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Gold Gotoh Green Button TunersGibson’s Hummingbird True Vintage features Gotoh’s green button, Kluson-style gold tuners. With a gear ratio of 15:1, these Gotoh tuners deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage, with a special lubricant inside the gear box for smooth and accurate tuning stability.

Crown Peghead Logo
Gibson put the first crown peghead logo on an ES-300 back in 1940, and it has graced the headstocks of many legendary Gibson guitars ever since, including today’s Hummingbird True Vintage. Over the years, it has also been called a “thistle” because of the group of flowering plants with the sharp prickles, though Gibson has preferred to call it a “crown.”

Pickguard
The tortoise pickguard on the Hummingbird True Vintage is custom-made and features the traditional floral and bird design as it appeared on the first Hummingbird in 1960. As with all Gibson’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, binding, and engraving are all done by hand.

Rosette
A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the Hummingbird True Vintage is a double-ring rosette, with the main ring consisting of seven-ply binding, and the second ring three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Hummingbird True Vintage.

Rosewood Fingerboard with Traditional Binding and Split Parallelogram InlaysThe fingerboard of Gibson’s Hummingbird True Vintage is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The Hummingbird’s split parallelogram inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports traditional binding over the fret ends, which was a staple feature of many classic Gibson acoustics for many years.

Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The body design of the Hummingbird True Vintage is known as a square shoulder dreadnought. The top is made from AAA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from mahogany, giving the Hummingbird True Vintage a perfectly balanced midrange tone, with unbiased rich lows and clear treble registers. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.

Bracing
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. Gibson Acoustic’s Hummingbird True Vintage sports a single “X” bracing pattern similar to the design inside vintage Gibson J-30s. This traditional pattern delivers a balanced midrange tone, with unbiased lows and rich, clear highs, producing a warm tone that has been a favorite among artists and players alike since the original Hummingbird’s introduction in 1960.

Features

  • Gibson Logo
  • Gold Gotoh Green Button Tuners
  • Crown Peghead Logo
  • Neck and Profile
  • Rosewood Fingerboard with Traditional Binding and Split Parallelogram Inlays
  • Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
  • Bracing
  • Pickguard
  • Rosette
  • Radius Top
  • Nitrocellulose Finish
  • Body Binding