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  • Lookit my new songbird

    One wner. No fretwear, no dents, no paint crazing or finish sinking into the wood, and plays like it was set up by a good luthier. Best of all, It's from 1973/74. It weighs nothing next to my 70's westerly guilds. I really love it.



    Here are some pics I took the day I found it at a local mom & pop's music store.









    <div class="signaturecontainer">-Rich<img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /></div>

  • #2
    Nice Hummingbird Custom!



    God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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    • #3
      Thankee Terry!



      I may put a k&K mini western under the bridge and rock it live through my new LR Baggs Venue DI.
      <div class="signaturecontainer">-Rich<img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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      • #4
        I have the exact same guitar! Same year even. I have loved it forever and will always. Enjoy!



        What did you pay for it?
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        Yellow incandescent night
        Tiger eyes burning bright
        In the understory
        I can't see the forest
        For the branches and the leaves
        But I believe
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        • #5
          Out the door for $1500
          <div class="signaturecontainer">-Rich<img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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          • #6
            Can't go one day without learning something around here. I've always thought all Gibson Hummingbirds had the split trapezoid fret markers and two screws in the truss rod cover. I would've probably thought that one was a fake if I'd seen it hanging on the wall somewhere. Live and learn, I guess.



            I actually "passed" on a Hummingbird clone that was immaculate (and dirt cheap) simply because it had rectangular fret markers. Saw it on craigslist just a couple of weeks ago. Now I know.....thanks for posting that. You got a great deal, BTW.
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            • #7
              That is a beautiful guitar. Congratulations!



              I had a hummingbird copy years ago; I have always loved that look.
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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by Opa John
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                Can't go one day without learning something around here. I've always thought all Gibson Hummingbirds had the split trapezoid fret markers and two screws in the truss rod cover. I would've probably thought that one was a fake if I'd seen it hanging on the wall somewhere. Live and learn, I guess.



                I actually "passed" on a Hummingbird clone that was immaculate (and dirt cheap) simply because it had rectangular fret markers. Saw it on craigslist just a couple of weeks ago. Now I know.....thanks for posting that. You got a great deal, BTW.




                Apparently Gibson did the rectangle inlays for awhile in or around the 70s, because 60s H-birds and later H-birds have the trapezoids. I actually prefer the rectangles, but maybe that's just what I'm used to. To me the trapezoids look out of place on an H-bird...a bit janky.



                In other news, in Rome I just traded a cheap EKO dread for a 70s Suzuki H-bird copy. The Suzuki badly needs a neck re-set. So maybe I'll make it a slide guitar, 'cause it's as pretty as it is ****************ty! BTW it does have trapezoids.
                __________________________
                She's the lady of the light
                Yellow incandescent night
                Tiger eyes burning bright
                In the understory
                I can't see the forest
                For the branches and the leaves
                But I believe
                I do believe
                by me:

                www.box.com

                "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
                Charlie Parker

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                • #9
                  Hi Rich.



                  The number of screws in the truss rod cover threw me too. I found a like guitar on this website. Check it out. This raises red flags for me. Click on the small image of the headstock and see what you think.



                  http://www.gibsonacoustic.net/for-sa...4-75-hard-case
                  <div class="signaturecontainer">Jack<br><br><br><br>196 9 Martin D12-20 12-string<br><br>1984 Martin HD-28</div>

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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by kiowa1
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                    Hi Rich.



                    The number of screws in the truss rod cover threw me too. I found a like guitar on this website. Check it out. This raises red flags for me. Click on the small image of the headstock and see what you think.



                    http://www.gibsonacoustic.net/for-sa...4-75-hard-case




                    I think Rich's is legit--my H-bird, which is positively the real thing, looks just like this one. Mine has three screws in the truss rod cover. Presumably you could check the serial #--on back of headstock, stamped into the wood. Mine is A406110--Rich's guitar would likely have a number close to that one.



                    BTW here's a photo of mine:

                    __________________________
                    She's the lady of the light
                    Yellow incandescent night
                    Tiger eyes burning bright
                    In the understory
                    I can't see the forest
                    For the branches and the leaves
                    But I believe
                    I do believe
                    by me:

                    www.box.com

                    "Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn."
                    Charlie Parker

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                    • #11
                      Unbelievably sweet!!!
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                      • #12
                        Sweet. Congratulations. Happy New (Used) Guitar Day.
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                        • #13
                          nice
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                          • #14
                            I stand corrected. I guess you DO learn something new every day. And, by the way, congratulations on a beautiful guitar, Rich. Enjoy!
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                            • #15
                              The dealer thought it might have been fake too, but he checked the number on the back of the headstock and it is a legitimate gibson. The first three frets are going to need reshaping, as the former owner seems to have masters G,C,D chords.
                              <div class="signaturecontainer">-Rich<img src="http://img3.harmony-central.com/acapella/ubb/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smilie" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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