The evolution of the Hummingbird: how Gibson’s square-shouldered dreadnought became the acoustic icon it is today

Gibson Hummingbird
(Image credit: Nigel Osbourne/Redferns)

The Hummingbird appeared in 1960 and is regarded as the first Martin-esque square-shouldered Gibson acoustic guitar (as opposed to the classic round-shouldered Jumbo design). 

But it wasn’t the first square-shouldered dreadnought/D-style flat-top in production at the company’s Kalamazoo factory: that honor goes to the Epiphone FT-110 Frontier, manufactured from 1958. 

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.