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NGD 1963 Gibson Hummingbird

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After much back and forth I decided that the opportunity to own a 63 Hummingbird at a great price was too good to pass up. She has some battle scars but plays great and sounds amazing. All repairs were done by a local experienced builder and repairman. He made the rosewood bridge and added a bone saddle, stabilized a couple of cracks also added a replacement pickguard. Here she is [biggrin]

 

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HELLyeah!!! My estimate of your taste in instruments and decision-making abilities just went from average to outSTANDing.

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Thanks guys, Sal the sound is smooth and velvety I been quite happy just strumming basic chords and listening to it sing, no need for anything more. I can understand why they are so cherished by singer songwriters.

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How do you find the neck - is it a slim profile, or more of a full round profile neck?

You are lucky to have been so close - so you could play it first. It was just waiting for you!

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Awesome. Great to sense prevailed and you snapped up this beauty and this beyond great price.

 

Now ...... as a gesture of gratitude you MUST give us a sound sample [thumbup]

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Glorious . Proper colour hummingbird

 

Wondering why you shanged the bridge ?

Did it sound awful ?

 

And your pins look a bit wonky . Or is that just the photo?

 

 

Good catch .. can't wait to hear it if that's possible

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Now ...... as a gesture of gratitude you MUST give us a sound sample [thumbup]

 

Ha- Careful anymore about announcing the ngd of such a cool old bird such as this; we might just have to hear it. At the very least, a pic of that burst in natural light ; ).

 

A good thing, too, that the guitar is wearing some road rash, as well- now you're free to play the tulips off of it.

 

Yes, the high E bridge pin hole might've been located a bit low; an easy fix for any luth to install a rosewood dowel & re-drill if it ever bugs you, but I've got the idea you're happy with it as it is.

 

 

Enjoy.

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Yep one pin is bigger than the rest and some aren't sitting correctly i doubt these are the correct pins. I will order some nice bone pins from Bob Colosi. The original bridge was plastic and lifting (what were Gibson thinking) so seemed like a good time to change it out to rosewood.

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Btw. if this is a replacement pick-guard, it certainly isn't one of the contemporary wanna-bes.

 

Might not be what it came with from Kalamazoo, but this guard looks as vintage as they get, , , or should we say below 1975.

 

I love the way they kind of melt a little.

 

 

 

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Regarding pins some will tell you there's quite a bit of glaze in plastic pins.

 

EA stands for this thought, , , and I tend to be behind him. Almost always keep the 3 deep pins bone and the highs in plast sometimes G & D in wood.

 

 

 

Basic picture is that Martins come with dots and Gibsons are dot-free. Tjaaahh, , , okay, , , but nothing to necessarily follow.

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Thanks guys, Sal the sound is smooth and velvety I been quite happy just strumming basic chords and listening to it sing, no need for anything more. I can understand why they are so cherished by singer songwriters.

 

Beautiful !!!! Welcome to another dimension!!!! The

intrinsical sound of the "Bird". Enjoy !!!!!

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Ya ya! That's a looker fo' sho! The cherry color has held up well.......a good Hummingbird burst! And it's go some mojo workin' too! Good get!

 

Tell us about the guard.......

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