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Vintage Hummingbird Acoustic c.'70s MADE IN JAPAN lawsuit guitar Ibanez/Antoria?
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For parts or not working

Sold as spares or repair. Please read description.

13 Apr, 2014 21:05:01 BST
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Condition: For parts or not working : Split the cost with friends
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Seller notes: Sold as spares or repair. Please read description.
Type: Acoustic Guitar Right-/ Left-Handed: Right-Handed
Sub-Type: Steel-string Guitar No. of Strings: 6 string
Brand: Unknown (possibly Ibanez/Antoria) Model: Hummingbird
Size: 4/4
Up for grabs here this HUMMINGBIRD ACOUSTIC GUITAR thought to date from the 1970s. I don't know much about it to be honest. It looks like it could be an Ibanez or perhaps an Antoria but, with no other label information other than a MADE IN JAPAN sticker to the back of the headstock, from a bit of research my guess as to the manufacturer is purely speculation. As I said, I don't really know much about this guitar but here goes ....

I actually picked it up at a flea market for a princely sum £95 which I thought was a pretty good deal at the time (especially for an instrument that I have since discovered is referred to as a vintage 'Japanese lawsuit model'). I just bought it purely down to the fact that I thought it looked really nice - and I still do.
(Yes, it was one of those spur-of-the-moment impulse buys. Around the time of purchase I had been in the market for an acoustic guitar but I'd been planning on getting a new one that could be amplified.)I didn't actually get to play it at the time of purchase (more on that later) so it was purely down to looks that sold me on it. That 3-tone finish, ornate hummingbird pickguard & those diagonal pearlised double fret marker inlays make this a very striking & 'classic' looking instrument.

So why am I selling 'For Parts or Not Working'? OK, when I bought this guitar it had no strings on it which, in retrospect, was a bit odd - ideally I would have liked to have played it before handing over the cash. On closer inspection I was aware of a small crack to the bridge running between the holes where the bridge pins go and some visible, indeterminable trauma around the bridge area where it fixes to the guitar's top. A truss rod cover was also missing and there was/is some overall general scuffs & dings commensurate with age (the 'worst' being a small ding impression to the back panel - see pic).

I filled said crack with wood filler and gave the guitar a good overall clean & valet then, after a few weeks giving the filler time to properly dry, I finally got to fit the new set of Martin Phosphor Bronze strings I had bought especially for it (bringing my initial outlay to now over £100). It was only after I strung 'her' up that I became aware of some bridge lift to a corner of the bridge once the strings were under full concert pitch tension (which, again, I have attempted to show in the included images). As a result of this the guitar has an action that is too high for my playing style. A couple of the machine heads were also rather hard to turn probably not helped by the visible rusting which can be seen in places. End result: I was a bit disappointed I have to say! I was hoping to just string it up and be picking away to my heart's content straight away. Moving on, only a few days later, an opportunity presented itself enabling me to acquire another different acoustic guitar for a good price (not much more than I paid for this one). This new guitar 'does what it says on the tin' as it were and is far better suited to my playing style as I much prefer a really low string action due to the fact that I play a lot of barre chords. In light of this, this 'old bird' has functioned purely on an ornamental level ie: she's just been sat in the corner looking pretty. If I were better off I'd probably keep hold of her (if only to brighten up the front room! My new guitar is very 'Plain Jane' by comparison!) but I need to claw back some money for my recent guitar outlay so have decided to keep the functional one & move the pretty one on in the hope that someone else out there with the relevant skills might be able to make this old bird hum again! (Geddit? 'Hummingbird'!)

Like I say, it was my original intention to give this guitar TLC, then string it up and play it as my main guitar but it appears to need more attention than I can give it to get it playing right - I do not have the skills or knowledge to do any more than what I have done this end. Were I to have kept it I would have left it in at a music store to get it sorted & playing right but instead I have decided just to sell it on 'as is' seen & described here. I'm sure in the right hands it could be made to play properly. Maybe you know someone who's good with guitars (or perhaps you can fix them up yourself?) I have realised from this experience that yes, I can put strings on & clean stuff up okay but, other than that, I find I neither have the skills nor patience to do anything more - I really just want the things I buy to work with no complications.

PLEASE NOTE: As you can probably gather by now, I have tried to be as accurate & as honest as possible in my description here. Please re-read it & also study the photos before deciding to place a bid as this item is sold here without warranty or guarantee with no return accepted.

There is no case with this guitar but it will be securely packaged for safe transit and dispatched promptly on receipt of cleared payment.

Low start price set (with the strings on less than half the price of what I paid for it in fact so who knows? You might get lucky and grab a bargain!) GOOD LUCK

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