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twisty571
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Well I did a search using Hagstrom and saw a lot of new talk here about them. So why not have a thread and see them I am really liking mine and doubt I could have got anything better for the price I paid
My pic's suck,they do no justice to show how nice the finish is
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does having the switch that close to the input jack ever become a problem?
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not so far,actually the cord input shaft is longer than the switch so it would take some thrashing to get the"soft" part of the cord to hit the switch
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hagstroms have good tone but i must say whoever designs them is on some serious crack.
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i don't have a hagstrom, but the singer in my band has a Hagstrom Viking.


btw: i don't recommend the Viking because it doesn't sound acoustic-y when not plugged in
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Quote by Fuzzbox91
hagstroms have good tone but i must say whoever designs them is on some serious crack.

that body style has been around since the late 50's/early 60's The new 1's are based on the old 1's and the Swede is suppose to be identical from my understanding. Slim,fast action,not neck heavy

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i don't have a hagstrom, but the singer in my band has a Hagstrom Viking.


btw: i don't recommend the Viking because it doesn't sound acoustic-y when not plugged in


I've actually heard alot of good things about the Viking,that was the guitar people spoke about when I asked,more than the Swede?
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I use a Hagstrom at band practices when I'm too lazy to bring my own gear. It r00lz.
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I'm looking into getting a Hagstrom whenever I get a new guitar. Either a standard Swede (goldtop, hellz yeah) or a Deluxe F. Or possibly a vintage, hard to say.

I do think I want one, though.
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woot hagstrom swede for the win.

YAh it is my first and only guitar. I dont think i will be replacing anytime soon.

its fantastic
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woot hagstrom swede for the win.

YAh it is my first and only guitar. I dont think i will be replacing anytime soon.

its fantastic

post up a pic of her

I'm cool with my F200 but want a LP body to so I will grab a Swede next I think.

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I'm looking into getting a Hagstrom whenever I get a new guitar. Either a standard Swede (goldtop, hellz yeah) or a Deluxe F. Or possibly a vintage, hard to say.

I found it hard to decide, F200P(P90's) or F301 for the HSS set up or a Deluxe which is basically the same as my F200 or a Swede Sorry my pics aren't great but it looks really nice in person,the finish is a sick deep mahogany & their sparkle tops are suppose to be off the hook,good luck with your choice and let us know

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I use a Hagstrom at band practices when I'm too lazy to bring my own gear. It r00lz

Which model & how do you like it compared to your guitar?
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Good idea Twisty. There's not yet a lot of info out there about these great guitars, and searches on the net only bring up bits and pieces here and there. The Hagstrom Nation needs to represent.

As far as the design goes, you either like it or you don't. The company started making guitars in the 50s when they were just an accordion company, so they took popular designs from America and copied them while applying their own Swedish-accordion-maker fashion sense. It shows, and I think it's kind of cool. The designs are a little more curvy, lots of binding and inlay, some sparkle, and beautiful finishes. Jimmy D'Aquisto designed some guitars for them, and some of his quirky design elements are used across the different models, like the tuners and, if I'm not mistaken, the headstock.

As far as the quality of the instrument, it's hard not to like them. Good woods, nice features like the neck design and the belly-cutout on the back, sweet fretboard, and good tone.

The range of instruments offered is also nice. Big and small hollowbodies, semi-hollowbodies, solid bodies in Gibson and Fender scale-lengths. A range of different pickups. There's something there for everyone.

The company stopped making guitars in Sweden in the 80s, and started up again in China in 2005 or 2006. So they're new again, but have some tradition.

Well, that's enough from me. Sorry for the long post. Here's my Swede....





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Are they heavy, the regular Swedes? Like, compared to a Les Paul?
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Are they heavy, the regular Swedes? Like, compared to a Les Paul?


Yes, they're definitely heavy. I haven't seen a spec on the actual weight to compare it with a Les Paul. I have been told that the Hagstrom is heavier, but I couldn't tell much of a difference when I held them both. If anything, I would say the Hagstrom is better balanced and it's definitely more comfortable to hold.

Regardless, it certainly isn't a light guitar. It is solid mahogany, and it feels like it.

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Again Dusty nice Swede! The Deluxe I was gonna buy was gold top,I think I want the silver or blue sparkle top honestly but would have to go with the Deluxe for that. Also I notice MF is stating a limited supply on the Hags now??? I know back before Hag closed they use to put out some limited #'s on all thier guitar models & wondering if they are doing that again? The F301 is now limited and I want 1 but wasn't ready to buy yet,was thinking Kramer 424 or Strat instead.
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Oh man, goldtop.....that's beautiful, man....

About to go Hagstrom searching on eBay, I'll pass along anything of interest.
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I cant get my pictures to post properly but the pic of this one is in my profile.
1971 Swede
It was the first guitar I bought. picked it up used for $350 in 1987 and it has been put thru hell but still plays great. The headstock got rammed into a Steel post in the basement along time ago so I removed the busted up tip of it and sanded it down a bit to reshape it like a Les Paul. I have about 12 guitars but this one always manages to find its way into my hands.
When the new ones came out I played mine for about 2 hours and then went to the store to try the new ones. To my surprise it was bang on exactly the same in sound and feel(Except the neck and frets didnot have the 36 years of sweat soaked into the finger board ) The only thing that made me cry was when I turned it over and saw the made in China sticker ( quality control issues????) Even with that I would buy a new one when mine finally dies. I also tried the F200p which has a nice tone too it I am just not a fan of the tremolo on them ( my own personal feelings don't let it stop you) if it came with the bridge like the Swede I would buy it in a second.
Hagstroms rock keep this thread alive.
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I cant get my pictures to post properly but the pic of this one is in my profile.
1971 Swede
It was the first guitar I bought. picked it up used for $350 in 1987 and it has been put thru hell but still plays great. The headstock got rammed into a Steel post in the basement along time ago so I removed the busted up tip of it and sanded it down a bit to reshape it like a Les Paul. I have about 12 guitars but this one always manages to find its way into my hands.
When the new ones came out I played mine for about 2 hours and then went to the store to try the new ones. To my surprise it was bang on exactly the same in sound and feel(Except the neck and frets didnot have the 36 years of sweat soaked into the finger board ) The only thing that made me cry was when I turned it over and saw the made in China sticker ( quality control issues????) Even with that I would buy a new one when mine finally dies. I also tried the F200p which has a nice tone too it I am just not a fan of the tremolo on them ( my own personal feelings don't let it stop you) if it came with the bridge like the Swede I would buy it in a second.
Hagstroms rock keep this thread alive.

Very cool Hag,I like it and want it,it's a 71' vintage I'm a 71' vintage to So tell me,compared to your 93' Gibby LP how does it compare?
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Well you can't have it. lol
I am also a 71 vintage its kind of funny cause I did not plan this and didnot know until after I had owned both but The hagstrom is a 1971 and the Ampeg that I play it thru is a 1971 and I was born in 1971.
The sound cannot really be compared as the Gibby has the open hot ceramic humbuckers and the Swede has the 59s i believe. If I use the tone switch on the Hag in the middle position and turn the neck tone down a bit I can get pretty much the same tone as the gibby but you can tell the diff. not that one is better than the other just different.
Weight wise the Hagstrom is heavier but a little more comfortable to play because of the balancing. My Gibby has the slim 60s neck which is fairly close to the Swede neck. like I said when this one becomes too screwed up to play any more I will be running right out to buy one of the new ones.
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Is that F-200 well balanced?
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Is that F-200 well balanced?

yes I think it is,like I said I don't have a ton of experience with all kinds of guitars but it's more comfortable than my Squier Strat & the neck doesn't go straight to floor when I stand up,I usually sit though
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I'm getting a Super Swede Vintage Sunburn next month. Hope this thread can survive 'till then ;p
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I'm getting a Super Swede Vintage Sunburn next month. Hope this thread can survive 'till then ;p


That's awesome. Unfortunately here in Canada we can only get sunburns starting around June. Jokes!!

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Hey DUSTER
I was just looking at the pics of your Gold top and I noticed that it is left handed but the neck is not, so you have a reverse headstock going on ..... very cool.
I guess that with the way the neck is made and shaped that they fit both directions just the same so ther was no point making a different one for lefties. usually the point at the tip aims down but yours goes up.
Now I can't decide which way it looks better.
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Hey DUSTER
I was just looking at the pics of your Gold top and I noticed that it is left handed but the neck is not, so you have a reverse headstock going on ..... very cool.
I guess that with the way the neck is made and shaped that they fit both directions just the same so ther was no point making a different one for lefties. usually the point at the tip aims down but yours goes up.
Now I can't decide which way it looks better.


Yeah, I was hoping that the tip would aim downward, as it is on the righties. I have seen pics of vintage Hagstrom lefties that are made that way (and some vintage Hagstroms that are made "my" way). My guess is that at some point they started making righties and lefties with the same neck and headstock to save some money on tooling. There are pics on the internet showing the guitars both ways, but it could be just because some of the photos are flipped in photoshop. When I saw it in the shop I saw that the headstock is the same as the right-handed models, and it seemed weird at first, but now I think I like it even better. Strange how the slightest cosmetic feature can seem so glaringly obvious when you spend too much time looking at a guitar... yet when you actually play the guitar you realize it doesn't matter at all.

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I didn't even realize that Duster about your headstock. Very cool hminh87 !
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I'm considering buying a mahogany guitar with a maple cap + humbuckers, and the Super Swede has caught my imagination: a Les Paulish guitar, but it has a strat scale length.

Anyone use one of these? Comments?
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ive got a cherryburst super swede, its awesome. its my main guitar.
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Quote by Steve BP
I'm considering buying a mahogany guitar with a maple cap + humbuckers, and the Super Swede has caught my imagination: a Les Paulish guitar, but it has a strat scale length.

Anyone use one of these? Comments?

The Super Swede and the Swede are basically the same except that where the Swede has a Tone selector switch at the top. The Super Swede has a Coil spilt switch down by the volume controls. The neck and body are the same except I believe the Supers have better looking tops.
The necks are amazingly fast and smooth.
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Quote by GOLDIE93
The Super Swede and the Swede are basically the same except that where the Swede has a Tone selector switch at the top. The Super Swede has a Coil spilt switch down by the volume controls. The neck and body are the same except I believe the Supers have better looking tops.
The necks are amazingly fast and smooth.


The scale length of the two guitars is different. The Swede is Gibson-scale while the Super Swede is Fender-scale. Also, the Super has a maple top if I'm not mistaken, whereas the Swede is all mahogany. But maybe some Swedes come with a maple top? You're right about the controls. The Swede has a "tone filter" which I really can't find a use for, and the Super has a "coil tap" which should be more useful.

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Quote by Duster
The scale length of the two guitars is different. The Swede is Gibson-scale while the Super Swede is Fender-scale. Also, the Super has a maple top if I'm not mistaken, whereas the Swede is all mahogany. But maybe some Swedes come with a maple top? You're right about the controls. The Swede has a "tone filter" which I really can't find a use for, and the Super has a "coil tap" which should be more useful.

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There you go. Thats what I like about this thread. Alot of people know a little bit about Hagstroms so by the time this is done we should have a complete reference guide for them.
I did not realize that the Swedes and Supers had different scales. I will have to do a closer inspection of my top to see whether it is Mahogany or Maple never really gave it much thought before.
I use my tone switch all the time now but when I first got it I left it in the up position and used the amp settings to get my tone as I only played heavy rock at the time it worked out great but when I got another guitar I found that I always had to readjust my amp settings between the 2 so i started messing around with it. In the up position it takes out the treble to give you a really dark Black Sabbath kind of tone. the middle is normal and the down position takes out the bass which gives you a really nice brite clean tone. I don't now how well they work on the new ones though.

Keep the info coming people.....
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Found some stuff on eBay.


- 8-String bass, same type used by Hendrix and Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hagstrom-Electric-8-STRING-BASS-Guitar-1960S-RARE_W0QQitemZ290208579069QQihZ019QQcategoryZ4713QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Hagstrom is suppose to be well known in the bass guitar world but I don't play bass,I also hear that a couple pick-ups they made are holy grails of the bass world from a couple bass players.They also may have been the company to create the first electric bass.
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Quote by twisty571
Hagstrom is suppose to be well known in the bass guitar world but I don't play bass,I also hear that a couple pick-ups they made are holy grails of the bass world from a couple bass players.They also may have been the company to create the first electric bass.


There's a bass pickup that they made in the vintage days that someone else copied when they went out of business, and continued making. Apparently it's well-known and very desirable in the bass world. I can't remember what it's called.

I don't know if they invented the electric bass, but I'm pretty sure they were the first to make an 8-string bass, with each string having an octave course, like on a 12-string guitar. That is the bass that I think they're famous for, and last I checked on their website, they've reissued that as well. I have never had the desire to play bass, but that looks pretty cool and I bet could make some interesting sounds....

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Their acoustics are very good also, I own a J45 from the 1970s.
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Their acoustics are very good also, I own a J45 from the 1970s.


They haven't reissued their acoustics yet... I think that's a much trickier proposition, but if they do well with all these electrics, I can imagine they're not far behind. Their vintage ones have a good reputation. Really dark, dramatic sunburst finishes too, from the pics I've seen.

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Alright where are the pics guys,a couple of us have them up,let's see them bad boys
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i was really thinking of getting a Hagstrom F-Series one time, but they dont have any places in Lincoln that have them and i wasnt going to risk buying a guitar i never played or heard. But they do look sweet.
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I had to buy site unseen,we have two shops here,nothing huge. 1 stocks Fenders & BC Rich. & the other Ibanez & some cheapies. I'm not in the least bit dissatisfied with my purchase,especially for the price.
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We have a Guitar Center (which doesnt stock them) and then Dietze music, which is pretty much the same as Guitar Center. The Hagstrom site said that there was a dealership about an hour away that had Hagstrom's but i emailed them and they never got back to me. From their pictures, the place was really tiny and didnt look too professional.