typing out the labels. Mike even takes a look at the guitar to see what to put on the label
https://www.youtube....h?v=AXgnl6WM91M

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 09:43 PM

Thank you Hogeye and usernameinvalid. Thatís what I was looking for and figured that might be the setup. I doesnít bother that much and I love the guitar. Itís sounding great.

-Chris
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Posted 09 November 2018 - 10:56 AM

View PostThemisSal, on 06 November 2018 - 08:11 AM, said:

I briefly owned a 99 Early 60s Hummingbird reissue. It was more powerful and loud for certain the any other Bird I have owned - a thicker sound... and a heavy guitar. Great guitar!

I did one recording with it at home having fun with an old Kenny Loggins tune:

http://forum.gibson...._1#entry1924520


im picking up "new music" here hehe (im 37), loved the song
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