Gibson 50th Anniversary 1960 Hummingbird Acoustic Guitar

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Best High End Acoustic Guitar

As of November 18th, 2013
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    In early December 1969, Keith Richards sat in the tiny recording booth of Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama and performed Wild Horses. Although it was not released until more than a year later, it became one of the most iconic songs in popular music. Same for the Rolling Stones song Angie, Led Zeppelins Ramble On, and many others. What do these songs have in common? The Gibson Hummingbird.

    To celebrate their half-century mark, Gibson released the 50th Anniversary 1960 Hummingbird. This square-shouldered dreadnought has a solid Honduran Mahogany back and sides with aAAA grade Sitka spruce top. It also features gold-tone EVO frets, which help to minimize fret grooving. Other than that, and the commemorative headstock, Gibson was smart to leave things be. This 50th Anniversary 1960 Hummingbird is made to the same specifications as the original and features all of the same aesthetic details, such as creme binding and Gold Keystone tuners. This is a world-class instrument, with exceptional tone. It has been heard on some of the most classic songs of all times, and played by numerous well-respected guitarists. It may not be the best choice for the budget-conscious shopper; the price tag is certainly daunting. But consider this: the Martin dreadnought had a 40-year head start on the Hummingbird, but for the last 50 years, the Hummingbird has been one of the top high-end acoustic guitars. Its a standout. Rating: 5/5

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