Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Studio Acoustic Review
The Hummingbird Pro brings the legendary Epiphone acoustic guitar into the 21st century with a solid build and some on board electronics that, for an entry level model, provides some great versatility!
Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Features
Let’s take a look at some features of the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic guitar.
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Mahogany Sides And Back
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Finger Board
- Dreadnought Body
- 24.75 inch scale with 20 frets
- Onboard Electronics
- Materials and Design
- Well Balanced Sound
- Plays great
- Built in electronics that sound good
- Vintage look
- A Set-up may be required out of the box
- No built-in tuner
- Stock strings might be dull
Who is this Guitar For?
The Hummingbird pro studio is a guitar that is created based on the original Gibson model. Epiphone, being a brand downed by Gibson, makes guitars based on their most popular guitars at more affordable prices.
This is great news for beginners and players who want one but can’t afford Gibson prices. This makes the Hummingbird pro studio a great guitar for beginners and intermediate players. Not only does it sound great both unplugged and amplified, but it’s very easy to play and looks great.
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 pick guard!
The choice of woods in the build of the body really add a balanced sound. The spruce top, being a complex tone wood, adds rich harmonics that will only improve with age!
Paired with the mahogany back and sides, the hummingbird produces a warm, bold timbre!
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.
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, it is 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. It is called the Shadow pickup system and was a joint effort between Epiphone and Shadow Germany to create and perfect acoustic amplification.
It is 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.
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 treble 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 tone and offer a decent amount of control.
I used the Vox VT40X to test the electronics with the Hummingbird Pro and was blown away at how good it sounded. Set to a vintage model in the amp, it had a great mid-range bark to it with a full bottom end that filled the room.
Plugged in or not, this guitar not only looks like a vintage model, it also sounds and plays like one!
There is no built-in tuner, which is too bad, but that’s not a dealbreaker by any means.
The slim 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 this price range available these days that play and sound wonderful. The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is one of those guitars! And with the added electronics on board, it is a great entry level acoustic.
The build quality and tone of the guitar is impressive and will have you wondering how they sell an instrument 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 model 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.
Is Epiphone Hummingbird Pro solid wood?
The Epiphone Hummingbird pro has a solid spruce top, which gives it a loud, bold sound. The back and sides are mahogany, but are not solid wood. They are laminated pieces, which is to be expected in an acoustic at this price point.
What strings come on the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro?
The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro comes with D’addario Phosphor strings right from the factory. These are great strings for the type of music you would expect from the guitar. They are light gauge strings, so they are easy to play, but still provide lots of volume.
Other Guitars To Consider
There are a few other guitars that are similar to the DR-100 if you are looking for something slightly different.
The Fender CD-60S is a popular acoustic and one that has made our best for beginners article. It features a solid top, comfortable neck with rolled finger edges, and features a parlor body shape. This body shape is smaller, which might fit players who find dreadnoughts to be a bit big.
The Yamaha FG850 is also a perfect option and is also one of our favorite suggested guitars. It’s similar in price and comes with the same great easy to play performance but is warmer sounding. You can also find great looks and exceptional quality here.