Epiphone Hummingbird
Epiphone Hummingbird

Hummingbird, Dreadnought Steel String Guitar from Epiphone in the Hummingbird series.

goodbyebluesky 04/16/2008

Epiphone Hummingbird : goodbyebluesky's user review


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The Epiphone Hummingbird HS is made in China. It has a 25.5" scale with frets. It has mahogany sides and back with a solid spruce top, and a rosewood fingerboard. It features pretty standard chrome hardware, split paralellogram fingerboard inlays, and of course the obligatory brilliant sunburst finish that Epiphone calls "Heritage Cherry Sunburtst" along with funky decorative pickguard. I was quite impressed of the quality of the finish on a 300.00 guitar.


The neck had a decent feel, nothing spectacular. At least this guitar is built to mimic the more expensive Gidson model so they already had neck specs to copy. Unfortunately, the action on the guitar I sampled was terrible, I mean absolutely dreadful. Anything beyond the 5th fret was increasingly difficult to fret, and playing anything beyond the 12th fret was almost impossible due to the high action.


Even for a 300.00 guitar, I was not at all impressed with the sound of this guitar. It had a "harsh" tonal quality that made me wonder "why?" I mean, its got a solid spruce top, a fairly large cavity to resonate, but you are left with a shrill bottomless tone.


The finish, look, and overall style of this guitar would draw many in. It looks like something your daughter would want for her first guitar based on the grand appearance. Sadly, Epiphone fell flat on every front when you get beyond its looks.
If you had 300 to spend, I would keep looking because there are better playing and better sounding guitars out there in this price range.