Well, I was in a local guitar shop with my friend who recently gave me a Martin D-35. He got a call from the store owner about a Gibson Hummingbird 12-string LTD, and it is a very limited edition. 75 have been made, and they are ceasing production. He bought himself the only one in the store, and then tried to find another for me. Long story short, he ending up speaking to a luthier in Bozeman, MT, who is actually going to make one more for me. Number 76.
I will receive it around December 8, this year. I am totally blown away. I have wanted a Hummingbird for years, and I love 12 strings. I played it in the store; the action is what I would describe as slicker than snot on a doorknob and the sound and ring are unbelievable. The guitar will come with the Fishman Infinity pickup system already installed.
When I receive this one, I will sell off ALL of my other guitars, except for the Martin.
I will then be in my own guitar heaven, and will have no other desire for another guitar.
Holy crap, I can't believe it. Steve has been a friend of mine since high school, made some wise investments during the 80's and 90's and is now, pretty much, set for life. His wife has passed away over 20 years ago, and he spends a lot of time with me and my wife, playing guitar, singing and just hanging out.
To put it in perspective, I am not a follower of stocks, but I did lend Steve a good part of his starting capital back in the 80's and he is obviously grateful for the early leg up.
When he ordered the Gibson, he said that the look on my face as I played that Hummingbird conviced him that I had to have one too. Damn, I almost cried.