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Dilettante 12-16-2019 11:31 AM

2018 Advanced Jumbo RI or 2018 Hummingbird
 
Greetings all,

I just joined this great forum.

I am in a bit of a decision-making dilemma and was hoping for feedback/advice/opinion. I also posted this in the Gibson Forum but am also doing so here for varied opinion.


I recently purchased a 2018 Advanced Jumbo RI and a 2018 Hummingbird from the same dealer. He was nice enough to tell me to try both and return one. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to keep both. Therein lies my dilemma! I love them both, theyíre just different.


The AJ is powerful, loud, raw and has more sustain. It also finger picks well. It is a beautiful vintage sunburst. I like the look of it better than the Bird.


The Bird is more mellow, softer, but its voice is richer and more enchanting (to me at least). It is short scale so a little easier to play. The Bird also has a LL Baggs Element VTC pickup which I donít see myself using. It is colored in a heritage cherry burst which isnít my favorite (maybe the color will grow on me?)


By way of background, I am no pro or performer. I will not quit my day job LoL. I just jam (and record) in my studio with some buddies, one of which is a very light handed drummer. A lot of times I will simply play and sing to/with my children and buddies. I play lots of Beatles, Johnny Cash, CCR, John Denver, Neil Young, Stones, Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel and some more modern rock.


Also by way of background, I have (and still love) a 2015 Martin D18 which has been my go-to acoustic since 2015. I recently got the itch for a Gibson sounding acoustic and hence the acquisition of the AJ and Bird. I also have a Fender Strat and a Godin 5th Avenue arch top.


So...I love both the AJ and the Bird for the different reasons listed above. I cannot decide which to keep, and unfortunately cannot keep both. I know that the guitar has to speak to me, but the problem is that they both do! If you were me, which one would you keep, AJ or Bird?

Thanks in advance.

emuhunter 12-16-2019 12:39 PM

I'm a big fan of my Hummingbird as a vocal accompaniment. I'm of the opinion that the AJ is a GREAT guitar as well, no slight there in the least. That being said if I had a good D-18 already I'd keep the Hummingbird.

brencat 12-16-2019 12:45 PM

If you are strumming and singing, the Bird hands down. If you are flatpicking fiddle tunes, then go with the AJ. But the AJ is not the “typical” Gibson short scale sound. The J-45 and the Hummingbird are.

I once owned an AJ which I kept for over a year and eventually sold to fund a killer J-45. The J-45 was my strumming and church service guitar for almost 5 years. I think if I ever own another Gibson again, I’d like to try a Hummingbird Vintage with the torrefied Sitka top...that is if I can find one with a nice fat deep neck (almost impossible).

Enjoy!

ataylor 12-16-2019 01:44 PM

Do you have to keep one? I ask only because based on your comments about both guitars, a J-45 would likely check all the boxes.

llew 12-16-2019 02:31 PM

I think the AJ is the unsung hero of the Gibson lineup. I own a custom shop version and love it. Never been a big fan of the Hummingbird. Also have a SJ-200 Standard but I prefer the standard scale length. As Brendan said...a lot of it has to do with your playing style. If you prefer short scale the Hummingbird might suit you better. If I was going with a short scale Gibson it would likely be a J-45/50 or SJ model. Just never played a square shoulder Gibson that made me want to take it home? Just my two cents...best of luck!

Dilettante 12-16-2019 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ataylor (Post 6240780)
Do you have to keep one? I ask only because based on your comments about both guitars, a J-45 would likely check all the boxes.

Ataylor, I did try three J45ís but they left me wanting. Iím sure there are great J45ís out there, Iíve heard great ones. Maybe it was those three particular instruments that I tried, but they didnít speak to me. I found the tone of the Hummingbird and AJ (however different from each other) more appealing.

Jim Owen 12-16-2019 03:39 PM

Hi Dilettante,
Bird.

So, I’m prejudiced. If I owned one large-bodied guitar, it’d be mahogany, not rosewood. That’s me. But there is no wrong choice, really. AJs are classics.

And welcome to the forum.

Wade Hampton 12-16-2019 03:59 PM

In my experience, the Advanced Jumbo is a far more musically versatile guitar than the Hummingbirds typically are. I don't normally use my AJ for flatpicking fiddle tunes - although it's nice to have the option, should I suddenly develop a compelling urge to start doing that. I'm essentially a rhythm guitarist, and fingerpick some and play a few lead lines and intros here and there.

The AJ handles all of it.

If you like the sound of the AJ better, which you wrote you did, the more you play it the richer and lusher sounding it will become. The AJ will also project far better than the Hummingbird will in any group situation, whether it's in a Worship & Praise group with other players of various skill levels thrashing away in an undisciplined way, or in a bluegrass jam session where you can, yes, flatpick fiddle tunes.

I like using it for rock and roll music, as well. It can and does handle any kind of music I throw at it.

So while I realize that we're not actually voting here (not a single person asked to see my voter registration card or picture ID!) but - personally - I think you'll be a lot better off if you hang onto the AJ. It'll only get better the more you play it.

Hope that makes sense.


Wade Hampton Miller

Veeing Fly 12-16-2019 04:09 PM

I own 1 of each, and if I had to get rid of one, it would be the Bird. By your own opinion, you prefer the sound of the AJ.

davidd 12-16-2019 05:36 PM

AJ by a country mile.

bufflehead 12-16-2019 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by davidd (Post 6241023)
AJ by a country mile.

Hummingbird. By two miles.

The Hummingbird seems better suited to your current musical activities, especially if you already own a D-18. Mellow is good, especially in the studio.

ataylor 12-16-2019 05:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Dilettante (Post 6240886)
Ataylor, I did try three J45ís but they left me wanting. Iím sure there are great J45ís out there, Iíve heard great ones. Maybe it was those three particular instruments that I tried, but they didnít speak to me. I found the tone of the Hummingbird and AJ (however different from each other) more appealing.

Gotcha. In that case, itís a little trickier! Either way youíll end up with a good one.

Dilettante 12-17-2019 01:20 PM

What do you guys think of the Heritage Cherry color on the Hummingbird? A little vibrant, to say the least. Not sure if itíll grow on me.

eljay 12-17-2019 02:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Dilettante (Post 6241833)
What do you guys think of the Heritage Cherry color on the Hummingbird? A little vibrant, to say the least. Not sure if itíll grow on me.

I like it a lot.

As info, had an AJ; have two Hummingbirds, fwiw.

Good luck with your decision!

AndrewG 12-18-2019 03:58 AM

I have a great deal of affection for the AJ having owned and loved one which sadly had to be sold. If I found another good one the D-18 would go to finance it. I dislike short scale Gibson guitars, so I guess that's your answer!


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