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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 playing the guitar since I was a little boy in 1976. Cheers
  9. 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 it all) 1937 Black Special #4 (L50) 2012 Blues King Feel free to laugh at me for following a really predictable path: Led Zeppelin covers, to hmmm what about jazz, to realizing I will never be Barney Kessel, to finally giving in to the convenience, sparkle, and fun of acoustic music. Well. I guess I can still plug in my Blues King...heh. Hmmm. Looking back over this history, I guess I'm a complete wanker. Ouch.
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