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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Hummingbird Pro 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 Pro, which has excellent resonance and sustain.
True to its predecessor, the Hummingbird Pro’s neck is carved to a thin but rounded ’60s profile.
Gibson uses a compound dove-tail joint fixed with hot-hide glue to attach the neck of the Hummingbird Pro 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.
Joint Angle (Pitch)
3° (+/- 15 seconds)
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.
Just like the original Hummingbird, and many other classic Gibson models, the Hummingbird Pro’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, with the traditional mother-of-pearl “crown” inlay the center of the headstock face.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Hummingbird Pro’s bound fingerboard is made from a choice piece of Indian rosewood, the traditional wood used for this model.
The frets are made from Gibson Montana’s standard fret wire, a medium-jumbo wire made from a nickel alloy for excellent tonal clarity.
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.
Rosewood fingerboards are legendary for their rich, round tone — attributes that blend beautifully with the depth and dimension of the Hummingbird Pro’s voice.
The fingerboard of the Hummingbird Pro carries Gibson’s acrylic split-parallelogram position markers, a popular inlay on many up-market Gibson guitars.
The width of the nut on the Hummingbird Pro is approximately 1.6875”, the traditional nut width of Gibson acoustic guitars from 1960.
The Hummingbird Pro carries a bone nut, a traditional component of quality flat-top acoustic guitars.