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  1. Not intending to belabour this hummingbird thing at all (lol), but it just happens that I snapped this photo today when home for lunch. It's my 2015 Standard Hummingbird with an actual hummingbird hovering at the feeder outside the window. I'm not sure of the specs on the actual hummingBIRD, but I suspect it's a 2017 "standard." Cheers! Hope this photo works. I've never before tried to insert a image into a forum post. [/img]
  2. Particularly, jazz on a super large flat top is weird. But sometimes it's nice to try something no one else is doing. In a weird way, a Hummingbird's tone kind of works. There's a warmth and balance, I guess. I was amused to learn that the guitar on Miles Davis' In a Silent Way is actually a Hummingbird with a pickup in it. That's not the type of music I'm attempting, of course, but it offers some interesting trivia.
  3. Yay! A fellow British Columbian (I'm in Victoria). Good luck with the Les Paul hunt.
  4. They've always been here as far back as I can remember. I'm from southern Vancouver Island. It's very similar weather in Victoria to Portsmouth. I think a shade warmer, actually. I have hummingbirds all year round. In fact, I just filled my feeders today. Sort of annoying, but overall worth it--ha.
  5. Thanks! My part of Canada is particularly lovely. I quite like your part of the UK as well (my family is from the UK--the case for many Canadians in the Victoria area). I absolutely think the Hummingbird is worth going out of your way to try. The look is perhaps an acquired taste (I didn't used to like the look years ago, but now I just dig that they're unique), but the tone -- at least on this one and any that I've played, actually -- is almost hypnotizing. It's fun for me to try to get used to it after years spent playing archtops.
  6. I intended to buy a J45. The one I tried sounded amazing--lots of bass--and I've always liked the look and vibe of J45s. But this Hummingbird stopped me in my tracks. Not as bass-rich as the J45 was, but there is a real magic that seems to come from the combination of short scale and huge body.
  7. Well they are huge. This is a point worth considering. But the tone is pretty huge, too. I certainly think they have a unique tone, and maybe that's the main thing. It also helps that I have a few hummingbird feeders to watch while I play--ha.
  8. HI from Victoria, British Columbia. I recently acquired a Hummingbird (2015 Standard, I guess). I've always liked the tone of these, and I got this one for a great deal. I've traditionally been an electric player, but I've graduated, in mid-life, to acoustic only. I play jazz on my Hummingbird believe it or not. I like the string to string balance and midrange of the instrument for chord melody. I realize that it has a lot of shimmer and overtones for jazz, but I do it anyway even if I'm the only one. Anyway, I thought I'd explore this forum and see what all I can learn after playi
  9. Soooo...if the deep freeze gig was last night, how did it go, then? Or are your hands thawed enough to type yet? :)
  10. The Fishman Loudbox Mini was mentioned. Given the original question (working onstage with a banjo and harmonica), I wouldn't think it would have enough power for that. I utilized one of these playing at places like farmer's markets and was constantly told it wasn't loud enough (though i was starting to break up). I had to let it go even though the sound was good for the price. It couldn't handle restaurants and the like. Small PA does sound like a pain, but it would indeed cover you for everything.
  11. I've wondered about this and thought it might have something to do with Lloyd Loar. However, I also ran into a threat today (from 2008) in which forum member TommyK said the following about the L designation:
  12. True enough about the midrange. Funny thing about my Blues King: it seems to play the whole midrange field. I can get a nice, smooth warm sound for jazz and, of course, it honks out the blues, too. So many people seem to bash them because they lack overtones or whatevs, but I am quite satisfied with what this weirdly-shaped little guitar does. It was too costly (so much is paid for the name nowadays), but I have to admit it would be really hard to replace it. I have played a Taylor (GC4) that I thought had a surprising amount of dark tone. Felt good. A bit of a difference from the
  13. Ab fab, BluesKing. Both clips sound great. You're ON it.
  14. Sorry: I meant I saw it one day last week in the shop when picking up some strings and it just seemed like a total Frankenguitar to me. I didn't play it b/c I was in a rush, though. If it sounds good to you then that's a different thing. That's where the value is. :)
  15. Hi, I'm from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I've had a long, circuitous route to my current and only guitar: a new Blues King which I use for jazz (believe it or not), and general fingerpicking (I confess to the occasional bit of blues, but not as much as my guitar choice would seem to indicate). My Gibsons have included (in order): 1976 Les Paul Deluxe (it was 15 years old when I got it in school) 1998 Les Paul Studio (thank you previous girlfriend--you were always too good for me--ha) 2001 ES-135 1959 ES-125 (I still smack myself for letting that one go...jazz, slide, it had i
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