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  1. Hello, I was wondering if any one can give me and my friend some help. He brought me a vintage Gibson Hummingbird accoustic to look at yesterday, and we both have questions about it. Here's what we have so far: After a quick web search, I found one website that seemed to have a good breakdown. The serial number starts with 500 (cant remember the rest but I can get that on Monday if needed), so according to the website, that makes it a 65/69 model. It has a screwed on pick guard, and that site mentioned the 1968 models had a screwed on pickguard, but did not say that any other years had that feature. It has what I think is an adjustable saddle/bridge. There is a screw in it, but not screwed in all the way,on the bass side. Honestly, with what little I know, what I think is an adjustment screw may just be some bad attempt to hold the bridge on, but I didnt see any gap at all between the bridge and the sound board.The website mentioned some years had an adjustable bridge, but didnt elaborate on the mechanism itself. There is no label inside the guitar. It appears to be in it's original finish, a light orangish burst type with a top coat of what I believe to be nitro cellulose lacquer. I guessing by the guitar's suspected age and the discoloration and level cracking of the finish that it isn't poly. As to the finish being original, my friend said he found it (not sure exactly what that means, but I'm sure it isnt stolen, lol) in an unventilated building or shed, where it may likely have been sitting through many years of NC summers and winters. On to the questions: DATING THE GUITAR: 1. I'm not familiar with how nitro ages. Is it possible that it could have been refinished with nitro later and just years of hot and cold may have aged it? 2A. Is this most likely a 1968 model, or are there other years between 65 and 69 that had the screwed on pickguard? 2B.Are there any other year specific features that would help us date the guitar? CONDITION: This guitar needs repair. One side of the x brace, between the sound hole and the bridge, is completely cracked( still attached to the sound board though) and the sound board has caved at the sound hole. The indention is directly above the crack, and is about a quarter inch lower in that spot that the rest of the board. 1. Does that indicate the the wood warped and the force cracked the x brace, or 2. Is it more likely that something, such as an impact, cracked the x brace and the wood just caved from the lack of support? 3. Can the x brace be glued back into shape to raise the dip back to near flat, or 4. Would the sound board need to be removed and rebuilt or replaced? I know it's hard to say with out seeing it, but I am hoping experience may have a voice. I think it would be a shame to have to refinish this guitar (preference, but also concerned about impact on value) and I imagine to do it right would be quite expensive in itself. 5. If the top would need to be removed but is salvageable with a rebrace or brace repair, would that still necessitate a refinish as well? 6. If the guitar were to be refinished due to necessity because of the repair, does that impact resale or insurance value of the guitar? CONDITION AND PLAYABILITY: 1A. Can the guitar be played as long as it is not under the full tension of standard tuning (in case the cost of repair is to high)? 1B. Would a half step or full step down in tuning be enough to be able to play the guitar without putting too much strain on it, or should he just store it with no strings tension at all until it has been repaired? I played it today and it still sounds amazing, and I guess the good news is that the bridge has not lifted at all, somehow. Lastly, OPINIONS PLEASE; 1.What type and gauge strings sound best on this guitar. I was reading answers to another thread in this site about this, but the OP was asking for his 2006 (if memory serves), so would those answers be applicable to vintage models as well? I know this was a long read, so thank you to all who made it to the bottom, and thanks in advance for any information and answers offered. (I did try to add photos, but I'm on my phone and I dont know how to resize them to the acceptable size. )
  2. I have a 1974 HB which had a neck/ headstock crack I had repairedlpinned by a qualified luthier. by how much does the repair devalue the instrument, otherwise in very good condition. Many thanks.
  3. I’m looking at a acoustic for sale at a great price, but I think it’s suspicious! It has a hummingbird pick guard, and J 45 on the truss rod cover. I’ve never seen both, any help out there? I asked for a close up picture of the sticker inside the sound hole, it says hummingbird custom.
  4. I am in a position to buy a Gibson Hummingbird and I have my eyes set on the new original model. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCFR6729/Hummingbird-Original/Heritage-Cherry-Sunburst I have also been offered a used Gibson Hummingbird True Vintage from 2017 in mint condition (priced cheaper by about 500 bucks) My understanding is the main difference is the thermally aged tops but I am having real difficulty deciding which one to get. Would love to get people's feedback which model they would pick and why.. I will be able to play the HB Original in the shops tomorrow and get a feel for it however the HB TV will be sent from abroad. Another issue I have is with the HB TV is that the serial number does not show up on Guitar Serial Project. Thanks for reading!
  5. Hi, First time poster. Looking at purchasing this guitar from interstate. My friend will check it out/pick it up for me. Just checking that it's a legitimate Hummingbird Vintage 2017 as will not be able to see it in person before buying. The price seems very reasonable. Thanks
  6. A couple Gibbys on local CL No affiliation, no interest https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/d/bethel-gibson-dove-for-sale-or-trade/6989206077.html https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/msg/d/bethel-gibson-hummingbird-for-sale-or/6989220239.html
  7. Local FB Marketplace No affiliation, no interest https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2521903561236102/
  8. Hix1

    Hix1

    Hey, I have been fortunate enough that I have found and bought a 1961 hummingbird! I took a week to let it acclimate and tune it up slowly... Any advice or warnings on using or caring for her. Love how it sounds! Thanks in advance!
  9. I was recently given a Hummingbird that appears to be a 70's model (I couldn't discern a serial number on the back of the headstock, but the sound hole label suggests it). The price was right, of course, but it has some cracks on both sides of the neck at the body. My luthier says the rest of the guitar is in good shape, and he can deal with the cracks. I've heard unflattering things about 70's Gibsons, though. Think it's worth it to repair these cracks and put a good pick-up in it? I front a 50's/60's country honky tonk band. Also, I would appreciate your opinion on what year model it is. Many thanks, here are the picks: https://www.icloud.com/photos/#0LTLcwsk28fu9fCGgLxrH34rA
  10. Hi there, Is there such a thing as a genuine Korea-made Gibson Hummingbird?
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