Up for sale, a 1970 Gibson Hummingbird Custom, honestly played and thoroughly serviced with a professional neck reset and carved bone nut and compensated saddle. In many ways the Hummingbird was Gibson's answer to Martin's D-18, yet this square shouldered dreadnought delivers a tone that is distinctly Gibson. Warm, articulate and well-balanced tonally, this Hummingbird offerrs dreadnought power with smooth growl when you dig in hard with a flatpick. Absolutely brilliant and bold with lots of cut and presence, this Hummingbird fills a room without breaking a sweat, and even a light strum yields a sparkling sound. The trebles are punchy and the midrange character is smooth and relaxed. This Hummingbird weighs 4lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .805" deep at the 1st fret, filling out to .950" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard sports small block inlay and retains the original practically perfect medium jumbo fretwire with the low/flat fret dress common in this era. Also notable is the scale length, and at 25 1/2", this guitar has Gibson's longer scale, which puts more string tension on the top and yields a bigger, bolder sound. The upgraded carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock is fitted with a modern set of Grover Rotomatic chrome tuning machines.
The guitar does exhibit an older, W-shaped headstock repair which is cleanly addressed and doesn't extend to the headstock face. The guitar holds full string tension with ease.
On the body, the original rosewood bridge is intact and sits flush with the top on all edges, fitted with a carved and compensated bone saddle for optimal note clarity and precise intonation. The neck has also been reset, meeting the body at an ideal angle and allowing for ample saddle height, further increasing the projection and power this Hummingbird can deliver. A passive undersaddle pickup has been added with a 1/4" endpin jack, and a strap button has also been added to the neck heel. The stock pickguard retains the majority of the original silkscreen graphics with the hummingbird and flowers motif that gives this model its name. The original orange rectangular Hummingbird Custom label is also visible through the soundhole.
The original nitro lacquer finish has ambered gracefully, with prominent strum wear across the soundhole and plenty of minor battle scars across the body including some scratches and dings on the treble side lower bout in the mahogany, and additional finish chipping where the forearm crosses the top. There are two long cracks just to the treble side of the center seam on the back, and one shorter crack on the bass-side upper bout, with an additional long crack of note on the bass side of the body in the mahogany, wrapping the lower bout. All repairs are structurally sound, glued and cleated as needed. Wear on the gloss nitro on the neck profile includes some small dings, mostly clustered behind frets 5-6.
This Hummingbird has been played hard with an open, expressive sound to match.
A vintage black tolex hardshell case is included, with functional latches and the stock handle.