2005 Gibson Hummingbird Heritage Cherry Sunburst ID-5308
2005 Gibson Hummingbird Heritage Cherry Sunburst
From a company that has brought the guitar world so many great originals, the Gibson Hummingbird stands out strong and proud. Introduced in 1960 as Gibson’s first square-shouldered dreadnought, the Hummingbird arrived at the dawn of a new era in music, and was rapidly embraced by several prime movers on the scene. In the hands of everyone from Keith Richards to Gram Parsons, it quickly proved itself equally adept at folk, country and rock, and excelled at many of the crossovers genres in between that helped to set the scene for the ’60s.
Much of the Hummingbird’s appeal lies in its versatility. However you attack this flat-top, it pumps out rich, deep tones, and is equally at home thrumming out first-position chords as it is taking the spotlight for flatpicking leadlines further up the neck. Its spacious mahogany body and sweet, select Sitka spruce top are more than capable of nailing down the rhythm in the hands of a rock and roll sideman, or of accompanying the most nuanced performance under the fingers of today’s alternative singer-songwriter.
A big-bodied, square-shouldered dreadnought, the Hummingbird is crafted from the classic tonewood combination of grade-AAA Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides – all solid woods – supported with a resonance-enhancing, scalloped X-brace. It is hand-sprayed in a nitrocellulose Heritage Cherry Sunburst finish, a guitar color combination that has been made famous by Gibson Les Pauls and Hummingbirds. It looks every bit as sweet as it sounds.
The guitar’s neck and headstock are made in the classic tradition of the original 1960 Hummingbird, with the 24-3/4” scale length that draws so many players to Gibson acoustics. Carved from a single piece of quarter-sawn mahogany, the design incorporates Gibson’s lauded 17-degree back-angled headstock and is topped with a rosewood fingerboard with comfortably “rolled” edges.
The Hummingbird carries the classic hardware accompaniment seen on several legendary Gibson flat-tops. A “belly-up” Indian rosewood bridge and Tusq saddle keep it all tonally true at the business end, while Grover Rotomatic tuners – a common upgrade of the ’60s – combine a timeless look without outstanding tuning efficiency.
The Hummingbird is an extremely well-balanced and versatile guitar. It offers outstanding depth, breadth and richness in the vein of the great large-bodied mahogany flat-tops. The solid Sitka spruce top presents outstanding clarity and complexity with just enough headroom without sacrificing playability, while the mahogany back and sides contribute warmth and dimension to the tone. All of this, and unsurpassed volume and projection, suit the Hummingbird to a surprisingly wide range of playing styles.
This guitar has some scratches and dings, as evidenced in the detail photographs. Original hardshell case included.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides: Mahogany
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Dovetail Neck Joint
- Scalloped Bracing
- Tortoise Hummingbird Pickguard
- MOP Split Parallelogram FB Inlays
- MOP Crown Headstock Inlay
- Nickel Grover Tuners
- LR Baggs Element Installed
- Bone Nut and Saddle
- Big Sky Radiused Fingerboard Edge
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Nut Width: 1.725"
- Hardshell Case Included