The announcement of the new Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200 acoustic models is sure to put a smile on a lot of faces. This release puts three iconic Gibson guitars firmly in a price range that’s affordable for a lot of players. After the release of the new Wilshire, Coronet and Crestwood Custom it looks like Epiphone is on a roll this year!
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird, J-45 and J-200
Hand-built by Gibson’s luthiers, these three acoustic guitars are all iconic designs in their own right. The only problem for players on a tighter budget was that these US-made instruments are also on the expensive side. So it’s all the more interesting that Gibson has chosen to make these guitars available badged as “Epiphone Inspired By Gibson” – and priced accordingly at a fraction of the cost of Gibson versions. Gibson is trying to retain as much of the original look, feel and sound of the originals, however. I think will these will please a lot of musicians who have been drooling over the Gibson versions that they have been unable to afford.
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird
This Epiphone Inspired By Gibson Hummingbird has a solid Sitka spruce top and a mahogany body and neck, plus an Indian laurel fingerboard fitted with 20 medium jumbo frets and nice parallelogram Mother of Pearl inlays. The neck is crowned with a Kalamazoo-style headstock, plus top and back multi-ply binding and gold Epiphone Deluxe tuners. Gibson is offering both 6-string and 12-string models, which is great!
You can pick one of these Hummingbirds up in either Aged Cherry Sunburst or Aged Antique Natural finish. It even has a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and a matching Sonitone Preamp onboard too, so it’s ready to gig with or plug into your interface for no-hassle recording.
- 6-string: USD 799
- 12-string: USD 849
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-45
Gibson is providing the Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-45 in either non-cutaway and single-cutaway versions. This dreadnought has a Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides. Again, as with the Hummingbird above, you get a mahogany neck and an Indian laurel fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, and a bone nut. The electronics are the same, too, with a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup and a Sonitone preamp on board.
Both versions are available in, of course, the classic Aged Vintage Sunburst gloss finish.
- J-45: USD 699
- J-45 Extended Cutaway: USD 749
Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-200
Last but not least is the Epiphone Inspired By Gibson J-200. This model has a Super Jumbo solid maple body, solid Sitka spruce top and two-piece maple neck with a mahogany centre strip. Many players will no doubt associate this model with country music.
Let’s check through the aesthetics of the various bits and pieces: Moustache bridge with curved block inlays, Graduated Crown Mother of Pearl fretboard inlays and J-200-style pickguard with two-colour graphics. It all makes you want to shout “Yeeha!” and grab your Stetson. But even if you’re not a die-hard country player, this guitar should be a sweet ride.
No fancy pickups and preamps here, this one is a purebred acoustic guitar – as it should be. Gibson has chosen Aged Antique Natural Gloss and Aged Vintage Sunburst Gloss finishes for this model. Sling it over your shoulder as you ride out of town on horseback…
RRP – USD 899
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