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Strings used on Vintage Hummingbird

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I have been a Gibson owner since 1963 when I bought my first Gibson Hummingbird. I was 18 and am now 72. I still have it and it has been played but pampered. I came hereto see if anyone could tell me what kind & size of strings would have been on my '63 Hummingbird. I know that was a lot of years ago and may not even be able to be determined. I just know they were bronze (color) strings.I assume they were Gibson strings (???). Anybody to give an educated opinion or guess? I currently use DR Phos/Bron 11-48 but it seemed the originals were heavier dia. I just don't need that heavy a string. Thanks>

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I have been a Gibson owner since 1963 when I bought my first Gibson Hummingbird. I was 18 and am now 72. I still have it and it has been played but pampered. I came hereto see if anyone could tell me what kind & size of strings would have been on my '63 Hummingbird. I know that was a lot of years ago and may not even be able to be determined. I just know they were bronze (color) strings.I assume they were Gibson strings (???). Anybody to give an educated opinion or guess? I currently use DR Phos/Bron 11-48 but it seemed the originals were heavier dia. I just don't need that heavy a string. Thanks>

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Beautifull guitar Morris! Even better story about how it has been with you this long, since new. This is rare. I am sure that many will weigh in. I am sure that many are envious of the guitar...sweet!

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Fine instrument and kudos for having the sense to keep it. In '63, Gibson supplied only one weight string on acoustic models: heavy! That was essentially the practice throughout the 1960s in general.

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Thanks for your comments thus far I have to admit I love this (now) old guitar. I rarely use a pick, being partial to finger picking so it doesn't have any pick guard wear. Still plays easy and strings are close to fingerboard. I play it 2-3 times at various places, church, retirement homes and regular get-together with family who also play. In the late '60's had to pawn it twice to pay for college, but always got it back. I knew the strings that came on it were heavy...something like 12-56 it seems, but I thought they were too heavy and changed them out. It's a great vocalist guitar. I have slept too many times since then. I paid &250 for it, with case, and had to pay it off in $12 a month payments to a little music store in Kokomo, IN. They had a choice of two, this one and a natural top. I've never regretted this choice, though I wish I had bought them both. I really like the natural tops too. I was just poor. :)

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