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  2. This is half of an answer to the question, "How was Gibson able to make the original Hummingbird pick guard so the engraved, paint-filled design would last?" I had originally done a Google books search for Gibson Hummingbird guitar, and after half a day of poking around, here is what came up: However it's a pretty safe bet that, whether he's from Liverpool or Lyme Regis, that ubiquitous instrument the guitar will be there with him. ... Gibson Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan obviously thought of this when they were designing their “Gibson Hummingbird' (top) and “Epiphone ... in tough, stable Tenite Butyrate (where else but in the Tenite range could you match a colour designated as “Cherry sunburst'?) ... The snippet above came from a 1965 book called "Engineering Materials and Design - Volume 8, Issues 1-6, Page 383" The maker of Tenite Butyrate is Eastman Chemical Company, of Kingsport, Tennessee. Eastman Chemical is still very much in business, and they still make various forms of Tenite Butyrate cellulosics, all derived from softwood pulp. If anyone wants to duplicate the search results to verify independently, the search phrase in Google books is Gibson Hummingbird guitar AND Tenite Butyrate. I wonder why Gibson simply quit using the Tenite Butyrate? Of course, this leaves the other part of the puzzle untouched. There have been threads here over the years by knowledgeable people which discussed the idea that Gibson Kalamazoo sourced some paint from West Germany to fill in the engravings on the guard. The paint must have had a high lead content, because they referred to its toxicity as the reason the paint was discontinued. None of this may mean anything except as trivia, but I would love to get a pick guard for my Hummingbird made from the original material, engraved deeply enough for paint to sink into the engraved lines.
  3. I've owned a Breedlove since 2000 (bought new). It's a model N-20, a nylon string crossover guitar, made at Breedlove's original Tumalo, Oregon location. I wanted the sound of a nylon string guitar but couldn't easily trade off between the nut widths on my Hummingbird and Martin SWD, and the standard 2"-plus classical guitar. Except for its 1 3/4" nut and bolt-on neck construction, the N-20 pretty much is a classical guitar: 12-fret non-cutaway body with a solid cedar top (fan braced, not X-braced), solid East Indian rosewood sides and back, 1-piece mahogany neck, bound ebony fretboard (radiused, not flat), and a Brazilian rosewood bridge (which is a pinless, tie-block design, but not the lightning-bolt shape, it looks relatively normal). I like this Breedlove very much; it is a beautiful guitar which is easier to hold more closely to the player's body than a dreadnought, and wonderful to play late at night when a light touch gives a very satisfying sound while staying quiet enough to not wake up the rest of the house. Except for steel strings vs. nylon, the closest Gibson equivalent today is the Montana made 1928 L-1, with a 12-fret neck and a body with very rounded upper and lower bouts. I keep meaning to try one out locally to see if the playing experience is close to the Breedlove N-20.
  4. Denis, I don't know if you will only buy locally in Montreal, but if you want a Hummingbird that seems closest to the early production Birds, take a look at these two limited edition 1960's Hummingbirds at Wildwood Guitars in Louisville, Colorado: http://tinyurl.com/knewb93 and http://tinyurl.com/ljno6kv I don't have any affiliation with Wildwood, but I keep staring at these two guitars, they are beautiful!
  5. It's no joke. It's a rope, Tuco...
  6. Bob R. didn't say so specifically in his post on a previous Hummingbird PG thread, but I suspect/guess that the reason for banning the special German-manufactured, fade-and-scratch resistant Panzer paint was that it contained lead, arsenic, depleted uranium/radium (kidding!) or various other heavy metal nasties. At first, I thought it was the combo of lead paint and the fact that the old 'Bird guards were made of celluloid (solid nitrocellulose, camphor and alcohol) which would allow paint with some solvent qualities to bite into the grooves and adhere better, but Bob's comment makes me think that the real secret all along was the paint, and we ain't gonna get it back.
  7. Bob, that's interesting. I played a new Hummingbird 12 string at a local dealer about a week ago, and despite being a right-handed guitar, it had the "heat-stamped and surface painted" Hummingbird pickguard. Since it's a rightie, I wonder why? --Scott T.
  8. Joe, I haven't done this myself, but here's what I plan to do for my Hummingbird before the end of this year. The TonePros Kluson tuners are drop-in replacements for Grovers, and they use a bolt bushing, just like the Grovers do. I am going to have my local (Gibson authorized) warranty and repair center install them in place of the Grovers. The TonePros Kluson tuners do call for two screws per tuner, but if you're concerned about the extra hole to be drilled, I don't see why they couldn't be installed using only the existing (bottom) screw hole currently used by the Grover tuners. Rather than have an empty screw-hole at the top of each Kluson tuner, it should be simple to saw or Dremel off most of the length of the screw, and thread the shortened screw into place, using non-permanent Loc-Tite to keep them there.
  9. It looks to be one of the quilted maple Hummingbirds. Bozeman did two runs of the model, one in bright cherry burst and the other a teaburst finish. Both had gold plated Grover keystone tuners and truss rod covers that said Custom. Curiously, I think both colors also did not have binding that extended over the fret-ends, which has since become standard for non-TV 'Birds.
  10. It should not happen at all on current standard (non True Vintage, non 50th Anniversary) Hummingbirds. If you have access to a current regular Hummingbird, feel the surface of the pickguard: smooth, with a slight give to the material. The artwork is completely protected beneath this transparent top on the guard.
  11. If your new Gibson is simply a standard Hummingbird (nickel Grover tuners, under-the-saddle pickup, endpin doubles as a standard output jack socket), no worries about the artwork on the pickguard rubbing off from cleaning or polishing, as the artwork is protected underneath the clear top surface of the pickguard. Enjoy your new guitar!
  12. You can get TonePros Kluson tuners that look exactly like the old Kluson Deluxe tuners, but have a bolt busing so they are almost a drop-in replacement for Grover Rotomatics. (You do have to drill a small pilot hole for the top mounting screw for the TonePros Kluson tuners, the bottom screw goes goes into the existing Grover screw socket.) See them at http://www.toneproskluson.com, and the specific model to do the drop-in replacement for Rotomatics is the TPKB3.
  13. As far as I know, the "R" stands for "reissue", and the single digit stands for the original year of production, so in a Les Paul Standard model, R9 is shorthand for a reissue of the 1959 Les Paul Standard. I'd love to be able to buy a Hummingbird R0, as close to an exact replica of the original 1960 Hummingbird as Bozeman could make. This would include the dreaded adjustable ceramic-insert bridge and casting the pickguard in the original celluloid instead of styrene plastic. I know they would not be allowed to use Brazilian rosewood for the fretboard and bridge, but I'd like some type of rosewood that looks more like Braz than the current stash of Madagascar rosewood. Dream on, like the man says in the song...
  14. Has anyone heard (at the 2010 Homecoming in Bozeman, or elsewhere) if Gibson is planning to release a Hummingbird "R0" (similar to the Les Paul R8, R9 and R0 reissues from the Custom Shop) during 2010, since this is the 'Bird's 50th anniversary? Or will we need to be content with the Hummingbird True Vintage VOS?
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