In 1960 Gibson attempted its first “square shoulder” guitar, with a shape similar to Martin’s dreadnoughts. This new model was called the Hummingbird. The original catalogue text describes the guitar’s intended niche: “A fabulous new acoustic guitar—one of the finest ever made for voice accompaniment. The sound is big, and round, and full with the deep rumbly bass so prized by guitar players.”
The shape, size, and X-braced top gave the guitar a rich, warm sound that supported, but didn’t overwhelm, the singer’s voice. To help justify the Hummingbird’s position just below the flashy J-200 on the price list, the guitar was given an ornate, pickguard adorned with a hummingbird hovering near blossoms, vines, and a flitting butterfly. The large, split parallelogram fretboard inlays added undeniable flash.
This 1968 model comes in Gibson's famed cherry sunburst finish. It has recently been re-fretted and features the original adjustable Rosewood saddle. Comes with original hard case.
The Bourgeois DS-12 DB Signature is a 12-fret acoustic that offers amazing tone and clarity. This dreadnought features a Redwood top, Cocobolo back and sides, and Koa Rosette wood tile. The classic design of this instrument makes it at once familiar while delivering a unique, unmatchable voice.
Rarely seen in Australia, this Santa Cruz 1934 OM features master-grade Brazilian Rosewood cut in the 1930's and master-grade old growth Adirondack spruce. This 2012 guitar is in incredible condition and even includes the original CITES certificate. The 1934 series materials are very challenging to acquire (and even more challenging to bring into Australia!) and these master-grade timbers are extremely limited. This is a once-in-a-lifetime instrument and sounds absolutely phenomenal.
In 1934, some of the best acoustic instruments were made. The pre-war years are considered the ‘golden era’ of guitar building and 1934 is the iconic, sought after year for herringbones. This is when the steel string designs were perfected, matched with superior tonewoods. No one has reproduced the essence of the iconic originals, until now. The secret to the often superior tone of vintage instruments lies in aged woods (crystallized resins) and the relaxation of tensions built-in during manufacture. This is exactly what Santa Cruz accounted for in their 1934 OM Model. Master Grade Brazilian Rosewood cut in the 1930’s, master grade/old growth Adirondack Spruce tops and bracing and real hot hide glue are among the secret weapons. Hot hide glue is a time tested, natural adhesive that sets glass-like and resonant for a quicker, cleaner response. This isn’t ‘like the old stuff.’ It is the old stuff. These rarified materials give us the foundation for a true and genuine vintage sound.
By applying their singular tuning and voicing talents and taking our time to ensure a relaxed assembly, Santa Cruz consistently accesses the secrets to the ‘Old Bone’ sound. The original lacquer formula, nitrocellulose, is composed of the same stuff as trees; we are protecting and enhancing the sound of the instrument with a fine coating of wood! It is the only choice to complement this heirloom quality guitar.View full product details
Preowned Maton EM100C 2015 Messiah Dreadnought
King Of The Hill. Without going to the Maton Custom Shop, this is as good as it gets. A solid AAA grade Sitka Spruce top paired with premium Indian Rosewood back and sides, a beautiful tonewood that offers up an incredibly resonant, deep warm bass whilst still projecting beautiful midrange and clear tops. Maton reserves this king of tone woods for the Messiah models and Custom Shop guitars. The Sitka Spruce top delivers clear, crisp highs with an even balanced tone that has excellent projection and volume. Scalloped internal bracing makes for a light weight responsive top with maximum projection. The traditional dreadnought body size is superb for recording, live performance or any demanding player. Loud, rich, and lush, the Messiah EM100C is a true acoustic legend.
The onboard AP5 Pro Pickup System delivers the ultimate live tone, by utilising both a piezo transducer under the bridge and a condenser microphone located inside the soundhole. You can isolate or blend both sources to deliver every nuance of your playing to a live audience. The Messiah comes complete with a custom tour-ready flight case.
This Preowned 2015 model has been played but cared for and sounds like it should.
Includes a Maton hiscox case.View full product details