Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Review
The guitar Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is one of the most used string instrument in the world today. Its use is seen in basically all genre of music – from Rock to Fuji, from Pop to Juju.
The Epiphone dates back to 1873, and it is an aged long instrument maker in America. Its name is synonymous with invention and creativity as its works and breath have touched every genre of music.
The Epiphone presence has been felt from the mandolin era to the jazz era in the early 1900s to the 1920s. It swept through the swing-era archtops through post-war pop to jazz, R&B, and early rock n’ roll to the British invasion, etc.
The square shouldered Hummingbird classic dates back to the 1960’s, when Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones used it as rhythm in classic Rolling Stones hits like Satisfaction, Play with Fire and Under My Womb. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, Goat head’s soup, and Sticky Fingers are a few of the top rock collections that used the Hummingbird style acoustic.
The 21st century gave birth to series of new genres of music. The music industry was changing rapidly, and the Epiphone followed suit. Premier acoustic/electric guitars were invented with eSonic Preamp to create a balance in the user experience.
The Hummingbird Pro has been used by a lot of musical acts like the American country-rock Guru Gram Parsons Noel Gallagher, jazz-fusion pioneer John McLaughlin, alt-country troublemaker Ryan Adams, Kid Rock and heartland rocker Sheryl Crow when they need a great sound from a wooden box with a string.
The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro series is a top-notch electric/acoustic guitar that is recommended for beginners as it is pocket-friendly. It is a modern day approach to the classic acoustic guitar – the Hummingbird that can rival the expensive guitars on the market today.
It makes you feel like your favorite rock, blues or country idol with its beautiful crafted body, neck and sound quality. It features a pick protect which has a remarkable design that is an imitation of a tortoise with traditional Hummingbird artwork.
The six-string instrument is a sub-brand of the Gibson – which produces quality guitars for guitar lovers. I observed that the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is quite popular with young and aspiring musicians, and this have made the brand a household name.
It is an alternative for those who cannot afford to part with money for its more expensive sibling – the Gibson Hummingbird.
At a bargain of $300, you can lay your hands on Epiphone Hummingbird Pro while Its sibling – Gibson Hummingbird is well over $3,000.
The price difference is mainly due to where they were made and the materials used. The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is mostly sourced from Indonesia and China.
When I first held the Epiphone, my first reaction was “not bad” with a grin. It was a 2012 Epiphone. I ran a few scales on it, and the Epiphone sprang to life. Its sound is balanced and beautiful.
Although it needed a few tunings to get the right pitch to create that perfect sound I desired. I will, therefore, advice that you always tune a new guitar before use. This is because they are made of components – string and wood that are affected by external factors – weather conditions. I will also add that tuning gives the Epiphone its precise pitch as the stability changes due to the breathing nature of the wood used.
Before I go further on the review, you should know that the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro does not come with any form of case – either hard or otherwise. This review is based on a thorough survey of users and my experience using the guitar.
I chose to review this guitar as it is one of my favorite guitars and an ideal to many users too due to its excellent performance for a reasonable price.
Just sit back, as I show you what makes the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro unique and recommended.
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Review: Body & Neck
When I first had a grip of the body, it felt very solid and beautiful. The body of the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro acoustic/electric guitar is well crafted.
It has a square-shoulder dreadnought body that is made up of the solid spruce top. Spruce is a unique kind of wood – tonewood that breathes and improves with age. In simple terms, the more you play the guitar, the better it sounds with age. Interesting isn’t it?
The body and neck of the Epiphone feature select mahogany at the back and sides with ladder bracing. It also features a faded cherry sunburst finish.
A 25.5” scale will grace a careful observation of the neck and you with an Epiphone classic Slim-Taper D profile. Also, the neck appears to be attached to the body with a glued-in dovetail joint.
There are a rosewood fingerboard and bridge with a Pearloid parallelogram inlays. Besides, there are 20 medium frets, a 12” fingerboard radius, and 1.68” Nut Width
The Epiphone logo which is in white is spotted at the sloped dove wing headstock. There are a single ply white binding and a 14:1 ratio Nickel Grover tuners at the neck
You will notice a 5-ply white and black binding in the body of this Epiphone series. On further flipping of the guitar, a single ply white bindings will be seen at the back of the body.
The rosewood bridge also features a compensated saddle, and the hardware is made of nickel. This tends to vary as other have reported their hardware to be chrome
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Review: Sound Quality
The sound quality of the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is brilliant with great pickups that have been applauded by many.
It stays in tune when playing and you just don’t’ want to stop playing because of the beautiful sound it is producing.
The sounds are evenly balanced with an excellent bass response. I never felt harsh tones while playing it has mentioned of it producing one.
The Shadow performer preamp and NanoFlex pickup make it produce a natural sound. With this technology, you can do with or without an amplifier…How much more awesome, can it be…?
If fingerpicking is your thing, you won’t go wrong with the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro as it still delivers astonishing sounds.
There is a control which comprises of the master volume, treble equalizer, and a bass equalizer. With, these, you can control the level of sound and effect to your desire.
The Epiphone comes with two batteries of 2032 amp each that powers the preamp. They can last up to a thousand hours and can be quite tricky to change as you will be required to remove a few strings.
There is also a low battery indicator and an endpin output jack.
What I Like And What I Dislike
- What I like about this series is it offers stellar performance without having you break the bank.
- It also has a Shadow ePerformer preamp and a NanoFlex pickup system that produces the natural sound.
- Besides, it produces great sound with good resonance.
- It produces balanced and sweet sound.
- It is quite fun to play with
- Furthermore, it stays in tune.
- You can get the best of both worlds from this Epiphone series – acoustic or electric.
- The wood used are not as high in grade as their siblings – the Gibson classic
- The red and yellow colors are less well-off as they appear lighter unlike their siblings – the Gibson classic.
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Review: Editor’s Rating Card
Body & Neck: 8/10
The Body and neck are made of good materials but they are not on par with other competitions.
It produces an excellent and balanced sound that will be a good backup when singing.
The components of the hardware of the Epiphone Hummingbird pro are great but more can still be done to improve them.
The Epiphone Hummingbird pro is a great guitar that is durable, affordable and has value for money. It would have gotten all ten if it came with a casing
The Epiphone Hummingbird pro is a beauty to look as it has it has great finishing and solid form.
Epiphone HUMMINGBIRD PRO Review
- Body & Neck - 8/10 8/10
- Sound Quality - 9/10 9/10
- Hardware - 8/10 8/10
- Value - 9/10 9/10
- Look - 9/10 9/10
The Epiphone Hummingbird pro is a great buy and value for money. You can never go wrong with a purchase like this. With this, product, you don’t need to worry about that cheap cassette machine as the Epiphone Hummingbird pro produces astonishing sound when connected to the amplifier when the right settings are made.
It is a wonderful backup to the human voice because of the awesome tone it produces. It can fit in most genres of music with its warm and smooth tone.
In addition, the Hummingbird pro gives users a taste of the classic Hummingbird without the hefty price tag of the Gibson version.
It has a solid spruce top, a genuine chrome Grover machine, same Cherry Sunburst finish, split parallelogram inlays and scratch plate like its expensive sibling – the Gibson Hummingbird.
Because of its finesse look, killer execution, playability and solid form, I will recommend a purchase anytime, any day.