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Birdman, I have tried many strings types and many pin varities on my bird. I found Elixir 80/20 nano's to be my best bet...love the longevity...LOVE the tone after they "break in." but that is subjective of course.......but the biggest difference I've found was in the pins....for me..the factory plastic pins made it  sound Meh....the bone pins freaked it out on volume and treble removing the hum from the hummingbird ...the Ebony/abalone Martin brand pins...ahhh..there was the sweet spot I was looking for...harnessed treble....blended and warm lows and even all across the mid stings. ... I just wish mine was red like yours is....so beautiful.

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22 hours ago, ALD323 said:

harnessed treble....blended and warm lows and even all across the mid stings. ...

I too need to harness my Bird-trebs - sometimes even use light duct-tape under the saddle (B high-E).

Yes, I hear the yells of protest, but never the less. . 

Thanx for introducing the word harness to me ^ Never met it over here.  

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E-minor7 ...the ebony pins really did the trick for me....the trebles were just a little too shiny and seemed to blanket the rich warmth of the hog. I bought the ebony pins at GC and figured I give them a try. The bone pins absolutely devastated it with high trebs, and I even experimented with a bone saddle from colossi...that made it sound like an HD -28 ...way too deep and full and loud. I think a Hummingbird should "Hum." That was why I bought it, and I love it better every day! Good luck on harnessing your trebles..it really can be done...I would say however it took some getting used to looking at dark pins verses the typical gibson white ball pin..which I prefer the looks of....but tone had to win out for me over that idea...and the ebony made it sweet, rich and low...JUST what I wanted for singing! 

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22 hours ago, ALD323 said:

I think a Hummingbird should "Hum." That was why I bought it, and I love it better every day! Good luck on harnessing your trebles..it really can be done...

You are right - hummm. . .

My Birds are a half step down and love old strings. That's where I get my quintessential Bird voice. But people are different - and hurreeyy for that. 

Glad you like yours just wait till the bass opens. . 

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William Duvall of Alice In Chains is a big Bird fan. Check out this sweet live in studio clip with 3 songs off of his just-released solo album. First song has the guitar a bit low in the mix, but they fix that for the next 2.

 

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5 hours ago, Veeing Fly said:

William Duvall of Alice In Chains is a big Bird fan.

His vintage sounds great - torrified and kind of rumbly when fired up.

It's a half step down.  

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8 minutes ago, E-minor7 said:

His vintage sounds great - torrified and kind of rumbly when fired up.

It's a half step down.  

I really like the last song.

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A question to people who play half a step down: do you play with other people like that?

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1 hour ago, 62burst said:

A question to people who play half a step down: do you play with other people like that?

Positive - I attend some acoustic kitchen-jams frequently.  We shift between the 2 from session to session.  Sometimes even when there's bass involved. If harp-players appear they get thrown out, , , , , , noooo, of course not, good Burst - then we steer after them. 

I personally never tune up - rather further down then capo. 

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4 hours ago, E-minor7 said:

I personally never tune up - rather further down then capo. 

That makes sense. . . then maybe the fret position markers can make some sense- for those playing along. Hard to tune down a mandolin, or a harp ; )  .

'Do occasionally enjoy getting that tuned down rattle that can be had with the de-tune thing, though a guitar with a super-low action (and a perfectly set action and even frets) can get close to a similar effect. EDIT: That is, the rattle effect the sunglassed and fluffy scarfed fellow in the Alice in __ video was getting from playing intensity.

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I am the proud owner of a 2006 Hummingbird Limited Edition Honeyburst...  I was told 80 were made.  I worked for a Gibson Dealer at the time in sales - saw this at a trade show, played it, fell in love with it and the owner of the store ordered it.  This would have been in October...  I admired it and played it pretty much everyday - couldn't afford it at the time... the owner of the store gave me a lovely Christmas bonus that year in the form of a store credit - and gave me the balance of the guitar as a Christmas present...  I have not played once since that I have loved as much as this one...  I have gigged with it for all those years and still do a solo acoustic gig once per month.  I have written and recorded many songs on this and love it more than any piece of wood I have ever encountered...  very special to me!   Check out http://www.peeler.ca/  Anything with an acoustic guitar on it was recorded with this! 

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5 hours ago, Peeler said:

I am the proud owner of a 2006 Hummingbird Limited Edition Honeyburst...  

Good shot - how does the guitar compare to the classic Hummingbird/square Country Western/Southern Jumbo and fx a j-45 ?

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Probably a pre-TV.  I'm thinking the folks at Bozeman were ramping up to their ideal of a vintage sound and, after they found it, someone in Marketing said - "Let's  call it a True Vintage and charge more!".   

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