Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Studio Review For 2023

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 onboard electronics that provide some great versatility! Especially for an entry-level guitar.

Specifications

Let’s take a look at some specifications 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

Who is this Guitar For?

The Hummingbird pro studio is a guitar that is created based on the original Gibson model. Epiphone is now a brand owned by Gibson. They make 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. Even intermediate and pro players can benefit. Not only does it sound great both unplugged and amplified, but it’s very easy to play and looks great.

Epiphone Hummingbird pro Acoustic Guitar Review

PROS

  • Materials and Design
  • Well Balanced Sound
  • Plays great
  • Built in electronics that sound good
  • Vintage look

CONS

  • A Set-up may be required out of the box
  • No built-in tuner
  • Stock strings might be dull
Epiphone Hummingbird pro Acoustic Guitar body

Hummingbird Body

This dreadnought style body has a solid spruce top, and mahogany back and sides. It has an incredibly classic look with its faded cherry sunburst finish and pickguard!

The choice of woods in the build of the body really adds a balanced sound. 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 produces a warm, bold timbre!

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Studio neck

Neck and Headstock

The Hummingbird Pro neck is made from mahogany. It also includes a rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, and a 24.75-inch scale length. The neck is very comfortable with a nut width of 1.68 inches. Epiphone uses its own Slim taper D profile for this neck.

The truss rod can be accessed from behind the small cover on the full-size Epiphone headstock. This makes any truss rod adjustments very easy should the adjustment be necessary. It’s an easy neck to play and looks good with the Pearloid fingerboard inlay.

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic Guitar electronics

Hummingbird Pro Hardware

The Hummingbird Pro comes with an imitation bone nut and saddle. Both are more than likely synthetic. This is quite common to find on an acoustic at this price point. But it 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.

The tuning machine heads are Grover brand die-cast tuners. They feel great, hold tune well, and are easy to use.

The Hummingbird Pro does come with electronics as well, which is quite nice. It’s called the Shadow pickup system. It was a joint effort between Epiphone and Shadow Germany. The aim was to create and perfect acoustic amplification.

It’s powered by 2 AAA batteries and has a good EQ as well as some other handy controls like phase and mute. But also a dynamics control that adjusts the frequency curve.

Epiphone Hummingbird pro Acoustic Guitar

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 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 fretboard and was a joy to play.


Is It Reliable?

The first thing to question with a guitar at this price is reliability. The Hummingbird Pro is a good guitar and will be a reliable instrument for you. Many people own and have used this guitar for a long time. Most players report that it holds up pretty well, and it’s reliable.

When I tested this guitar, I felt that it was well-made and durable. But the hardware could be upgraded to make it more reliable. I would suggest upgrading the nut, saddle, pins, and strings.

In time, you may want to upgrade the tuners. But the stock tuners are alright and should last awhile. Overall, this guitar is durable and should be reliable. It would make a great backup guitar for players who gig regularly.

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.

Fender CD-60S

Fender Parlor CP-60S

The Fender CD-60S is a popular acoustic and one that has made our best for beginners article. It features a solid top, a 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.


Yamaha FG850

Yamaha FG850 Acoustic Guitar

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 performance but is warmer sounding. You can also find great looks and exceptional quality here.


Conclusion And Final Thoughts

There are many great acoustic guitars in this price range 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 are impressive. So much that it will have you wondering how they sell an instrument like this for such a great price.

Epiphone has an incredible history. This guitar is made overseas, but the design and build will provide a great experience! Especially for beginners who need something of good quality. We recommend this guitar!

FAQs

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.