Viking Gold Top Standards
All Hagstrom electric guitars and basses include our patented H-Expander™ truss rod. Providing tension at both ends and running the entire length of the neck, the rigid yet light-weight alloy truss rod allows for a very low action and thin neck, two factors that were instrumental in earning Hagstrom its reputation as the world’s fastest playing guitar. The H-Expander™ truss rod not only provides ultimate neck stability, but it also contributes to Hagstrom’s unique tone. Longer sustain and a round attack are some of the sonic characteristics the H-Expander™ adds to the tonal essence of Hagstrom.
Hagstrom models use 18:1 or 15:1 gear ratio machine heads based on our own designs to insure accurate tuning. Viking® and HB series basses feature machine heads with a 17:1 gear ratio.
Resinator™ wood is a wood composite material that is both more uniform in density and more stable than any standard wood product. These characteristics eliminate dead spots or “wolf tones” sometimes associated with conventional wood fingerboards. Resinator™ wood has an articulate sound similar to high quality ebony, but without any of the problems associated with ebony. It provides a stable and clear tone, and also adds higher overtones and harmonics which uniquely detail each note. Like our H-Expander™ truss rod, Resinator™ wood is a major contributor to the distinctive “Hagstrom tone”.
Hagstrom uses a variety of different neck joints throughout our range. Our set-neck recipe is the classic and time-tested Mortise and Tenon joint, a design that most efficiently transfers string energy from neck to body, and can often only be found on more expensive custom-built guitars. A team of experienced and dedicated craftsmen hand carves every neck joint, insuring perfect execution of this traditional technique preferred by luthiers for generations.
- Body Material: Ply Maple
- Top: Contoured
- Style: Semi-Hollow Double Cutaway
- Binding: Multi-Ply
- Neck Joint: Set Neck
- Material: Canadian Hard Maple
- Profile: Ultra-Thin 17mm
- Mortise and Long Tenon Neck Joint
- Truss Rod: H-Expander™
- Material: Resinator™
- Radius: 15"
- Inlays: Pearloid Block
- Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale Length: 24.75" (628 mm)
- Nut: GraphTech Black Tusq
- Nut Width: 43 mm
- Bridge Pickup: Hagstrom ‘58 Custom Humbucker
- Neck Pickup: Hagstrom HJ-50 Humbucker
- Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
- Controls: 2 x Volume / 2 x Tone with Push/Pull Coil Splits
- Custom Bass-Cut Tone Circuit
- Bridge: Long-Throw Tune-O-Matic Bridge with Stop Tail Piece
- Tuning Keys: Hagstrom Design 18:1
- Strings: D'Addario (10-46)
- Optional Cases Case C55, Bag E25