5/13/2018

2009 Gibson Hummingbird Dreadnought Guitar




I'm a sucker for iced-tea sunbursts -- are you, too? This is a one-owner guitar and said owner has to move it on as he's having trouble with bigger guitars due to injuries. I'm really impressed with the tone and gutsy sound of this guitar -- it's bang on the money for the sound of a '60s Hummingbird mixed with just the faintest bit of late-'50s J-45. That is to say that it has the rumbly bass of a '60s Gib but more of the chunk and definition of a '50s one so you can actually enjoy those trebles. That's a nice mix to have, I'd say.

Work was minimal -- I gave it a fret level/dress, reattached some crept-up edges of the pickguard via sticky-tape-adhesive-film-stuff, cleaned it up, and gave it a proper setup with 54w-12 strings. It plays quick, has a straight neck, functional truss rod, and is simply fun to play. The frets have plenty of material left for many more level/dress jobs, too.

Specs are: 24 5/8" scale, 1 11/16" nut width, 1 1/2" string spacing at the nut, 2 3/16" spacing at the bridge, 16" lower bout width, 11 7/8" upper bout, and 4 3/4" side depth at the endblock. The neck is a mild/fast C-shape with a ~12" radius fretboard topping it. Action is 3/32" EA and 1/16" DGBE at the 12th fret -- spot-on. The top is solid spruce while the back, sides, and neck are solid mahogany. Both the bridge and board are rosewood and, unlike older versions of this guitar, the inlay in the neck is actual pearl which enhances the bling factor. She sparkles!

The guitar also has some sort of undersaddle pickup installed (looks like a Baggs?) with a jack at the endpin area. There's a battery-bag secured at the neckblock. Overall the guitar is pretty clean and has no cracks. It shows avereage play/use-wear here and there, though.


















It comes with a good, hard, arched-lid case.

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