Epiphone Hummingbird Studio (formerly Hummingbird PRO) Acoustic-Electric Guitar

92
GEARANK
92 out of 100. Incorporating 1450+ ratings and reviews.
$449.00
Epiphone
Note: Epiphone has changed the name from Hummingbird PRO to Hummingbird Studio.

Gearank Recommendation

The Hummingbird Studio appeared on our recommended list for Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500 from August 2017 until August 2018 when it was out-ranked by higher rated models.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Tone Start Alex Kelly 88/100
Acoustic Guitar Mark Kemp 85/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

Overview

The Gibson Hummingbird is a widely used high-end guitar, and the Epiphone is a budget minded equivalent. While the guitar is a reasonable option in its price range, if you go in with the expectation of getting a Gibson at an Epiphone price you’re going to be disappointed.

However, looking at the guitar on its own merits it’s really not a bad instrument. It has a bright presence with a strog bass representation, though it would likely benefit from the addition of a bone saddle and nut (according to Epiphone’s website the guitar ships with imitation bone).

The Hummingbird PRO’s electronics feature an interesting control in the form of a “Dynamics” slider. The Dynamic slider is similar to a mid-shift control in that it makes a large sweeping change while the bass and treble controls allow more subtle adjustments. The PRO’s preamp does lack a tuner, though with the wide availability of clip on tuners this isn’t a huge issue.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Laminated Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss- Faded Cherry Burst
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim Taper
  • Fingerboard Radius: 304mm
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Nut Width: 1.68″
  • Electronics: Shadow ePerformer Preamp and Nano Flex Pickup
We were recommending the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO until we published the results of a major revision of its category in August 2018 at which time we found there were more highly rated options to recommend which you’ll find in our guide to The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $500.

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