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Gibson / Hummingbird / 1968 / Natural / Guitar

Gibson’s first foray into square shouldered flattop acoustics came in the form of the Hummingbird in 1960, vaunted in the catalogue as “A fabulous new acoustical guitar—one of the finest ever made for voice accompaniment. The sound is big, and round, and full with the deep rumbly bass so prized by guitar players.” . The size, shape and X braced design gave the guitar a warm, rich tone that complemented the voice. An almost instant success, the guitar became popular with artists such as Gram Parsons, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin and Keith Richards and is heard on countless records.

This is a great example. The top is in fantastic condition which could also be said of the back and sides where the cherry really brings out mahogany grain. There is some wonderfully checking all over too, adding to the character.

The neck is in good shape too with no real signs of wear which is the same on the fretboard. The original frets have some life left in them and don’t show signs of excessive wear.The headstock is in good shape. The tuners and nut are correct. 

The saddle has been replaced with a Tusq saddle that does a great deal for the tone. The rosewood saddle is included in the sale. The guitar is also fitted with an undersaddle pickup and endpin jack.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case.

This guitar has a wonderful  presence that can be lacking in other Gibson acoustics. Chords ring out and the guitar has a fantastic dynamic range that reacts well to either a light touch or a heavier hand. There is no doubt as to why these were so popular. Being a Gibson of the late 60s, this guitar does have the narrower 1 9/16” nut width though don’t let that put you off.

A rare bird indeed, this would make an excellent addition to any collection.

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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