#1
After months of research and planning, a few days travel and a week of apprehension and excitement (after parting with my money online,) I have finally got my new guitar.

Specs;
Body: Mahogany Body with Mahogany Top
Neck: Mahogany, set
Fingerboard: Resinator Wood with Hagstrom Pearl Block Position Marks
Trussrod: H-Expander
Turning Keys: Hagstrom 18:1 Die Cast
Scale Length: 24,75“ / 628 mm
Pickups: 2 x Hagstrom Custom 58
Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle 3-Way Toggle Switch
Bridge: Long Travel Tune-O-Matic w/ stop tail piece
Controls: 2 x Volume 2 x Tone 3-Way Sound Filter Toggle switch (center bypass)







The family;



Review.
The guitar came perfectly set up, though out of tune, as is to be expected with online purchases. It plays like a dream with the 9-42 gauge strings so many guitars come new with. I suspect I'll swap them for 10's or 11's quite soon, as I much prefer thicker strings.

There is a minor burr/scuff mark on the inside of the horn, I suspect this is something that happened at the shop I bought it from rather than a flaw in Hagstrom's quality control. It's slightly annoying, but nothing I'm going to dwell on. It's only a matter of time before I make my mark on it, too.

The guitar has an interesting electronics set up, with a 3 way pickup selector, and a 3 way 'sound filter' switch. The latter of the two was ****ed up, for lack of better words, when I fist plugged it in to try it out. When I switched it to the up position, the sound of the guitar would crackle, the volume would fluctuate, and then completely give out. I decided to continue playing with the switch in different positions, and miraculously, after I had ignored it long enough, it was fixed. It works fine now. I will be sending an email to the shop about it, however.

All negatives aside, this is a brilliant guitar. I played it for hours today, both acoustically and through my Blackstar HT-100, and it's sounds phenomenal. With it's combination of humbuckers and a solid mahogany body, top and neck, it's a very dark sounding guitar, but it can quite easily produce more treble-y tones, when you make use of the 'sound filter' toggle switch and the bridge pickup. It produces clear cleans, crunchy overdrive and and even full on distortion to perfection when played through my Ht-100.

Aside from the slight blemish I mentioned earlier, it's finished perfectly. It's a lot darker than I was expecting, but I really like the dark transparent red finish, and the handsome wood grain underneath. Unfortunately my photography doesn't do it a lot of justice.

In summary; fun to play, tonally versatile, good looking, great value for money. I'd happily recommend one to anybody looking for a moderately priced fixed bridge guitar.
#3
Hagstroms are sweet guitars, and that one's a beauty. HNGD!
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#4
Next on my wishlist is a Viking. I played one when I travelled (yes, I was so interested I actually travelled) to try a Swede out. There's a lot of other priorities in my life at the moment though, so it might have to wait.
#5
i'm thinking of bypassing the tone filter on mine - i never use it and it's annoying when it gets bumped and i don't notice, then wonder why my tone's so weird. i like the look of it though, lol.
#6
So far I've mainly had it in the centre position, which is the bypass. The top position makes everything sound muddy, but the bottom one is pretty cool.
#7
I never even knew what the sound filter was when I last messed around with the swede at my local shop :P Really cool guitar, just a little bit different and a beautiful looker, HNGD!
#8
Update.

I'm not liking the finish on the neck at all, at the moment. I have sweaty hands so they lubricate everything up and make it impossible to hold onto the neck. Hopefully I'll get used to it. When it's dry (the way it's meant to be) it plays perfectly.
#9
HNGD! I have one in black gloss finish, amazing guitar for the price. Mine didn't come with a case though.
#10
Quote by Butt Rayge
Update.

I'm not liking the finish on the neck at all, at the moment. I have sweaty hands so they lubricate everything up and make it impossible to hold onto the neck. Hopefully I'll get used to it. When it's dry (the way it's meant to be) it plays perfectly.
You will, I think. Considering the necks on the other guitars, it's not surprising if it feels a bit awkward at first.

EDIT: Saying this cause I felt the same when I switched to a painted neck.
Last edited by Sanitarium91 at Sep 27, 2011,
#12
BUMP!


Just kidding. I thought it would be a good idea to give a bit of an update on my review of the guitar. As many of you are aware, NGD reviews are always written during the 'honeymoon' period, so there's massive amounts of bias. They rarely seem to get any sort of follow-up.

Anyway, here we go.

I've had the guitar now for 44 days and have already performed with it at two gigs, mainly using it as a backup, because I needed it for a few songs that were in alternate tunings.

It has performed wonderfully for me and aside from a string breaking during one gig, I've had only very minor problems with it. I still don't like the painted neck, as I get very sweaty when I'm performing and it turns me into a very, very sloppy player, and, as was mentioned by somebody earlier the tone switch is uncomfortably close to the strings and it's rather easy to bump it while you're playing.

While we're on the topic of electronics, I should mention that the faulty switch is functioning perfectly. I still have no idea why it wasn't working on the day I got it, or how it managed to fix itself. The tone knobs are quite responsive and allow for some interesting changes, but I tend to find myself leaving them at 100% most of the time, or 50% is I need them for a particular sound. The volume knobs are not so well balanced, seemingly silent at 3, and then suddenly going to almost full volume at 4. Like everything else, only a minor flaw.

I was also quite disappointed to find that the pickup cover on the bridge pickup was beginning to corrode after a particularly sweaty gig. I wipe it down nearly every time I play now.

All in all, the only thing I can see being an issue with guitar is the possibility of more broken strings. The string that broke broke at the bridge, and I've had experiences with guitars eating strings before, so I checked and it seemed like the saddle wasn't the guilty party. If there is an issue with the saddle I'm sure it will reveal itself in some time.

In summary- Not the best guitar in the world, but I'd put it up against a high-end Epiphone any day. You can't beat it for the price*. Hagstrom make great guitars. 4/5


*I got it for $700 new in Australia, which is really cheap for us. It's RRP is ~1200. I think you can get them in America for less than $450, and why the hell wouldn't you? It's easily worth the $700 I paid for it.
#13
Wow, you really like red.
Quote by IMTHAMAN01013
I named my guitar after my GF once... It was tempremental, the neck was too fat, and I couldn't turn down the volume, just like her...
#14
very beautiful guitar!
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#16
jesus dude. from everything you type the guitar isnt good at all.

its big, dark sounding, may or may not have electronics issues out of the box, blemished, you dont prefer the finish on the neck, hardware is corroding, and its breaking strings.

holy crap. im never buying one. hollow body vikings do seem great though.
#17
A KE3.

It's not that nice, though.
Quote by ikey_
jesus dude. from everything you type the guitar isnt good at all.

its big, dark sounding, may or may not have electronics issues out of the box, blemished, you dont prefer the finish on the neck, hardware is corroding, and its breaking strings.

holy crap. im never buying one. hollow body vikings do seem great though.

Well when you put it like that...

It's only broken one string, though and I was playing it pretty intensely. I'm pretty sure it wont turn out to be an issue.

The guitar sounds great. 'Big and dark sounding' isn't a bad thing, though it is a matter of opinion. Everybody knows that you buy a strat if you want single-coil brightness and you buy a big mahogany beast with humbuckers if you want more bass in your sound.

'Corroding' isn't the right word. I'll get a photo of it.

Yes, the finish on the neck is bad, but I'll get used to it. It's only bad for me though, it's not like it's poor quality.

As for the faulty electronics, I'm not going to defend that. It hasn't posed any problems since the initial shock, though as it seems to have totally fixed itself for not apparent reason.
Last edited by Butt Rayge at Nov 10, 2011,
#19
oh. thats normal but generally after some time. a brand new guitar did than in 44 days? no good.

whatever. how you have made your mark on it.
#20
the nikel plating/chrome, wasn't applied well. if i were you, don't worry about it. it will get the mojo look real quick.


were you resting your hand in between the bridge and tailpiece? the only time i've EVER broken a string was when i had my hand pressing down fairly hard inbetween the bridge and tailpiece.
#21
Good sir, I love your tastes in finishes. Amazing. A most Happy NGD indeed!
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#22
^Thank you. I don't even really like red that much, but it works great on guitars.
Quote by 00_hns_00
the nikel plating/chrome, wasn't applied well. if i were you, don't worry about it. it will get the mojo look real quick.


were you resting your hand in between the bridge and tailpiece? the only time i've EVER broken a string was when i had my hand pressing down fairly hard inbetween the bridge and tailpiece.

Yeah, I'm not really worried about the appearance of the pickup cover at all, but it was pretty disappointing when I first realised what had happened. It's not an issue to me at all now.

I was playing when I broke the string. I can't recall, but I was either bending it pretty hard or strumming it pretty hard right after bending it pretty hard. Strings break like that sometimes