Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Guitar – 2020 Review

Vlad
| Last Updated: March 12, 2021

Are you looking for a new semi-acoustic guitar that won’t break a bank and still sound gorgeous in every situation?

Let’s see what Hummingbird Pro or also known as Hummingbird Studio are all about.

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  • Has a D profile neck and a slim taper
  • Comes equipped with a solid spruce top
  • Included is a Fishman sonitone pickup system
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Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Acoustic/Electric Guitar

PROS

  • Beautifully designed top
  • Mahogany body with Solid Spruce top
  • Undersaddle pickup with soundhole control

CONS

  • Lacks a bit of low end
  • Gig bag could be included

Epiphone Hummingbird PRO Specs 

  • Type of Guitar: Semi-Acoustic Guitar

  • Body Size and Type: Hummingbird Dreadnought Body

  • Number of Strings: 6-string Model

  • Tonewood: Gloss Solid Spruce Top with Mahogany Back and Sides

  • Orientation: Available Only for Right-hand Players

  • Neck Profile: Mahogany Slim Taper D-profile with 43mm wide GraphTech NuBone Nut

  • Fretboard: Pau Ferro With Dot Inlay and 22 Medium Jumbo Frets

  • Scale Length: 24.75 inches

  • Bridge: Hardtail Bridge system

  • Color: Faded Cherry

  • Pickup Type: Fishman Sonicore Undersaddle Pickup

  • Weight: 2.2 lbs approx

Pros

The following are some pros of this kind of guitar:

Mahogany Body With Solid Spruce Top

The mahogany body is a bit of typical tonewood for most guitars out there, but the Solid Spruce top makes a bit of difference if you need a pinch of pleasant trebles to your tone. It should make your sound clear and transparent so it should find its place in the mix easily.

Undersaddle Pickup With Soundhole Control

Installing preamp on acoustic guitar can be a bit of a messy job and may harm your guitar if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also, it may affect a bit of a tone if you set the typical preamp with a built-in tuner and all the volume controls as you’re removing a piece of wood from the resonant box.

Luckily Epiphone Hummingbird has a pickup and preamp that takes up the minimal changes to your tonewood thanks to Fishman Sonicore and Sonitone. Sonicore is a pickup placed undersaddle while the Sonitone is a preamp that doesn’t modify the body at all - it is placed in the soundhole so it comes with a bit of basic volume and tone control, but, let’s face it, you’ll probably have at least some mixer to plug it in so you can apply the basic EQ trimming from there.

Beautifully Designed Top

Unlike many other acoustic guitars, Hummingbird Pro has a beautiful top with so many details that will make you feel like your guitar is truly unique. We haven’t seen such a triple rosette anywhere else as well as Pearloid Twin Parallelograms on the fretboard. 

Needless to say, pickguard Hummingbird graphics match the rest of the design beautifully and the 7-ply binding on the top and 3-ply on the back adds a bit more depth to the design. That sunburst color named Faded Cherry will also match any Les Paul guitar you may have in the collection.

Cons

Here are some of the drawbacks:

Gig Bag Could Be Included

We understand that for this price hard shell case is not to be expected, but we honestly doubt that a plain good gig bag would harm so much. Even if it’s just a cover, it would mean a lot to newbies who would like to get a whole package without additional purchasing.

Lacks a Bit of Low End

While the whole guitar is reasonably loud and clear, we have to say that the low-end spectre left us unimpressed when played unplugged. Even with the preamp usage, the impression remained quite unchanged.

What Recent Buyers Report

They all agree that this guitar has a beautiful finish and it seems to be quite playable and enjoyable even from experienced users and they have a feeling it can grow on you. And most of their initial impressions haven’t changed even after a couple of years of active playing.

Usually, it was purchased from people that couldn’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on the Gibson Hummingbird version. Those who had a chance to try them both say those two don’t share anything regarding the sound aspect except the name.

However, they also praise the Epiphone decision to include Grover tuners as it helped intonation quite a lot,

But just like its name says, the guitar is best described as the bird hum which actually means that the tone will be all about the treble so the bass won’t be so present at all. They also say that seems to be overbuilt and that the strong finish harmed the overall tone loudness and characteristics. That’s why they insist on using it plugged in instead. Perhaps you can change a bit of this if you use medium strings or if you set a .13” string gauge set, but, just don’t expect too much from it.

What Are the Components of the Hummingbird Pro? 

Hummingbird Pro has a Glossy Mahogany body with a Solid Spruce top and Hummingbird Graphics on the pickguard. The saddle is compensated and the bridge is shaped as a reversed belly model. Strap buttons are placed at the bottom and at the side of the heel.

The neck is made from a Mahogany and it’s Slim Taper D-profile and it’s joint at the 14th fret with the Dove Tail. Bridge and Fingerboard are made of Pau Ferro and it has 20 medium jumbo frets and unique Pearloid Twin Parallelogram inlay. The truss rod is adjustable and the tuning machines are 18:1 Grover Rotomatics.

Which Pickup is in the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro?

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is equipped with Fishman Soundcore with Fishman Soundtone placed directly into the soundhole. It will provide you with volume and tone control.

What Gauge Strings for Best Sound on an Epiphone Hummingbird Pro?

Strings recommendation may be quite subjective as it depends on your playing style a lot. But, in general, Elixir Phosphor Bronze series or D'Addario EXP13 extended play are a nice pick if you don’t like the Gibson factory setup.

What Size Bridge Pins Fit an Epiphone Hummingbird Pro?

The thing about bridge pins is that they are not standard size, so there is no correct answer - some used 2A, other report 1T. So, the best way to tell your bridge pin is to measure it with the dial caliper. If you don’t have one, any local auto parts store may help you out.

What Types of Music is the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Best For?

This guitar belongs to the modern acoustic guitar tier, so it can fit all kinds of acoustic performances regardless of the venue size - whether it’s a typical beach night party with friends, various jamming events or more serious acoustic lounge night, or even a big stage. Undersaddle pickup will make it sound terrific in any situation you could imagine.

If needed, let us emphasize that its sound is terrific for pop, rock, and country music and it could find a place in studio recordings as well. Blues players will love how the neck feels, too.

What Ages and Skill Levels is the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Suitable For?

Hummingbird Pro seems to have quite a playful neck so fast playing will be quite possible. And as it has a smaller radius than many guitars and it belongs to the lightweight category it could be easily recommended to players of all ages. 

It might be a bit bulky for kids, but the weight and the neck radius should be fine so it can be a nice long-term investment.

Skillswise it could fit anyone. It will be ideal as a first guitar choice to all people, especially those who are smaller in size and it won’t mind skilled players at least as a handy spare instrument.

Where are Hummingbird Pro Guitars Made?

Epiphone acoustic guitars are made in Epiphone facilities in Indonesia.

What Makes the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Stand Out From the Competition?

This guitar seems to be a nice all-around affordable model from Epiphone. It was intended to be an affordable semi-pro solution and it will give that clear content that most users from this tier will define as loud. 

And then, it will get bonus points for great effort about making a top side beautiful with all those fine and small details that go really well together. 

Finally, the pickup option will be praised by everyone - it will allow you to be heard in every situation and even modify your overall tone without affecting your guitar body resonance.

Comparison Overview 

Let us compare this guitar with some similar models within the same brand and also point out the differences between the Epiphone and Gibson version of this same guitar:

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro vs Dove Pro

Those two guitars are about the same price so it’s only a matter of preference to pick between those two.

Epiphone Dove Pro has a Maple body instead of Mahogany and the neck made of Hard Maple instead of Mahogany and the fretboard and the bridge is made of Indian Laurel instead of Pau Ferro. It comes with a bit larger scale so the string tension will be a bit snappier.

But, if we leave the paper aside, guys who had the chance to play both frequently picked Dove Pro over Hummingbird. It is often commented that it surpasses because of Maple wood in almost every aspect including even the look. Even those who went to try Hummingbird ended up buying a Dove instead.

Epiphone Hummingbird Pro vs Gibson Hummingbird

This kind of comparison is based only on its name because pricewise, the Gibson model that visually looks like the Epiphone version, Gibson Epiphone Standard is almost 10 times more expensive.

And does it sound 10 times better? Of course not. But its tonewood build quality and overall quality control make it so special. Epiphone models may require some additional set up, but Gibson models are stage ready from the moment you pull it out from the box.

So, if you’re aiming to become a professional in the near future, pick the Gibson model without second thinking. But, in case you’re a semi-pro player, save some money and go with the Epiphone instead. That money will be better spent if it’s used on amps, straps, cases, hardware parts or next guitar purchase.

How to Change Strings on an Epiphone Hummingbird Pro

Changing strings on Epiphone Humming Pro is no different from changing a string on most Epiphone guitars.

First, set the old strings loose by turning the tuning caps clockwise so you can remove the winding from the tuning pegs. We would advise you to remove all the strings off at once so you can apply some nice fret polisher before you set the new strings on. You can also use this time to remove any grit accumulated on the frets from playing as well.

Once the strings are removed from the headstock, put your hand into the soundhole and push the saddle pegs up from the inside, and take them out.

Now, put the strings into the saddle hole along with the peg with the notch facing up the neck. Line up the peg holes towards the nut slot so it’s straight facing and pull the strings through it and remember that strings should go inside-out direction. This means that the strings in the middle of the guitar should be pulled through the pegs placed at the top of the guitar. Remember to pull the string through so there is more than a palm length on the other side.

Once the string is set, apply a short counter-twist on the string against the peg hole and start turning the caps counter-clockwise so the strings wind up around the peg until the string gets tighter.

Repeat the process for all the strings and once you tune them in, stress them up a little bit by pulling them away from the neck. Imagine using them as a slingshot would help. At the end use the wire cutters to trim the excess parts.

If you would like to watch a video tutorial with the content that we have just described, follow the link below:

What Causes Fret Buzz Feed Back In the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro?

Guitars may come with the wrong factory setup, so before readjusting the truss rod, you should check to see if the neck has some warpage by using any kind of straight edge such as a precision ruler to compare it. Any twist on the neck could result in fret buzzing. Remember to always take measures before applying any change on your truss rod at all.

Next, the height of the frets first as they all need to be exactly the same height. But, as Epiphone guitars are not made with significant quality control some might be higher or lower from others and cause the fret buzz not just on the exact spot but also one or two frets around.

So, the regular fret height should be around 40mm. To measure this, you will need a set of calipers (they are very cheap and you may need them often if you plan to play regularly) or you could go to a music shop to ask them to do this for you. If the frets are higher, the lucky news is that they could be filed down, but, if they are lower you can either file all the frets to that height or replace it.

Conclusion 

We hope that you will enjoy your Hummingbird. It’s a nice decision to buy one as it's a really affordable solution that may solve all your needs for a decent acoustic guitar as you can play it both acoustically and right on any stage required.

People Also Ask

Let us review the most frequent questions people have asked about Epiphone Hummingbird Pro.

If you have a mystery about the “Pro” part of its name or you may have trouble replacing or finding a battery for its preamp, stay with us a little bit more:

Are There Epiphone Hummingbird Pro and Non Pro Guitars?

No. There is only a Hummingbird Pro version of Epiphone guitar while Gibson have several models - Original, Studio Walnut, Studio Rosewood, Sustainable, and Standard. Hummingbird Standard seems to match the design of the Epiphone version the most. Epiphone simply has a thing to add Pro word on so many guitars these days.

Will Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Support Medium Strings?

Medium strings may help you to get a bit more low-end to your sound. It’s completely safe to use medium strings on your Epiphone. It won’t make the warranty void and all you would have to do is to set some neck adjustments to accommodate for the increased neck tension. 

Is the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Hard to Play?

We don’t think so. It’s a regular semi-acoustic guitar that won’t require any additional effort compared with other models out there. The spruce top will actually make it sound clearer so it will be easier to make a note distinction in your chord strumming patterns.

How to Care for a Hummingbird Pro Guitar

Acoustic guitars should be wiped only with dry cotton cloths to remove any dirt from it and use water only as the last resort.

And always remember to store your guitar in the gig bag or put a protective cover on it once you’re done with playing.

Vlad

I'm a 35-year-old rock-oriented professional musician from Belgrade, Serbia with 20 years of field experience in various areas of the music industry. After graduating from elementary music school I joined my first band Alogia in 2001 which had incredible initial success with the debut album and became one of the greatest Balkan heavy metal acts ever. We have recorded several studio and live albums and played as an opening act for Whitesnake, Apocalyptica, and Paul Di’Anno. Meanwhile, I got a chance to collaborate with Roland Planet shop and get familiar with various music equipment for more than a decade. For the last eight years, I have done live audio mixing for numerous bands and other live and studio events, including some TV audio mixing for national television broadcast as well. Currently, I’m playing keyboards for one of the most authentic Serbian music rock legends - Dr. Nele Karajlić, also known for his work with Zabranjeno Pušenje and No Smoking Orchestra.