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Hagstrom Viking

Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Hagstrom belonging to the Viking Series series.

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"Update of a Swedish classic"

Hagstrom VikingPublished on 05/31/11 at 09:40
Hagstrom has been around for nearly 100 years. At first they made accordinons and in the 50s they switched to guitars. They had some of the most original designs of the time. They took features from more well known guitars and changed them up and added their own style to them. The original company closed down in the mid 80s but it is back now. The guitars are not made in Sweden anymore they are made in China. All the parts are still built by Hagstrom. The Viking is a Semi-Hollow design that comes in many different colors. It is similar to a Gibson 335. It has the Gibson 24.75 scale length so your fingers still take to it instantly. It has Hagstrom made pickups and two tone and two volume......
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Hagstrom has been around for nearly 100 years. At first they made accordinons and in the 50s they switched to guitars. They had some of the most original designs of the time. They took features from more well known guitars and changed them up and added their own style to them. The original company closed down in the mid 80s but it is back now. The guitars are not made in Sweden anymore they are made in China. All the parts are still built by Hagstrom. The Viking is a Semi-Hollow design that comes in many different colors. It is similar to a Gibson 335. It has the Gibson 24.75 scale length so your fingers still take to it instantly. It has Hagstrom made pickups and two tone and two volume controls. It has a floating tail piece that adds some style and a unique sound to the design. It has a maple body with a maple neck. Even the tuners are made by Hagstrom. It has a cool composite fretboard that is as smooth as ebony. They call it their resonator fretboard.

UTILIZATION

The composite fretboard is a dream to play on. Ebony is my favorite wood for fretboards because of its smoothness and this composite resonator fretboard is just as smooth. It has Hagstroms proprietary truss rod design which allows the neck to be very thin. This makes the guitar very easy to play but the neck remains stable. The neck is thin and flat. You will forget you are playing a big 335 style semi-hollow guitar. It feels like an 80s shredder when you are playing. The flat fretboard allows you to get the action as low as you dare and you can bend notes forever.

SOUNDS

The unique floating bridge helps the sound a lot. Since all the wood on the guitar is maple you would expect it to sound very bright. The floating tail piece helps level out the brightness and get you a nice darker jazzy sound from the guitar. The medium output pickups help get a vintage vibe from the sound also. You can still get some twang from the guitar but it is cool and muted. With high gain it can sound a little thin due to it being a semi-hollow. It will kinda make you sound like Ted Nudgent.

OVERALL OPINION

If you are on a budget and are looking for a Gibson style semi-hollow guitar this may be for you. The sound is muted and jazzy so it wont bite your head off. Hagstroms are not played by everyone either so you will stand out in the crowd. Plus it plays way better than a 335. It has a very modern feeling neck and a smooth fretboard. The Gibson players may get jealous.
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Hagstrom VikingPublished on 03/14/09 at 05:00
(Originally written by cheyenne1958/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
The Hagstrom Viking is made in China.

UTILIZATION

Very pleasant neck even if I needed time to get used to it.

Very good access to the upper frets. Slight fret noise on powerful rhythm parts. Very nice neck pickup: it sounds warm, round and very clear. The bridge pickup doesn't sound so good but it's ok considering the price.

SOUNDS

It's the jazz and blues hollowbody guitar I was looking for considering the music style I play. It provides a very nice clean sound considering its price. I play with a Vox AD 120vth plus an AC212 speaker cabinet equipped with two Celestion Vintage 30. Since I upgraded......
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(Originally written by cheyenne1958/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
The Hagstrom Viking is made in China.

UTILIZATION

Very pleasant neck even if I needed time to get used to it.

Very good access to the upper frets. Slight fret noise on powerful rhythm parts. Very nice neck pickup: it sounds warm, round and very clear. The bridge pickup doesn't sound so good but it's ok considering the price.

SOUNDS

It's the jazz and blues hollowbody guitar I was looking for considering the music style I play. It provides a very nice clean sound considering its price. I play with a Vox AD 120vth plus an AC212 speaker cabinet equipped with two Celestion Vintage 30. Since I upgraded the pickups with two Seymour Duncan (bridge = JB SH4 bridge, neck = Jazz model), the guitar has a very good sound. Annoyingly enough, Hagstrom mounted the potentiometers on the lefty model like on a right-handed one. But I got used to it!

OVERALL OPINION

This product is a good deal considering the price and even better if you upgrade the pickups. If you do, the guitar can really scream and it's a real delight both in clean and distortion mode. Good value for money .... You don't need to spend two or three month salaries to get a high-class instrument.
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" a good guitar resonates in its own way ..."

Hagstrom VikingPublished on 05/19/14 at 10:57
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
this is a copy of the guild starfire and it is also a little cousin of the ES335 gibson home.
for the remainder; maple body, maple neck canada, mechanical Rotomatic styles in gretsch, key in Resinator; ébonol a species; wood is a syntetic!
microphones are double hagstrom, the bridge is a style tune-o-matic and the rest, I do not care! ah! ah!

UTILIZATION

the handle is a treat; it is fine, although comfortable, the bends are easy, nothing to say!
I like the guitars quarter cash; I already had an ES335 gibson in the past so I know what type of guitar; This is particularly, but I'm doing ...
access to acute is fairly good; nothing to say either! it is not a washburn N4 either!
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this is a copy of the guild starfire and it is also a little cousin of the ES335 gibson home.
for the remainder; maple body, maple neck canada, mechanical Rotomatic styles in gretsch, key in Resinator; ébonol a species; wood is a syntetic!
microphones are double hagstrom, the bridge is a style tune-o-matic and the rest, I do not care! ah! ah!

UTILIZATION

the handle is a treat; it is fine, although comfortable, the bends are easy, nothing to say!
I like the guitars quarter cash; I already had an ES335 gibson in the past so I know what type of guitar; This is particularly, but I'm doing ...
access to acute is fairly good; nothing to say either! it is not a washburn N4 either!
the sound is mostly blues and rock; greasy to handle and much more precise medium and micro pickup!

SOUNDS

it is well suited to rock and blues, moreover, I made a video on youtube;

I plugged in my fender hot rod deluxe and it was really not bad at all!

OVERALL OPINION

I had the chance to compare the level and finish with the Epiphone ES335 natural and bystanders told me they preferred the hagstrom viking because it is more beautiful, and the sound is more accurate. ..
I think the neck is thinner than a ES335 I owned elsewhere!
to summarize; a beautiful guitar adornment of a gleaming red, his present good, perfect for rock and blues, the handle end is a treat and mechanical, I love them!
negatives; maybe microphones are more typical than this, but hey, I think for the price, there's not much to say!
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" A good shovel"

Hagstrom VikingPublished on 10/11/11 at 02:25
(This content has been automatically translated from French)
Chinese-made
Channel rather late
Key in "composite"
Two Humbuckers
Guitar type Es-335

UTILIZATION

The handle is "special" in the first use, relatively late for this type of guitar, I think it has the defect of being too polished. The composite material acting as a button can be prohibitive at first, but honestly it can be done very quickly. The key is flat

The downside to this guitar, it is the knobs. I rarely see as little sensitive knobs, especially the control of tonality, and it is slightly annoying. There are no variations between 2 and 10, it is extremely unfortunate, but I think it can be set at a luthier.

The guitar is light, easy to use, access to acute is......
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Chinese-made
Channel rather late
Key in "composite"
Two Humbuckers
Guitar type Es-335

UTILIZATION

The handle is "special" in the first use, relatively late for this type of guitar, I think it has the defect of being too polished. The composite material acting as a button can be prohibitive at first, but honestly it can be done very quickly. The key is flat

The downside to this guitar, it is the knobs. I rarely see as little sensitive knobs, especially the control of tonality, and it is slightly annoying. There are no variations between 2 and 10, it is extremely unfortunate, but I think it can be set at a luthier.

The guitar is light, easy to use, access to acute is quite simple.

Another bad point, but not of fundamental importance: the appearance of knock the shield (but when I say fake, it's really fake!) And also of mechanical anchors. This is unfortunate, because the overall finish is very good for this price, special mention to the gills and binding very well finished.

SOUNDS

Sounds: his strong point.

It is very good jazz, old school rock and more modern Péchu or laid-back, in the blues of course.

Easily obtained a typical sound-boxes of halves of reference, ie a sound that is soft and slamming, an output level strong enough, a clean velvety crunch biting one. In overdrive on the bridge is falling. It's worth it to be connected to a tube amp.
Personally, I plugged into a Blues Junior Ltd Tweed, and it does its job very well.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall it's a guitar worthy of interest. It does not easily tamed, but it's worth the effort. The sounds are very very good, and that is why I find it extremely damaging to the fact that the knobs are rotten. If they were not, this guitar is simply a pure jewelry.

On occasion, it's cheap, then skip it!
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Tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Hagstrom
  • Model: Viking
  • Series: Viking Series
  • Category: Hollow Body/Semi Hollow Body Electric Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/27/2008

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