I bought a reissue Hummingbird back around 98 and it's been a great guitar! It plays almost as nice as an electric and sounds great with fresh strings, but it gets pretty dark sounding as soon as the strings go a tad flat. I didn't even realize this until I bought a Martin D28VR. I love the balanced brighter tone of the Martin, but it just doesn't play as well as the Gibson even after a setup. ..... anyway, I've been trying to figure out what guitar I don't really need, but so far can't let go of either. What is it about Gibsons that make them sound so dark? My Dad's 1940s J?? sounds dark as well.