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The original finish for Hummingbirds was Cherry Sunburst starting in 1960. I think starting in 63/64 Natural birds started to appear.


By the 70’s a lot of birds were natural.




A few years ago a 1939 Gibson J 35 w/ factory cherry sunburst appeared in Canada .So Gibson may have been experimenting with that finish way back then.






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I agree with the above. While I never read Gruhn's book, my experience has been natural top versions of guitars typically available only in a burst such as the HB and B45-12 became standard in 1963. Prior to that they were available only as Custom Shop models.

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