The Hummingbird From a company that has brought the guitar world so many great originals, the Hummingbird stands out strong and proud. Introduced in 1960 as Gibson’s first square-shouldered dreadnought, the Hummingbird arrived at the dawn of a n...
In this video, Dave Grohl is performing an acoustic version of *Everlong* for the first time ever, live on the Howard Stern Show in 1997. He is using a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar in a natural finish, as evidenced by the pickguard shape and designs, fretboard pearl parallelogram inlays, and headstock (seen somewhat clearly at 1:24 into the video).more
Keith can be seen in this image playing a Gibson Hummingbird. Gibson writes [in this article](http://www2.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/gibson-hummingbird-guitar-1203.aspx) "Or, depending on your taste in guitar heroes, the foundation of the Hummingbird mystique may have been laid by Keith Richards. He has preferred the ’Bird as his acoustic guitar of choice since 1964, and the model has fueled such famous Rolling Stones cuts as 'Street Fighting Man,' 'Not Fade Away,' 'Brown Sugar,' 'Angie,' 'Wild Horses' and 'Jumping Jack Flash.'"more
"Two behind the flagship that is the J-200 this guitar has a very balanced sound and is great for recording. Very few maple back and side versions were made in this period that overlapped the Dove model. This guitar can be heard on the Sloe Gin album on a song called…'Around the Bend,'" Joe Bonomassa says, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/joes-guitar-of-the-week-16-1966-gibson-hummingbird/).more
Taylor Swift's acoustic guitar of choice on this performance on The Ellen Show is a Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar. She plays a duet with Zac Efron. At the 1:18 mark, they begin playing an acoustic cover of the song *"Pumped Up Kicks"* by the group [Foster The People](https://equipboard.com/band/foster-the-people). The video is dated February 2012.more
Tom Pettys Gibson Hummingbrid is no usual one. It shows some very special features, which propably make it a one of a kind Guitar. It has the "upside down belly bridge" with an adjustable ceramic sadlle. That would sugest being from between 1965 and 1970. But the neck is very out of the ordinary. It has the very unusual big block inlays and is bound with the spike at the soundhole like the neck of a J200. The conclusion would be that either somebody changed the neck of a late 60s Hummingbird for a J200 neck and added the big block inlays or it is a very rare prototipe. Sadly there is pretty much no info about it online. It has a beautiful honey sunburst and he used a LR Bags magentic soundholepickup on it. He can be seen unsing it on multiple live performances for songs like Wildflowers and in studio, so it is probable that he also used it for recording songs like Wildflowers.more
"Ninety-eight percent of them are Gibsons. Everything from old J-200s to Hummingbirds to all the Les Pauls I have. When it comes to writing the rock stuff, I use Les Pauls, because I love the beefy tone to them," says Corey Taylor, in [this interview](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Interview-Corey-Taylor-Talks-Guitars.aspx).more
I would do a timestamp, but throughout this video Layne is using what appears to be a high end Gibson Acoustic-electric guitar. This is the only time he can be spotted using this beautiful guitar (MTV Unplugged performance from 1996, one of the last times the band would play together with Layne as head vocalist.more
Sheryl Crow uses a Gibson Hummingbird for acoustic work.
Pictures of William Orbit playing a Gibson Humingbird are seen on his Facebook artists' page in addition to photos from the 2013 London Electronic Arts Festival. About working with Madonna, "On Ray Of Light every guitar you hear is me. On a lot of tracks I did everything". (Q Magazine, 2002)more
About his Gibsons he said: "Well, I have a Hummingbird and a J-45, and I love them both equally. It’s just one of those things where you like how it feels around your shoulders. I play with a lot of different guitar tunings and it’s important that they stay in tune. The Hummingbird, the J-45 and the Johnny A have all been put to the test and I’m happy to say that they continue to surpass my expectations." - Interview with Gibson.com (http://www.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/she-and-him-0630.aspx)more
According to Premier Guitar, the orange-burst Gibson Hummingbird is one of his two Gibson Hummingbirds he uses on stage. He wanted a guitar that would be road worthy. Frank likes to move around on stage, and swing his guitar around. Other acoustic guitars he has used would get damaged more frequently.more
> "... and I’ve recently bought a Gibson Hummingbird, which I got in New York, and I’ve been playing that a fair bit. It has a very even tone to it, very balanced sound and seems to be one of those late night acoustics that you can play long into the early hours of the next morning. I have a feeling there’ll be a few songs in it that I can’t wait to discover. Lately I’ve been using the Gibson Hummingbird to write quite gentle, folky stuff, which is nice, but I think most of the record would have been written on the Martin.”more
In this photo of Maren Morris performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in June 2016, she can be seen playing a Gibson Hummingbird Ebony acoustic guitar. It is identifiable by the split-parallelogram inlays of the fingerboard, the ornate pickguard, and the Gibson logo on the headstock.more
In this acoustic performance of Howl Alex Vargas can be seen using this Gibson Hummingbird, which was his staple instrument for many years until it was unfortunately stolen by a taxi driver in Las Vegas. This guitar was given to him after departing his band 'Vagabond' in the earlier years of his career.more
The Hummingbird From a company that has brought the guitar world so many great originals, the 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. Made in the image of the original, in Gibson’s acclaimed acoustic facility in Bozeman, MT, today’s Hummingbird lives up to its pedigree, bringing you all of these capabilities and more as, quite simply, one of the finest acoustic guitars available today.
The action on this acoustic is to dream for. While many Martins and Taylors have the driving, gritty tone, my hummingbird has a great balance between bright and dark tonalities. Personally, this is the ideal fingerpicking acoustic, and like I said to start with, the action is superb. I play right at the edge of the sound hole towards the saddle to get a clear, yet warm-enveloping tone. I have written countless songs on this instrument because it is certainly inspiring just to own it and look at it. This guitar will last me a lifetime.