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50th Anniversary 1960 Hummingbird
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Body and Finish
Neck and Headstock
Made By Hand: The Story of Gibson Acoustic
Neck, Fingerboard and Headstock
The neck of the Hummingbird is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany. The luthiers in Gibson's Montana plant carefully select the grain orientation of the mahogany used for necks to optimize tone and sustain.
The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the tone of the Hummingbird, which has excellent resonance and sustain with a honey toned warmth reminiscent of playing through a vintage tube amplifier.
True to its predecessor, the Hummingbird's neck is carved to a rounded '60s profile.
Gibson uses a compound dove-tail joint fixed with hot-hide glue to attach the neck of the Hummingbird to the body at the 14th fret. This technique, traditional in cabinet making and high-end luthiery, creates a joint with a strength greater than that of a single piece of wood and a bond that is superior to transfer string vibrations from the neck into the top.
Headstock Angle (Pitch)
Just like the original Hummingbird, and many other classic Gibson models, the Hummingbird's headstock is carefully angled at Gibson's traditional 17 degrees. This subtle yet crucial element of the guitar's design increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Gibson's traditional truss rod, found in nearly all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you'll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
The traditional, period-correct Gibson logo is inlaid in mother of pearl across the top of a holly headstock veneer. The 50th Anniversary 1960 Hummingbird also has a mother-of-pearl "
" inlay in the headstock face, while the "
" in the two custom shop models is inlaid in 18k gold.
Hot-hide glue is used to attach the dovetail joint, which is the traditional glue used to construct many of the greatest acoustic guitars of the 20th century. This bonds the wood cells in a superior fashion for maximum strength and acoustic tone qualities.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Hummingbird's bound fingerboard is made from a choice piece of Indian rosewood, the traditional wood used for this model.
The frets are made from special gold colored EVO fret wire known for its aesthetic beauty and its "harder than nickel" durability.
Rosewood fingerboards have long been prized for their rich, round tone, attributes that blend beautifully with the depth and dimension of the Hummingbird's voice.
Gibson's traditional 12" fingerboard radius is used for this guitar, which offers excellent comfort for both chording and single-note runs, and avoids any "choked-out" notes when strings are bent for blues, country, and rock playing.
The fingerboard of the Hummingbird carries Gibson's mother-of-pearl split-parallelogram position markers, a popular inlay on many up-market Gibson guitars and a distinctive feature of Hummingbirds since 1960.
The width of the nut on the Hummingbird is approximately 1.725", providing the fingerboard width that a wide range of acoustic players prefer.
The Hummingbird carries a genuine bone nut, a traditional component of quality flat-top acoustic guitars.