#1
Hi.

I've wanted the epiphone hummingbird for a while now, and I recently found it for £180 here http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=10

But what I wanted to know is if there are any better acoustics out there than this one.
I don't want to spend more than £250. Is this a good guitar for the price or should I look for something else?

So you know, the nearest guitar shop it about 15 miles away, so I haven't been able to try anything out.

Suggestions are very welcome!
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#2
My Epiphone Hummingbird is my primary instrument. I have several others including a 160E John Lennon, and an L-00, but the Hummingbird is far and away the best guitar I own. It's sound is distinctive and full. I have not heard a guitar that I like better. I installed a Fishman Prefix pre-amp, added brass bridge pins and a John Pearse armrest. I use Elixir 11 - 46 strings. The bass end is full, without being boomy. The mids and highs are distinct and clear. It is a sound man's dream to run through the board because it is consistant in it's clarity. Of course, its striking looks draw admiration wherever it's seen. No other guitar (and I mean NO OTHER guitar - Taylor, Martin, even Gibson, etc.) looks, or sounds, like a Hummingbird. From my perspective, I don't know how to even put a price on its value. I value it above, literally, every other guitar I've ever played (in a very long career). Maybe I got lucky and got the "one-in-a-million" guitar, but my Hummingbird is just the very best. I don't think you can go wrong. I would encourage you to save up enough money (less than $100 ) and purchase the specific Epiphone HSC for your Hummingbird. You'll thank yourself 10 years from now. Get it, and then come back to this forum and start bragging!
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#3
When you first get it, I can almost guarantee that it will need a good setup. The one at my local GC is in the pits of condition; the worst setup I've seen. Also, the fretboard was painfully dry and almost cracking. I'm sure it's a fine guitar, it just needs a bit of spit and polish when you get it (depending on who you buy it from).
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#4
Great guitar, one of the best for the money - or for any range for that matter. Plays nice, sounds good, solid top, "solid" construction, looks great, just a very good guitar. Good for a wide range of styles as well.
- Fender, Taylor, Martin, Ibanez, Ramirez, Marshall, Boss, Morley, Mesa/Boogie, Univox, Shure, Monster, Dunlop, Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, Lace, Sperzel, DW, Tama, Zildjian, and a little Johnnie Walker
#5
Plays nice, sounds good, solid top, "solid" construction


I dont believe it has solid back and sides.
#6
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I dont believe it has solid back and sides.

He meant "sturdy" construction.
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Yeah, that's why I called out the top separate and quoted "solid", mean very sturdy. The back and sides are laminate.
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#8
dgonz is right the top is solid sitka and the sides are mahogany laminate. That does not
really mean that in itself makes it a poor guitar as dgonz pointed out about the Epi Hummingbird. There are some fairly expensive guitars with similar construction.
Last edited by damien71 at Feb 12, 2009,
#9
i have 1 and it very nice i also played this ibanez acoustic-electric but the hummingbird rocks it was bassier and louder unplugged the ibanez was nice and all but i chose the hummingbird
#10
I have an epiphone dove (different woods but similar guitars) and I really enjoy it. It needed no setting up from musiciansfriend.com
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#11
The Dove & Hummingbird are both really nice guitars, I tried both recently

You might also want to check out Tanglewood guitars as they offer excellent value for money (if your in the UK...)

For a similar price to the Epi's you can get a guitar that is all solid wood.
#12
I haven't played a humming bird... but I'd buy just 'cause I think they're purdy.
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#14
:O jeez... I just assumed 'cause it was marked "unread" that it was current. ****e
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#15
You can also check out some of the Japanese "Lawsuit" Guitars from the 1970's. I happen to have one. They are under several names. I have an Ariana. Look on E-bay and just type in Hummingbird guitar.
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haha, seriously though, the hummingbird is a GREAT guitar

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