Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson Hummingbird in excellent, crack-free condition with a gloss nitro lacquer Cherry Sunburst finish. In many ways the Hummingbird was Gibson's answer to Martin's D-18, yet this dreadnought offers a tone that is distinctly Gibson, featuring a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Bold and bright with a surprising amount of treble register chime, this Hummingbird delivers square shoulder dreadnought muscle and projection. An exquisite strummer with satisfying underlying warmth and the smooth growl inherent in mahogany as a tonewood, this Hummingbird has a dry percussive chop with enough presence to really stand out on a track or in an ensemble situation. The guitar weighs 4lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium depth C-shaped profile carve at the nut, with particularly round shoulders in every register and quite a bit of additional heft further up the fretboard, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports split parallelogram inlay, professionally refretted with 6105 fretwire that has slender vintage width with appreciably more height and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod, and the nut measures 1 9/16" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines are present with stock tulip buttons, turning smoothly and holding pitch reliably. The tuners have clean gold plating, with the initials of a previous owner scratched on a few of the gear housings.
On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, retaining its plastic adjustable saddle. The original silkscreened graphics are largely intact on the red tortoise pickguard, accenting the Cherry Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss on the Hummingbird's top. The original orange oval label is visible through the soundhole, with faintly stamped model and serial details, matching the serial embossed on the back of the headstock.
There is broad, prominent lacquer checking across the entire body, and the multi-ply binding has a few small stabilized splits. Additionally, there is a tiny amount of finish chipping on the bass-side lower bout edge on top, along with various dings and scuffs, largely concentrated on the mahogany rims on the lower bout, along with very faint finish wear in the clear coat central to the back from contact with a guitar strap. The gloss on the neck profile is clean and free of palm wear, also exhibiting broad lacquer checking and just a few additional minor marks
A modern black tolex Gibson hardshell case is included.