If you are in pursuit of a rock acoustic guitar with an attitude that you can still use to delve into other genres such as blues and country, we say give the Hummingbird Pro from Epiphone a shot.
This six-string falls into the mid-range price category, packing some trusty classic components, along with a few unusual suspects to add the extra bite. We took it for a spin around the block, our remarks are mostly positive, here’s what we got!
Body & Neck
The instrument features a solid spruce top with mahogany sides and back, along with a mahogany neck and a classic rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets and pearled parallelogram markers.
We also have to single out the luxurious headstock with classic Gibson shape and silver Epiphone logo. And speaking of the aesthetic side, the guitar comes with a smooth sunburst finish that just screams class and tradition.
This tonewood configuration brings a sound that is mellow, yet full of grind, resonance, warmth and sustain. We’re looking at wood used on some of the most iconic rock guitars such as the Les Paul or SG, so think in that direction, only acoustic.
First of all, in the electronic department, we are looking at a single Shadow Nano Flex acoustic pickup and a Shadow performer preamp. This system is more on the gritty and roaring side, reeling in a slight dose of gain in pugged-in regime, further making the six-string more suited for rock ‘n’ rollin’ crowd.
Additionally, the guitar features a set of die-cast Grover tuners, which hold the tuning very well. Many guitars of the cheaper price range tend to suffer from utilizing tuners that are so low-quality that you can’t spend an hour playing guitar without having to tune it; well, this isn’t one of those six-strings.
Other notable features include a rosewood bridge with a compensated saddle, a weight of 11 pounds, and a flashy large pick-guard.
When we hear this guitar in action, we kinda always tend to think of The Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards and his acoustic work. Or Pete Townshend of The Who doing the acoustic stuff. So a bit mellow and bluesy, but still deeply rooted in the world of rock ‘n’ roll.
However, there is still some room to navigate especially in plugged-in mode, and we wholeheartedly recommend this guitar to country players who like a pinch of grind in their sonic attack.
Also worth mentioning is that the guitar comes very nicely set up and intonated, requiring pretty much zero extra work. Just tune it up a bit and it’s ready to rock right out of the box!
In our opinion, this is not a perfect instrument, but this is an exceptionally good acoustic electric guitar for rock-driven players. For this price, this is one of the top items to consider regardless of your personal taste and preferences, but if you happen to be a rock-oriented musician, this one is a must-try.
Focusing on the specific price, this is a product we would probably put on our Best Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500 list. After all, it comes from a renowned manufacturer, and those guys wouldn’t just put anything on the market. This is good stuff, and we thoroughly recommend checking it out!