Hummingbird shouldn’t have flown away
by Tim Delaney
Apr 06, 2013 | 2598 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – The guitar has an even midrange tone with equal high and low mixtures of sound that results in an overall warm texture.

You could say it is enduring and sweet as a hummingbird.

And that’s just the beginning of why an acoustic Gibson Hummingbird is such a special guitar to a Refugio resident.

Although vintage Hummingbirds are hard to find, you can get new ones beginning in price around $3,000.

But when Roy Maxwell’s 1972 Gibson Hummingbird was stolen, you probably could understand why he was so concerned.

That was about a month ago.

Maxwell said he acquired the guitar in 1975.

“I played it. I had a band for 16 years. It was Roy Maxwell and the Mid Knights,” he said.

Maxwell played from 1968 to 1984, but he kept that Hummingbird after that run of performing.

The vintage Hummingbird is estimated to be worth $15,000, according to Maxwell.

Just like classic cars, classic guitars appreciate in value as they get older, especially if they are in good shape.

So Maxwell took out an ad in the Refugio County Press offering a $1,000 reward for information about and the return of his classic guitar.

“While conducting an unrelated theft investigation, the Refugio Police Department found that Mr. Maxwell’s guitar had been pawned at E-Z Pawn in Beeville,” said Refugio Police Chief Andy Lopez Jr. in a press release.

“The circumstances behind this peculiar guitar left a mysterious path of illusive trails leading all the way up to Round Rock,” Lopez added.

Maxwell said a Three Rivers man had bought the guitar for $180 at the pawn shop and then took it to Round Rock.

“He didn’t do anything wrong, but he was sorrowful to have to bring it back,” Maxwell said.

Lopez credited Investigator Danny Madrigal for leading an investigation and coordinating the recovery of the Hummingbird.

“And on April 1, Mr. Maxwell was reunited with his guitar. Oh, and by the way, this not an April Fool’s story,” Lopez said.

Maxwell was elated.

“I’m happy to have it back,” he said.
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