Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Review
Hummingbird Pro Overview
The Hummingbird Pro brings the legendary Epiphone Hummingbird into the 21st century with a solid build and some on board electronics that, for an entry level guitar, provides some great versatility!
This dreadnought style body has a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides and an incredibly classic look with its faded cherry sunburst finish and distinctive hummingbird pickguard!
The choice of woods in the build of the body really add a balanced sound as the spruce top, being a complex tonewood, adds rich harmonics that will only improve with age!
Paired with the mahogany back and sides, the hummingbird pro produces a warm bold timbre!
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Neck and Headstock
The Hummingbird Pro neck is made from mahogany with a rose wood fret board, 20 frets and a 24.75 inch scale length.
The neck is very comfortable with a nut width of 1.68 inches and Epiphones own Slimtaper "D" profile neck shape.
Additionally the truss rod can be accessed from behind the small cover on the full size Epiphone headstock making any truss rod adjustments very easy should the adjustment be necessary.
Overall its an easy neck to play and looks good with the pearloid parallelogram fingerboard inlay.
Hummingbird Pro Hardware
The Hummingbird Pro comes with an imitation bone nut and saddle which are more than likely synthetic.
This is quite common to find on an acoustic at this price point and does not negatively affect the sound or tuning in any way.
The bridge pins are made from PVC.
The compensated Epiphone saddle is designed to improve intonation. This helps in keeping the guitar in tune and does so wonderfully all over the neck of this acoustic.
Additionally, the tuning machine heads are Grover brand die cast tuners which feel great, hold tune well and are easy to use.
The Hummingbird pro does come with electronics as well which is quite nice. Its called the Shadow pickup system and was a joint effort between Epiphone and Shadow Germany to create and perfect acoustic amplification.
Its powered by 2 AAA batteries, has a good EQ as well as some other handy controls like phase and mute but also a dynamics control which adjusts the frequency curve.
Pro Sound and Feel
So, now that you know a bit about the guitar, the question is, how does it sound? Pretty darn good for the price let me tell you!
The big bold sound off of this guitar is sure to impress! Not to mention the articulate top end which resonates off of the spruce top.
For an entry level guitar the tone certainly is great! Plugged in, the pickup system is also a sweet bonus as it as well sounds good! The controls offer a very natural sound and offer a decent amount of control.
There is no built in tuner which is too bad but it sounds good!
But how does it feel? The slim playable neck, string spacing and action on the guitar gave this acoustic a great feel, it was easy to get around on the fret board and was a joy to play.
Conclusion And Final Thoughts
There are many great acoustic guitars in the under $500 price range available these days that play and sound great. The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is one of those guitars and with the added electronics on board is a great entry level acoustic guitar.
The build quality and tone of the guitar is impressive and will have you wondering how they sell a guitar like this for such a great price.
Epiphone has an incredible history and even with this guitar being made overseas, they have managed to design and build a guitar that will bring many people a great experience for a few hundred bucks!
We recommend this guitar, especially to those beginning to learn how to play the guitar and need a quality instrument to keep you inspired to keep practicing.
We would love to hear from you! Please let us and the rest of the community know if you have played this guitar, or have any experience with one in the comments below. What are your thoughts?
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