1968 Gibson Hummingbird

Here is a vintage 1968 Gibson Hummingbird flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 500049, is in good all original condition! Resembling an upgraded, more fancy, version of a Gibson J-45, this rare flat top acoustic guitar features: a Cherry Sunburst finish, an over-sized decorative pickguard, gold hardware, a bound fingerboard with parallelogram inlays, and additional attractive appointments. With a “BGN” stamp on the back of the headstock below the serial number, it is documented that similar examples were sold at a bargain (hence, BGN price), discounted from the regular retail, or considered to be not up to dealers’ standards. Often times, BGN guitars could be purchased directly from the Gibson showroom, and were gifted to endorsee artists and players. As is usually the case, there is not much evidence which suggests exactly why this particular example was stamped with a bargain designation, however, it does seem possible that the severe finish checking visible on the top was a resultant bi-product of the clear lacquer application. Otherwise structurally perfect, with no cracks, no breaks, nor repairs, this is a great chance to purchase a 100% all original example, with only unsightly cosmetic fatigue, for much less than it would cost to purchase another. Though this guitar displays some playing wear, it remains: intact, all original, and void of structural cracks.

This ’68 Gibson Hummingbird features: the original Cherry Sunburst finish, a bound spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, a 1-piece mahogany neck with a 1 9/16″ nut width, a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with double parallelogram inlays, crown peghead inlay, double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, an adjustable rosewood bridge, an injection molded decorative pickguard (glued and screwed), as well as, all gold hardware.

With factory large frets, a slim taper neck profile, and low string-height/action, this is a great player’s example, conducive to both effortless strumming and easy playabiluty. It projects cleanly and clearly, and is actually much better sounding than the average concurrently produced Gibson acoustic. Perhaps it has been stored in a dryer than average environment, but whatever the case, it breaths better, and sounds louder than most.

There is some slight pick wear near the bottom of the sound hole’s perimeter, expected minor fret wear, and a couple of dings on the back of the body, and one significant ding on the back of the neck.