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Brand/Model: Epiphone Hummingbird Pro/Dove Pro
Number of Strings: 6
Hand Orientation: Right
Body Material: Mahogany/Maple/Spruce top
Neck Material: Mahogany/Maple
Fretboard Material: Rosewood
Price Range: Under $300, Under $400
Our Rating: 9/10
Epiphone PRO Hummingbird & Dove Guitar Review
Epiphone gets the acoustic electric combo just about perfect with the Hummingbird and Dove Pro guitars for under 400 dollars. In fact, it’s the acoustic-electro version of the Gibson Hummingbird that’s been wielded by noted musicians such as Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, U2, and more. Let’s see how it held up for them and how it’ll hold up for you!
The most obvious features that stick out about the Epiphone Pro Series are the classic ’60s design characteristics. The large dreadnought shape with the square shoulders gives it a vintage and traditional charm. The Dove also has a SlimTaper D profile neck.
The pick guard on both guitars are detailed and elaborate providing a custom appeal. Groupies will instantly recognize the pearloid parallelogram inlays. The gorgeous faded cherry sunburst finish on the under 300 Hummingbird adds a chic and vintage glamour that’s sure to attract more than a few fans.
As far as plug-in power goes, we’ll discuss that in the Q&A below. The sound and tonal impact of both guitars are bold, big, and well-balanced. You’ll have no complaints when it comes to sonic dimension here.
This guitar is smooth to play, and it’s a performer in every aspect. If owning a $2000–$4000 Gibson Hummingbird is never going to be realized, these Epiphone Pros under 400 will give you a taste of that reality.
- Vintage appeal
- Solid tops
- Dovewing headstock
- Pearloid parallelogram inlays
- Buyer errors
The Pro Series guitars happens to be one of Epiphone’s most beautifully designed and well-crafted instruments. It’s high quality all the way. With a superb reputation and guitar to show for it, you can expect little to no complaints on the Hummingbird or the Dove Pros.
In fact, the only complaints that have been mentioned are due to user error. Reports reflect that the user had no knowledge of how to use an acoustic electric guitar. The other report reflects poor knowledge of adjusting a truss rod or even making good of a free setup and adjustment.
If you need more info on how to get up to par with an acoustic electric guitar, make sure you strum by our “Acoustic Electric Guitar Buying Guide” to get caught up.
Other than these confusing complaints, the Epiphone guitar stands as an iconic piece of art for the guitar community. Epiphone really stepped up their quality control department when it comes to the Hummingbird and the Dove.
Alternatives to Consider
If you’ve found the Epiphone Pro Series, then it’s probably because you already know about the Gibson Hummingbird guitars. They’re a beaut that’s worth mentioning just for kicks. While they’re certainly out of most people’s budgets, there’s no harm in just browsing, right? Just shop without your wallet and you’ll be safe.
Hitting the $400 mark is the Epiphone EJ-200SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar. It’s quite different in body shape and cutaway to the Pro Series, but it’s extremely popular. With a maple body, solid spruce top, and the new Epiphone eSonic2 preamp system, you’ll love it too!
However, for a guitar under 300 dollars, you’ll want to check out the Fender T-Bucket 300 Acoustic Electric Guitar. It’s a laminated guitar, just like the quilted-maple top Fender T-Bucket 300CE that we did a full review on. But, this is where you get the cost savings while sonic projection remains intact.
Epiphone PRO Hummingbird & Dove Q&A
Hardware/Electronics You’ll Need:
For under 300 dollars, you’re spending every penny on the quality of the guitar, no gimmicks attached. Sometimes the extra equipment serve as a distraction from the poor quality of a guitar. In this case, you’re spending under 400 on a top-notch guitar that not even a package deal can compare to. To get fully equipped, you’ll need:
- Grover machine heads
- High quality
- D’Addario strings
Our Verdict on the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro & Dove Pro
To strum it up, the Epiphone Hummingbird and Dove Pro Acoustic Electric Guitars will make you proud. This isn’t just a guitar for a beginner, it’s recommended for the pros as well. Its legendary features will make you a legend in no time. Are you ready to create your winning signature groove?