Gibson is one of the well-known guitar makers in the world. They have the famous Les Paul, SG models and many more. They also make acoustic guitars that have been used by many artists. One of those is the Gibson Hummingbird. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones used this model for the song Street Fighting Man.
Due to its popularity and quality, its price is high and getting one is probably a dream of some guitarists out there. But fortunately, Epiphone, a subsidiary of Gibson, whose famous for making budget-friendly guitar version of Gibson, has made a version of Gibson Hummingbird and that is what we will be looking for today.
The spotlight today is on Epiphone Hummingbird Pro. As we review it, let’s see if it will be a good alternative for the famous Gibson Hummingbird.
My Rating: 4.2 out of 5
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- Electronics is superb
- Nickel Grover Tuners and Synthetic Bone Nut and Saddle
- Retains the Classic Design of Gibson Hummingbird
- Rich tones with bright sound and slight warmth
- Price is great. You get more than what you pay for.
- Quality tone woods are chosen. Excellent built.
- Neck is very slim at 1.68 inches nut width
- No built-in tuner
- Not a heavy-bass guitar (well it’s a hummingbird)
- Action is high on higher frets
As I said above, this guitar is the Epiphone version of the popular Gibson Hummingbird. Since this is a budget-friendly guitar, there are some cutting corners done in order to reduce the costs without compromising the sound too much. Of course, there’s a difference, but not big.
It retains the classic design of Gibson Hummingbird which is a real beauty. The tone woods used are Solid Spruce Top which is the cause of its brightness partnered with Laminated Mahogany back and sides which adds warm tones to reduce the brightness that resonates due to the spruce top.
It has Dreadnought body with square shoulders which is originally a design of Martin guitars. Gibson usually have round shoulders. Round shoulders have sweet, rich tones but lacks certain punch while square shoulders have more powerful attack and higher headroom. (Click here for more details)
The neck comes with the popular SlimTaper D-shaped profile and its nut width is only 1.68 inches which is perfect for those with small hands. Absolutely easy to play with without applying too much effort.
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro has a sound that is three times of its price and is even better than some high end guitars. It has warm and rich tones that are not overwhelming and can clearly accompany a singer well. However, there are some people that says that it has a tinny sound and they are not happy with it.
You should not expect a heavy-bass sound with this guitar because there’s a reason why it is called a Hummingbird. Just like what I stated above, this guitar shines better when used in accompanying a singer. Since it has a big body, it is loud enough even when unplugged and can be heard across a not-so-big room. Thanks to its quality tone woods, this guitar can really sing well even its price is not really high. Perfect for those who want an upgrade from their entry-level guitar but has a tight budget
Electronics makes this guitar sing better
Unplugged sound is great but when you plugged it in an amp and let its pick-up/preamp do the job, you’ll surely be amazed. Epiphone used the Shadow ePerformer and Nanoflex under-the-saddle pick-up which is a high quality electronics and amplifies the “Acoustic sound” perfectly.
It makes the bright tones brighter and low end tones deeper but still has the beauty and crispness of an acoustic guitar which is typical to any Epiphone acoustic guitars. It is perfect for performance on-stage and can really drive a song.
Sadly, it has no built-in tuner. It has master volume, bass and treble eq, a phase switch that cancels out feedback and it is powered by two AAA batteries.
Action and Materials Used
While it has a lot of positive reviews, one thing is common to what users are saying. The action is quite low on the lower frets near the nut but as it goes higher, it’s becoming harder to play. It has high action on the higher frets which can be annoying at times when you play your lead lines. Set-up is needed when you experience this in your guitar.
This guitar uses Nickel Grove Tuners which are industry standard and holds the tune for very long time. Easy to use and you won’t need to use a lot strength just to rotate the tuning heads. Nut and Saddles are both synthetic bones and has close performance to authentic bone nut and Saddle.
The battle of the Birds
We won’t know how good is the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro if you won’t compare it to other guitars and to its predecessor. So here are some minor comparison so that you can have an idea.
Gibson Hummingbird vs Epiphone Hummingbird Pro
- Gibson’s Hummingbird and Epiphone’s Hummingbird both use Spruce and Mahogany as tone woods. However, Gibson uses solid Woods in all areas while Epiphone has solid wood on its top only. This difference clearly separates the quality and sound that can be produced by the Gibson. (and also the price HAHAHA)
- Gibson’s nut width is 1.72 inches while Epiphone is 1.68 inches only. Small difference but can affect the playability depending on the user
- Gibson uses real pearl inlay while Epiphone has plastic imitation. This is necessary to cut the cost. No effect on sound except on the aesthetics
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro can’t possibly compete head on with the Gibson without considering the price because it will definitely lose. Gibson has all the high end qualities which were cut in the Epiphone to reduce the cost. However, soundwise, I don’t believe that it is ten times greater than the Epiphone. Epiphone might not be close enough to Gibson but it is not too far and it is a great sounding guitar given that it has a low price.
Epiphone Dove vs Epiphone Hummingbird Pro
- Tone wood of Dove is Maple while Hummingbird is Mahogany. This is the reason why Dove is brighter but less warmth while Hummingbird is warmer
That’s the only difference I see between these two and it can really affect your opinion once you heard their difference. It depends on what you prefer. Dove is not necessarily subpar with Hummingbird and vice versa. They are both great guitars and the choice will be always in you. Try both before buying so you will not regret. Some loved the Dove but there are others who want the Hummingbird more.
Should you buy it?
I recommend it if you are looking for a slight upgrade without spending too much. Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is a great guitar that can cater all your needs, be it on-stage or just for a small gathering of people. It responds well at any playstyle but sings better when used in accompanying a song.
I would like to remind that you should check the action at the higher frets when you buy it and adjust it properly if it bothers you since most guitarist who sings doesn’t use the higher frets of acoustic guitar.
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is a great alternative for the popular Gibson Hummingbird. Of course, the Gibson is the real deal and way better than the Epiphone but considering the price, it can be justified. Sound, built, materials, and many other things are subpar than the Gibson but it has to be done in order to reduce the cost but it doesn’t mean that the Epiphone sucks. There are certain people that this guitar is what they need now and it might be you.
If you have any question, drop it in the comment box and I will gladly answer your questions.
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