Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Acoustic-Electric
Epiphone introduces the Hummingbird Pro, now an acoustic-electric with built-in Shadow preamp and pickup system.
The core acoustic body remains true to the classic Hummingbird design, only it has modern electronics for plugging in and playing loud.
The Hummingbird style was first introduced in the '60s and quickly became popular thanks to artists like Keith Richards and Sheryl Crow.
This time around, Epiphone worked together with Shadow Germany to integrate modern electronics into the guitar's classic design.
The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro uses a tried and tested setup of a resonant solid spruce top supported by mahogany back and sides. This is easily the most commonly used setup among acoustic guitar builders because of its favorably resonant tone.
The neck of the Hummingbird Pro is also mahogany and features a classic SlimTaper D profile shape. It has a 25.5" scale length and is connected to the body via a glued-in dovetail joint. Its rosewood fingerboard features 20 medium frets with pearloid parallelogram inlays. Other important neck specs include 1.68" nut and a 12" radius.
Other features of this acoustic include a reverse belly rosewood bridge with compensated saddle and a sloped dovewing headstock with a white Epiphone logo.
Central to the Hummingbird Pro's modern appeal is its built in Shadow ePerformer Pickup system. Controls are at the upper bout which will let you tweak essentials like master volume, treble and bass. It also has a mute and phase button and a Dynamics control adjusted via a frequency curve. For longer battery life, the preamp is powered by two 2032 batteries and it comes with a low battery indicator.
To maintain its classic look, Epiphone wrapped the neck and the back of the body with a single ply binding while the top of the body features a great looking 5-ply white and black binding. The guitar also retains its signature Hummingbird / flower tortoise shell style pickguard which completes its elegant appeal.
The Epiphone Hummingbird Pro is expected to be available by November of 2012, retailing for around $330. For further details, you can visit Epiphone
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