1972 Gibson Hummingbird Custom Cherry Sunburst
Excellent condition featuring square shoulder dreadnought body shape, solid Sitka spruce top with cherry sunburst finish, solid mahogany back and sides with cherry red stain finish, multiple bindings on the top and back body edges, decorative backstripe, enlarged three point tortoiseshell grain pickguard with floral, butterfly and hummingbird engravings, Indian rosewood bridge, rosewood bridge pins with pearl dot inlays (one pin is a replacement), three piece mahogany neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with small pearl block inlays starting at the first fret, bone nut and saddle, enlarged Gibson open book peghead, black peghead veneer with pearl Gibson logo and crown shaped inlays, multi-ply bell shaped truss rod cover with Hummingbird engraving, three per side Grover Rotomatic tuning machines with steel tulip buttons, black endpin, and Gibson hard shell case. The serial number and Made in USA are stamped faintly on the back of the peghead.
This 1972 Gibson Hummingbird is in fine cosmetic condition and is set up in good playing order. The neck profile is of the chunky yet comfortable variety and feels great in hand. The fret wire shows some signs of play wear but has loads of life left. This guitar has a dry, articulate sound that is quite punchy and sounds fantastic. This Hummingbird would be extremely recordable and has that Gibson sound that just plain sounds like a record. This guitar is very responsive and easy to pull tone from with a flat pick. The guitar shows some play wear throughout including some checking, pick scratches here and there, and two repaired cracks (treble side and back - see photos). The saddle is cut low but the action is also quite low. This guitar is very playable as is and the truss rod works perfectly. This guitar is housed in a later Gibson Custom Shop hard shell case. If you’re looking for a fantastic rhythm or recording guitar, this one might fit the bill.