Do you like Hagstrum?

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  1. Steelskin

    Steelskin Strat-Talker

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    Well I was bored after a jam session yesturday and needed to kill soemtime so I wondered into our friendly local Gibson dealer. I played an old 60's or 70's Hagstrum not to long ago. I like old semi-hollow bodies... I spoted a couple on the wall and took them down. One, Shape of a LesPaul but with contours. The neck was SUPER thin which I really liked, body felt nice, but scale was short. Kinda felt like a wee mans guitar. Synthetic fingerboard. series/parallel switch. This thing had some great tones to it, considering it wasent even wood on the fingerboard. This isnt a review of any kind, just the first modern Hag ive played and i kinda liked it.

    Anyone else like these??
     
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    Carlsoti Senior Stratmaster

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    I seen a few that I like, but I'm not sure what model it was. Never played one, though. My recent noodling on a LP Smartwood makes me think that the short-scale guitars are NOT for me.
     
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    I bought a Hagstrom Super Swede about 2 years ago, actually I imported it from the US. I like a lot, nice sound and great quality.
     

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    I think i gave a shot at one just liek that yesturday, i wasent big on that one but the other... same shape but had a switch at the top and bottom where the cut out is, and another that had a stratish body
     
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    hendrixfan Senior Stratmaster

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    i,ve heard their pretty close to the les paul if you find a good one
     
  6. JamesVRoy

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    I've got a 68 Viking II I picked up at Gruhn's in Nashville last September, just the wood, and spent the next couple of months locating parts and putting it back to gether. I love it! Its about the only thing I play right now (though my 53 D-18 is supposed to be coming back from Martin this week I hope)
    Hagstrom Viking II Photo Gallery by James V. Roy at pbase.com
     
  7. Steelskin

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    This is the one i played. I am definatly going to go after this girl. I cant get her out of my head lol

    Hagstrom Guitars

    Thats a nice axe James... Reminds me of a coronado
     
  8. JamesVRoy

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    Yes, they're very similar looking. I saw one like your Swede at the NAMM show last month, took a picture because its the color and finish that I'd like to have mine done

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  9. Steelskin

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    Did you try one? the neck is the thinest ive ever felt i love it.
     
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    I have a Reissue Viking. Put some flatwound 12's on it, and it is my main jazzbox now.
     
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    I have an Ultra Swede, it's a really nice guitar, and it sounds great. Nice pickups
     

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    one of my favorite guitar stores has some Hagstrom guitars. they look very interesting. I haven't tried one yet, though. I may have to do that some day in the future.
     
  13. Strat-Man-Do

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    Funny you should mention Hagstrom. I was JUST looking at the 2 P-90 SG style model they have for a few hundred.

    Back in he late 60's a friend of mine that owned a Hagstrom 3-pup model played in a band with me. I had played that particular model many mamy times. I was playing a Gretch so he loved playing my Axe also.

    But I believe they are decent intruments. I get the distinct impression they are slightly on the delicate side though. And thats how the original 60;s models were also.

    I've been tempted by the P-90 model on several occasions. Only thing with P-90s is I have been gassing for a Wilkinson 3-90 Strat thats out. You don't see them in the states and when you do they Double the Price on them. But thats really what I'd like to find.
     
  14. Steelskin

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    The ones that i have tried i have liked. Really fast neck, and i got a but load of tone out of one of them. Prices are defiantly doable as well.

    S.rock.... Go try them!
     
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    I will. but I failed to mention that I just bought a rare 2001 Gretsch "New" Jet from the same guitar store. my second guitar from them in just a few months. so, no more G.A.S. inducing playing of potential guitars for a (little) while. give me a couple of months, though. ha ha :D
     
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    I have never heard of Hagstrom, when I first saw the topic ; do you like Hagstrom
    I though it was some kind of Scottish Food
     
  17. Steelskin

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    LOLOLOL Sleepy! heh, go find some, i think for the price range they are pretty decent axes.
     
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    Does anyone here have experience with the three single coil Hagstrom F-300 ? Kind of a neat Strat type guitar but i have never seen one other than a photo . Now they are discontinued so doubtfull i could ever try before i buy .
     
  19. GoranS

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    I was raised with Hagström guitars, my first two electrics was by Hagström. My first one was a 1963 red Kent, just like the one David Bowie had on the cover of one of his albums.

    The second one was a 1976 HIIN that I bought new at the local Hagström store. Still got it but the pickups was replaced in late early '80 and the originals was sold a couple of yeas go. Replaced the tuners also, they where sorta crappy. Else it's a great guitar, with a great neck. It can be adjusted to the lowest action I've ever seen. My son who's also a guitarist have it as a long term loan.

    Never really regarded them high, they where a poor mans electric at about half the price of a Strat back then. But they are much better then we gave them credit for.
     
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    A friend of mine had one of the 8 string Hagstrum basses that was very easy to play and what a punchy sound it had.
    It was stolen once but it was such a unique instument that he was able to track it down easily when the thief tried to sell it to a local music store...:p