Since the introduction of the profoundly successful Hagstrom Ultra Swede in 2007, guitarists all over the world have been stunned at the instruments willingness to offer players a premium performing and sounding instrument at a very modest cost. Over the years our designers have explored the details of the Ultra Swede and finally created an upscaled sibling of it – the “Ultra Max”. Two new beautiful gloss finishes are added to the lineup: Dark Storm and Golden Eagle Burst, which join the existing finishes – Satin Black, Fall Sky, Milky Mandarin, and Satin Cosmic Black Burst.
The Ultra Max shares the same small body concept of the Ultra Swede, yet with a slightly larger proportioned mahogany body topped with a thick custom carved flame maple top. The body joins to a mahogany set neck utilizing a mortise and tenon neck joint with a 25.50” scale length, which naturally features our H-Expander™ truss-rod and Resinator™ fingerboard. Its sleek and “ultra-comfortable fast neck” is paralleled with our Custom 60 Alnico-5 pickups with their eloquent Aluminum Brushed covers, delivering the cutting voice that this instrument demands.
Each of the Ultra Max’s specially wound Custom 60 humbucking pickups utilizes Nylon coated wire united with an Alnico 5 magnet (unmistakably familiar to the “Custom 58”). However, the Custom 60 ultimately packs a mighty punch and hot sizzle compared to the vintage voiced Custom 58. Each pickup is controlled with its own independent Volume pot featuring our standard R/C circuit on each potentiometer, to help focus on its cleaner tones with a slight turn of the pot. It’s single Master Tone also features a dual coil split, using its push/pull tone configuration to allow for players to switch from “Full Humbucker Tilt” to “Spanky Single Coil Clean” in a heartbeat.