Hagstrom Viking II Electric Guitar
Semi-Hollow and Hollow Body Electric Guitars
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A semi-hollow electric loaded with innovative features.
The Hagstrom Viking II electric guitar features a double-cutaway semi-hollow basswood body, 24-3/4" scale UltraLux bolt-on maple neck, 6-inline headstock, and 22-fret Resinator composite fingerboard. Hagstrom's Custom 58 uncovered humbuckers are optimized for a fat, warm vintage tone. The original Hagstrom Viking guitar was made famous in 1968 by the king himself: Elvis Presley!
Revolutionary neck design
The Viking II and all other Hagstrom electric guitars comes with the patented H-Expander Truss Rod. Providing tension at either end and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet lightweight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation for churning out incredibly fast-playing guitars. The fretboard is made from Hagstrom's own Resinator wood, a composite wood that is homogeneous in nature and is more stable than any standard wood product. It is the perfect fingerboard material in that it eliminates wolf tones or hot spots, and it has an articulate sound like high quality ebony, but without the problems associated with ebony.
With unique aesthetics and ensuring accurate tuning, Hagstrom's exclusive 18:1 gear ratio machine heads are featured on all electric models. The Hagstom Viking II guitar features the Self-lubricating Graphite Composite Nut that further ensures increased sustain and vibration through improved transfer of energy to the neck.
Hagstrom uses only the finest select tone woods and figured wood stocks to enhance the sound and beauty of each electric guitar. Carefully selected hard tropical mahogany tone woods are used on the body to produce a powerful and warm sound, and North American hard rock maple provides a bright articulate tone.
Hagstrom guitars feature a high-grade polyester finish, which is much harder, smoother and denser while also producing much better sonic performance than polyurethane finishes used by other guitar companies.
Since 1958, Hagstrom has been combining acclaimed design with premium materials, unique hardware, and innovative manufacturing techniques to create magnificent guitars known among guitarists for their playability, beauty, and durability.
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- Body: Carved semi-hollow basswood body
- Neck: UltraLux maple bolt-on neck
- Fingerboard: Resinator composite fretboard with pearl dot inlays
- Truss rod: H-Expander truss rod
- Tuning keys: Hagstrom designed 18:1 die-cast tuners
- Nut: Self-lubricating graphite composite nut
- Scale length: 24-3/4" scale
- Pickups: 2x Hagstrom Custom 58 uncovered humbuckers
- Selector: 3-way toggle
- Bridge: Long Travel Tune-o-matic with stopbar tailpiece
- Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way toggle selector
- Case: sold separately
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Comments about Hagstrom Viking II Electric Guitar:
I've never written an online product review before, but there isn't much press or many customer reviews out there for this guitar, and there should be more. Hopefully this will be of some help to somebody.
I bought the Viking II on a whim off this site, without ever handling any kind of Hagstrom before.
I was disappointed with the big names' (Fender/Epiphone/Gretsch) entries for this price range and decided to take a chance (the used sale price and Guild Starfire-likeshape helped nudge me in the direction, too).
I was expecting something as good as an Epiphone Dot-- nothing amazing, but definitely not crappy. But the Viking II is so much better than a Dot, sound and playability-wise. This particular Viking II is probably better-playing than the Gibson ES-335 I tried out at the local Guitar Center. That can probably be chalked up to luck and the horrific set-up work done at ol' GC but, with such a difference in price, you might want to consider a Hagstrom before giving up an entire paycheck or five to Gibson.
The Viking II's pickups are great, amazing for being stock pickups at this price level. Between the neck and bridge pickup, you have a lot of tonal options. They're humbuckers, so they sound thick, but not muddy (unless you really want to). The treble is really smooth-- the sound can get very chimey when played clean. The neck is very fast and I haven't noticed any dead spots. It's a full hollowbody and resonates really well. The paint, custom tuners, are all way nicer than can be expected in this price range.
I'd say that if you prefer the feel of a Fender over a Gibson, and are looking for a hollowbody sound that isn't too muddy, go for the Hagstrom Viking II. Or, if you're just looking for a great guitar for relatively cheap that no one else in your city is likely to have, go for it. Mine was one of the best purchases I've made, music equipment or otherwise.