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The Eagle (Hummingbird) Has Landed!

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I just picked up this sweet HB on ebay and I am in love! It's always a gamble buying a guitar without playing, but I scored on this one. I'd been playing the HB's at the local Guitar Centers and was really digging them. Tried the torrified version and was underwhelmed. I was actually considering a Martin D-45 (I currently have a D-28 Marquis). But this one was the right price, so I went for it. What an amazing insrument! Another forum member commented that if you can find the right HB, they are sublime - I believe I've found one. This might be the best acoustic I've ever played - the tone is amazing. It's a 2000 (40th anniversary of the HB - coincidentally my Martin is a 175th anniversary). I guess it won some award that year - from Wiki: "In 2000 the Gibson Hummingbird was the winner of Acoustic Guitar's Player's Choice Award for the Dreadnought Category".

 

The guitar was filthy when I opened the case and I had to spend some time cleaning it up. It looked like a cat had been living in the case (found a bird feather?). I had a moment of terror when I saw some white crusted residue on the soundhole which I thought was mold! My luthier checked it out and said it was finishing compound and gently sanded it away. Put new strings on and now it sings!

 

I have to give thanks for this forum - the knowledge and experience of other members has been immensely helpful. It's great to have a resource like this when you need to know something about an instrument. I'm attaching a pic (sorry about the mess; I'm moving soon).

 

Back to playing... :)

 

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Congratulations, rindcorp - glad to hear you found the right Birdy. Something very special about that.

Hope you'll enjoy each others company for many hours to come.

Look forward to hear more - which strings you choose, why, , , and how it sounds if it's possible to set up a demo.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . ~ Fly lightly ~

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Congratulations, rindcorp - glad to hear you found the right Birdy. Something very special about that.

Hope you'll enjoy each others company for many hours to come.

Look forward to hear more - which strings you choose, why, , , and how it sounds if it's possible to set up a demo.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . ~ Fly lightly ~

 

I liked the strings that were on it - though they were a bit dead. I had my luthier gauge them and they matched what Gibson recommends for this guitar (can't recall exactly but a lighter gauge). My luthier gave me elixer's when he serviced my Martin and I did not like them so I went with something else. They're phosphor bronze, but I don't know the brand. I did notice the guitar sounded better strummed with a softer pick (I typically use a firmer one). The guitar has great tone, and I played something in drop D (fingerpicked - Dear Prudence) and it sounded so full and loud - really resonates. I don't have a good mic so it would be tough to demo it. I'll work on that... Thanks for the comments!

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Congratulations!!!!! Enjoy the shocking moment and many to follow of (In my opinion) the "Mystic" sounds of "Hummingbird"! The finest sounding acoustic I have ever played ! Enjoy!

 

I'm feeling it! I've played a lot of nice acoustics - this one is special!

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Congrats Rind... We sometimes ask ourselves the question " if I could only have ONE?" And variations like "the deserted island "or "my house were on fire" conundrums. In reading this thread, I suddenly realized I never SERIOUSLY considered those types of questions because they were too hypothetical, So, I actually gave the question some serious though: ignored the fact it would never happen and ... Came to the conclusion it is my H'Bird that would come with me! We hold on to guitars we love, and I truly love my other two - so it's a tough call. And, I would be very happy with either of the other two. But the H'Bird is just simply the best.So, Congrats! I'm sure your is too! Jim

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