Sound — 10
When I first played this guitar the thing that sold me on it was the fact that that I about how many unique and amazing clean sounds I can get off it by using the 3 way toggle and the mim single coil tap. So when I got it home I wasn't sure what it would sound like with overdrive or distortion..it blew me away! I play mostly Grunge (Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Ect.) but I also play a lot of metal and rock as well as my own stuff. This guitar can play any type of music that is out there. My friend Who plays a lot of fast and technical speed metal played this guitar and said it's better then his custom Jackson which he paid 2000 for..is there anything else that needs to be said! It has a rich/full clean or acoustic sound and a intense in your face distortion sound! It perfect!
Overall Impression — 10
With this guitar I currently use a Marshall MG Series 30 DFX with a Digetch Grunge pedal. Together they all sounds exacly like any guitar I would be using to record a album, with out without effects. I am sold on Hagstrom and they are all I will be buying from here on in. The other biggest company I was going to buy was Washbrun. I was about to buy a Washburn then I played this Hagstrom and I was sold! I will eventually be ordering myself a custom Hagstrom Ultra Swede but all I'd be changing is the paintjob! Everything else about this guitar is a 10/10 but if you ask me it's a 20/10! If you havn't played a Hagstrom.. you don't know what your missing!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Ihave only had it about a week... but I have only tuned it once and that was on the day I got it, needless to say the tuners are durabile! I havn't played Live yet, but I feel that when I do Hagstrom is the only company that I'll be playing because I feel this guitar is extreamly reliable! If I was going to do a gig all in the same tuning then this would be the only guitar I would be using hands down. The guitar has a odd balance..however with the right strap you can't even tell.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action on this guitar is simple the best. My biggest issue was transfering from a acoustic to electric, which was a very big problem for me. However now that I have a Hagstrom I have evolved more as a player in the last 6 days then in the last 6 months! With the way the pickups are set up there are so many different sounds you can get off of thsi guitar is incredible. Everything on this guitar looks and feels perfect!
Features — 10
The minute I played this gutiar I knew it was exascly what I was looking for. The Hagstrom Ultra Swede features a sick basswood body with flamed maple top with a slick finish. It features a resinator fretboard with abalone and pearl shell inlays (like you would find on some Standard Les Pauls). It has a 24.75 scale neck, custom Hagstrom anti-slip die cast tuners, two custom Hagstrom 58 pickups, 3 way toggle swtich W/ a mini toggle coil tap Switch, long travel tune-o-matic bridge and a simple control lay out of one volume knob and one tone knob. Needless to say this guitar has some amazing features!