Epiphone Hummingbird Studio review

The budget-friendly acoustic that soars above its competition

Epiphone Hummingbird Studio
(Image: © Epiphone)

Guitar World Verdict

The budget acoustic guitar market is easily one of the most crowded, with plenty of well-made six strings fighting for your hard-earned cash. The Epiphone Hummingbird Studio stands out from the crowd with its vintage style and effortless playability.


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    Nails the Hummingbird look

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    Very easy to play

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    Great value for money


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    Can sound a little boxy

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    Would prefer a rosewood fingerboard

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The Hummingbird is a truly striking guitar. Its large imposing frame and ornate details have made it beloved by many iconic players, with the likes of Tom Petty, Keith Richards, Dave Grohl, and Sheryl Crow all turning to this elegant dreadnought to achieve some of the most recognizable acoustic tones ever recorded. It’s no surprise then that a guitar this stunning - with a sound this legendary - costs a pretty penny. However, while the Gibson may be out of reach for most of us, there is another option. Enter the Epiphone Hummingbird Studio, an inexpensive alternative to one of the most famous acoustic guitars of all time. 

Now, the eagle-eyed among you may recognize this as the Epiphone Hummingbird PRO, and you’d be correct. This is, in fact, the same guitar, only rebranded slightly. With Gibson and their younger sibling, Epiphone, going through somewhat of a transition period, with new models such as the Inspired by Gibson Hummingbird and 12-String variant hitting the market recently, the humble Hummingbird PRO now carries the Studio moniker.

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.