Price paid: € 600
Purchased from: Online store
Sound — 7
Neck pickup is really smooth and warm, but kinda overly bassy. Bridge pickup sings quite nicely and does a really good job when playing overdriven sounds. The coilsplit make for some nice smoout single coil sounds. Not fenderlike nice but nice in its own way. Pickup height/levels were set up very poorly on my guitar from the factory.
Overall Impression — 7
I play everything from classical to hard rock with alittle bit of jazz on the side. I'd say this guitar is more suitable for rockish music than anything. Its build to last, it sounds good overdriven and it a weird but good neck (once you get used to it). Playing high on the fretboard is wierd since the cutaway starts abit early. Once you have done your setup on this guitar it plays just as good as any guitar, and the coiltap is kinda fun to play with. The Bridge pickup is further back on the body which makes it alittle different than your normal guitar also.. I kinda feel like I dig in too deep on the strings by accident all the time cause my arms are just so used to be further up the body. Not the average UG review where everything scores 9.5+ but an honest review on this guitar. I'm not sure I would get a new one if this was stolen. It was just something I bought to try out. Havent resold it you either. Feels different and I kinda like it. Last but not least. The very good things about this guitar. * The price! It's alot of guitar for this kinda money. * Its coolness. Your odd LP cousin-kinda guitar with a unique feel to it. * I dont know how common it is. but its something different to look at then your Standard fender/gibson/xxx guitars onstage. * It will last you an lifetime. * And its helluva cool guitar!
Reliability & Durability — 8
This thing will last an lifetime. No kidding. Its built like an tank. I guess the poly armour will stand the test of time too. At a gig I played with this guitar a drunk sob smashed it with a mic stand as hard as he could. Many other guitars woulda been splinters by this treatment, but the Super Swede is barely dented. This thing will not break. It will forever last and your arm will wear out long before the poly finish will. if this is good or bad I'm not sure about. Pickups are not threaded, so after adjusting the polepieces once too many times the wax just wont hold the screw anylonger and you can easily adjust it with your fingers...
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
Action was super low but came with string noise on 6th fret as a result. The humbuckers were also set up very poor. Too bassy and neck pickup too close to the strings making it unplayable before adjustments. The poly finish feels abit overdone, like unbreakable-kinda-overdone. Especially noticeable near the neckjoint where its severly overdone. Everything else was good. Decent bookmapping on the top.
Features — 7
2009 Hagstrm Super Swede, 21 frets with a super slim neck and coil splittable humbuckers. 2 tone, 2 volume. 2 passive custom pickups with alnico magnets in them. Proprietary design and parts by Hagstrm. Most noteworthy is the Hagstrm stop tail piece I'd say. Came with a really good softcase.